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Do-It-Today List: book yourself in for that haircut, wax or spa treatment #DITList June 21, 2012

Posted by CMK in do-it-today to do list.
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I keep promising myself I’ll book in a hair cut, I’ll get my legs waxed before I go on holiday or that I will slow down and have a pamper day.

Never happens.

So today – clear a day in your diary and book it in.

Worse case scenario – pop in to boots on the way home and pick up a do it at home kit and use it today.

Do-It-Today List: hurry up and buy a fathers day card #DITlist June 15, 2012

Posted by CMK in do-it-today to do list.
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Father’s day is on the 17th of June. If you haven’t done it already go out and buy a father’s day card (or order online). You are running out of time (particularly if you need to post your card).

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Do-It-Today List: Update your Birthday List #DITList June 12, 2012

Posted by CMK in 15 Minute Intervals, do-it-today to do list, Organisation.
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When I was a kid I knew everyone’s birthdays off by heart. Being the “organised one” friends would frequently ask me to remind them about our other friend’s birthdays. Once I went to university (and started using Facebook) Facebook tended to remind me about birthdays and over time I would forget birthdays or not know people’s birthdays unless Facebook prompted me.

I now rarely use Facebook and I certainly don’t sign in every day (or even every week). I now tend to miss birthdays.

So today – log into Facebook, check the birthday list and import them into a diary or calendar you actually use daily/check so that you remember in advance. Even if you use Facebook regularly it is still nice to include the important birthdays in your calendar.

Do-It Today List: Review and Renew #DITlist June 11, 2012

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On my “someday” list (the list which I never seem to get to until it is urgent or I have missed my chance) is “renew railcard”. Regardless of whether you are a regular train user or not a railcard is a useful addition to the collection of cards you carry around in your purse.

Whether it is to save some money travelling to London for the Olympics or simply in case of future travel. Make sure that renewing your railcard in on the list and bump it up to the do it today list so you can relax and forget about it again. There are no annoying emails to remind you to do this 1 month in advance, 2 weeks and then 2 days… consider this your email.

At the same time check whether any of the other cards in your purse and an expiry date and schedule to renew them in your next 15 minute interval.

Do-It Today List: Sort out your vouchers and coupons #DITlist June 10, 2012

Posted by CMK in 5 Minute Organisation, do-it-today to do list.
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I find that I always end up with coupons and vouchers stuffed in my purse or bag from supermarkets or retailers like WH Smith or Boots. Take some time today to sort these out.

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1. Bin the expired ones.

2. Check out the offer – and make a decision would you use it? Would it make you a potential saving down the line? Don’t just keep it “just in case”.

I found one for 20% off books. I have a pile of unread books in my house I don’t want to just buy a book for the sake of using the voucher, but at the same time I know I will make another book purchase in the future, so I consider if there is a book I particularly want and consider if I would make the purchase now. I make the decision not to. Because there are always book sales, any book I want it likely to come down in price.

3. If you have an organisational obsession like myself you might even note the expiry date in the diary and plan when you might use it and what for.

Do-It Today List: Sort out your vouchers and coupons #DITlist June 10, 2012

Posted by CMK in 5 Minute Organisation, do-it-today to do list.
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I find that I always end up with coupons and vouchers stuffed in my purse or bag from supermarkets or retailers like WH Smith or Boots. Take some time today to sort these out.

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1. Bin the expired ones.

2. Check out the offer – and make a decision would you use it? Would it make you a potential saving down the line? Don’t just keep it “just in case”.

I found one for 20% off books. I have a pile of unread books in my house I don’t want to just buy a book for the sake of using the voucher, but at the same time I know I will make another book purchase in the future, so I consider if there is a book I particularly want and consider if I would make the purchase now. I make the decision not to. Because there are always book sales, any book I want it likely to come down in price.

3. If you have an organisational obsession like myself you might even note the expiry date in the diary and plan when you might use it and what for.

Do-It Today List: Schedule lunch with an old friend #DITlist June 8, 2012

Posted by CMK in do-it-today to do list.
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Everyone has someone they haven’t caught up with in a while, or that they have accidentally bumped into in the street and parted with promises of grabbing a coffee.

So today send them an email, or give them a quick call and put something in the diary! Take the initiative. Don’t use the excuse of being busy, make the time.

P.S. don’t even think about cancelling last minute.

Do-It Today List: put things in your pocket June 5, 2012

Posted by CMK in 5 Minute Organisation, do-it-today to do list, iphone/ipad apps, Reading List.
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Yesterday I realised that working through Sunday’s do-it today would be much easier if all my reading list was actually in the same place. So today I decided I would sign up to “pocket” previously known as read it later so that I could centralise my reading list.

Pocket works with twitter, safari and flipboard, among other apps and services that we use online. You can also add things by email. It stores everything in a nice easy list, that way I don’t have to check through my emails and favourites etc.

I chose pocket simply because it was the first service that came to mind, but there are others that provide a similar service. Today pick one and start to organise your reading list for next Sunday. It is as easy as one two three.

Do-It-Today List: Make catching up on your reading a weekly habit #DITlist June 3, 2012

Posted by CMK in do-it-today to do list.
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At the end of the week one of my to-dos is to actually read all the articles I flagged, added to my favourites, emailed to myself etc. Everyone always has a “read it later” category (however they store it).

Today – sit down with a cup of tea/coffee and work through yours.

Try and build this into a weekly habit so that you are not overwhelmed. If you have a severe backlog just do the items that you flagged/starred this week then stop.

If you have any extra time, or want to spend another interval or two working at the list do so. But for now just try and fit in a weekly slot to get through the ones you flagged this week.

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