Chunk Down for Christmas
By Chris Delaney www.christopher-delaney.com the Author of The 73 Rules for Influencing the Interview using Psychology, NLP and Hypnotic Persuasion Techniques
“arghhhh only 4 weeks to go till Christmas and I still have everything to do” my frustrated friend said to me when we met a couple of days ago for a coffee and catch up, she didn’t need to say anything, the stress of Christmas was clear to see from the look in her face.
Before I could intervene, she was off, “there’s the present, planning the Christmas meal, and I have to visit my mum and his family, now there’s a secret Santa at work…” lost in her own world, I was left alone to enjoy my gingerbread latte, after my third sip she was still ranting “…the kids keep asking for the latest computer game and I don’t even know what that is…..”
If you’re like my friend and caught up in the Christmas stress of having so much to do, you can follow these five simple steps to chunk down your actions, because people are stressed when they feel out of control – having too much to do and not knowing where to start.
Step One: Write a list of everything you need to do; buy the food, buy the presents, order a tree, find a turkey recipe, etc
Step Two: Take each action and chunk it down (get more detail) as an example ‘buy the presents’ write down everyone you need to buy a present for and what present idea you have for each person.
Step Three: Put the list of task in order of importance, I first need to but the presents, then I need to find a turkey recipe…
Step Four: Delegate the Christmas task, get others involved – Dave can look for a recipe, Joan knows what type of present Joe would like and she will be happy to buy one for him
Step Five: Plan the build up to Christmas; I will ask Dave today to look at the turkey recipe by this Wednesday, I will write the present list on Friday and start the shopping on Sunday…
By chunking down, you feel back in control knowing exactly what you want to do and when you will do it. This will give you back the power of control and as you tick of your list of task you feel more relaxed and excited for Christmas.
Chris Delaney – Career Advisor, Life Coach and Hypnotherapist
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