taking care of your to-do list

23

Jan

2013

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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04

Dec

2012

I know a science professor who has commented that in the past, if her young son was invited to a birthday party, the present had to be bought from Safeway or 7eleven or it just didn’t happen.

You can’t get away with that for very long and you certainly won’t get away with it at Christmas time.

For all the fun that Christmas can be it brings with it a lot of stress.  It is hard to find time to shop for food, and even harder to spare time for things which aren’t necessities.  The problem is that Christmas gifts are necessities but they are troublesome about it.

I know that when I choose a gift I like to put a lot of thought into it so that I select something that is meaningful and that the recipient will love.  When you have a long list of people to buy for it can take up a lot of time.

You probably have some idea of what you would like to buy your friends and family.  Just give me your list.  I will find prices, shop for the gifts, buy them, wrap them and even arrange their delivery.

You don’t have to battle with queues or fight over the last product on the display.  You won’t have the sore feet and blisters that you usually end up with, nor will you have the huge headache when you get home.

Instead you can go home and mix yourself a Christmas cocktail and relax knowing that everything is being taken care of.

Just to make it even better, here is a little cocktail you might like to try.  It is called the Chocolate Raspberry Martini and you are going to love it.

Chocolate Raspberry Martini

  • 1 1/2 ounce raspberry vodka
  • 1 ounce white creme de cacao

Chill your ingredients beforehand. Rub the rim of your chilled martini glass with cocoa then pour in the liquids and enjoy.  Drop a fresh raspberry into the bottom of the glass, too, if you like.  It will look as good as it tastes.

So what will it be?  Queues, headaches and stress or home with your shoes off and chilled cocktail in hand?  I know what I would choose.

Merry shopping–free Christmas to you!

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21

Nov

2012

You know that your car has needed a service for some time now, but when do you find the time to do it?  It’s a whole day you’re carless and trying to fit a carless day into a busy lifestyle is not exactly easy.

Until, of course, it gets to that point where warning lights are flashing and something either starts clunking and thumping or it stops working altogether. Then you’re left with no choice.  Things have become urgent and if you don’t do something about it, you’ll be carless for longer than a day.

You sneak a look at your partner but you know he or she is struggling to meet deadlines at work, too.  There won’t be any help there.  In fact, their car probably needs a service.

Ah well, you will work something out.  You’ll book the car in for a service when you get to work…..

The day passes in a blur of work and meetings, then suddenly it’s over and it’s too late to ring because the mechanic will be closed.

How fabulous would it be to handball this job to someone else?  You have a personal assistant at work.  Now you need a personal assistant at home.

A personal concierge can do it all for you, from making the booking, delivering the car to the mechanic and returning it back home for you.  I will even make sure you stay on the road during the process, so it’s far less painless than it has ever been in the past.

Your time is too valuable to spend it twiddling your thumbs while you wait for the car to be serviced.  Don’t waste your time.  Use my time instead. Call me!

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31

Oct

2012

Let’s face it; there is always something that needs doing around the house whether you have a chance to be at home or not. While you are at work, those dust bunnies have a party under the bed and sprinkle dust around the house. Things that have been dumped in the weekday rush need to be sorted and stored.  The lawn has become a jungle. I feel a sigh coming on…..

With being busy all week and hanging out for some down time on that far distant weekend – or even a bit of quiet or fun time together – it’s easy to let this domestic work slip.

Cue the arguments about who is more busy/lazy than the other, who does more/less, and which of you has more time to do things than the other.

If you do manage to work out a suitable roster, there will always be complaints about jobs not being done properly and heated debates about the fairness of chore allocation when some tasks are harder/easier than others. Does mowing the grass really trump the weekly shop and the struggle to get it all packed away properly?

You feel like you can’t win, don’t you?  And why do you want to spend your time beating yourself up over the domestic duties, anyway?

Remember when you never wanted to leave each other’s arms?  Now you’re lucky to stay there for ten minutes before something demands your attention.  The cuddles turn to squabbles or silent hours of angry cleaning.

You could keep debating over who has does what, or how to find the time to squeeze it all in, or you could just call me.

I can organise a gardener or a professional organiser for you in less time than it takes for you to cross your arms and glare at your partner. I can arrange for the carpets to be cleaned and your garments to be repaired. I can supervise the work whilst you’re enjoying your day off, or at work knowing you’re going to return to a far more inviting home.

It will be tidy but more importantly, it will be peaceful.  There could even be a chance that you might squeeze in a cuddle, too.

You don’t have to hand the domestic duties over all the time but the expression “divide and conquer” has merit.  Do what you can, when you can.  It is not such an important part of your lives that it should cost you your relationship or your precious free time.  You can afford some help.  You can’t afford to waste the things that really matter.

 

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