Wave a magic wand

Photo courtesy of Amancay Maahs (Creative Commons)

Photo courtesy of Amancay Maahs (Creative Commons)

Ever wish you had a magic wand to wave and make things magically happen?

Whether it’s completing a big project or event, or just the mundane acts of getting through the day, there are some days that we could use a little special magic to help us through.

I always find myself bogged down this time of year and wishing more often for that wand – work is busier, there are more activities at church and with family or friends, plus shopping, Christmas cards, and general end of year frenzy – whew, I’m out of breath just thinking about it.

What I am finding helpful this year is that I’m trying not to get so caught up in the feeling of having to do it all, and recognizing that some things can be left undone. I do not have to go to every parade and party and event out of a sense of obligation. I’m choosing what to go to because it will be meaningful to me.

Gift giving can get totally out of hand if I am not careful, so I’ve taken a step back this year and simplified it. For many on my list, I have donated money to an organization in their name, and will give them a card notifying them of that gift. I have managed to avoid the crowds by shopping early for the few remaining gifts I needed to purchase, and will order online if any others come up – no sense wasting my precious time driving around a packed parking lot at the mall and fighting the crowds to get to a checkout!

At work, I’m learning to set myself up for success by taking a few minutes at the end of my day to determine the top 2 or 3 things I most need to accomplish the next day. I physically write them down (yes, with pen and paper) and leave my list along with any supporting material, like the files or information, right in the center of my desk. That way I see it first thing the next morning and can dive right in.

By only listing a couple of things I need to accomplish, I avoid that feeling of overwhelm since everything always takes longer than I expect. Then, if I do finish those things, I can regroup and determine what else I can get done later in the day or get set up for the next day.

It is almost as good as a magic wand!