While Andy Williams may have thought it was the most wonderful time of the year, for a lot of people Christmas causes no end of stress. But it doesn’t have to. With a little forward planning, clever calandars, and our quick tips, you’ll be well on your way your most relaxed Christmas yet!
1. Start early and plan ahead
Although you don’t need to plan with military precision (“everyone must be seated by 1500 hours!”), it’s a good idea to write down a basic plan by mid-November. Think about presents, shopping, food, decorations, travel arrangements, and seating plans. Use online planning apps such as Trello, Wunderlist, and Teamup to speed up the process. And don’t forget to delegate!
2. Make a do to list (and then cut it in half)
Do you really need to spend six hours decorating presents with individually crafted bows? Go through your to do list and ask yourself “if I don’t do this, what will happen?” Don’t make more work for yourself than is absolutely necessary. Be satisfied with “good enough”.
3. Use a group calendar to organize travel plans
Gone are the days of planning via multiple emails, phone calls, cross checking calendars, and post-it notes. Your Teamup calendar now integrates any calendar that has a feed in .ics format. That means if Uncle Jim has Google calendar, Joanne likes Outlook, and Julie uses Trello, all your travel plans can be in one place — a central Teamup calendar.
4. Tackle to-do lists together
If you find wrapping presents, writing cards or cooking a chore, why not invite your friends round to join you? After all, misery loves company!
5. Stick with your routine and remember to have fun
Remember, Christmas is supposed to be fun! Make sure you leave some time for yourself — it’s so easy to get caught up in all the chaos that you forget to do the things you enjoy. Factor your usual activities into your schedule so they don’t get lost in the winter whirlwind. Give yourself permission to forget the to-do list for a while and savour the moment.
What are your top tips for staying stress-free over the festive period? Are you a top planner? Can you share your secret? Let us know in the comments!
Teamup is an online calendar built specifically for groups. Our simple and intuitive calendars help teams manage shared time and resources. With no account or login needed, it really is the simplest way to plan and share statuses around groups of all sizes.