5 Tools That Will Keep You Stress-Free Throughout The Holidays
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5 Tools That Will Keep You Stress-Free Throughout The Holidays

Let’s face it, the happiest time of year can also be one of the most stressful. With the joy of the holidays comes the stress of finding the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list, the financial burdens of holiday spending, competing holiday parties and family demands, travel or hosting out-of-town guests in your home, end-of-year work deadlines, and more.

The way I see it, however, is that the right tools are your get-out-jail-free card from all of that holiday chaos. Who has time to spend stressing anyway?!

Here are my 5 favorite websites and apps to keep you help you keep your sanity, avoid getting overwhelmed and allow you to experience the joy of the holidays.

1. TRELLO: Your ultimate list-keeping tool

Use it to:

  • Keep track of all of your holiday shopping and hostess gifts! List out gifts you still need to buy, gifts you’ve already bought, gifts that you still need to wrap, and gifts that you’ve wrapped and are waiting to be given. Move items between the lists as you order or wrap them to keep track of where everything stands. You can even add due dates to each item to remind yourself when you need each gift by, or when you’ll see that person to give them their gift!
  • Create grocery lists and pull them up on the Trello app in your phone while you're shopping. This is especially useful during the holidays, when you might be cooking and baking larger, more elaborate meals than usual, requiring more ingredients that you’re less familiar with.
  • Keep track of different things you need to take care of: baking for parties and bake sales, booking and checking in for flights, sending holiday cards, registering to volunteer at the soup kitchen, etc.!
  • Create packing lists for each family member for any upcoming holiday trips. 
  • Keep running gift idea lists for all of your friends and family members throughout the year.

Click here to give Trello a try!

2. GOOGLE CALENDAR: An outstanding digital calendar that you can access from anywhere

Use it to:

  • Keep track of your calendar, along with those of your family members, by creating separate calendars for each category of events! You can view as many of these as you’d like at any given time, and each appears in a different color for easy differentiation between items. Example calendars include:
    • My Main Calendar
    • Tom’s Calendar
    • Chrissy’s Soccer Schedule
    • Playdates
    • Work Calendar
    • Travel Calendar (flights, hotel reservations,etc.)
    • Workout Calendar
  • Send you notifications to remind you of any event coming up, either to your email or phone 1 day, 1 hour, or 1 minute before the event.
  • Keep track of tickets, agendas, etc. to be used for each event by attaching them to the event itself.

Click here to check out Google Calendar!

3. AMAZON PRIME NOW: An astonishingly-quick delivery service

Use it to:

  • Order a last-minute hostess gift the day of a party.
  • Snag last-minute party supplies (think candles, paper plates, napkins, toilet paper) that you need in the next few hours, when you don’t have time to run out to the store.
  • Seamlessly order a meal from a local restaurant, to be delivered directly to your home.

Click here to check out the awesome selection on Amazon Prime Now!

4. IFTTT: Your digital personal assistant

Use it to:

  • Automatically save your memories throughout the holidays, by downloading to a specific folder any photo that you’re tagged in on Facebook, Instagram, or that’s emailed directly to you.
  • Keep burglars away from your home, by automating wifi-connected outlets and lights within your home while you’re out of town.

Click here to try IFTTT out for yourself!

5. GOOGLE DRIVE: Your digital filing cabinet

Use it to:

  • Create (and easily find and maintain) your digital address book to always have all of your loved ones’ addresses on hand, and make sending holiday cards, gifts, and thank you notes that much easier.
  • Save, organize, and easily pull up all of your tried-and-true holiday recipes, and any new ones you want to try, as well!
  • Store party invitations, directions, instructions, receipts, and coupons, to be accessed on-the-go.

Click here to set up your very own Google Drive account!

What other tools can’t you live without? Have any other great ideas on uses for the ones listed above? Don't hold back in the comments below!

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