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Nailing the busiest time of year: Tips for conquering the end of year chaos

That mad rush to the finish line is coming. Are you ready for it? This time of year can be hectic, but it doesn't have to be. With some planning and preparation, you can nail this time of year. Below are some tips to survive and thrive in this busy season. 

  1. Prioritise your to-do list. Write an extensive list of everything you think needs doing and give each task an A, B or C rating. You can also categorise each task and decide whether to do, delegate, delay or dump it. Deadlines for each task can help you decide. There are many different ways to prioritise, but the important thing is that you do. 

  2. Use time blocking. Calendar the heck out of your life - is that a saying? Well, it is now! Use a digital or physical planner and schedule out blocks of time to get tasks done. 

  3. Embrace delegation. Call on friends or family members to help out. Have some tasks that you hate, but they love? Even better! You can swap chores with each other and help ease that burden.

  4. Set realistic expectations. Perfection is overrated. Practice laughing when something goes wrong, and take it as a reminder that nobody is perfect. Trying to control everything makes things worse. Prioritise what truly matters and forgive yourself for any imperfections along the way. 

  5. Practice self-care. Obviously, this is important, so I won't try to convince you. What I will do is give you this December self-care challenge :)

  6. Have clear communication. Keep lines of communication open with family, friends, colleagues and clients. Notify them of your availability and any schedule adjustments to manage expectations. 

  7. Declutter and organise. If you have the headspace, take some time to declutter. Five minutes a day will do; ironically, this will help clear your headspace even more!

  8. Automate and streamline. Use technology to help you. Many apps can support the mad end-of-year rush. These include Asana, Todoist, Google Calendar, Evernote, Slack, Pocket, LastPass and Expensify. 

  9. Reflect and plan. As the year ends, take some time to reflect on achievements and setbacks. Use this insight to set goals and strategies for the upcoming year. 

  10. Celebrate milestones. Remember to stop and celebrate how far you've come. Even if you have had a tough year, there is always something you've done well, no matter how small - acknowledge that, and you will feel all the better for it.

The end of the year can be a whirlwind, but by implementing these tips, you can navigate it successfully. Remember, it's not about doing everything perfectly; it's about managing what you can and enjoying the moments that matter most. 



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