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The Importance of Creating Space on Your Holiday Calendar

By Deborah Voll December 01, 2023 Lifestyle

The holiday season, with its glittering lights and joyful festivities, often brings a sense of excitement and anticipation. However, amid the hustle and bustle, it’s important to recognize the significance of creating space on your calendar.

Why Create Space on Your Calendar?

In the midst of shopping, decorating, and attending gatherings, carving out moments of tranquility can make a world of difference to your well-being.

A Holiday Schedule Mitigates Stress

One of the primary reasons to prioritize space on your holiday calendar is to mitigate stress. The pressure to meet expectations, both personal and societal, can be overwhelming. By deliberately leaving gaps in your schedule, you provide yourself the invaluable gift of time.

This time can be used for self-care, whether it’s a quiet evening at home, a leisurely stroll through a festive neighborhood, or simply enjoying a cup of cocoa by the fire. Creating these pockets of calm can significantly reduce stress levels and contribute to a more enjoyable holiday experience.

Being Spontaneous When Necessary

Having space on your calendar allows for flexibility and spontaneity. While planning is essential, leaving room for the unexpected can lead to magical moments and cherished memories. Whether it’s an impromptu visit from a friend or a last-minute decision to attend a community event, these unplanned experiences can often be the most meaningful.

Embracing spontaneity adds an element of joy and surprise to the holiday season, making it more memorable and fulfilling.

Allows for Times of Reflection and Gratitude

The holiday season is also an opportune time for reflection and gratitude. When our schedules are jam-packed, it’s easy to overlook the true essence of the season. By intentionally creating space, you give yourself the chance to reflect on the year gone by, express gratitude for the positive moments, and set intentions for the coming year. This reflective time can enhance your overall sense of well-being and bring a deeper meaning to the holiday season.

Gives Time to Strengthen Relationships

In addition to personal well-being, having space on your calendar fosters stronger connections with loved ones. Quality time with family and friends is at the heart of the holidays. By avoiding overcommitment, you can savor these moments and nurture the relationships that matter most.

Whether it’s a cozy family dinner or a heart-to-heart conversation with a friend, these connections are the true treasures of the season.

Questions to Ask Yourself When Creating Space

What Are My Priorities for This Holiday Season?

Identifying your key priorities allows you to allocate time to the activities and events that matter most to you, ensuring a more meaningful and focused celebration.

What Are My Limits and Boundaries?

Understand your capacity for commitments and be realistic about what you can comfortably handle. Setting boundaries helps prevent overcommitting and promotes a healthier balance between festivities and self-care.

Which Traditions Hold the Most Significance for Me and My Loved Ones?

Prioritize the traditions that bring the most joy and fulfillment, allowing you to fully engage in those meaningful moments without spreading yourself too thin.

Am I Leaving Room for Spontaneity and Unexpected Joys?

While planning is essential, leaving space for unplanned moments and spontaneous activities can add a delightful and surprising dimension to your holiday experience.

How to Successfully Create Space on Your Calendar:

Schedule “Me Time”

Block off specific periods on your calendar dedicated solely to self-care and relaxation. Whether it’s reading a book, taking a long bath, or practicing mindfulness, these moments contribute significantly to your overall well-being.

Use Time Blocking Techniques

Allocate specific blocks of time for different activities, ensuring that your schedule remains organized and manageable. This method helps prevent overcommitting and allows you to approach each task with focus and intention.

Learn to Say No

Politely decline invitations or commitments that do not align with your priorities or may add unnecessary stress. Saying no is a powerful tool for protecting your time and energy during the busy holiday season.

Delegate Tasks

Share responsibilities with family members or friends. Delegating tasks not only lightens your load but also fosters a sense of togetherness and shared responsibility.

Embrace Technology

Utilize calendar apps and reminders to stay organized and on track. Set alerts for important events and deadlines, allowing you to manage your time effectively and avoid last-minute stress.

Remember to gift yourself the luxury of space on your calendar. By asking thoughtful questions and implementing successful strategies for time management, you can create a holiday schedule that embraces both celebration and serenity. It’s not about doing more but about doing what matters most with presence and intention. Let the joy of the season be your guide as you embark on a balanced and fulfilling holiday experience.

Would you like to explore this further? Grab your free worksheet: How to Calm the Chaos this Holiday Season over on my website. Share below how you will be creating space for yourself this season!

Let’s Have a Conversation:

How do you plan to create space for yourself this season? Do you schedule “me time”? What do you like to do in those personal time slots? Have you overcommitted your time?

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Peggy b

My problem is that I have TOO MUCH space on my calendar. Loneliness during the holidays- a separate huge topic.


Peggy, I too am sometimes lonely as I am single and my children are grown. I have to force myself to get out of the house sometimes and try something new or invite someone to an event or over for coffee. It’s about being intentional and not just being busy. I hope you can create some moments to connect over the season.

Renee Lovitz

Leaving some me time is something I have done for years and do throughout the year. It is a very important thing to learn!! Makes the things that I do mean more!!


Renee, I agree! I find that I need to schedule the “me” time every week or it doesn’t happen! We are worth it!

The Author

Deborah Voll is a Professional Life & Career Coach who knows from her own experience that “it’s never too late to have the life you want.” Deborah helps you break through the barriers so you can reach your goals. Reach out for a clarity call or check out her Passion and Purpose Workbook.

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