3 Things to Do to Survive This Holiday Season & Wrap Up This Year’s Resolutions!

It’s only 21 days til Christmas and 27 days til New Year’s Eve! You are frazzled by the holiday season and you have not done much about this year’s resolution, is there any hope?

Don’t despair, you only have to do 3 things to survive the holiday season AND wrap up your 2011 resolutions and here’s how.

Step 1 – Analyze the situation

Here’s a typical holiday to-do list:

  1. Finishing the last milestone for a project, performance evaluation…
  2. Arranging holiday drinks with office mates
  3. Shopping for gifts…mom, dad, in-laws, siblings, children, friends…gift wrapping
  4. Preparing for holiday entertaining…menu, food, decorations
  5. Arranging holiday travels
  6. Sorting through all the sale offering from RSS feeds, blogs, twitter, e-newsletter…
  7. Charity work, donations
  8. Eating healthy during the holidays

Here’s Time Magazine’s Top 10 Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions, which has a lot of popular resolutions

  1. Lose Weight and Get Fit
  2. Quit Smoking
  3. Learn Something New
  4. Eat Healthier and Diet
  5. Get Out of Debt and Save Money
  6. Spend More Time with Family
  7. Travel to New Places
  8. Be Less Stressed
  9. Volunteer
  10. Drink Less

The two lists have pretty much the same 3 themes:

  • Health (Holiday to-do 8; Resolution 1, 2, 4, 8, 10)
  • Family, Friends, Social (Holiday to-do 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; Resolution 6,9)
  • Future (Holiday to-do 1, Resolution 3, 5, 7)

But we seem to have better success in achieving the holiday to-do list, if we align our resolutions with the holiday to-do list, then we can kill two birds with one stone!

Step 2 – Prioritize and Execute

So as you see, it’s all about 3 things: be healthy, love and be loved with family, friends and others, making small steps toward a better future.

Below are some important dates to help you prioritize the tasks

Complete at least 1 task in each of the 3 themes in Step 1. After you are done with the first round, do a second round, after that third round. And that’s it. At the minimum, do the first round and only 3 tasks.

Good luck and I am going to work on mine now.

Happy Holidays!