Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Preparing Your 2016 Calendar


By now you probably have your calendar for 2016 and have already put in some January commitments. Now is the best time to take the opportunity to really set up your 2016 calendar so that it can be a huge resource for you in the coming year.

I do this every year as an end of year ritual. I sit comfortably with some nice pens, my old calendar, a hot drink, and some pleasant music in the background. I take my time to reflect on the past year and plan for the upcoming one.
  1. I go through my old calendar month by month. I note birthdays, anniversaries, and standard meeting times (networking groups, goals group, weight watchers, my zone plan teleclass, etc.).
  2. I transfer these events onto the new calendar in red. This is pretty easy to do since they were in red on my old calendar. I use red because I want these dates to stand out from all the other appointments and meetings that will crowd my calendar throughout the year.
  3. At the top of each month, I note what zone in my home I am planning on working (see former blogs about my zone plan). January will have "office" zone marked. February will have "guest bedroom"  zone and so on throughout the year. On the notes side of my calendar I will write in other actions that I regularly do in that month. March will have "write newsletter" for example.
  4. Also on the notes side I keep track of when I pay yearly obligations (deposit box), renewals of subscriptions (so I don't renew a magazine 6 months before it runs out), scheduled donations, and memberships. When I start getting mail asking me for a donation or to renew a subscription, I can look at that note section to see when I plan to take that action.
  5. Finally, I write in any known scheduled events for the upcoming months such as doctor appointments, client appointments, presentations, and upcoming adventures ( a Road Scholar trip in January).
As I perform this end of year ritual, I get to review the past year. I see when I got together with friends or when I held or went to a party or went on a trip. And then I also know that I will not have to worry about missing a birthday or anniversary or doctor's appointment set months in advance. I am ready for anything the new year is going to bring.


Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Final Countdown of the Days

It's almost here! It's time to relax and enjoy the season. Let good enough be the rule now and allow time to revel in all that you have been preparing. Take time to enjoy your decorated home and enjoy some of the goodies you have prepared. Enjoy the holiday music that is everywhere and watch some of those old movies.

Here are a few tips to help you on your way.

  1. Cleaning:
  • just do maintenance work now
  • delegate where you can
2. Cooking:
  • keep it light
  • eat out more
  • plan a picnic meal by the tree
3. Holiday tasks:
  • set up a gift wrap station and finish wrapping - get rid of those scrappy pieces of wrap that clutter up space
  • as cards come in, check addresses and update your contact list
  • keep an eye on the tasks you have delegated on your calendar - adjust where necessary
  • play some holiday music
  • put together a container for Christmas morning - have in it a couple of trash bags fro used wrap, paper/pen to note who got what and from whom, scissors for opening those pesky wrappings
  • plan a car trip to view the lights or to visit a light display
4. On the day:
  • start jotting down now a list of ideas for future gifts - list sizes - if you plan on doing any re-gifting, make notes of who gave you the gift
  • if you receive a gift that duplicates something you already have (hello nice new coffee maker) start a donation box for the items no longer needed
Wishing all the best holiday season ever!


Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Annual Christmas Panic

OK, it is really December and the days are speeding up for sure. I feel a combination of excitement and panic. I'm looking forward to some parties and church events. I am looking forward to enjoying my decorated home. I am enjoying the holiday foods and music. But, wow! There are a lot of things that are not done. Most of the cards have not been mailed. Some gifts still need to be purchased - still unsure of what to even get a couple of people. I still have more baking to do. The house is in some disarray because of the process of decorating. No gifts have been wrapped.

Breathe.

These projects are scheduled on my calendar. I am only a little behind there. I am finding though that although the date is scheduled, when that day comes, finding the hours to prioritize those tasks is not easy. However, I am working on it.

Breathe.

I must get back in touch with my vision of the perfect holiday. How do I make this happen? Certainly not by using up all my energy every day. How do I deal with setbacks?

Breathe.

Some baking may not get done. There will still be plenty. The boys' favorite cookies will get done for sure.

Breathe.

The house will get back to normal once I finish the decorating. That should get done this coming weekend.

Breathe.

I'll look at that friend, my calendar, and schedule a time to wrap packages to mail and another time to wrap packages for here. I'll put on some music and sip a hot beverage. It will be fun.

Breathe.

I have scheduled one day away from all chores and work to spend with my hubby. All is good.

Breathe.

Enjoy your holidays!



Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer