This is the third in an ongoing series about planning (your business and your life!) for the holidays. If you want to keep your Holiday Sanity this year, join a group of crafters + artists in our accountability fun If you're struggling to find the time because of family or health limits, check out Within Limits.

Instead of going on and on about planning today, let's just get down to the action. The action of looking clear-eyed and honestly about what you want to do this holiday.

For most of us, that starts with a List.

I am Queen of the List, but my planning really needs to go beyond the list.

I've put everything I know about dealing with big (scary!) to-do lists and turned into a teeny tiny mini-guide.

How I figure out what needs to be done.
How I make sure nothing falls through the cracks.
How I make sure it actually GETS done, hopefully a few days before it's really done.

All of it explained and then demonstrated with silly handdrawn worksheets.

This is one of the first materials I made for the Holiday Sanity program, but I got so much gushing about how helpful it was, I thought, I need to share this with everyone.

So here it is, completely free. No sign-ups or commitments or anything.
Just right click on the little button to download.

And enjoy!

Edited to add: At the request of several fast readers, we're going to do a weekly check-in, right here in the comments.
Today, let us know: did you fill out the first List of Doom?

Of course, you can get private accountability (and brainstorm and learn from a whole pile of clever crafters) in the Holiday Sanity program. Tuesday's the last day to join!

5 Comments on Free Guide to Planning your Holidays

  1. Wendy Cholbi
    November 5, 2010 at 6:14 pm (13 years ago)

    Omigosh I love this so much.

    I printed out the Grand List of Doom page and it is full. Well, there are actually four unoccupied lines, but I’m sure those will be filled sometime today. I am actually scared and doom-filled when looking at it — but with a curious infusion of… not-quite-relief, but something like that.

    Somehow writing these things on your hand-drawn sharpie-lines was much more fun than writing on a piece of notebook paper (or typing a list, which is what I usually do). Plus I feel happy when I look at the cookie doodle and think of Cookie Monster saying “Cooooookieeeee!”

    Giving myself permission for that to be enough for right now. Knowing the rest of the mini-guide is there for me when I need it, thanks to you!

  2. Anonymous
    November 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm (13 years ago)

    You move so fast, Wendy!
    Can I confess? I haven’t filled out my List of Doom yet? But I WILL do it by the end of the day and come back here and fess up to it.

    I’m so glad you like my silly lines! I was hoping it would make it all a little more fun!

    You have Official Permission to not look at the List of Doom for 24 hours.

    (but how about making a grocery list for a few of the things tomorrow? And checking back here? Would that be helpful?)

  3. Leslie (the glitter girl)
    November 8, 2010 at 1:30 am (13 years ago)

    This is awesome. And so are you.

  4. Anonymous
    November 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm (13 years ago)

    Thanks Leslie!
    I’d love to know how you’re using it!