This is the beginning of Holy Week for many of you so I want you to take a few minutes this evening or tomorrow to map out what you need to get done. By taking a hard look at your traditional Holy Week and Easter activities, you can decide what is most important for you to do this week. By analyzing what is most important to you is necessary to destress during Holy Week.
We want to continue to work on protecting our ‘me time’, practicing self care while ensuring that last minute spending doesn’t wreck our budget for the week.
One of the financial goals for many of you this year is to preplan your activities and trips so that you can anticipate what it will cost you. This allows you to save your money for these items that occur every year so that you don’t end up in debt creating the perfect celebration so Easter week is a great time to practice this new habit.
Preplanning allows you to decide how much you truly want to do this week. Your schedule for the week allows you to write down your menus, church schedules, and Easter activities. Once you decide on your activities, develop your budget. Shopping lists are a must so that you can minimize your trips to the store in order to decrease your impulse purchases.
Now that you have mapped out your activities, are you over scheduling yourself? Are you building in ‘me time’? Are you going to be able to truly enjoy yourself? Are you spending the weekend with other adults? If so, this is a great time to map out the chore list so that everyone is helping with each activity. Working with others ensures that everyone can spend time reflecting on what is truly important.
It is better to back off on commitments now rather than trying to decompress afterwards.