January 2013

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Nooo! It can’t be your turn.  Surely you hosted the last party  But no, it was months ago.

Now the problem is how to set up and host a fabulous party while you and your partner are both buried in work and short on time.

Themes, catering, planning, organising…  Thank heavens your Personal Concierge can take care of it for you.  You can get all your work done, meeting your deadlines, and then swan home to the party without a care in the world.  You will look like you are superwoman.

Managing events at home take just the same amount of skill as managing events at work.  You need to know what to delegate when, and to whom.  You already have those skills so why is it that you are reluctant to use them at home?  You don’t have to BE a superwoman.  You just have to LOOK as though you are.

There will be much of the preparation that you can’t manage so the wisest things to delegate are:

  • Finding a caterer
  • Sourcing decorations for your theme
  • Arranging the delivery of the cake
  • The purchasing of gifts if required
  • Set up of the event
  • Sourcing and delivery of hired crockery and cutlery if required
  • Set up of the event space

Delegating these tasks will take the burden away and your stress levels will be back to normal.  You will be able to focus on your work, which is handy seeing it pays the bills!

Even better, though, is that by the time the party arrives you will still have enough energy left to enjoy it.

Give yourself a break.  No one needs to know what your secret it.  All they need to do is to enjoy the party, and so do you.

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09

Jan

2013

It’s great to be organised at the office, having your calendar in front of you, your to do list meticulously planned to fit in with your daily goings on and your diary neatly filled out.

What do you do, though, when you walk away from your desk or you are out of the office for longer than your coffee break?  When you can finally squeeze in a night away with your partner, how do you keep an eye on things?

We often blame technology for the breakdown of our relationships but if it is used properly, technology is a wonderful thing. It gives you the best of both worlds – time with your partner as well as the ability to check in with your work.

You can do amazing things with your Smartphone to ensure you stay on track, turn up to every appointment on time and don’t double book yourself.

Starting with the basics, there is your Google calendar which can be synced to various accounts (your co-workers or your partner, for example) and can easily be set up on your phone. Reminders can be readily set, and you have the capacity to display not only your own calendar, but other’s calendars as well, as necessary.

There are some great desktop tools that also have associated iPhone and Smartphone apps, such as:

  • Remember the Milk: a comprehensive list management system that also talks to Google calendar. The app for your iPhone is free, but you’ll have to upgrade to Pro (around $25) for android interfaces.
  • Producteev: provides online task management, and enables you to add items to your list via email, IM and Google and iPhone apps.

Then you have those that are suited to the phone itself:

  • Astrid, one of the most powerful list organisers and task tracking systems for android phones, which can be backed up to an SD card. It can also be synced to Producteev and Remember the Milk.
  • Got 2 Do is another specific smartphone app that has the capacity to not only set tasks and reminders, but also sort and organise into folders, tagging and more.

There you have it, your day organised and secured neatly in your pocket, ready for use whenever you need it.  You can book your night away and relax, knowing that everything is under control.

What is your favourite tool?

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