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Christmas Shopping – A Breeze!

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

I work full time as a Personal Injury Solicitor at Personal Injury Pal, Personal Injury Solicitors Birmingham.

If you work or have young children fitting everything in can be difficult.  It can lead to stress especially in the lead up to Christmas.  I share with you some wise words:-

When we are young our parents guide and nurture us through life until we are able to stand on our own two feet.

As I reflect on my childhood some memories are more prominent than others.  It seems as I get older I tend to look back all the more often.

One memory is being back at home in the dining room and my father giving me some advice as I was about to leave home and take my first steps into the big wide world.

“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today”, he said.

I don’t know why this quote has stuck with me through the years.  Maybe because each time I went to put something off I recalled my father saying:-

“Don’t put that task off!”

but still delayed getting on with the task.

I have now learned from my mistakes and have taken my father’s wise words on board.

More recently I read a quote from Mark Twain:

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started”,

…not too dissimilar from my father’s words.

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I share with you my father’s advice and also some tips on time management, although I am no expert.  Tips which I use in my work and home life.  Tips which may help you with your Christmas Shopping!

Use a paper calendar, paper diary or the electronic version on your mobile.

Record deadlines, important dates and diarise a reminder a week before the deadline/important date.

Each day write a ‘To Do List’

Prioritise the jobs on your ‘To Do List’

Do the most difficult task early in the day when you are fresh – don’t put it off (unless of course another task becomes more of a priority)

If you are getting distracted by emails, phone calls, make a quick note of the message and return to the task in question.  You can deal with the messages later.

When you set about a difficult task, break it down on a list into small manageable portions.  As you tackle each portion, tick it off.  Trust me, before you know it your page has ticks down it with just one or two to go, which are done in no time at all.


Have a break at lunchtime, walk outside in the fresh air.  This will set you up for the afternoon.  You may think that working through your lunch is more productive, but if you are tired tasks take longer.

So for example, Christmas Shopping:-

Write down the date you intend to go Christmas Shopping.

Make a ‘To Do List’.  On the list will be the name of the people you are going to buy for.

Write down the amount you want to spend.  Write down the gifts you are going to buy for them; if you don’t know write down shops which you think suitable gifts for that person can be bought from.

Then take your first step.  Go out and browse the shops (or Internet).  You may find you get just one present on your first trip out, or you may get them all.  What matters is that you have made a start and you can tick off the first task from you list.20131105_074118

Try it, it works for me – although I have yet to embark on my Christmas Shopping!

Any more tips on Christmas Shopping or Time Management, please share them with us!