How to Avoid Procrastination & Prepare for the Holidays

By Roz Jones

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But they can also be a time of stress and anxiety. If you’re like most caregivers, you probably have a long list of things to do and not enough time to do them. Add in the pressure of holiday parties, gift shopping, and preparing special meals, and it’s no wonder so many caregivers end up feeling overwhelmed.

One of the best ways to reduce stress during the holidays is to avoid procrastination. That means getting started on your projects as soon as possible and setting realistic deadlines. It also means being organized and prioritizing your tasks. In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how to avoid procrastination and make the most of your holiday season.

Get started early

One of the best ways to avoid procrastination is to get started on your projects as soon as possible. That doesn’t mean you have to start decorating your house in October or start your holiday shopping in August (unless you want to, of course). But it does mean that you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to start your preparations.

The sooner you start, the more time you’ll have to get things done and the less stressed you’ll be. And if you find that you’re getting overwhelmed, take a break! There’s no rule that says you have to do everything at once. Little by little, each task will get done and before you know it, you’ll be ready for the holidays.

Set realistic deadlines

If you’re like most caregivers, you probably have a long list of things to do during the holidays. But trying to do everything at once is a recipe for disaster. Instead, set realistic deadlines for yourself and break down your tasks into manageable chunks. For example, if you’re hosting a holiday party, set a deadline for when all the preparations need to be done. Then create a checklist of everything that needs to be done (e.g., send out invitations, buy food and drinks, decorate the house) and cross each item off as you complete it.

By setting deadlines and breaking down your tasks into smaller parts, you’ll avoid feeling overwhelmed and will be more likely to stay on track. Plus, there’s nothing more satisfying than crossing items off your holiday To-Do list!

Prioritize your tasks

With so many things on your plate during the holidays, it’s important to prioritize your tasks so that you don’t get bogged down by low-priority items. Start by making a list of everything that needs to be done (e.g., decorate the house, buy gifts) and then rank each task in order of importance. Once you’ve done that, focus on completing the most important tasks first and save the lower-priority items for later. This will help ensure that you don’t get sidetracked by less important tasks and will help reduce stress during this busy time of year. 

The holidays are a wonderful time of year but they can also be very stressful. If you’re struggling with procrastination or feeling overwhelmed by all that needs to be done, take heart! You’re not alone. By following these tips—getting started early, setting realistic deadlines, Prioritizing your tasks—you can avoid procrastination and make this holiday season joyful instead of stressful!


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5 Ways Caregivers Can Jingle Their Bells This Holiday Season!

By Roz Jones

The holiday season is a time for family, friends, and coming together. But it can also be a time of stress and exhaustion, especially for caregivers. If you’re feeling the holiday blues, here are some ways to care for yourself so you can fully enjoy the season.

1. Get enough sleep. 

When you’re short on rest, everything feels harder. So make sure to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If you can’t get a full night’s sleep, try taking a nap during the day or going to bed earlier than usual.

2. Eat healthy and stay hydrated. 

Eating nutritious meals and drinking plenty of fluids will help you have the energy you need to get through the day. Avoid sugary drinks and processed foods that will only make you feel worse.

3. Exercise regularly. 

Exercise releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects. Taking a brisk walk around the block or doing some jumping jacks in your living room can do wonders for your mental wellbeing.

4. Take breaks when you need them. 

Caring for someone can be all-consuming, but it’s important to take breaks when you need them. Whether it’s reading a book, taking a bath, or watching your favorite TV show, take time for yourself every day to recharge.

5. Reach out to your support system. 

Whether it’s family, friends, or a support group, Lean on your loved ones when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Talking about what’s going on can help you feel better and may give you some much-needed perspective.

This holiday season, don’t forget to take care of yourself! By getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising, taking breaks, and reaching out to your support system, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the holidays and create lasting memories with your loved ones.


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The 5 Types of Procrastinators & How You Can Overcome!

By Roz Jones

There are mainly 5 common types of procrastinators. Determine which one you relate to the most & how you can overcome it.

  • The Perfectionist.
    Don’t let your obsession with details take up all your time. Instead, be clear about the purpose of the tasks and assign a time limit to work on each one. This pushes you to stay focused and finish within the desired time. 

    The perfectionist pays too much attention to making every perfect. They are afraid to start; afraid they won’t get every detail right. They can get stuck during the process of a task because they are too scared to continue.
  1. The Dreamer.
    The dreamer enjoys making plans more than taking action. They are often highly creative but find it difficult to finish the work.

    Stop yourself from being carried away by your endless creative ideas by getting your feet on the ground with specific goals based on the SMART system. Set the goal, break it into small tasks you can take action on and then follow through. When you have ideas pop into your head, jot them down to revisit later.
  1. The Avoider.
    The avoider is a worrier. They are too scared to attempt tasks they think they can’t handle. Instead, they would rather put off doing the work than be judged by others when they make mistakes.

    Focus on the worst task first. Spend your morning hours working on what is the most challenging to you. This gives you a feeling of having achieved something and helps build momentum for the rest of the day. Avoid checking emails first thing every day. And break your tasks into smaller sub-tasks.
  1. The Crisis-Maker. 
    The crisis-maker is someone who deliberately puts work off until the last minute. To them, deadlines (or crises) are exciting and they believe they work best when they are under pressure of a deadline.

    Realize that you are not doing your best work by waiting until the last minute. Instead, work on the project a little at a time. Try using the Pomodoro technique where you focus on working in short, focused bursts then give yourself a short break before starting again.
  1. The Busy Procrastinator.
    The busy procrastinator has trouble prioritizing tasks. They are the fussy ones who have too many tasks or refuse to work on what they think as unworthy of their skills. They don’t know how to pick the task that is the highest priority and best for them, so they simply put off making any decision.

    Set your priorities in the right order. Important tasks take priority over urgent ones. Urgent doesn’t always mean it’s important. Important tasks are the ones that will add value to your expected outcome.

Procrastination doesn’t have to always get you down. Did you find out the type of procrastinator you are? I hope you use these tips to continue kicking your procrastination habits to the curb as you prepare for the new year!


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3 Tips On Coping with Holiday Stress

By Roz Jones

The holiday season is a joyful time for many, but it can also be a very stressful time. For caregivers, the added stress of caring for a loved one can make the holidays feel overwhelming. Here are some tips for caregivers to help cope with holiday stress.

The holidays are a joyful time for many, but they can also be very stressful. For caregivers, the added stress of caring for a loved one can make the holidays feel overwhelming. Here are some tips for caregivers to help cope with holiday stress.

Plan Ahead

One of the best ways to reduce stress is to plan ahead. When you know what to expect, you can better prepare yourself and your loved one for the holiday season. Make a list of all the things you need to do and start checking items off as you go. Planning ahead will help you stay organized and on top of things during the busy holiday season.

Take Time for Yourself

It’s important to take some time for yourself during the holidays. Caring for a loved one can be demanding and exhausting. Take some time each day to do something that you enjoy, even if it’s just reading or taking a break from all the holiday preparations. You’ll feel better and be able to better care for your loved one when you take some time out for yourself.

Talk to Other Caregivers

You’re not alone in this! Talk to other caregivers and see how they’re coping with holiday stress. You may find that you have more in common than you realized and that talking to others who understand what you’re going through can be very helpful. There are also online forums and support groups that can be a great resource during this time of year. 

The holidays can be a stressful time, but it’s important to take care of yourself so that you can continue providing care for your loved one. Planning ahead, taking some time for yourself, and talking to other caregivers can help reduce stress and make the holiday season more enjoyable for both you and your loved one.


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5 Tips for Breaking Procrastination Habits

By Roz Jones

As you might guess, breaking your procrastination habit is going to be as difficult as creating a productive one. 

Here are some tips to help you along the way.

  • Become aware of when you are procrastinating. 
    • Figure out when and why you are putting something off. Increase your awareness of what you’re doing instead of the task that needs doing. 
  • Write down when and why you are doing it and how it makes you feel. 
    • This helps you establish a baseline and then you can analyze and recognize why you are doing it.
  • Switch it out.
    • Once you know why and when you’re following the procrastination routine, find a temporary or permanent replacement habit for it. For example, if you’re putting off a big project because you don’t have time for it, break it up into smaller tasks you can work on daily. 
  • Choose a new approach that works for you. 
    • Some people can quit a behavior all at once while others need to quit, gradually. Put into place accountability and rewards systems when you take action instead of procrastinating. 
  • Replace the bad behavior with positive behavior until it becomes a habit.
    • This can be as simple as using apps to help you be more productive and make it easier to get organized, so you know what you need to be doing.

Procrastination doesn’t have to always get you down. I hope these tips will help you to kick your procrastination habits to the curb as you prepare for the new year!


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