Streamlining Calendars

Simple Productivity Blog

Most of us have demands on our time that requires the use of a calendar so that we know where we are supposed to be at any given time. Add in multiple activities with their own calendars, and multiple family members with their calendars and activities, and you can easily end up with information in dozens of places. How Many Calendars Do You Have? I want to take a moment to make point about the difference between appointments and calendars. Adding Calendars.

How to Color Code Your Calendar

Jen Lawrence

Color coding your calendar is one of those organizational tricks that most people shrug off. I’m here to tell you – if you aren’t color coding your calendar, you’re missing out. Color coding your calendar allows you to see how your time will be used at a glance.

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Calendar Clarity

Laughing all the Way to Work

My current boss travels a lot so I put his travel schedule in the calendar as well. Undoubtedly if the meeting is put as an all-day meeting and someone is looking in your calendar to see if you are busy, they will probably not notice the all-day meeting that is at the top of the calendar. If a meeting is from 9 to 5 for instance, I block that whole time in their calendar. It will now block the calendar from 9 to 5 (or whatever time you chose) for the 3 days.

Client Gifting: 5 Ideas to Show Your Appreciation This Holiday Season

Tips From T. Marie

It's December, the time of year when our thoughts are drawn to holiday festivities and the purchase of gifts. The holidays give us the perfect time to do a little something for our clients. Of course this decision leads to the question; What should I give my clients as a holiday gift?

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Trip Advisors: managing holiday records

Practically Perfect PA

Most employees take their annual leave , have a great time away, occasionally check their blackberry and think no more about work except on their return when they show their colleagues a few holiday snaps and say they had a good time… Well as assistants we know that we are not most employees!

How to Color Code Your Calendar

Jen Lawrence

Color coding your calendar is one of those organizational tricks that most people shrug off. I’m here to tell you – if you aren’t color coding your calendar, you’re missing out. Color coding your calendar allows you to see how your time will be used at a glance.

Holiday Time Management Tip – Share the Workload

Ian's Messy Desk

Home About Contact Me Links Sitemap Holiday Time Management Tip – Share the Workload Posted by Ian McKenzie Written on November 3, 2010 If youre new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Holidays can add the expectation of the personal touch to all that happens.

How the Holiday Season Can Help Your Career

On The Job

The holiday season is beginning to ramp up, and your thoughts may be consumed by Black Friday deals or how to make your nana's pecan pie. How about a "happy-holidays-and-I'd like- to-connect" message via LinkedIn?

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Who Else Wants Stress-Free Holidays?

Simple Productivity Blog

How is your holiday planning going? Here’s the great news: you CAN have an organized, sane, in-budget holiday season — with just a few hours of effort. I used to do holidays as my family had done, the full-on American version of the Christian holiday of Christmas.

Simplify Your Calendar With the Four Laws Of Simplicity

Simple Productivity Blog

The Four Laws Of Simplicity: Calendars. In this series, we have already talked about applying it to “stuff “ Now we’ll take a look at how to apply them to simplify your calendars. Applying The Four Laws To Calendars. Next we’re going to look at how to apply this to your calendar. A printout of your current electronic calendar. A printout of your work calendar. Holidays. These will be your primary calendars.

Calendar "ah ha"

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 16 January, 2010 Calendar "ah ha" I was participating in a Harvard sponsored webinar with my boss the other day. One of the things they recommended to executives was to use their electronic calendar to leave themselves reminders. I think if Microsoft asked me what I would like to see in an electronic calendar, I would suggest not to bother with the all-day event option. Otherwise too many colors make the calendar overwhelming, not helpful.

What You Don’t Know About How To Use A Calendar

Simple Productivity Blog

You probably have a calendar. Whether it is on your phone, email program, desktop, or tacked to a door, there is generally a calendar around. What A Calendar Is For. A calendar is for appointments you have made for yourself (or family) at a specific date, usually with a time.

Preparing For The Holidays (Free Ebooks)

Simple Productivity Blog

A few years ago I wrote two ebooks about the holidays. With the upcoming holiday season, I decided that these books needed to reach a wider audience. Simplify The Holidays. It took me a while to figure out what the essence of stress-free holidays were about.

Where is everybody? Setting up an office vacation calendar

Laughing all the Way to Work

Keeping an up-to-date vacation calendar is important so these overlaps are anticipated and in some cases vacations have to be re-scheduled. Setting up a calendar in Word is probably the easiest way to do it and everyone can see at a glance who is going to be away. To open a calendar in Word 2003 do the following: On the File menu, click New. Double-click Calendar Wizard.

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A Great Outlook: Adding Holidays to Microsoft Outlook

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise A Great Outlook: Adding Holidays to Microsoft Outlook By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Filed Under: MS-Outlook , Organize D o you often wonder how you can add your countrys holidays into your calendar in Microsoft Outlook ? Do you follow particular religious holidays, but arent showing up in your calendar? Currently, I work in a large organization where we follow Canadian holidays.

The 2014 Productivityist Holiday Gift Guide


NeuYear Calendar Still my analog calendar of choice. It’s taken my game to a whole new level, and anyone who gives the NeuYear Calendar a try will see that having a bird’s eye view of their year really is a game-changer. Information Amazon holiday shopping

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The 2014 Productivityist Holiday Gift Guide


NeuYear Calendar. Still my analog calendar of choice. It''s taken my game to a whole new level, and anyone who gives the NeuYear Calendar a try will see that having a bird''s eye view of their year really is a game-changer. The 2013 Productivityist Holiday Gift Guide.

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The 2013 Productivityist Holiday Gift Guide


This year I decided to offer holiday shoppers a bit more time to explore possible gift ideas for the productivity enthusiast — aka the "productivityist" — in their lives. NeuYear Calendar. My analog calendar of choice.

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Completely Unprepared For The Holidays and What I Did About It

Simple Productivity Blog

After all, every calendar I have seen for the past two months has reminded me that the holidays were barreling down on me like a freight train. Heck, they’re still in the place I put them after last holiday season. So I turned to Excel to help me solve this holiday problem.

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The Romantically Challenged Guy’s Guide to a Successful Valentine’s Day

Dumb Little Man

Even men with the best of intentions need a little help sometimes with this love holiday. This foolproof list will help guide you through this tricky holiday so you don’t end up screwing it up. Goals Happiness Holiday

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Green Gift Giving: Great Eco-Office Gift Ideas

Eco-Office Gals

Eco-Calendars. There are a variety of calendars that use sustainable, recycled paper and give daily tips on how to live green and protect the planet. Check out Every Day is Earth Day 2011 daily calendar.

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The 2012 Productivityist Holiday Gift Guide


Well, if this person is a productivityist — or at least needs to look at becoming more productive — then you should give The Productivityist Holiday Gift Guide for 2012 a good look. NeuYear calendar. I’m big on visuals, and the NeuYear calendar gives me a bird’s eye view of my year in one place. Macbundler Holiday Bundle. Agenda Calendar. My iOS calendar app of choice. The ideal calendar app for the productivityist who uses iOS. (On

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Your Life Organized

Ian's Messy Desk

In no time, we’ll be into the annual holiday season. Here are links to Christmas and holiday related posts at Ian’s Messy Desk. Start Your Christmas Planning in August – Organized Christmas has a Holiday Grand Plan.

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8 Tips to Help You Clean Off Your Desk

Ian's Messy Desk

Make an appointment - Don’t just hope you find the time to clean up, set a calendar entry and stick to it. Organizer ( paper or electronic) to enter to-dos, addresses or calendar data. Ian’s Messy Desk Helping you get the most out of the 24 hours in your day.

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168 Hours: Why You Should be Writing Your Holiday Letter Today

Men With Pens

If you’re like many of us, you send out an end-of-year letter with your Christmas holiday cards. Because once you know what you’d like to do with the rest of this year, you can break these goals down into actionable steps, and then get organized about putting them on the calendar.

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5 Things You Must Know Before the Office Party

On The Job

I've written about the workplace for a long time, and I know that when the calendar hits December there's going to be a flurry of advice about what you should and shouldn't do at the office holiday party. Here they are: * Don't wear a holiday sweater.

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Taking Breaks for Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

The fact is, I’ve been struggling for the last few weeks, trying hard to fill out the editorial calendar.

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Start Your Christmas Planning in August

Ian's Messy Desk

They have a Holiday Grand Plan. By breaking down all the tasks needed to clean and organize the house and prepare for the holidays, and dividing them into weekly assignments, the Holiday Grand Plan will help you reach the season calm, centered and ready tocelebrate from a clean and organized home. Holiday Grand Plan 2009 begins on Sunday, August 30, and continues throughout the holiday season. Holiday Grand Plan Notebook Calendar.

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Summer days are here again -- Finally!!

Laughing all the Way to Work

Our office starts a vacation calendar around mid-May and all staff enter their vacation requests for the summer. The assistants in our office operate on a buddy system and we try to coordinate our holidays to make sure there is the necessary admin support in each of our areas. summer vacation planning holidays professional assistant holidays Administrative Assistant

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Whoops! What now?

Loosely Speaking

Kids home for the summer or holidays. Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs Whoops! What now?

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4 Tricks To Turn Your Buyers Into Loyal Customers

Dumb Little Man

Offer Random Freebies To Customers : I am in the carpet cleaning business and in my industry, it is not uncommon for business owners to provide free notepads, calendars and pens to customers.

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Can you say “sidetracked?”

Loosely Speaking

Or I could share my heartfelt excitement over working into the wee hours, creating homespun (handknit) holiday gifts. Happy Holidays! Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs Can you say “sidetracked?&# Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 11:41 am // By: ktcosmos // Category: Life of the Virtual Assistant I could blame it on the economy. Or I could explain how my child’s recent health scare derailed my focus.

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40 Outlook hacks for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Outlook can automatically add public holidays to your calendar and it has nearly 100 different locations to choose from so it is well worth putting these in if you work closely with offices in other locations. Click Alt+W to forward an email or switch to the weekly calendar view.

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3 Simple Steps to Taking Time Away from Your Business

Office Organization Success

There are several holidays throughout they year that naturally lend themself to you taking some downtime — there is no need for you to continue to remain a slave to your business! The solution is simple … you plan it in your calendar. “I don’t have time for a vacation!”

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How to Plan Events Your Team Will Love (Without the Stress)

Eat Your Career

When you are hosting large, annual events such as your company holiday or summer party, planning in advance is your best advantage. Put dates from your timeline in your calendar and use a project management tool like Trello to keep all dates and information about your event in one place.

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On the Job by Anita Bruzzese: Eat your salad first, and other.

On The Job

Take everything else off your desk except for those materials and write the list on piece of paper or your calendar so it’s the first thing you see when arriving for work.

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Merry Augtember!

Loosely Speaking

The preparation is similar to the holiday rush that is Christmas for our clan. In case the cards/gifts/phone calls/skype chats don’t arrive on schedule, or before there are more additions to the family calendar, here are felicitations for you one and all, in the order of appearance.

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Which tasks should assistants manage?

Practically Perfect PA

There are so many ways we can help them with this from managing their calendar effectively, minimising interruptions and generally keeping them on track. Holiday and sickness records.

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Get Organized: 3 Tips for Organizing Kids

Get Organized!

Nope, I’m not talking about the holidays. 1) Mark your calendar. Organizing Tips | Organizing Products | Organizing Services Tuesday, August 25, 2009 Get Organized: 3 Tips for Organizing Kids It’s that time of year. The time of peace on earth and goodwill toward men.

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Make The Final 45 Days Your Most Productive Yet

Office Organization Success

I know we have a Thanksgiving Holiday (for those of us in the US) and Christmas/New Year’s too, but that’s really no excuse to slow down and not take action. You just need to plan around these holidays. Step 1: Take Out Your Calendar.

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How to Plan Ahead for Christmas

Ian's Messy Desk

If you want to reduce the stress associated with the holiday season, get an early start on holiday planning. To reduce holiday stress this year, create a holiday checklist to make the season go smoothly.

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Systems Are at the Heart of Every Successful Business

Office Organization Success

I’m just glad that it’s a holiday weekend (for both the US and UK) and we get to have a little bit of extra down time. One of the jobs I did get to do this week was organize my summer calendar. Oh my … what a week it’s been! What with three end-of-year school functions, personal appointments, and soccer games and practices, I’ve actually spent more time out of the office this week than in it.

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7 Tips for Coming Down the Home Stretch

Office Dynamics

Look at your calendar between now and year-end. Consider your commitments, schedules, things you need to do, holiday events, and block necessary time to reduce stress. Take advantage of any unused vacation or plan a personal day to organize your personal life before the holidays arrive. With the holidays coming, it is more important than ever that you exercise and get good rest. Welcome to November—the 11th month of 2017!

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