I don't put ideas for John Henry, our Elf on the Shelf, in my planner.
I don't schedule moving the elf.
I don't worry or stress about the elf.
I just have the elf do something that goes along with our daily plan.
Decorating the tree? Have him hang from the limbs.
Christmas shopping? (The shopping list was written with my nondominant hand, using scratch planner paper.)
Wrapping gifts? Wrap candy canes from John Henry.
Writing letters to Santa? John Henry brings back a response.
I seriously don't think about it. If night comes, and we forget to move him, oh well! Sometimes, he moves during the day. No biggie.
Nothing to do with him? He can hide in the stockings or build a Lego structure. It's fun. It is NOT a chore. If it was a chore, I would not do it.
Maybe you aren't an elf person. (Anti-elf?) But there is something that you do at Christmas that can be done only on a whim and is not required. A gift for a co-worker? A craft that you do every year?
This year, take that off you planner and only do it if the urge strikes, for fun!
It will make your Christmas nicer.