Holiday planning can be overwhelming and take the joy from the holidays. With so much to do and so many people to see, taking a project management approach to the holidays can make the season less stressful. Using project management you can plan, execute, and achieve specific goals.
Define your project objectives
The hoiday experience is about meaningful family activities. What’s most meaningful to you and your family? That’s the best starting place for you to know what you want your holiday to look and feel like. Write this down to keep on target.
Set your scope
How big is your holiday project? Is it defined by a budget and how much you plan to spend this year? Is it defined by the calendar and how many events will you attend each year? Set limits on your holiday project with these boundaries for your scope. How big will your holiday plan be?
Plan your itinerary
Your itinerary can include where you are travelling to, what homes you will be visiting, or what local experiences you will attend. Coodinating locations and time frames gives you a big picture plan for where you want to be and when you will be there. It’s often a time to consolidate and coordinate your purchasing too.
Your holiday expectations play a big role in the happiness. It’s a planning what your holiday can look like. Real family holidays are not perfect and are messy. Take perfectionism off the table, for holiday decorations, holiday treats or holiday gifts. Know what you want to be “perfect” and let the rest go. The best quality to focus on is the meaningful time spent with your family. It’s gauged by the smiles, hugs and precious time together.
Close your project
Close your project with an assessment what went well. What are the things your family enjoyed together? Did you meet your budget? Are there things you want to repeat again next year? Having a short recap with your family helps you enjoy the time together even more.
Don’t reinvent the wheel each holiday! Check out the holiday planning notebook here.