This week, we have some tips on having a stress-free Christmas and Holiday season.

From Sandy Rees, with Get Fully Funded:

My best tips for a stress-free Christmas is to make a list of the stuff that absolutely HAS to get done, and work between now and Christmas on knocking out the items on the list.  Then, when you leave the office for home, leave the work in the office.  Don’t check email on your phone.  Unplug yourself as much as you can.  And indulge in your favorite activities.  Even a few minutes spent with a favorite hobby can help refresh your spirit.

From Kent Stroman, with Stroman & Associates:

  1. Purpose – Remember the real reason for the Christmas season.  It’s a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the most important figure in all human history.  Keep this in mind to combat the natural hijacking that so often takes place.  The main thing is not the gifts, the shopping, the decorations, the parties, etc.  Rather than being stressed out about these things, remember that they are for the purpose of honoring Jesus, not vice versa.
  2. Focus – It’s easy for me to become ‘me-focused’ in all of the hustle bustle of the season, rather than focusing on what I can do for others.  One of my favorite Christmas experiences involved gathering our children together and, as a family, making a selection from the gift catalog of an international humanitarian organization, and giving the gift of a goat to a family in Africa so they could have their own business.  Another way we can focus on others is to simply volunteer as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army red kettle drive.
  3. Duration – Remember, the Christmas celebration (in our society) has a beginning and an end.  The hectic lifestyle isn’t forever.  If you wish, it can end on December 26.  Celebrate the holiday, go to sleep, and wake up ready to focus on other priorities.

Terry Axelrod, with Benevon Associates, has a great post at the Guidestar website about this topic as well. Her top three tips (of 10) are:

  1. Spend time cultivating relationships with current donors.
  2. Keep track of the numbers - seeing the numbers of contacts you've had with donors can be encouraging.
  3. Make new friends for the organization.