Thursday, December 9, 2010

Give me just one more minute ...

QUOTE OF THE DAY: It isn't best that we all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races. ~Mark Twain

I missed my weekly blog post this past weekend. My days have all blurred together since last week and today I am feeling the pressure. Self-imposed pressure to get it all done. The struggle comes from what to do first. Time Management. Ugh. I get so stuck on the things I HAVE to do (i.e. wake up, go to work, take kids to karate or school or choir, do the laundry, WRITE, pay the bills, etc.) and the things I WANT to do (i.e. read, sleep, play with my kids, WRITE, have coffee with friends, etc.) that I lose my ability to prioritize. Throw in the fact that its DECEMBER and that adds an entire new list of things we HAVE to do and things we WANT to do, and its no wonder the woman in line at the grocery store goes postal on the clerk. Why do we put such added pressure on ourselves?

I love Christmas. I love celebrating with my children and watching the wonder in their eyes as they decorate the tree, or help bake cookies, or put money in the can by the guy ringing the bell. But I also breath a sigh of relief when the holidays are over and we can pack everything up and move on with the new year. One day, I want it not to be that way. I want to feel like a kid again, sad that Christmas is over and I have to go back to school.

So tell me, how do you handle the stress of the holidays? How do you manage your time and not go insane?

PLEASE leave your comments! I would love to hear from you! I also found this great site that measures your Time Management abilities. Wow. I won't tell you how I scored. :)

Happy Mananging everyone!


  1. I don't have the secret, but I am decorating less, and buying less (I think). Looking foward to watching the kids Christmas shows the most. Merry Christmas Lisa!!

  2. I have to admit that I look forward to it being over. It's a hard time at work (in retail), and a hard time with managing time (literally).

    But there are those moments that make it worthwhile -- the ones with the children.

    They have certain expectations at Christmas, and there is joy in meeting them -- delivering, fulfilling. It's fulfilling to fulfill wishes. Not with presents, which we don't focus on so much, but with presence.

    And by this Christmas, I should be a Grandpa. I think I'll be able to cope with this particular holiday season quite well, thank you very much.

    And thanks for asking, Lisa.


  3. Thanks Tammy and Rick! I agree Tammy that shopping and decorating less and doing more with the kiddos is so much more fulfilling. Which ties in with Rick's comment. Love the presents vs. presence comparison. And can't wait to see pics of that beautiful grandbaby!