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Hi, tips for surviving Christmas
December 16, 2008
In this Edition:
7 time management tips for surviving Christmas
- Remember Christmas is about love and fun.
Last December Sally fell ill just before Christmas day, and it ruined her Christmas.
She had been out most nights in December. Her calendar was full of
catching-up with people she hardly saw during the year, plus family
functions, work functions, her kids school functions. Sally is a
people person and loves a party. Initially it felt great being invited
to so many things and going along to the events. But she started to
get tired. She hadn't finished her Christmas shopping. And most night
were booked. She hadn't had time to think about what she would buy her
husband or her mum and dad.
Part of the reason Sally "crashed" was that she felt she had to spend hours shopping looking for the presents. She felt under lots of pressure to get the right gift. And she felt under pressure at work to complete several projects before Christmas. Sally got sick and missed her own work Christmas function and her extended family event -- two of the most important events at Christmas for Sally. She was still feeling unwell on Christmas day and so she didn't feel the same joy as she usually did when her children opened their presents. She struggled through the day and she slept most of boxing day.
This year is very different for Sally as she has applied 7 time
management tips for surviving Christmas. Sally has made sure she books
in her most important events first. She has then made sure she has time
to recover in between the important events, which has meant she said no to some functions. Sally
clarified expectations at work and was able to change the due date of several projects
to January. Shopping was completely different this year for Sally. She
planned ahead and thought about the gifts she might buy. She used the internet to research the gifts.
More importantly Sally also thought about the true meaning of Christmas and realised that it is not about the gift, but how much of herself is relected in the gift. Sally made time to speak to her kids, friends and family about the true meaning of Christmas -- the story of Jesus being born -- and how different this is from the commercialised party and presents view of Christmas we can get caught up in. Sally scheduled time for herself this December. She took time to reflect on 2008 and how she felt about the year -- and she feels much happier about her 2008 Christmas.
Here are the time management tips that Sally used to make sure she has a great Christmas time in 2008.
Schedule 2 hours to reflect on 2008. Ask yourself these questions and write the answers in your journal.
What did this year mean to you? How do you feel when you look back
on the year?
Get a head start on 2009 by setting goals for next year as early as possible. You can use our Personal Best Year program to guide you. -- NOTE LINK NOT WORKING YET -- Download it for free.
Laugh out Loud
The Angel and the Christmas Tree
When four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.
Then Mrs Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more. When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where. Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.
Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drank all the cider and hidden the liquor. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.
Just then the doorbell rang, and irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.
The angel said very cheerfully, 'Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?'
And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.
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Michael, Graham and the Time Creation Team
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