1. DO A HOLIDAY BRAIN DUMP
This is super fun! Take out a blank piece of paper and just start writing down EVERYTHING holiday related; parties, gift lists, your gift list, travel plans, work schedule, movies you want to watch, foods you want to eat, people you want to see...don't leave anything out and don't think about it, just write it down.
Organizing your list into categories will help you prioritize needs and may also help with determining your holiday budget.
2. SET A HOLIDAY BUDGET
It's important to know exactly how much money you have or will need to spend during the holidays. The best time to figure this out is now, not a week before Christmas. This way you can give yourself enough time to change your spending habits and start to save. Spending more than you have will only add to an already stressful time of year.
3. FILL IN YOUR CALENDAR
Schedules always seem to get a little busier around the holidays and I'm sure there are many events you already know about; holiday parties, travel plans, etc. Fill in your social calendar now so you can plan all the other things that you'll need to do like grocery shopping, cleaning the house, preparing any DIY gifts, baking, decorating, etc. You may not typically make "grocery shopping" a calendar event but it's a good idea around the busy holiday season to get as many of your TO DO's on your calendar as you can.
4. SHOP AHEAD OF TIME
I honestly shop all year long for Christmas gifts. Like me you probably already know who you want to buy gifts for so I always keep an eye out for that something special. My only problem is remembering where I put all the gifts when December rolls around so this year I'm designating an area of my closet to put them all. I also keep my gift list on my phone so I always have it with me.
P.S. It's also a really good idea to be kind to yourself around the holidays and practice lots of self-care.