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How to Stay Focused During the Holidays

It’s tough to focus on your business, job, or career when there are all these interesting diversions vying for your attention! Ooh! Pretty lights (Yes, that’s our cat in our Christmas tree!)!

Between Christmas shopping, putting up the decorations, and attending Christmas parties and holiday events, it’s hard to balance everything.

Paring things down

When I teach a drum student or one of my hand drumming classes, I know that I have to pare things down for them to get it. If I showed them how the song is really played, it would blow their circuits. So, I make it easier for them.

I tell my private students to do what they can. They don’t need to hit all the cymbals or do all the fills (the drum beats between parts of the songs). This will come in time but right now, it’s fine to scale things back.

So what do you need to scale back? Do you really need to go to all the events on your calendar? Know that:

1) It’s ok to say “No.”
2) It’s ok to not spend a fortune on gifts.
3) It’s ok to value your time and sanity.
4) It’s ok to not fall for the hype and focus on the reason for the season.

Keeping things simple

We have about two more weeks till Christmas. It’s ok to dial things back and take some time to enjoy the season. You don’t need to over-extend yourself.

The Little Drummer Boy kept it simple. He didn’t max out his credit cards to buy gold, frankincense, or myrrh so he could keep up with the Wise Men. He didn’t care about their selfies or Instagram stories.

He didn’t run all over town (or spend hours on Amazon) to find the perfect gift. He figured out what he had to offer and that’s what he went with. It was simple. It was meaningful. It probably woke the neighbors and the animals in the stable but hey, it came from the heart. Yes, I have to include my favorite version of this tune for added emphasis. 😉

To stay more focused, ask yourself:

1) What’s left to do?
2) What’s most important? Prioritize those items by blocking off time on your calendar.
3) Is there anything you can eliminate?
4) Do you need to ask for help?

Be realistic. Remember what’s truly important. Take time to enjoy the season! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Do you (or a loved one) need help focusing? My drumming and ADHD coaching programs can really help with that! Locally or virtually. Gift certificates available! Contact me for more info!

Dori Staehle, MBA is from the Raleigh, NC area and is a certified drum therapist, drum teacher, percussionist, ADHD specialist, Toca Percussion artist, and owner of Next Stage Drumming. Dori is also an Amazon author, a rockin’ motivational speaker, and a mentor for creative kids and adults. She helps people focus, feel better, and find their joy! To contact Dori or to hire her for a class, workshop, or event, click here. Instruments are provided!