On Prepping for a Busy Season!

I know, I know. You saw the word “season” and you think I’m already talking about the holidays. Well, no, not specifically.

I’m talking about those time when you can see “busy” approaching on the horizon. Where you look ahead on the calendar and realize that next month is going to be NUTS. You’re instantly overwhelmed and not at all sure if you’ll make it through or not. How do you deal with that?

In the months of October, November and December, I literally slash my prices for my photography business in half. People are wanting photos for Christmas cards, and family is in town for those extended-family shots, and I feel that everyone should be able to capture memories for a reasonable price! In a normal month I do anywhere from 3-5 photo shoots, but in these three months I literally do DOZENS. Did I mention part of the deal is a less-than-a-week turnaround? Oh, and that I’m still working a full-time job and maintaining this blog while I’m doing all these photo shoots? Yeah. “BUSY” is the word!

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So in September, I start prepping for the crazy that will become my life in the next three months. And I thought I’d share a few tips with everyone on Prepping for a Busy Season, just in case you see some crazy coming your way!

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1. Plan FAR in advance

You may feel silly planning three months down the road, but trust me. When things start happening quickly, and it’s hard to think straight because there’s so much going on, you will be SO glad you did!

2. Use a calendar

I cannot stress this enough. Especially if you “think” you’ll remember. You won’t. You’ll forget, you’ll double-book, you’ll miss important things…PLEASE – use a calendar!

3. Write things down – immediately

Well, first of all, write things down. But seriously, write them down IMMEDIATELY. Because, as I said in point number one, even if you “think” you’ll remember, you won’t! And you’ll be agitated with yourself over it!

4. Knock out the to-do list

Yeah, you know the list. The list that has had the same projects on it for months, and you keep telling yourself, “I really need to take care of it.” KNOCK IT OUT. You’ll be able to function so much better without it hanging over your head!

5. Do as much as possible before-hand

You may feel weird getting your Christmas cards set to go out when it’s only October, or figuring out the Thanksgiving menu a month in advance, but this really will benefit you in the long run!

6. Warn those close to you

This is a big one. My conversation with my husband normally goes like this: “Okay, babe, it’s September. You remember what happens in October, November and December, right? So, let me just say in advance that I love you, and that if I’m frustrated or stressed it’s not because of you, it’s because of the situation, and that it will all pass eventually. And I’M probably gonna need some passes from you, too!”

And can I just brag on my husband a little bit? He really loves when I have dinner waiting for him when he comes home, but during the crazy time, he offers to do his own dinner and get me some, too. He asks if there is any laundry he can do. He looks over my shoulder at my to-do list and just starts working his way down it. He tells me he misses me, but understands and is thankful for a wife who is passionate about what she does.

It doesn’t get much better than that, folks!

7. Ask for help

There is NO SHAME IN ASKING FOR HELP! Chances are that there are a lot of people whom YOU give help to all year long – they would be happy to return the favor! You know the mom who’s kids you always watch? Ask her to watch yours! You know the friend at the office you’re always helping with projects? Ask him to take the lead on what you’re working on! And the neighbors who you’re always driving around when their car breaks down? Ask them if they could run a couple of errands for you!

Don’t forget your family! Ask for help from your husband and your kids! It’s a great opportunity to let your husband know that he’s needed, and to teach your kids some new skills and let them know they are essential to the family as a whole!

There will always be things that no one BUT you can do. And that’s to be expected. But, for the things someone else can do, just ask for help!

8. Take care of yourself

Do your very best to eat healthy, take all your vitamins, sleep well and exercise. The last thing you want in the midst of crazy is to be sick. You have to take care of yourself so you can take care of crazy! (This includes “just saying no” to doing anything more than what you already have to do and not overextending yourself!)

9. Plan a break

If you know you’ll get burnt out at a certain point, schedule in what I call a “Day of Nothing” and do as little as possible on that day! Sleep, watch movies, read…whatever you do to keep yourself in a calm and peaceful state, do it! And also, look past the crazy and schedule in a break to reward yourself with when it’s all over! (For instance, I take off from the photography biz for the entire month of January, and this time, we will even be on vacation in the mountains for a week out of that month! It’s gonna be a great reward, I can feel it!)

So there you have it. Nine tips to combat crazy when you see it headed in your direction!

Do you have any other tips you’d like to add? I’d love to hear them!

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if youโ€™d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please donโ€™t hesitate to email me atKristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

29 thoughts on “On Prepping for a Busy Season!

  1. You’ve given me a lot to think about for this time next year. My husband and I are looking into a craft/gift business, and I’ll be starting an employed job as well as still blogging and freelancing. It’s going to be touch, especially this time next year, but planning in advance is something I already do so that shouldn’t be too bad. Thanks for your great tips. Good luck with your business.

  2. Number 6 LOL – my husband knows by now to just go with the flow and pitch in where needed. This is such a busy and tough time of year for everyone. You should see my lists already ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I am the wife of an active duty Army Reservist, homeschooling mother of 4 and the official “keeper of the calendar”. I have to maintain everything everyone is the family is doing. One of my favorite tools is Cozi – an online calendar that can even send reminders, maintain a to-do list and a grocery list all while allowing every member of the family to have their own color, plus designate a color for events that involve the entire family. While using this tool is fantastic because of the way it allows everyone in the family to see what is going on, I still love my paper planners. So I keep one of those for me. Plus that way if something happens that our cellphones run out of power, I still can see what is going on if we are out and about.

    Busy seasons come and go in our home. We are getting ready to enter one of these said busy times because my husband has a lot going on for work. Which means I have more responsibility around the house. But when his time is less busy, he helps with dinner since he loves cooking. He will help with laundry and other things as needed. The one area he has total control over is the outside yardwork – only he now has sons who are old enough to help with that. So I hope your busy time is a blessing. What a gem you have in your husband!

  4. What a fantastic post, I love all the tips. In my career I have found that number 6, warn those around you is one of the most important for keeping me and my family sane!

  5. I love the Warn Those Close To You advice the best! Why oh why do husbands love dinner on the table when they get home!?
    God bless you during this busy season! Enjoy the fun parts ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I definitely could use all those tips! You are so correct though. Planning ahead does pay off in the long run and gives so much more calm in the midst of crazy! I love that your hubby is such a sweet man and helps you out as much as he can. And I love what you tell him ahead of time …lol! I checked out your photography business – and very nice! You waited a while to show us this one, didn’t you. I need you to come here and do our family photos!!!

  7. I would never make it through the holidays without calendars and planners and lists! I have to write everything down or I WILL forget it.

  8. As a bookkeeper-even though I am semi retired-my busy time comes once a quarter at payroll reporting time–I write everything on my trusty little pocket calendar-my client appts, my Mom’s Dr. appts, my Doc Appts–the books I have to have read and reviewed is actually on an Excel spreadsheet. I do try to explain to my cat who just does not understand!! These are good ways to try and make times like this less stressful.

  9. Those are good tips. ‘Write it down immediately’ is my fave because it’s so easy to forget what you ‘know you’re going to remember’ if you don’t.

  10. Planning a break is the most important tip of all of them and I think we forget to do that.

    I took a look at your photography site and you take just fabulous photos.

  11. #6 is me all the time. October, November, and December get really crazy for us. With me and hubs we have my mother, his mother, then his father and step mother. Then, we have kiddo, which is his daughter. So we always have to share holidays with all the grandparents and all of her mother and step fathers family. I know I get tired so lord knows how pooped out kiddo gets during the holiday season.

  12. Great tips Kristen !!Planning ahead helps a lot !! I am the one who hates last minute things but nowadays I am becoming like that.Trying hard to get back to the old me !

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