Handling the Holidays

By: Meaghan Malinowski, marketing intern

stk84123corAs the year 2013 begins to wrap up, everyone seems to be busy finishing last minute projects and rushing to meet year-end deadlines all while preparing for the inevitable holiday rush that is so prevalent this time of year. In the mix of all the hustle and bustle, many get overwhelmed with the endless lists of things to do, jam-packed calendars and not having nearly enough hours in the day to get it all done. In order to keep your sanity during this busy time, here are a few helpful tips and tricks to handling the holidays.

At work:  Whether you’re planning your crops for next year or in your office trying to get paperwork done, take a few minutes to brainstorm the things you need to get done and what their deadlines are. The sooner the deadline, the more focus you should place on them. Unless your job calls for it, focus on completing as much as you can for work at work or during business hours to alleviate stressing about work when you get home.

At home: Focus on the things you need to get done in order for the events on your calendar to go as smoothly as possible. A checklist will work wonders if you can figure out what you need for each event and when those tasks can be completed by. Designate time to prepare for present and grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning up and even relaxation time.

Remember that multi-tasking may lead to work that is unfinished or doesn’t meet your expectations so, putting all your focus on one thing at a time and setting time limits for the task will help you to complete your tasks more efficiently. When you are feeling stressed or can’t stop thinking about too many things at once, try putting on calm music and turning the lights off for a five minute rest.

From our MidAtlantic Farm Credit family to you and yours, we wish you a safe, stress-free and happy holiday season!

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