According to the results, even taking the holiday stress survey and pondering about their got-to-get-done list for the next 30-days caused stress in 4 out of 10 respondents.
Does reading this survey get you worked up?
Top 10 Most Stressful Holiday Activities
- Spending too much money
- Creating a specific holiday budget
- Deciding what gift to buy for whom
- Managing workload to take time off
- Not enough time to shop
- Not enough time for events
- Sending gifts and cards on time
- Taking care of physical well-being
- Relationships with family, friends and co-workers
- Decorating for or hosting a holiday party
Here in Sunny Southern California, worrying about snow-related travel is not an issue. But we do have holiday-related stress during our quest to be top chef and the supreme shopper. So what's the key to tackling your troubles? FranklinCovey's new thought leader, Julie Morgenstern, says to make a plan:
“The key to avoiding stress during the holiday season is to create a manageable, written plan for the holidays that includes events, budgeting, shopping, traditions and quality time with friends and family. Make sure your plan allows you and your loved ones to enjoy the holiday season – your way.”
We agree with Julie-- your way is the way-- and a making a plan is important, especially if you want to keep within your budget, not waste time, or avoid other things that you'd normally consider important, like exercise, diet, or family activities. We'd suggest a list, or if you're a more visual person, creating a mind map. So whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever, you'll find peace.
- Holiday outsourcing - our interview with Los Angeles Times (7/16/05)
- 10 tips for an organized holiday (12/02/05)
- Better planning can reduce holiday stress (11/30/05)