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Tips on Staying On Schedule and Organization

Most days, life can be pretty hectic. Between finance management, taking care of family/pets, running a household as well as a business, there seems to be no time for yourself. Staying on schedule and organization go hand-in-hand. Agendas are vital for time management. Here are some routine tips to help you get your life together.

 

Schedules & Lists

I can’t stress this enough: as soon as you think of something that needs to be done, take note of it right away. You may remember later, but likely you will forget seconds later. If you happen to be the type to forget to look at your notes, try creating a notes widget. Speaking of, widgets are also good for staying organized. Writing down your thoughts is the key to staying organized. Also, it’ll prevent you from putting things off. Then, categorize your notes: shopping, tasks, important dates, etc.

Next, the importance of calendars. Wall/electronic calendars will allow you to visualize your schedule will make it more concrete and give you a sense of how busy your week will be. When scheduling your week/month, do so in pencil or electronically. This will give you room to change your plans. There are several different ways to create an agenda for different personalities. You can use apps, whiteboards/bulletin boards, keep a journal, or use a notepad. Keeping track of little things will free up your headspace, helping you focus on more important things.

Personally, my favorite way to keep a schedule is using Google Sheets “To-Do List” for everyday planning, then using an e-calendar for important dates. I also use a wall calendar for tracking chores and due dates: trash days, dog bath days, deep clean days, etc.

 

A friendly reminder: don’t overbook yourself. We will often say “yes” to plans without thinking if we’ll have the time/energy to do so. By planning out your days by the week and mapping out the month, you’ll be able to manage chores, due dates, plans, and reminders. The best method for staying on schedule and organization is to write down what you need to do. Then, find out what works best for you on how to schedule and organize tasks & lists.

 

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How To Be Professional When Online

As a follow-up to our online marketing blog, we now offer online professionalism tips. Even after the corona virus passes through, online business functions may stay as a norm. That being said, it’s important to maintain the same amount of professional respect that you would show to your colleagues in the office. Being professional online is still a relatively new concept, society hasn’t quite yet decided what the standards should be. We can establish good, healthy standards. Your business presence is important and a part of your team. So, we encourage you to still step it up even if it’s from your couch.

Look good, feel good

When you don’t have to be seen in person, it can be easy to “let go”. Such as, not having a routine or not getting ready before you start work. Some of us were guilty of this when the pandemic first started: just stay in my PJs and whatnot. But, it may be coming off as a little disrespectful to your boss and co-workers. Dress accordingly to what people should expect of you. If you look like you didn’t put in much effort, it’s hard for others to take you seriously. If you know you’re going to be on camera, make yourself look somewhat put together. Besides, psychologically you will work better when you’re dressed for the day.

Being prepared

“So, any questions over the document I sent out yesterday?” “Uhhh…. What document?”

Don’t be that guy. Just as you arrive to school and to the office prepared for the day, the same goes from working virtually. Time management is the most important element of your job/career. Give yourself an adequate amount of time to review material beforehand, like studying for a test. Speaking of mornings, establish a morning routine. This way, you won’t be trying to cram making your morning coffee and taking care of kids/pets into the last minute. And, being mentally alert by the time you clock in will aid you into getting right to work as soon as you clock in.

 Online professional profile

Your employer and co-workers most likely look at your social media pages. Now that we can’t be in person to share details of our lives, colleagues will go to Facebook to wonder why you took the day off. Employers can’t monitor us in person, so they go to our social media to make sure we’re behaving. Your boss may be wondering why that green “online” dot is on your picture when you’re supposed to be finishing a report! While your social media is your business and you can do what you want with it, just keep in mind that anyone can and will see what you’re up to.

At the very least, make sure your LinkedIn profile is top-notch. Have a professional headshot as your profile picture, and keep your profile updated and professionally positive.

Being professional online may not seem like a big deal when you’re not having to interact in person, but you do leave an impression. You don’t have to suit up just to be on Zoom for 10 minutes. Besides, being comfortable is the most important thing so your clothes don’t distract you. Just make sure you look presentable, and you match the respect that you would want to receive.

 

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