Why 'To-Do' lists are more effective than 'Visual Reminders'
Visual reminders can be helpful, yet when they get used for too many things they become clutter.
This clutter makes us feel overwhelmed, breaks our focus and can make us lose sight of our top priorities.
We tend to think 'Out of Sight, Out of Mind', yet let's consider the role of the 'To-Do' list to help us to remember what our priorities are instead.
Writing down our tasks and then putting away the file or project to where it belongs means we will remember to do it.
And with projects out of the way we can then focus more clearly on tasks individually, thus being even more effective.
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And remember to make sure that if a task is truly important, if it has a deadline, and if it will take more than 20 minutes, that you put it in your calendar. 'Getting the Stones Down' as they say.
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The cycle of purchasing new beauty products can be never-ending. At the start of a new season, every drug store or department store has a new range of sales promoting the next best thing in beauty. Of course, we must have it, and soon our bathroom counter, closet, and every available drawer space is filled with countless beauty products. The items then become stained, dry out, or start to smell and need to be thrown out – sometimes before they are even opened. What do you do? It's all about organization.
To start with, you can't ignore the dreaded product clean out. The best way to deal with this milestone is to take all your products to a centralized area such as a kitchen table or a tiled floor. Make sure you put a plastic sheet or old towel down first to prevent stains. Now it's down to simply making piles of items of everyday products, special occasion products, and products to throw away. After removing the old, dispensable items, you should group the remaining products into logical sections. Some items, such as nail polishes, eyeshadows, electrical appliances, and skin care, easily come together.
Next, before even thinking about putting the products away, you should survey your current products. Are there any that could have dual purposes? Do you need to buy more? Organization is as much about using products efficiently as it is about being able to locate them. If you can find multiple ways to use products, it can remove the clutter and frustration of riffling through a drawer full of items.
Similarly, buying products in packs or sets, can ensure the products stay together and remove the possibility of buying overlapping products – plus it can be much cheaper. Also consider buying multi use products, such as hair removal gadgets that you can use on different areas on the body, as this will also save you space in the home. CarolWright Gifts has a range of electronic devices, and deals can be found online to ensure you get the best value just in time for Christmas.
Now it comes down to the actual organization part. Don't worry, by using nifty storage devices and containers around the house, it can be a simple and painless process. Ordinary household items can be a goldmine in these situations. Tall glasses are a great way to store makeup brushes in clear view; a variety of food container sizes can easily be used to group similar items; and kitchen utensil trays are an amazing way to separate everyday products for easy access. An even better suggestion is to search out all those pesky containers without correct lids and use those to store products. For more ideas, don't go past your average stationary or office supply store. Pencil cases, book holders, wall hooks, and filing devices are great ways to organize and sort beauty products as well.
Beauty products are something most women use every day. To avoid being late for important appointments or finding yourself without a concealer before a big date, it's imperative to keep your items organized. However, with the help of efficient products, cunning storage devices, and a little bit of time, organizing your beauty products can be an easy and painless experience.
1. Set time to work and avoid distractions. If you work from home set office hours and talk to any family about respecting this time. Allowing oneself to get distracted by household chores or passing conversations can really take a bite at productivity.
2. Prioritize your tasks and make a 'To Do" list everyday. Break your tasks down based on their Value and Deadline so you can easier gage what your top priorities are. As well as having this To-Do list, take time to schedule your tasks into the calendar or planner. Getting real about time and when you will do it makes it more likely that you will get it done on time.
3. Plan your week on Sunday. When making your plan for the week, try to group 'like' tasks together. If you have errands and tasks that can be grouped together you can save a lot of time. Take up to a 1/2 hour on Sunday to review on paper what your obligations are for the week ahead, this is one of the best organizing strategies.
4. Create filing systems (Paper and Electronic) that suit your needs. Everyone is a little different in they way the process information. When it comes to file systems, although for the most part they can be similar, there are lots of variations in setting them up. There are even choices to be made when it comes to what you keep as 'paper' and what you keep 'electronically.' Regardless of the system you use, it must be easy to maintain and allow you to find what you need quickly.
5. Dedicate space for your business. If you have an actual office, a converted closet, a spare bedroom or an office nook in the kitchen, the space needs to be dedicated to business. A place where you can work on your tasks and have what you need close at hand, avoiding distractions.
6. Become a student of Organization. If you don't already have a file or a 'favorites' folder on organizing, maybe now is a good time to start one. Read articles and books on time management and organization. Attend seminars, telecasts and try to get your hands on as much good material on this subject as you can. To ingrain the material into your subconscious you should go over the materials 6-8 times.
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