The holidays are here. It’s time to add shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking, party-attending and my personal least-favorite: endlessly circling the mall looking for parking, to our already-packed to-do lists. ‘Tis the season of overcommitment.

Don’t let your Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa) list run your life: prevent your holiday cheer from turning into disgruntled stress by simplifying this holiday season. Leo Babauta of Zen Habits just published a blog post about this very thing. He says it takes a mere 5-10 minutes of asking yourself questions to simplify your goals and commitments for the holiday season – and thus maintain sanity.

My favorite piece of advice from his blog was this:

“Set arbitrary limits and force yourself to make choices. Adjust the limits if absolutely necessary, but don’t just widen the floodgates because you don’t want to choose. Choose, and your life will get simpler. Say no to the rest…”

Choose. Say no. These are two actions that we tend to struggle with, because they often mean that we’ll disappoint someone. It should be common sense but it’s not: We. Can’t. Do. It. All. To thrive in the pursuits that are important to us and to nurture the relationships that support us, we have to choose and we have to say no.

Read Leo’s post, 5 Questions to Simplify Your Life During the Holidays, and ask yourself the questions.

What will you say no to? How will it help you say yes to something else more important? Tell me below.

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