Most people think that the holiday season is the worst time to get organized because of the added stress of the season. However, this holiday season is the best time to get organized because:

Being organized gives the mental availability to enjoy the holidays

Organizing for the holidays, planning for home and work tasks allows people to reach the holidays having done everything they needed and wanted to do, able to relax and enjoy the season. 

Eliminating the stress of disorganization results in better productivity and health.

Disorganization generates high levels of stress. Stress, in turn, affects one’s ability to concentrate and think effectively by reducing blood flow to the thinking and decision-making part of the brain. It also favors illness by depressing the immune and digestive systems and increasing blood pressure. Being organized, by completely eliminating this source of stress, allows people to be more productive at work and at home, to be healthier, and thus to reach the holidays themselves in much better shape and spirits.

Being organized can give as much as a week of extra time.

People, on average, waste between one and two hours a day to disorganization and poor time-management skills, or a full week over the holiday season. Being organized is an easy way to reclaim that time.

Being organized results in a relaxed end-of-year and readiness for the new year.

A result of being organized for the holiday season is that, since everything is done on time, or even early, the holidays become a time of relaxation, even vacation. This, in turn, gives the focus and availability to fully focus on the new year and get started effectively.

Being organized results in added respect at work.

Organized people tend to get more respect and admiration at work during the holiday season, because they are the calm in the middle of the end-of-year storm, poised, on time, ready for everything. Since annual reviews are usually done early the following year, this calm, organized attitude has been known to result in promotions. 

Being organized saves money.

Being organized saves money because the risks of buying duplicates, having to rush and grab a gift for more than expected, or being tempted by all the offers and activity in stores into spending much more than intended, is greatly reduced, and easily adds up to hundreds of dollars saved per person each year.

Knowing how to plan for the holidays is knowing how to plan for everything.

The skills learned by getting organized this holiday season easily transfer in any other area of personal or professional life. 

And the bonus reason: The benefits of doing it once last forever.

Once a plan is set for the holidays, the decorations are organized, and an end-of-year schedule is created, keeping it in a binder means that the full planning will already be done for the next year, and the year after that, leaving time to refine, create, invent more things ― or not.

Authored by: Karin Stewart

Karin Stewart, PhD, founder of Daily Mastery, is your Daily Mastery mentor and the author of the popular 5-Minute Time Management Solution. She teaches busy individuals worldwide how to get more done, in less time, and most importantly without the stress and in just 5 minutes a day, so that they can create the life they want. 

After earning a Ph.D. in Communication Systems at a top European engineering school, Karin left academia to work in corporate America, in positions of increasing responsibility. 

Acutely aware of the profoundly negative effects of poor time management on workers and the work-life balance issues encountered by many, Karin founded Daily Mastery in 2003, providing much needed relief to a growing number of satisfied and now peacefully productive professionals. 

Her personal experience as a successful business owner juggling work and family life led Karin to develop simple techniques, breakthrough behavior modification tools and effective strategies that her clients use with great success, resulting in optimal productivity and rewarding work-life balance. 

A compelling and entertaining speaker, Karin has spoken for organizations as diverse as Canadian Pacific, the Leadership Institute or the Women Jewelers Association. She has taught for various organizations, as well as her own programs. She has also been quoted in media such and Newsday. 


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