Earlier this week I wrote part one of this series Entertaining Does Not Have to Be Hard -- Use Your Best Talents. Today, I'll talk a bit about gift giving and making time for yourself.•Create a Gift Center in Your Home - Designate one place in your home for all your gift-wrapping needs. (I.e. a drawer, closet, or storage box) When you only have to make one trip for your tape, scissors, paper, ribbon, pen and cards-gift giving is both fun and easy. Also store the gifts you plan to give in the same place. Set up one storage tub for "kid gifts" and another for "adult gifts" and make sure to include a flat surface for wrapping.
•Keep Hostess Gifts on Hand - Keep hostess gifts on hand, have them in the same area and have them categorized. For example, frames should be kept together, books, vases, etc. Now it will be easy to choose a gift and wrap it before your evening out. Be considerate the easy way!
•Gift Giving - Still searching for gift ideas for those not-so-easy-to-buy-for folks on your list? Here are some ideas on how to approach the gift-giving season: 1. first, make a list of everyone for whom you'll be buying a gift. 2. Next, think of the last two conversations you had with that person. What did they talk about? 3. Spend a few minutes thinking about their lifestyle for clues on what they can use.
Making Room for what is Important to You
•Differentiate between obligations and choices.If you have been dragging yourself to the company party for years, attended a boring present swap so many times that you have lost count, or you are dreading doing one more time consuming fund raiser, let yourself off the hook. When you thin your holiday schedule of unwanted obligations, you are choosing to make room for the activities that are truly important to you and will create lasting memories. Your family will thank you for it.
•Make a Balance Plan - Your life consists of Seven Vital Areas: Health, Family, Financial, Intellectual, Social, Professional, and Spiritual. You will not spend equal amounts of time in each area or time every day in each area. But, if in the long run, you are spending a sufficient quantity and quality of time in each area, then your life will be balanced. But ignore any one of your areas, (never mind two or three!) and you will get out of balance and potentially sabotage your success. Fail to take time now for your health and you will have to take time for illness later on. Ignore your family and they may leave you and cost you a lot of time to re-establish relationships, etc.
What do you do? Share your thoughts below. I'd love to hear from you.