I think there’s something in the air. Ever since the start of November, it’s as if people only realize that it’s nearly the end of 2017. This is not a drill, people! This year is nearly finished! What a relief.
I’m sure that if I say that I’m undergoing stress this time of the year, I’m not the only one. I just finished a bunch of really difficult exams that will determine my future…that’s not nerve-wracking at all. (That was sarcasm in case you missed it. I’m looking at you, Sheldon.)
So how to deal with something like stress? How do I stop being stressed about my work, then proceed to stress about me wasting time stressing…you get the idea, it’s a neverending loop of stress. Well, luckily I have a few tips about how I will be dealing with my stress this time around.
1. Plan ahead
Yeah, I know you’ve heard this one a thousand times before. Trust me, it will make your life a LOT easier. Make lists, set reminders, print out cute calendars; whatever works for you. This will put your mind to rest knowing that you at least have a written plan of what you have to do during the last two months of 2017.
2. Actually, do it
Believe me, I’m the best example when it comes to this aspect. I loooove planning things; writing it all down and making it look nice…and then I never follow my plans. I know I can’t be the only one. I mean, it looks so compelling, doesn’t it? Everything is so structured and well thought out, how can anything go wrong? But for some reason, I just lose complete interest in doing it the way I planned. It’s like I’m pulling something from a lucky draw…you just never know when you’re gonna have to hand in that assignment.
Another thing I realised about my perfect planning skills: I spend WAY too much time planning. I spend so much time planning what I’m going to do, I never really get around to it and I have to improvise anyway. (I promise I always do everything on time, it’s just getting through the procrastination and lack of interest beforehand)
3. Reward yourself
You heard me. Once you finished that report for work that’s been lying under a stack of papers forever, buy yourself an ice-cream. Take a short break or a nice relaxing bath, then get back to work. I know it sucks to study or work during this time of year when you’ve only got jingle bells on your mind, but it will really pay off when you have nothing to worry about over the Christmas break. Imagine going back to work in January (or starting school) and not having a pile of work you neglected to finish.
4. Buy your gifts early
Speaking of Christmas, isn’t that just a real stress-causer? Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas, but there’s this thing about buying the perfect present that causes everyone to freak. If they had started shopping in November, it would have been so much easier. And by planning for it, you won’t accidentally forget Aunt Beth is also coming to Christmas dinner and you need to get her something.
I’ve compiled a list of a few products that you might want to check out. (Personally, I think they are the best.) Feel free to use them as your creative prompts, I’m not going to be offended if you don’t like them.
- LifeAround2Angels Bath Bombs Gift Set
- Winter Set of 6 Premium Grade Fragrance Oils
- Premium Makeup Brush Set (10pcs)
- Harry Potter – Hermione’s Time Turner
- Jewelry Hanging Organizer
- Dimmable Color LED Desk Lamp
- Adjustable Laptop Table Bed Tray
- Footrests Hammock (Black)
- Fossil Men’s FS5151 Stainless Steel Watch With Light Brown Leather Band
5. Planning the perfect party
So it’s about the 20th of December and you’re just chilling, drinking hot chocolate or lying the beach (for those of us lucky enough to have Christmas in summer). Suddenly you receive a message on your phone: “Sorry [your name here], but something’s come up. We won’t be able to host the New Year’s party this year. Really sorry love, maybe next year. xx Sophia.
We all know this excuse. The only thing that’s causing Sophia to cancel on you, is her lack of planning skills and her realisation that New Year’s Eve is in 10 days. So being the friend who always plans everything (me) and can always be counted on, your friends rely on you to turn this around. Within 10 days.
Nothing to worry about my young grasshopper, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I have just the plan!
First off, let everyone know that you are planning the party now, but that you’re not going to do it alone. If they want to be admitted, they need to put in some effort to make this work. This way, you’ll get rid of the free-loaders in the beginning of your planning.
Next, decide whether you want to host the party for the entire night, or just be the introduction to the party at your local club. I would suggest the latter. Tell your guests to bring their favourite pizza toppings (assign them in pairs so you don’t have to bake like 30 pizzas) and their own drinks. That way, all you have to do, is provide the pizza bases (which is easily made from an online recipe), cups and some music. Get some of your other friends to come early with decorations or whatnot.
Make sure that everyone is out by 11, so you have time to clean up before joining them. Or you could clean and go to bed, which would be my choice after hosting 30 people. I hope this works!
6. Tell yourself why it’s all worth it
It really is. Stressing, planning, working hard; it’s all part of shaping your life the way you want it to be. You are in charge of your own destiny, own it!
Good luck with your last two months of 2017, we are well on our way into this new millennium.