ADD and Planning a Pleasant Holiday
Planning for the holiday season means making lists—lots of lists! After the lists are completed, you need to coordinate the items on those little planning tools. Many people with Attention Deficit Disorder do not enjoy writing lists. If you don't enjoy handwritten lists, consider using a computer or tablet. Having a calendar readily available can help you, too. Getting input from those people who share the holidays with you will also be imperative.
Get input from people who you will share the holiday with--
*What is their vision of the holiday?
*Which events give them the most pleasure?
*How much time and money are they willing to spend on creating a holiday experience?
List events on a calendar--
*If you have children, list the school, social and church obligations first.
*Make a list of events that you enjoy. Do you like tree lighting ceremonies? What about story hour at the library? Does your family ring bells to collect money for the needy? Do you adopt a family or elderly person who could use a little extra at holiday time?
Decide on activities--
*List which activities are important for your group.
*Is having a pre-holiday weenie roast at your fireplace a must-do?
*Do you enjoy ice skating?
*Will you drive around and see the lights?
*Do you want to shop until you drop?
*Is this fun for you, or is it added stress?
*How much effort do you need to put into cleaning and decorating?
*What type of gathering would you like to host?
*Are there foods that you associate with the holiday season?
Agree on what you must do--
*What must you do to make this holiday a special time for you and yours? These could include events and activities that everyone agrees about. What preparations absolutely need to be completed to add to your holiday joy?
Select which items you want to do--
*These are the events and activities that would be fun to do, but people agree that they are not essential for anybody's pleasure.
*Will your holiday pleasure be diminished if you don't do these activities?
Resources are important when you are making plans that affect your happiness. Your lists are a tremendous foundation for planning. Don't forget the articles on this website. Many of them have to do with developing arrangements for special occasions. Below this article are related links for you to get additional details to help shape a great holiday season.
We look at holiday times and expect pleasure and a sense of satisfaction. Too often, what we get is stress and depression. The difference is found in planning and maintaining an attitude of gratitude. People with Attention Deficit Disorder, with their enhanced creativity, can make the most of this time of year when they make their lists and work those planning tools.
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