A big part of being stressed over the holidays is having to plan a party. If you want to host a holiday party at your home, you should at least consider delegating some of the tasks that aren’t too complicated. Here are some tips for delegating party planning tasks and reducing your stress in the process.
Decide What Tasks You Can Delegate
First of all, you can start by making a to-do list that covers everything you need to do, buy, or plan for the holiday party. This lets you see right away what tasks need to be done and which ones you can delegate to others. In order to have it be helpful that others are lending a hand instead of causing more problems, just delegate the simple tasks that are more or less busywork. For example, you can design the invitations yourself, but mailing them out is usually something someone else can do. Perhaps your spouse is able to help with writing down messages from the caterer and other people, or your sister will be the one taking your shopping list and picking up the supplies you need.
Leave the More Complicated Tasks for Yourself
This list will also help you decide what you should do yourself. If you try to give a more complicated task to someone else, and they get it wrong, you then get stressed out by trying to fix it. This isn’t going to help with your holiday stress. For example, if you need help with preparing a holiday meal for the party, then you can do all the main cooking since you know how to get it done, but others can help you with simpler things like chopping vegetables or buying some last-minute items you didn’t get.
Make Detailed Lists for People You Are Delegating To
Finally, it can reduce your stress level if you know the people you are delegating tasks to are doing it right. Give them as much information as needed with detailed lists of the things they need to get done. Make sure you keep checking in with them so that if they run out of time or get confused, you can handle it before it turns into a big stressful situation.
Start slowly by just handing out one or two small tasks to people you trust to get them done. If someone seems to have a little more free time and is happy to help, maybe you can give them a few more things to do.