Planning for July 4th

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


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 the exact amount of food you need to buy. After all, no one likes eating the same meal 3 days in-a-row.
  • 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.
  • Ask if your guests have any food allergies, because you’ll never hear the end of that story if you don’t.

Have A Game Plan:

The game plan is like your master schedule. If you have your game plan down, your party won’t be as stressful which gives you time to enjoy the fourth with all your guests! Make sure you know the following for your party.

  • When do invitations go out?
  • When is your big grocery field trip?
  • When are decorations put up?Grilling
  • What will be on your playlist for the party?
  • Have out of town guests coming? 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:

Host Gift

  • Don’t forget to bring the host a gift! This shows 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.
  • Take a homemade dish – it gives you a chance to show off your cooking skills!
  • Ask how many guests are attending so you make the perfect amount of your secret family recipe.

If You’re Watching Fireworks:

They’re one of the most mesmerizing things about the fourth, so make sure you’re prepared.

  • 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.


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