christmasstressIt’s possible–not easy, but possible, to stay sane during the holidays, even if you’re a traveling mom.

There is no other time of year I receive more kudos for being the “how does she do it” woman than during the holiday season. Believe me, these folks aren’t complimenting me on baking homemade cookies or putting together whimsical crafts!

What I’m known for is being the ultimate multitasker – figuring out how to ping pong back and forth between work, travel, client meetings, holiday concerts, parent-teacher conferences, open houses, holiday shopping, tree trimming, and social engagements with lipstick intact and versatile clothing that can be stripped down or layered up to fit any festive mood.

Along the way, I have learned that doing everything wasn’t necessarily the key to holiday sanity. Even though I seemingly got it all done, doing it all took its toll. Post-holiday, I was drained and exhausted – and just when I needed that extra burst of energy to get a jumpstart on the new year.

Over the years I’ve discovered that the secret to holiday sanity is setting realistic expectations, figuring out the priorities, and then planning in advance how to get the most important things done. It’s less about multitasking and more about finding the best way to check off the “to dos” at the top of the list and still have time to celebrate the spirit of the season with family, friends and colleagues.