This is the blog I wrote as guest Christmas Blogger for the Leadership Development Centre. I wrote this back in November to help bring a sense of the spirit of Christmas to the feelings of pressure and looming deadlines. Hurrah! These tips worked for me as now I really feel I have got my Christmas Groove on.
Well here we are. The Summer Holidays and Christmas are almost upon us (unless you live in Wellington, then it feels the other way around).
Coaching clients have brought the impending holidays to my attention with comments such as; “how will we fit everything in and get all our projects done by the time they go on holiday?”. Friends have been saying “we must catch-up before Christmas”, and me thinking, with everything that is going on, that short conversation actually was the catch up!
So far my Christmas related thoughts have been:
- This month, on which days will I do the 5:2 diet? (Answer – At this rate, not till after Christmas!)
- When I try to work out my values so I can get into the spirit of Christmas, why do my top values at this time of year seem to be work and food?
Now it has got to the point when someone asks me what I am doing for Christmas, I am tempted to say airily “Oh just going to our family bach (we have no bach). Or upsize my response with a 2015 glamour holiday of, “Oh just going skiing in Japan (not doing that either).
Clearly it is time to activate self-coaching tips for keeping buoyant and fabulous during the Festive Season. Continue reading
This is one question I hear from my family regularly throughout the year, and even more frequently during December.
This week I started my Christmas shopping
Normally I don’t leave it this late, but the Christmas cheer really only struck me this week. So far (spoiler alert), I have purchased one hot water bottle with a yin/yang symbol on it and one ornamental box of matches. They are labelled and in my Present Box. I am 98 % sure the recipients will love these gifts.
Ooo I do love a good list! But what happens when you get list fatigue? Christmas is a time for lists. Actually weddings are too. And wedding season is coming so what happens when two lists collide? Overwhelm, that’s what.
Often we experience the tyranny of list-making. Have you ever gone to the super market with your list and then forgot to buy the very thing you mean to get?
[Actually, I love lists so much I am even reading a book about lists. It’s called the Next Thing on my list by Jill Smolinksi (2007), and is a ripping yarn about a woman who completes someones else’s bucket list. It’s a positive, transforming and uplifting story about how our protagonist moves from a passive responder to creator in her own life. Highly recommended for List Nerds like myself.]
Lists are every where, especially on blogs, where we have The Top 5 ‘This and That’s’ all the time. The topic of this blog post is how to make lists work for you. If you are the kind of person who puts things on your to do list that you have already done in order for you to have the pleasure of ticking them of, then this post is for you.
I will also reveal a few of my favourite lists, and some photos from my favourite photo list. Continue reading