With the new year coming up, you may feel that added pressure to get things done. There is a lot to do for the holidays, and planning for the next year. It can start to feel overwhelming pretty quickly.
While your list of things that have to be done or planned out starts to grow, there are some things you should consider. First, there is most likely an easier way to do whatever it is you’re doing. Also, there is always someone that can help you. You aren’t in this alone.
Set Reasonable Goals
Make sure that whatever it is you have to do, you have reasonable goals for them. Just the same, practical deadlines are important for giving yourself, or the team, a good amount of time to complete something without rushing or being late. You don’t want to hurry anything if it’s unnecessary, but you need to make sure it’s done on time.
Establish Daily & Weekly Tasks
When you have goals and deadlines to reach, you want to make sure they’re done on time. This can be made simple when you set daily and weekly tasks leading up to an earlier date than needed. When you do this, you allow for wiggle room if something needs fixing or more time on something. Also, these daily and weekly tasks can be considered your small goals that lead up to the ultimate goal in mind. This way can help you better organize your to-do’s in order to see them completed in an organized, timely way.
Whatever it is you have to do, you don’t have to do it alone. If you already have a team, utilize them. Get together and form a plan in which everyone gets an equal share of tasks so no one feels overwhelmed. Also, make sure everyone is on the same page. If you don’t have a team, then recruit some help. You’d be surprised how many people are willing to help!
Keep On Track
With you and your team working on daily and weekly tasks, it’s imperative to keep track of everything happening. Have your team check-in so you can make sure they’re doing what they’ve been assigned, and that they’re doing it correctly.
You may be surprised at how many unnecessary things are on your to-do list. Or perhaps some goals or plans that you are able to avoid for an easier way of reaching your deadlines. Take a look at your lists, tasks, and plans, and see if you can declutter anything from your list of things to do. This can allow for more time for completing other tasks or perhaps reaching the deadline early.
Your end of the year does not have to be full of stressful to-do’s, lists, and unrealistic deadlines. When you set reasonable goals, tasks, and deadlines things can go much smoother. When you get your team to help, then you can see that with teamwork, your list gets shorter, and there is a significant difference that having others help makes. Also, making sure you don’t have any clutter, and that you’re staying on track can make a world of difference.
The end of the year can be a joyous time. Celebrations with family on holidays are what you want to be looking forward to towards the end of the year, not a list of things you have to get done. When you step back, re-examine your list, find help, and reset – you’ll find that an easy-going and non-overwhelming to-do list at the end of the year!