This is Day 1 of the 21 Days to a Stress Free & Debt Free Christmas.
I’m so excited that you are joining me for the start of what I hope will be a really helpful series designed to walk with you step by step through the Christmas season in a way that ensures you keep your sanity and that you don’t overspend.
Today is all about laying the groundwork for the next month – setting goals for the Christmas season.
The holiday season is here! With all the hustle and bustle, it’s tempting to jump right in and GO-GO-GO! You have a lot to do and your deadline is quickly approaching. In fact, you may have even begun your Christmas activities and shopping already. If that’s you, then don’t skip this next step.
Take a Minute
No matter where you are in the process, I encourage you to sit down and do some thinking before you proceed further. If you are married, include your spouse in this process.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- What do I want out of this year’s Christmas season?
- How can I ensure I don’t bite off more than I can chew?
- Does this year pose extra challenges that I will have to overcome?
- Is it even possible to have a stress free & debt free Christmas?
Jot Them Down
After you’ve asked yourself these questions, take a moment and jot down some goals for this Christmas season. Consider your current season of life. In order to keep things simple, try not to list more than 5 goals. Since this is the 21 days to a stress free & debt free Christmas series, include goals that will help you achieve this end. This exercise may seem silly to you, but I find there is something really powerful about writing my goals down.
Once you have written them down, post your goals somewhere that you will see them on a daily basis (a mirror, day planner, fridge, etc). Take a minute each day to read over your goals and remind yourself to keep things in perspective as the season unfolds.
Finally, I have planned some flex days as we proceed through this series. Hopefully, flex days will help you get caught up on previous tasks and assess how you are doing. It’s my hope that you will use those flex days to renew your commitment to your goals and give yourself a pat on the back as you proceed with success.