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I came to a collusion today that I'm my own best pen pal.

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Since I'm a stickler for time and organization, I never leave for tomorrow what I can do today. I stay organized by writing notes in my BlackBerry, text messaging myself important dates, and emailing myself events that I absolutely cannot afford to forget.

Today I left myself a detailed voicemail with things I needed to get done on the weekend. When I hung up the phone I was a bit sad....I'm my by best pen pal and now I talk to myself...

Is this Fabulously40 and beyond?

If you have any tips you would like to share on how you stay on top of your game, I would love to hear from you.




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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Dec 4, 2008
    • This is so funny! I thought I was the only one...every morning the first thing I do is make a list of things to do today.
      I’m a visual person...I like to be able to see what I need to do.
      What’s even funnier is that I normally don’t have to look at my list again...I just have to get it out of my head so it won’t rattle around in there until I’m worn out from thinking about trying to remember.
      OMG!!! I just thought I was going crazy with all the notes.



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      Jacquie6363 wrote Dec 4, 2008
    • Sistas, it’s the only way, shut it down....



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Dec 4, 2008
    • Can’t help you and if you find a good solution, let me know too.



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      Mz. Queen wrote Dec 4, 2008
    • If I write notes on those little post it notes I can’t find them later. So I try to stick to the basics. Go to work, come home, go to college, and go to bed. Save the rest for the weekend.

      much love
      Donna



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      Daphne wrote Dec 5, 2008
    • Getting it all done through the holidays is like eating an elephant...ONE BITE AT A TIME.

      You can only do what you can do.  If you can delegate, take full advantage of your resources.  I think too many women think they‘re supposed to be “doing it all“.  If you‘re frantic for trying to get everything done, you‘re probably taking on too much.  

      Review your ability (or inability) to say NO.  Sometimes, you simply have to say NO.  It isn’t selfish...it’s self-preserving!  

      When my children were small and wanted to play EVERY sport/do EVERY activity that was suggested to them, i encouraged them to choose a few sports/activies that they really enjoy and work to excel at them.  In my view, it’s better to do a few things well than a lot of things poorly.  

      Work to join your strengths and interests to create a smoother flow in your life.



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      Coachmombabe wrote Dec 5, 2008
    • Daphne, great advise!

      I can very easily get sidetracked at work. Often someone’s waiting to go over things as soon as I walk in. Sometimes there’s no one else to get the phone, or the door (we have a door bell at work) so “shutting it down” is not always an option for me.

      I find it very hard to concentrate in a lot of noise and busyness, but three days a week it’s like that at work. During those times I try to make myself more available to my team and not get so focused on accomplishing something.  

      I also make lists, but have trouble keeping track of them! I tend to be a one track person. This week is the Volunteer Christmas Party, which I am hosting (on site). I can’t think about much else until that is over. Then on to the next thing.

      TMI?



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      Jenz ~ wrote Dec 5, 2008
    • According to the blog, it sounds as though you’ve got it mastered.
      And I agree with all of our awesome sisters here~ Shut it down! lol
      No laptop on until tasks completed. Otherwise it’s too easy to hang out in here & get distracted! ha ha
      I’ve got quite a list myself! And I haven’t shut it down yet.... ;)



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 5, 2008
    • I am a multi-tasker to the point of walking in circles.

      When I really put myself on task I follow a list. I don’t answer the phone. I don’t answer the door.

      I also like to look back on the day right before going to bed and make a mental note of everything I got accomplished rather then thinking of all I have yet to do tomorrow. It ends the day on a positive note.



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      Coachmombabe wrote Dec 5, 2008
    • Cynthia, you sound a lot like my husband. He’s a great multi-tasker! He rates his day according to how much he was able to accomplish and I rate mine as to how well my relationships are working. It’s really hard to check that one off!



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      Karyn Olson wrote Dec 5, 2008
    • I find when my life is stressed and in a turmoil I don’t get anything done...sad but true.

      When I am not in these moods of doing nothing I am a very organized person...perhaps a little too organized...my girls say that I am anal about things...drives them nuts...

      Where is the balance?

      Lists don’t work...I lose them...so I went out and bought me this huge whiteboard calender...on it I write EVERYTHING down...this keeps me in check with everything...no more excuses...it’s there all in black and white...and red...lol



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      Stephanie Wolf wrote Dec 5, 2008
    • I too  make a list, in order of priority, just in case it doesn’t all get done, which is usually the case.  If I do need my computer, I make sure there is a clock near me and I keep checking the time.  If I find something is taking too long, it gets moved down on the list.
      For those of you who keep lists on your computer, you can download a program for digital post-it notes!  You can color code them, insert photos, etc.  It’s great!  The cost is minimal, only $19.95 and the program is yours to keep!



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      Yana Berlin wrote Dec 5, 2008
    • Thank you for a great feedback.

      I just finished my list for holiday shopping, usually I’m done by Thanksgiving, now I need to go out and buy...it would be fun if I didn’t have to try to figure out what it is that I can buy that I actually like and do so on a budget...

      Great topic for the next blog estatic



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      Trudy S wrote Dec 5, 2008
    • I agree with Daphne.  Sometimes you just have to tell yourself that ‘this is not that important.’

      I work 40 hrs a week, am studying for my Master’s and I have a 4 year-old, a husband, a dog and two cats.  I have cut back both at work and at home on the commitments that I make so that I don’t ‘get crazy’ (or crazier as my husband likes to say!).  

      Sometimes, I even just say “this is not going to get done.”  This may not sound like a big deal but at 43 (almost 44) I have always run a tight ship and nothing every slipped through the cracks.  I am FINALLY learning to give myself a break...and it is making my whole family happier.



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      Marie Hempsey wrote Dec 8, 2008
    • I have a horrible confession to make. I am the most unorganized person. Really, I am .  I do get alot accomplished and i do not know how i do it. I have nothing organized, i drive my hubby and kids nuts! I am a life long scatterbrain. I truly believe i have a.d.d. and never had it addressed. I remember as a child, the biggest complaint from all my teachers was how unorganized i was and no one ever addressd it from there. I used to get in trouble all the time , i can remember as far back as 1st grade being yelled at and ridiculed even by teachers, have my desk dumped and stuff, be kept from school shows and assemblies in order to stay behind and clean out my desk. I am so grateful for the techniques used to pick these things up in children today at a very early age. My children have benefitted grately from early childhood interventions like  IEP’s and OT. I can only imagine the truly successful person i could have ben if only i had had some guideance in this area.



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      Tuliplady wrote Dec 12, 2008
    • Irishree, are we twins who were seperated at birth??? Wow!  I am the same way.

      I’m an unorganized mess, but I do manage to get to work on time, get meals cooked most nights, and have Christmas presents under the tree for everyone by the time we open gifts on Christmas eve.

      Mostly, if things don't get done, I don't sweat it.  It will still be there tomorrow, or next week.  My kids do not remember the sink loads of dishes I didn't  do, but they do remember all the stories I read them.  

      The truly important stuff gets done around here.  I let the dust bunnies (that’s what I call all the other stuff) take care of themselves.



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