In reality though, I'm better able to "roll with the punches" because of all the groundwork I've laid before December. It's not perfect. Is anything ever perfect?
Here are some tips for staying on track.
1. Don't make your list TOO long. A daily to do list that's unmanageable is frustrating and ends up being counterproductive.
2. Squeeze in small tasks when time allows. Wipe the sink and countertops. Sort mail. Clean one shelf of the fridge. None of these take a lot of time. Grab a wash cloth and do one quickly first thing in the morning.
3. STOP thinking about big tasks like cleaning out the closet or cleaning under the bed, Those have been messy for quite some time so waiting until after Christmas isn't going to rock the world and it might save your sanity.
4. Create a STOP time. Yes your day should "end". Try to get the priorities out of the way earlier in the day/evening and set a time for when you are done. You want to enjoy the holiday season not just work frantically through it.