5 Tips To Preparing For Your Thanksgiving Day Celebration

Thanksgiving Day is upon us!

How can we prepare AND enjoy our big Thanksgiving Day celebration without feeling rushed, overcommitted, and frazzled?

 Start planning now! 

      1. Make a grocery list - What do you already have and what will you need?
      2. Make a guest list - Who are you inviting to your feast? What dish will they bring?
      3. Make a to-do list - What needs to get done before guests arrive and when does it need to get done by

 Schedule time each day to work on your to-do list 

      1. What can be done now?
      2. What can be done a week before?
      3. What must happen the day before?
      4. What must happen the day of?

 Ask for help! 

      1. Delegate responsibilities so you don’t have to do everything yourself
      2. Ask each guest to bring something (side dish, beverages, napkins, etc.)
      3. Hire a maid service or enlist your kids to help with cleaning
      4. Cater in food so you don’t have to do all the cooking!

 Take care of yourself 

      1. Drink plenty of water (you...
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4 Tips to Find Time In Your Crazy Busy Schedule

Have you ever said, “There is just not enough time in the day!”?

Or, maybe you feel like you are busy all day rushing from here to there yet at the end of the day you find yourself saying, “I didn’t get anything done!”

Before we can talk about finding time in a crazy busy schedule, we have to look at Time Stealers - those little pesky gnat-like things that absorb your time and lead to a sense of overwhelm.

Time Stealer #1: 

Hitting The Snooze Button

Seriously, if you hit the snooze button 3x every morning, you probably just lost 20-25 minutes right smack at the beginning of the day without your foot even hitting the floor. You are now 20-25 minutes late to your “perfectly” planned day.

If you have trouble getting up in the morning, then you probably need to evaluate your bedtime. The average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep. You can’t burn the candle at night and expect to start your day feeling rested.

Time Stealer #2: 

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General Vague Loses VS Super Specific Wins

If I told you that your job this weekend is to clean your house, what is your immediate reaction?

 

Are you overwhelmed?

Are you thinking that “I can’t clean this entire house in 1 day!”?

What if I told you to just clean the kitchen.

Do you feel less pressure?

What if I told you to clean the refrigerator, the oven, and the counter tops?

Do you feel a bit of relief that you only have 3 things to clean now?

This is what it means to be SPECIFIC.

 

When you have a big goal like cleaning the house and you break it down into SPECIFIC tasks, the big goal becomes much more achievable.

It is overwhelming to think of the big goal. It can even seem insurmountable.

If we use our cleaning house example, let’s say you have a 3 bedroom - 2 bathroom house. You also have a kitchen, dining area, and living room. You have a laundry room. And you have a finished basement. That’s 10 areas to clean and each of those 10 areas has lots of stuff associated with it....

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Student Activities and Organization

With school, sports, music, theater, and club schedules often overlapping, the life of a student and a student’s parents or family can be a little chaotic.

When students participate in multiple activities, the schedule can be overwhelming, meal time is often on-the-go, and sleep schedules are often disrupted.

Keeping everything organized is the key to getting everyone where they need to go and keeping them healthy along the way.

Here’s a Few Tips to Help Stay on Track:

  • Get schedules early - once you receive a sports schedule or an extracurricular activity schedule, get it on the calendar to avoid double-booking events or overloading the schedule for that day or week
  • Select 1 sport per season - playing more than 1 sport per season can physically and mentally stress the body which increases the risk of injury due to fatigue and burn-out
  • Select 1 other activity per season - if your son or daughter plays a sport but has other interests, then you may need...
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