There’s a lot of work to get done during the holidays. If you are gifted at making lists and checking them twice, then staying organized and making things happen during the holidays won’t be too difficult. However, for the person who is not Type A, the holidays can be overwhelming. There’s so much to get done, and keeping it all organized can seem impossible. Here’s five tips for staying organized during the holidays for the person who isn’t Type A.

Write It Down

If it’s not written down (on paper, in a planner, or in your phone), does it truly exist? During the winter months, there’s gifts to purchase, events to attend, and flights to book. Write down your priorities for the day, week, and month.  

Create a System

You might utilize alphabetization, color coding, or your own unique system, but creating a system to organize your tasks is key to staying organized. The key is to create a system that makes the most sense for you. 

Share Your Calendar

One tool to lean into during the holiday season is a shared calendar. You might try this with your significant other or your roommate. Sharing your digital calendar with the people closest to you in order to help you stay on top of things. 

Incentivize Progress

Nothing says a job well done than a treat. If organization does not come naturally to you and you have gone to great lengths to stay on top of your holiday to-do list, treat yourself. Whether it’s a holiday latte or a winter-themed cookie, celebrate your progress. This will encourage you to continue getting things done and staying organized in the holiday hecticness. 

Ask for Help

Never be afraid to ask for help. If organization and planning is not your thing, don’t sweat it. Ask your Type A friends for help. For the person who organization comes second nature to, they’ll find joy in helping you create a system to keep you on track. They probably already have checklists, sticky notes, notecards, and calendars on hand to help you get started.