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No-stress celebration ahead

Welcome to your five-step guide to turn holiday chaos into stress-free celebration:

The kids are off from school, family and work obligations are competing for your time, and the items on your to-do list are growing by the minute.  

So, while we might want to be singing, "Tis the season to be jolly", we might be better off singing, "Tis the season to stay organized”.

"Being disorganized is a huge stressor that is amplified by the increased demands put on us during the holidays," says Tara Redmond, Vice-President of plant engineering at UPS Canada. "Time is a valuable asset, and everybody needs more of it. You can actually maximize the amount of time you spend enjoying the season by staying organized and prepared for what's ahead."

Here's a way to prevent burn-out this season, using five steps from the experts at UPS for managing your time, completing your to-do list, and remaining stress-free.

One ~ Plan in advance
Whether you are buying gifts for loved ones or cooking for the family, it's important to plan ahead. Make a to-do list and plant to tackle one thing per day to help ease the stress.

Two ~ Mark important dates in your calendar
Highlight important dates, especially if tasks require multiple steps. If you are sending gifts to loved ones, make sure shipping cut-off dates are clearly marked, to ensure they arrive on time.

Three ~ Buy gift online
Eliminate the hassle of finding a parking spot by shopping from the couch in your cozies. And consider shipping packages directly to the doorstep of the recipient. It takes the task of gift wrapping off your to-do list, and many online retailers offer this service.

Four ~ Stay within budget
Set a budget and stick to it. At the end of the season you'll be proud of yourself, and will feel confident when you receive your credit card bill.

Five ~ Take a pause
In all the commotion that comes with the holidays, we sometimes forget to look after ourselves. Balance spending busy social time with friends and extended family with rest, relaxation, and quiet time spent at home.

Now you can sing, "Tis the season to be Zen"!



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About the Author

Laurie Baird and Tracy Head are mortgage brokers with Verico Complete Mortgage Services. Together they have over 45 years of experience in the mortgage industry.

As mortgage brokers, Laurie and Tracy spend time getting to know the people they work with and help them understand the mortgage process. They support their clients before, during, and after a home purchase.

Laurie and Tracy are able to offer their clients advice and options. With access to over 40 different lenders, Laurie and Tracy are able to match the needs of their clients with the right mortgage package. They work closely with their clients to find the right fit, and are around to provide support for years down the road!

Contact them at 250-862-1806 or visit:
http://www.okanaganmortgages.com

Visit Laurie's blog at: https://www.okanaganmortgages.com/blog



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