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Getting overwhelmed with the thought of the impending festivities that are occur in the last few months of the year is something that many moms can relate to.
Like me, many of you will have sent your kids back to school and rejoiced in being able to reclaim some of your time for yourself!
Like me, your joy might have been somewhat short-lived on realizing that the busiest time of the year is here again.
With most of the celebrations and family get togethers all slotted into the final three months of year, this last quarter can send moms into a frenzied mood as we rush and dash to get this and cook that!
Why Moms Are Especially Busy In Q4
Moms are always busy! That's a given. But moms are especially busy towards the end of the year because the favorite time of year for your kids is here:
I refer to these three events as HTC. HTC will keep you going for the next 12 weeks.
Many of these events involve a lot of food! So moms, if you are fed up of being in the kitchen the whole time, there's more cooking on the way.
These events also involve gift giving and, as in the case of Halloween, a lot of dressing up and fun activities as well.
How to Organize Your Time & Money To Cope With Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas
It is possible to enjoy these events and get out the other end alive and in one piece with your sanity intact.
These are huge tasks in themselves. Just planning for Halloween is like a mini-project in itself.
And that's the secret to getting organized. Treating each occasion as though it were a mini-project. Set milestones, dates, activities and watch your progress. You don't want to go over time or over budget.
Your children will need their Halloween night planned out so that everything is ready to go on October 31st. You definitely do not want to go over budget either, because that way only leads to stress.
Over time and over budget? What's that I hear you say?
When it comes to dealing with HTC, you have to bear in mind that there are two parts to consider for each:
Things to consider:
* Only you will know how much of your time is going to be taken up. Further, if you are a host, the onus is on you to prepare and provide the food, whether it be for a Halloween party or a Thanksgiving dinner.
* Buying gifts, buying Halloween party supplies and treats, buying food and drink are all going to cost money
You need to be good at getting organized with both.
Time Organization Tips for Reclaiming Your Sanity1) Plan ahead - make judicious use of planning tools. Use your calendars and notebooks to forge a plan.
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