This time, former procrastinators, picture our ant friend with a tiny sprig of holly behind its tiny ear. (They have ears?) Christmas season has begun in earnest.
In order to make sure we are diligent to tend to preparations without delay, we turn to our annual Christmas Calculations. These will also help us maintain the sweet temperaments Andrea mentioned in her comment last week. And they’ll enable us to focus on the Savior we celebrate. So, grab a pen, paper, and calendar. Calculate prayerfully.
- Write down everything you need or want to do before Christmas. Highlight the priorities.
- Count the number of days on the calendar until December 25 or the day of your celebration.
- Go back and count the number of days you can actually work on Christmas chores. Omit days with large commitments or count them as partial days. Using small bits of time is smart, but be realistic about the hours available to you. If you’re employed, you may need to count hours.
- Examine your list to see if you can accomplish all you have in mind given the reality of the time actually available to you.
- Focus on priorities. Eliminate or simplify parts of your list. Do less and enjoy more.
- Build in margin for rest and the unexpected.
Now forge ahead with clarity!
How many work days do you have before your Christmas celebration?