Focusing Tips for the Holidays

Are you having trouble staying focused and getting things done? I don’t know about you, but my brain seems to have shifted to “Christmas mode.” My attention has been on shopping for presents, putting up decorations, sending out Christmas cards, holiday baking, and other activities. And let’s not forget lots and lots of practices with the church band and on my own for our upcoming Christmas program. It’s tough to focus when there are literally loads and loads of bright, shiny things!

If you make the mistake of hopping on social media, you may get sucked in by all the cute Christmas photos and videos that everyone is posting. Of course, I’m still teaching a few classes but the goals I wrote out for December? Ummmm…not so much.

So, if you’re trying to reach your monthly or yearly goals, here are a few tips:

* Cut yourself some slack! It’s the holiday season after all. Don’t kill yourself trying to do all the things. Ask for help, if needed. Remember, Santa has loads of elves! He doesn’t do this alone.

* Pick 3 small goals for each week and one big goal for the month. If you can’t hit that big goal by the end of the month, well you’ll have to carry it over to January. If you work for yourself or it’s a personal goal, it’s not the end of the world.

* Play Christmas music! With maybe one or two exceptions, most Christmas music is uplifting, gets you in the spirit, and can help you work faster. Or at least have more fun.

* Hit the “pause button”: Pause and reflect on favorite Christmas memories or just take time out for a hot, tasty beverage or favorite treat. Take a breath and savor the moment.

* Remember the Reason for the Season: It’s really not about creating the perfect Christmas but remembering why we celebrate it.

Merry Christmas! Special gift for you!

Have you been thinking about virtual therapeutic drumming sessions for you or your child? Well, here’s a little incentive! Ba-rum-pa-pum-pum!

If you sign up for a 12-week virtual therapeutic drumming program by 12/31, I’ll send you a FREE djembe drum (hand drum) in the color of your choice. I also dropped the price of the program until the end of the month. I don’t have many spots available, so this is only available to the first 5 people who sign up. Sessions would start in January.

This program meets weekly (30 minute sessions for kids ages 5-12 and 45-minute sessions for teens and adults) but it’s not for everyone. It requires a certain level of commitment and understanding that these are not drum lessons. You will also have homework assignments. It’s way more than drumming! It’s a transformative experience.

These sessions can help you or your child:

* Boost attention, focus, and confidence

* Gain clarity regarding goals and dreams

* Improve memory

* Improve coordination, communication, and listening skills

* Boost overall health and wellness

* Boost your immune system

* Burn calories (270 per 30 minutes of drumming!)

* Reduce anxiety and stress and increase hope and healing

Schedule a free call to see if this program would be a good fit for you or your child. Monthly payment plans are available. Too long of a program? Check out my next 4-week virtual group program:

Restore Your Rhythm: Hand drumming program for adults to boost both mental and physical health and help you beat stress and find balance. No drum needed but that would be way more fun! Wednesdays in January, from 1-2pm EST. Easy beats and exercises that anyone can do! Click here for more info!

Photo credit: Jenny Midgley, www.jennymidgley.com
Dori Staehle, MBA is from the Raleigh, NC area and is a certified drum therapist, percussionist, mentor, ADHD specialist, Toca percussion artist, inspirational speaker and author, and owner of Next Stage Drumming. Dori’s programs have helped kids with special needs and Christian entrepreneurs feel more focused, balanced, relaxed, and confident. Her unique blend of mentoring, motivation, and music has helped clients all over the world move forward – fast!