Your ‘To-Do’ List On The Job – Missy Bystrom

By on Jun 21, 2013 in Guest Bloggers, Time Management

If you want to lead a de-cluttered and an organized life, a ‘to-do‘ list is necessary to bring order to your tasks and thoughts.

Lets face it, many of us have demanding jobs and demanding lives. It’s easy to get carried away in life and run around putting out fires. Rather than being like a hamster on a wheel not really getting anything accomplished all the way, wouldn’t it be nice to actually start and finish a project in its entirety?

The only way to insure that all projects and demands get thoroughly finished in a productive manner is to write them all down. The next step is to prioritize your tasks and focus on them in a logical and strategic manner. The only way to accomplish this is to do one assignment at a time completely, then cross it off your list.

A list can come in many forms, but its goal is the same: Organize and Prioritize all the tasks and responsibilities you committed to or that are expected of you.

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A list can be on a computer, on an iPad or iPod, on your phone or on a legal pad or notebook. It is best if your list is not 100 sticky notes and scraps of paper, but rather one central location.

Each day, your list should be updated, crossing out what you’ve accomplished and re-transcribing what was not finished. Your list should be in an order of importance or prioritization of tasks. You may add to your list all day long in order to keep your responsibilities clear in your mind.

An organized person, employer or employee is a leader and reliable. You stand out from the rest by being organized and efficient. You are calmer, less stressed, and really productive. This leads to extra time in life, and more success in the workplace.

Missy Bystrom PortraitMissy Bystrom is the owner of The Organized Connection located in Cleveland, OH and Orange County, CA.  Missy’s blog gives weekly tips and tricks on becoming more organized and having a more peaceful household.
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How to Conduct a Calendar Review – Rashelle Isip

By on Jun 21, 2013 in Guest Bloggers, Time Management

Are you interested in making the most of 2014?

An easy way to plan your future is to take some time to learn from your past.

In this post I’ll show you how to review your calendar from 2013 and start your planning to make 2014 a great one!

Before we get started, make sure you have your calendar from 2013 in hand as well as way to take notes, be it pen and paper or your smartphone or computer.

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Looking Backwards:

Take a moment to go through your calendar for the past year. What do you see?

  • What types of patterns do you see when it comes to your daily, weekly and monthly schedule?
  • Were there any particularly busy weeks or months?
  • What major projects or tasks did you accomplish at home or at work?
  • Did you give yourself enough downtime throughout the year?

Looking Forwards:

Consider how you can use the above information above to better plan for the New Year:

  • Were you happy with the patterns of your schedule on a daily, weekly and monthly basis? What would you keep? What would you change?
  • Were busy weeks or months preventable or were they just unavoidable? What might you do in 2014 to hopefully lessen the impact of these busy times?
  • Having completed projects and tasks, what new items are you looking forward towards creating in the New Year? If you didn’t complete a project or task, will you resolve to finish it, edit it or gently let it go from your life?
  • Were you unhappy with the amount of rest or break time you gave yourself over the past year? If not, you might want to start planning out your holidays/vacations for the next year.
A version of this post originally appeared on www.TheOrderExpert.com on December 26th, 2011.

How about you?

What have you learned from this past calendar year? How will you do things differently in 2014?

Leave a comment below!

Rashelle Isip is an organizing, time management and productivity consultant and blogger who loves who loves bringing order and balance into people’s lives. She is founder of The Order Expert, www.theorderexpert.com, a blog featuring organizing, time management and productivity tips, tricks and inspiration. For more information on Rashelle’s coaching and consulting services for individuals and small businesses, please visit www.rashelleisip.com. You can also follow Rashelle on Twitter @theorderexpert, on FacebookPinterest, and Google+.

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Pillow Time Planning: Getting Ready for Tomorrow, Today – Andrea Vandenberg

By on Jun 21, 2013 in Guest Bloggers, Time Management

Visualize what you have to do tomorrow… starting from the beginning of the day: By cutting down on the amount of small decisions you make in a day, you reduce stress and allow yourself more time to think about issues/concerns of greater importance. Gain more time to relax!

Taking 5-10 minutes as you fall asleep at night will ensure the next day goes a little more smoothly. Of course, there’s always room for spontaneity, so don’t be too rigid in your decision-making!

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  • What are you going to wear?
    • If possible lay out your clothes the night before.
    • Look to buy clothes that are easily mixed and matched, so if you spill something getting ready you can quickly grab a replacement!
  • What will you eat for breakfast?
    • Have fruit cut up in ready to go packaging… bake muffins on Sunday night for the week.
    • If you’re grabbing on the run, think about where you’ll go — don’t get stuck with an unhealthy choice.
  • Do you have to drop anything off before work?
    • Dry cleaning? Letters?
  • Are you bringing or buying lunch?
    • If bringing, is it ready to go? What do you need to grab with it?
  • Anything to do on your lunch break?
    • What errands can you accomplish?
    • Do you have time to exercise? Go for a brisk walk?
  • What are your after work activities? Do you need to bring anything?
    • Gym clothes?
    • What about something dressy to wear for a social night out?
  • Are you picking up dinner or do you have to thaw something out?
    • Set a budget that you want to spend on dinner if taking out. Order ahead so you won’t be tempted to buy more.
    • Think of healthy options and try to stick to a weekly menu (if you have one).
    • Look to balance out your meals for the day.
    • Plan around sales and be sure to clip coupons!
  • Who else in the family has after school/work activities? What do you need to do for it?
    • Arrange rides.
    • Get clothes/equipment ready.
    • Prepare healthy snacks.
  • And finally, what do you need to do tomorrow night?
    • Pay bills.
    • Cook meals.
    • Laundry/cleaning/organizing.
    • Catch up on correspondences.
    • RELAX!
Andrea Vandenberg HeadshotAndrea Vandenberg, Owner, New Heights Organizing Co.
Founded in 2011, New Heights Organizing Co. works with residential and corporate clients to solve their organizational challenges. We help you discover solutions that will make you more efficient, less stressed, and free to enjoy what’s most important to you. We treat our clients with respect — and believe in being positive, open-minded, and discreet.
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