I’ve never been an outfit planner. Unless a special occasion was coming up and I needed to lock down what I had to wear (or had to buy to wear), I always selected what to wear during the work week just as I was about to get dressed. Sometimes it was easy. Other times…….don’t ask. I would have my heart set on wearing a certain top, only to reach for it in the closet, then remember it was in the laundry. Or the weather was ‘in flux’ and I didn’t have that ‘in between’ outfit. Or it was one of ‘those’ days and I didn’t even want to look at my jeans.
I’m awake at 5:30, up by 6 then want to be ready in order to spend some time at my desk planning my day before having to leave for the office no later than 7:40. I try to shave as much time as possible off my morning routine by having my breakfast and lunch prepped the night before to pack in my lunch bag (too early to eat breakfast before leaving) and put my hair up every-other-day to save styling time. But a well-prepped and productive morning routine could come crashing down as soon as I open my closet doors. So I decided to put together about 3-5 go-to outfits for those mornings when I can’t decide.
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I’m all about getting the most out of my day so being productive with my time is very important to me having a balanced life. I follow various productivity blogs and sites because I’m not above a good idea or advice. I’m always learning and on the lookout for functional and effective processes. But just because an expert touts a method to manage your day/tasks/calendar doesn’t mean that it’s right for everyone. We all have different lives, different means and different schedules. What may work for a stay-at-home mom may not work for a single working woman. And when we’re looking for the next best way to manage our time and get more done, we sometimes can get bogged down downloading and testing out a myriad of apps or systems that are not right for our lifestyle, only to have them end up being abandoned.
Until the next new thing comes along.
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I just returned from visiting my elderly parents in Florida for a week before stopping in SC on the flight home to visit my sister and brother-in-law in their new home for a few days. It was the longest I had been away in quite some time and the first in YEARS that I didn’t have to log into the office to check/answer emails or worry about client work. I actually relaxed and enjoyed. Still, I didn’t just want to lay around watching AMC Horror-Fest and free movies On Demand all week. Yes, I wanted this time off to be a recouperative one, but I also wanted it to be productive as well.
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Besides sleep, work, eating 5-6 small meals a day, keeping leaves from blowing in from the front door, wondering if the Giants will make the play-offs and if Rick & Co. are going to be able to keep the exodus of zombies out of Alexandria, getting the most out of everyday is very important to me. Although I do utilize some apps, I prefer putting pen to paper. Writing down everything I need to remember to do or be at is second nature. It can, at times, become overkill as I find myself wondering if I’m bogging myself down rather than streamlining the process.
As I’ve worked out the kinks, I’ve discovered little ways to recover precious time by re-arranging my scheduled tasks. And up here in the nor’east – with daylight savings time causing us to ‘fall back’ an hour on November 1st – the days will be getting shorter as dusk will begin to set in around 4:30 in the afternoon. All the more reason for me to utilize the waning daylight to get as much done as possible. And because I’m at the office from 8-4pm, I need to carefully schedule my day to encompass everything that needs to get done and insure that I’m as work/chore/errand free as possible when I get home. Here are some of the changes I’ve made:
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A hard lesson I’ve recently (re)learned is to stop trying to force something that isn’t meant to be. To not emulate, replicate or duplicate.
I’ve been married for 19 years to a good man and have no children. Because of this, I had the flexibility to start my own bookkeeping business back in 2006 while still working my full time job.
And after 9 years, I’m still doing both.
Is this failure or my niche?
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I’m good at writing down tasks I need to accomplish within the current week. If it’s especially something that has a deadline, then I’m all over it. The problem I’ve been facing are tasks that can get done ‘whenever’. No urgency. And knowing this is what keeps them from getting continuously migrated from one month to the next.
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Are you an early bird or a night owl? Is your brain fresher in the morning or are you unable to even contemplate picking up a pen until you’ve at least had that mandatory first cup of coffee?
The ‘when’ all comes down to preference, but the ‘what’ should be standard – always plan your next day before it begins for maximum productivity and reduced stress.
Me – I’m a morning person all the way. There isn’t anything interesting enough on television for me to sit through the commercials that I can’t wait to upload to On Demand so I’m basically in bed by 9pm. I’m also up between 5-5:30am (I did say I was a morning person, didn’t I??) So, after I’m up, checked my feeds, did 25 squats, crunches, pushups (I’m talking about a ‘perfect world’ morning here!) showered and hair & makeup done, I get a large tumbler of ice water (or that blessed first cup of coffee if I prepped it the night before in the coffee-maker) and sit down in my home office with my planner.
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Sometimes I over-extend myself by assigning too many tasks and to-do’s on a given day. What happens when I do that is wind up migrating them forward until they are done. Other times, they do have to get done that day. When that happens, time management is crucial.
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Everyone of us who work outside the home has probably encountered this dilemma. We go to bed too late and hit the snooze button as many times as we can. We encounter too many unforeseen tasks that need to get done before we leave. I’m a victim of that as I cannot leave the house in the morning if the dishwasher needs to be emptied.
I’ve never been uber-late for work and, unlike a lot in the outside workforce, we do not have children to ready for school, daycare, etc. My mornings should be cake, right? But I was always feeling rushed waking up at 6:30 to be out the door no later than 7:40? So I decided to make some changes to allow me enough time to get ready and have some time for any household or personal tasks to accomplish. Read More »