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The holiday season is named the most stressful period of the year, year after year after year. Why is that?  

When asked the question, most people talk about family stress, and, at some point, mention lack of time. I think the latter is usually underestimated: between the added end-of-year work at work, the holiday preparations at home and the multiple events and functions of the season, I have seen many a  new client's calendar balloon to twice its size at the end of the year. To make matters worse, most people plan November and December as if they were full months, when they actually last less than 25 days when the holidays are factored in.  

With all this, if their time management is less than optimal, no wonder things go haywire...  

It's easy to avoid this time crunch, though, and the best time to do so is October:  

-Examine your time management systems today. Where are there frictions, those little things that don't work right, make you a little late, a software that doesn't work exactly the way you want, etc.? Address them now, and everything will go much more smoothly come November.  

-Plan now for the next three months: if you start planning the time you have left now, with ample time added to take care of all your emergencies, you'll find that you have plenty of time to get everything done without stress this year.  

If this still feels overwhelming, no worries. Just send me a message at my Fab40 address, and I'll give you some extra tips and solutions.  

Yours in Daily Mastery,  

Fabulously40 Time Management Expert

PS: mid-month, I'll address the stress created by people happy


Member Comments

    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Yana Berlin wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Great Article Karin.

      So true, we create our own stress by leaving everything to the last minute.

      This Holiday Season might be a bit easier....I think the financial constrains will prevent people from shopping and hopefully get them thinking of what they can make for their loved ones. After all, it’s the thought that counts.

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