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Planning for July 4th

Follow these tips and suggestions this Fourth of July for an exciting holiday!

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If You’re Hosting A Party:

Having a get together with friends and family is always fun, and properly planning for it will make it even more enjoyable for you and your guests! Here are some tips to get the most out of planning for your party.

  • Create a budget and stick to it! Budgets may seem like a drag, so to keep costs low think of how many people you’re inviting, how crazy your decorations will be, and if your guests should bring a side and beverage.
  • Pick a theme for your party! Come on, you can do better than just red, white, 4th Cupcakesand blue napkins! See these party ideas on our Pinterest board to spark your creativity.
  • Plan the meal in advance. This will help you keep on budget and give you time to figure out how much food you need to buy so you don’t run out or have too much.
  • For common entrees like burgers and hot dogs, the average adult eats a third of a pound burger and a hot dog while kids generally eat one hot-dog.
  • For other references on meal planning for a party see these tips from AllRecipes.
  • Having lots of people over? Consider buying pre-pattied hamburgers.
  • Do your guests have any allergies?

Have A Game Plan:

The game plan is like your master schedule. If you master your game plan your party won’t be as stressful, and you can have a great time enjoying the fourth with all your guests!

  • When do invitations go out?
  • When is your big grocery field trip?
  • When are decorations put up?Grilling
  • What will be on your music playlist for the party?
  • Having out of town guests? Get their rooms prepped
  • What time do you need to start grilling?
  • When are your guests arriving?
  • What games and activities will be done first?
  • Unfortunately, the party will have to end at some point – when is that?
  • Think about your clean up schedule – who in your family is in charge of which area?

 If You’re Attending A Party:

We don’t blame you for not hosting a party – it’s a lot of work, but remember these things when attending:

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  • Don’t forget to bring the host a gift! Show the host how much you appreciate them for putting the party together.
  • If you’re supposed to bring food, ask what other people are bringing so there aren’t 5 chips and dips.
  • We suggest taking a homemade dish – it gives you a chance to show off your cooking skills!
  • Ask how many guests are attending the party so you make the perfect amount of your secret family recipe.

If You’re Watching Fireworks:

  • Scout out the best parking spot a few days before the fireworks.
  • Don’t forget to pack blankets and chairs!
  • You can never bring too many snacks.

No matter what your plans are this July Fourth, make sure to include it in your planner and have a game plan. Have a fantastic and safe holiday!

Happy 4th

4 Must-Know Steps for Following Through

Planner and iPhone by koalazymonkeyBelow are the steps to making a powerful list that will offer you confidence that you are doing what you need to be doing, when you need to be doing it.

1) Write your list

Your first step is to write down all the tasks you can foresee having to do today and in the future—this is your master task list. Tasks that you don’t see doing anytime soon can be put on a “Someday” list.

Once you’ve chosen the specific tasks you wish to accomplish today, write them in your planner and organize your list by context. Simply put your work tasks at the top, your home tasks at the bottom and any errands or on-the-go tasks in the middle of your list. Some individuals like to go a step further and differentiate their contexts by using different colored inks.

2) Categorize your tasks by urgency and importance

This is an important step because it ultimately determines the path of your productivity.

Categorize your tasks with a coding system, using letters and numbers:

  • Scan through your list and select items that absolutely must be done today. Assign those the letter A. Be sure to be selective here—these are strictly time-sensitive tasks that must get done today.
  • Review the list for tasks that need to get done and assign the letter B to those. While not urgent, B-level tasks include the most important steps you take toward reaching your goals. You must get them done, but you won’t suffer consequences if they’re not completed today.
  • Put the letter C by items that are neither urgent nor important. These are items you want to do, but they can wait for another day. C-level tasks are the expendable part of your daily plan.

3) Give your tasks order

Now, number your tasks. Number each task in an order that suits your daily flow. Take into consideration your own patterns of productivity, daily energy swings, anticipated locations, and how one task affects another.

As you complete your list organization, it’s important to keep in mind that new tasks will undoubtedly pop up as you go about your day. Use the A-B-Cs and 1-2-3s of your list as a decision scale for choosing where this new task fits in. For example, you may have to decide if returning a phone call (a “B” task) is more important than meeting a project deadline (an “A” task).

4) Follow through on your list

The final step in prioritizing your list deals with your own behavior as you go through the day. The best course of action is for you to honor the priorities you’ve assigned to your tasks. By being impeccable with your word, you will enjoy better productivity and balance in your life.

Let us know if this method of prioritization works for you, and be sure to include new tips of your own.

Get more tips on planning, organizing and productivity for every facet of your life by visiting the AT-A-GLANCE Success Center.

 

Organize Your Holiday Gift List

Give the gift that keeps on giving with AT-A-GLANCE. Learn about our organization tools that make the perfect stocking stuffers.Still working on pulling your holiday gift list together? You can stall all you want—you still have to do it. And the earlier you get it done, the more time you’ll have to enjoy the holidays with your family and friends.

So, what can you buy the people on your gift list this year? We suggest the gift of organization.

We know what you’re thinking: “Who needs that?” The answer, quite honestly, is everyone! A strong organization solution makes the perfect stocking stuffer for almost anyone on your list. Continue reading

Easy and Effective Goal Setting: Part 3—Break It Down

Easy and Effective Goal Setting: Part 3—Break It Down

For the past two weeks, we’ve looked at a simple goal-setting method that will carry you from your goals to tasks in a few easy steps. It’s called “Building the Bridge.” Following is Part 3 of the four-part series.

In this section of our goal-setting series, we get down to the real meat and bones: the formation of tasks that will inspire action. We call this important step “Breaking It Down.”

It shouldn’t surprise you that procrastination is the root of most failed goals. Getting started is half the battle. And, when it comes to goals, most procrastination comes from either one of three causes:

  1. You don’t know where to begin
  2. The task seems too big and daunting
  3. You’re not motivated to do the work

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Hybrid planning: digital plus paper

10 Apps to Save Busy Professionals Time

Editor’s Note: We welcome Elizabeth Bowman of Innovatively Organized as a guest blogger this week. In today’s digital world, we frequently discuss how the combination of paper and digital planning (i.e., hybrid planning) is an optimal path for most individuals to take in order to stay productive—Elizabeth was kind enough to provide us with her Top 10 tools to help you with that productivity when using your digital devices.

With all the productivity apps available to purchase and download, it’s common to experience app overload. How do you know which apps will actually help you save time? Over the years, our team has compiled a list of our top ten time saving apps. Continue reading

Create a homework routine

Create the Right Back-to-School Homework Routines

Good news for back-to-school time. You can get your kids to do their homework without constant prodding. It’s not as hard as it you’d think.

It starts by teaching them a few easy time management skills. Try these essential back-to-school homework tips to help make it happen. Continue reading