Bypass burnout & end the year with a bang: how to relax during the holidays
Most years I enter the holiday season in a fog of to-do lists and fierce nostalgia.
I think I look like this:
I’m Jimmy Stewart, obviously.
When in reality, I look like this:
We don’t get much snow here in Virginia, but I imagine that lovely thick snow blankets the hills with serenity and calm. Fairy lights twinkle on porches and the crisp air smells like pine needles.
Nature actively reminds us to slow down, take a breather, and nurture ourselves. But instead of cuddling close with the ones we love…Black Friday happens.
Even if we don’t go crazy for cheap TVs, folks like us are primed for overwhelm—because we’re buyers, sellers, AND hard working, heart-centered hustlers.
That means we get to wrestle with questions like:
Do I need a tech platform so I can launch more webinars in 2016? Did I miss a great deal on Cyber Monday? What about scheduling tools and gifts for my clients and, oh yeah, presents for the family and that dude/lady I sleep with at night? Speaking of presents, wait, what can I afford? What exactly IS my bank balance? Do I need to host a holiday sale? What am I selling? And how can I finish my new course before 2016? Wasn’t this the year I was going to step out into the world with a bold new message and kickass brand platform? How in the world can I possibly do it all and avoid OD’ing on eggnog at Madeleine’s party next weekend?
This is the panicked, gotta-do-it-all script that runs through my head pretty much every year near Christmas.
BUT NOT THIS YEAR.
For the first time ever, I’m not stressed AT ALL.
Instead of trying to squeeeeeze the last dollars out of 2015, I’m consciously downshifting and prioritizing projects according to my heart, not my monkey mind.
I’m doing my best to embody the way I want to start my New Year: like a badass who owns her gifts, trusts her gut, and surrenders to the flow of this marvelous universe.
That’s why, on Black Friday weekend, I didn’t buy a single thing. I didn’t open a single sales email. I gave ZERO f*cks about the noise and keeping up with everyone else.
Instead, I wandered along the beach in South Carolina with my boyfriend and his family, sipping on salty sea air.
When they detoured to play in a golf tournament, I spent the day building systems for my services.
And it. Was. Glorious.
Here’s my step-by-step plan for diffusing holiday overwhelm. So you, too, can relax during the holidays and end 2015 with a BANG, not burnout.
1. Make a list. Of every single thing you need to accomplush.
You know how your computer starts to slow down and whir like a tiny helicopter when you’ve got too many files or programs running at once?
That is your brain on overwhelm.
2. Organize tasks into groups.
My current to-do list has 100+ items on it. Not only is that insane, it’s way too much to think about at once.
- New client prospecting
- Create service procedures
- Systematize client communication
- Personal marketing outreach
- Content marketing
- Show love & give thanks
- Upgrade brand platform
- New product creation
4. Prioritize tasks that make you feel POWERFUL.
When you’ve got so many items on your plate, priorities. Are. Everything.
In my case, I’m prioritizing 3 things:
- Creating systems for my services and emails (which makes me feel calm, centered, grounded, and like a BOSS)
- Finishing my new website (which makes me feel INCREDIBLE omgomgomg I’m so excited!)
- Beta testing my new soul services (which make me feel fully alive and aligned in my gifts)
Now it’s your turn!
4. Let go of everything else.
More than anything, trust that your sanity is worth it. Because it is. 🙂