Life & Lifestyle

Making A List and Checking It Twice

The holiday season is approaching. It’s a time when many of us grow anxious and stressed over creating the “perfect holiday.” Together, let’s decide to remove perfection from our vocabulary and believe that “good enough is good enough.”

I wander if Santa is a techie list-maker or an old-fashioned pen-and-paper sort? After all, ’tis the season to become fried, frazzled, and forgotten without a list or two. Whether it’s electronic or on paper, he — and you — can make a daily Holiday List that is realistic and achievable to help reduce the seasonal stress and anxiety.

Prioritize your list by importance: order each task on your list from the most important to the least important items. Ask yourself what can be delegated to other people, such as co-workers, friends, or family members. And ask yourself these questions:

  • What do I really want to accomplish?
  • Why?
  • What’s the benefit?


Once you’ve answered these questions and performed the suggestions below, you’ll have written a Holiday To-Do List to be proud of!

  • Choose a date and time to begin your list.
  • Select three priority items, put them in order and jot them down. You can delete, just don’t add any more than a total of five tasks/items on your daily Holiday To-Do List
  • Be selective in how you spend your time on each task
  • What are your expected outcomes?
  • Remember that organization begins in our minds and flows through our bodies.
  • Remove the emotional clutter before working on your physical clutter
  • Give yourself permission to start, stop, and restart.


This year give the gift of organization to yourself or someone you love!

The Organizer Coach


Tammy O’Neil

Tammy O’Neil is an Associate Certified ADHD Coach, Certified Parent Trainer, Certified Student Success Coach and a Professional Organizer that specializes in ADHD, chronic disorganization, and hoarding. O'Neil fosters a cooperative coaching partnership with her clients and collaborates with them to reach their goals. If you want more information about how to get and stay organized, contact her for a FREE 20-minute phone consult at 304.834.5678 or or Tune in to "LIVE with the Organizer Coach," virtual presentation every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:30–7 pm. Visit for more information.

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