One of the Most Important Organizing Tools in My LifeI have a number of organizing tools to keep my environment looking nice (label maker, baskets, storage containers, drawer sorters) and my life on track (notebooks, binders, index dividers, file folders). Still, there is one organizing tool I have that is the most important to me…and that is my calendar.I have my Outlook calendar synced with my iPhone. I know many folks still like a paper calendar, and that is fine if it works for you. But let me tell you why I personally prefer to use the calendar on my phone:1.My phone is always with me and it’s lightweight.2.My phone holds year’s of data, so if I want to schedule something two years from now, I easily can or if I want to search for something, doing so is a cinch.3.My phone reminds me (several times with sound and with vibration) when something I have to do is coming up.Even if, heaven forbid, I lose my phone, I have it set up to automatically back up, so my calendar can easily be retrieved on a replacement phone, my computer, or other device, like a tablet.My calendar is like having a secretary with me all the time…tapping my shoulder, advising me to move on to the next scheduled task, project, appointment, or event.There is something I want to mention in relation to this. Like many people, I do a lot in a given day, and if I included every little detail in my phone calendar, each day would have dozens of entries, Here’s what a sample weekday in my phone calendar may look like (in “list view,” which is what I use most of the time):6:30AWake up7:15ADrive Amanda to school8:30AZumba Instruction10:00ACall Smead Office Supplies for Video Conference11:00AWork on Daily TO DO List for Work12:30NLunch1:15PRadio Interview with PBS1:30PWork on Daily TO DO List for Work3:00PPick up Amanda from School4:30PTake Amanda to piano lessons6:00PDinner7:30PWork on Home ProjectsYou’ll notice that at 11A, 1:15P, and 7:30P, I have a more general notation in my phone calendar. I’m actually using my Daily TO DO lists for both work and home in conjunction with my phone calendar. Once those times roll around, I immediately go to my TO DO lists and complete a whole bunch of tasks and projects that are appropriately chosen and prioritized. The calls at 10:00A and 1:15P are in the phone calendar (as opposed to just my paper TO DO list) because they were important enough to get a phone reminder.Your calendar is your key to getting and staying organized. Yes, you can always choose to rearrange your calendar when something comes up that you “have” to do (like bring the dog to the vet) or that you “want” to do, (like taking a longer lunch with a friend), but it’s your calendar that’s going to help you stay on top of things, without the risk of you forgetting something important.So, while baskets, file folders, and label makers are certainly helpful items to have, it’s a well-planned out day, a well-organized calendar, in conjunction with well- prioritized TO DO lists…with reminders…and, of course, personal commitment that will decide whether or not you’re accomplishing what you set out to do.
In Closing “Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” ― Thomas EdisonAnd remember...Being organized creates a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life!Warmly,Maria GraciaGet Organized Now!
Train and Transform Your Dog into a Genius…a Well-Trained, Kind, Loving, Obedient PetWhile many dog owners make the mistake of focusing strictly on physical training, even spending hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars hiring trainers and buying training programs, the one thing they tend to completely ignore is the importance of training their dog's MIND.But the more an owner can first work on improving the intelligence and thinking skills of their dog, the more quickly and effectively they can not only train their dog, but the sooner they can improve his/her behavior too.I am thrilled to recommend “Brain Training for Dogs” created by Adrienne Farricelli…a professional CPDT-KA certified dog trainer. When you have this resource in your possession, you can expect your dog to have significantly improved behavior, an increased ability to learn, a better temperament, improved health, less boredom…and a closer bond with family members!Dr. J Coates, Veterinary Advisor at petMD says, ‘Today’s dogs suffer from a lack of mental stimulation and quality time spent with their people. The resulting boredom and anxiety can lead to no end of physical and behavioral problems. Brain Training for Dogs is the solution! In a clear and concise manner, Adrienne Farricelli walks owners through a series of puzzles and exercises that will challenge and entertain dogs of all abilities.”For details, visit:www.getorganizednow.com/rd-btfordogs.htmlP.S. Get your copy of “Brain Training for Dogs” BEFORE SUNDAY, MARCH 19TH and you’ll also get this FREE BONUS eBook: Behavior Training for Dogs.Inside this exclusive bonus guide, you’ll discover the most common (and frustrating!) doggy behavior problems. You’ll learn why they are occurring and how to finally STOP them for good. Put an end to unwanted behaviors like, unwanted chewing, uncontrollable barking, digging, and dog anxiety.