If you have stepped foot in the grocery store at any time this past week I am sure you are well aware of the holiday rush that has begun. I went to to Trader Joe’s the other day, it was a scary experience. Frantic, frazzled shoppers going every which way.
Have you made a plan for next week?
There are SO many things to do on top of your usual busy schedule: things like cleaning your house, buying items at the grocery store you never would purchase until this unusual US cultural phenomena takes control over you and steers you directly to the marshmallows because you just have to make what I like to call White Trash Sweet Potatoes. Once you survive the grocery shopping, you then have to unpack and store all those strange items until you find time to actually prepare them. Instead of grumbling about all the holiday craze you also try to stay aware that this holiday is about gratitude and you really should be thankful you can actually afford the damn marshmallows. Many people are struggling just to pay basic bills during this time.
If any of this sounds familiar you are probably at the tipping point of entering crazy land. I have a few suggestions to help make this week go a little smoother.
First, make time this weekend to plan. Trust me, a few minutes of planning will save you a whole LOT of stress. If you are not sure where to start I suggest taking 10 minutes to read my tiny eBooklet on The ABCs and 123s of Getting Stuff Done. This booklet will help you get down the basics of managing your to do list. It is a really fast read. [Shameless self promotion ends here.]
If you are looking for some help to relieve your stress and help you plan JUST for this week check out Leanne Ely’s Thanksgiving To Do List and Shopping List. I used this a few years ago when I was hosting 20+ people. The list was very helpful. I am thankful to FlyLady for introducing me to Leanne Ely’s Website years ago. You can download a copy of Leanne Ely’s list here in PDF format: www.savingdinner.com/mm-sample/Free_Thanksgiving.pdf
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