A lady has it organized!

It’s a rare person among us who doesn’t feel the need to get more organized. I consider myself fairly organized, for example, but there are times when I get a little lax about my organizational rules, and there’s always room for improvement.

And if you’re already organized (read: you’re an organizational freak), chances are, you like to read about others’ organizational systems.

I must emphasize: these are not my tips, but yours, and when you see the word “I” it refers to the reader writing the tip, not me. Names have been removed to protect the innocent.

  1. 3 Most Important Tasks. Writing down and making mental note of my top 3 tasks to get done for the day. Everything else seems to fall into place if I do that.

 

  1. An easy and workable task list, or to do list. While I love all of these handy web 2.0 apps, computer software, very neat gadgets like palms and really cool cell phones, they just don’t work for me. I’m a lazy woman, with an even lazier attitude. I might put a task in Remember the Milk, another task in my palm, one in my Gcal and send another text to my phone. With all of these different ways of doing things, I end up spending much more time trying to organize my to do list, or consolidate it, that I don’t get much actually done.

 

  1. Keep ubiquitous capture device. It might not be the same device for every location (I have a moleskine for work, but use my mobile for inspiration on the fly) but just being able to write stuff down when you think about it is key for me.

 

  1. Choose one tool and stick with it.

 

  1. Do one thing at a time.

 

  1. Do it now.

 

  1. Make use of the word no.

 

  1. Use the recycling bin/trash basket. Organizing unnecessary items is wasted energy. It is amazing how much more in control I feel just by ridding myself of now outdated articles I’d like to read “someday,” or countless meeting notes from which relevant action items have already been extracted.

 

  1. A (good) place for everything, and everything in its place. By finding places that are easy to get to for all the things I use most often, and places that are pretty easy to get to for the things I use less often, I spend less time dreading doing things and more time actually doing things. And the place for things you never use is elsewhere (trash can, place that accepts donations, etc.).

 

  1. Simplify, simplify, simplify!

 

  1. Put it away now. The single, simplest thing I do to stay personally organized is to put whatever tool, item, clothing, bag, hairbrush etc., away immediately after using it. I always know where everything and anything is so I never waste time looking for something. Very efficient. I could tell a stranger where to find anything in my home.

 

  1. Keep a to-do list that syncs with your mobile phone (so you can add stuff as and when you remember it). And make sure every item has a due date.

 

  1. Change. It obsoletes unimportant things. It brings down any method or idea that isn’t timeless. It brings up newer and more important things that you and others can’t resist anymore. Best of all: it’s an organizing tool that operates itself. You simply have to embrace it.

 

  1. Divide material into red, yellow, blue and green plastic file folders. For example, anything that has to be done today (paperwork to be given to a client, bills to be mailed) go in the red folder. Contact material or anything related to customer field support goes in the yellow folder. Your mileage may vary as to how you organize your briefcase, and like me you may also have project-specific manilla file folders as well, but dividing stuff up into just four color coded folders is a huge help.

 

  1. Flylady.net. She helped me realize that I needed to apply GTD principles to my home life and not just work. I had work under control using checklists, projects and next actions. I tried the same system at home and failed. Then about a month ago I discovered flylady.net courtesy I believe one of your blog posts. Wow, what a difference. My house is clean and so is my desk at work. Many if not most of her basic ideas are just like GTD in a slightly different perspective (control journal, baby steps) and also concrete methods for accomplishing next actions (2 minute hot spots, 15 minute timers). Her most useful tip was to put my daily/weekly lists into shiny page protectors in my control journal. I use a dry erase marker and voila no more killing trees or not doing my list because I can’t print it (or want to avoid the hassle). The best thing about this, I am more relaxed, my blood pressure is finally dropping and I feel less stressed.

 

  1. Unapologetically take control of your time and priorities.

 

  1. Sort at the source. My favorite organizational tool is my post office box. I visit it once a week (usually Saturday), stand at the counter in the lobby and sort my mail. I use the P.O.’s trash bin. What comes into my house is only what I need to have. Bills and letters and checks go into my inbox (which by the way is a box with a lid that is wrapped in lovely fabric and has a yellow bow on it so it looks like a present sitting on my desk). Reading material goes on the table by my chaise lounge which is where I do all my reading.

 

  1. A sheet of paper, a calendar and a white board. I’ve found that the easiest way to organize myself, my days and so forth is a good paper calendar, a sheet of paper that I divide into four sections and a medium sized white board. For my paper the top left section is my actual running to do list for today. The top right section is my running grocery list, or list of things I must purchase. The bottom left is for notes such as calls I made, who I spoke to, appointment dates. The bottom right is whatever I need to move to another day. If I’m told to call back on Monday, then I note that on the calendar. As for the white board, the kids can make notes (Can I spend the night at Brian’s on Friday? Grandma called), and I can jot down things as I think of them to be added to tomorrow’s to do list. My calendar, and the white board are in the same location, so I can transfer short notes if need be. I carry my paper task list with me everywhere, so I can make notes at any given moment.

 

  1. Color coding. I’m a visual person, and I find that color-coding my various lists and calendars minimizes the time I have to spend looking at them. This worked especially well when I was in school: I dumped every class syllabus into Outlook, and then color-coded every class period (blue for paper due, yellow for quiz, red for test, etc). It took awhile to set up, sure, but then for the rest of the semester I only had to glance at Outlook to get a very clear idea of what kind of week I was going to have.

 

  1. One binder. I use a binder cleverly labeled “@ 2013″ with the following divisions:

Pearly Pretzels

Pearly Pretzels

What’s more lady like than a mix of pearls and gold strings collaborated in a bracelet .. I got this beauty from my most favorite store ‘ Charming Charlie ‘ for $8.00 and it’s totally worth it. I wear this a lot and it goes with most of my outfits. People tell me it gives out classy vibes :)

Wedding Veils!

Pearly Purple

Wedding Veils!

With weddings around the corner, before we hit the really cold weather I came across some beautiful Abaya’s (Muslim Gowns) ..this is one of them and the design is exquisite!
It looks beautiful in itself, covers your body, that’s my personal favorite color!
The most gorgeous aspect of this Abaya is its’ silver embellishment on the waist and cuffs it brings a more formal wear touch to it!
Very convenient to get it stitched!

Modesty at it’s Best!

Manners, much?

Hi all! It’s time for a new post .. So I was talking to a couple of my classmates today and we all agreed on how in today’s society majority of us are lacking some serious manners!

It is true in fact that beauty fades with time .. However, what stays is who you really are .. your personality! Your intellect!
Your knowledge  .. and most IMPORTANTLY – Your manners!

I cannot stress enough how important it is to acquire the best of manners and practice them of course .. it really has nothing to do with impressing others .. it is more geared towards living a civilized life among other homo-sapiens!

Some of the Basics would be:

  • SMILE! – It is free .. if you make eye-contact with a person – smiling is the least you can do! Now I understand we all have something or the other we are going through in our lives  .. but one must remind themselves that we are in the same boat! According to our Prophet Mohammad (s.a.w) – ‘Smiling is Charity!’ and one of his companions also reiterates the fact – That no human being smiled more than him (s.a.w)
  • PLEASE, THANK YOU AND SORRY - I always understated the power of these words .. But now with age, I feel that we must use them as often as necessary. IT WILL NOT MAKE YOU SMALL! No matter what relationship you’re dealing with one always be sure thank, say please and be willing to apologize. Inflated Ego’s will lead you no where! Especially with your loved ones ..Trust me .. Ego’s will crush and crumble the most beautiful of relationships .. and I keep reminding myself that, in the end none of this will matter. However, be sure to NOT let the party over-exploit your politeness.
  • OPEN DOORS FOR EACH OTHER – I mean this LITERALLY, now this is what I love most about Texas, majority people are courteous enough to keep a door open for you whenever you’re entering and exiting a building same as them, at the same time … However, this southern hospitality is not so common in other states .. I’ve lived a year in New York and Oh Boy! they sure could use this advice! Or even my home town, Lahore, Pakistan .. I was visiting 2 years ago and never before had I noticed this that NOBODY (or maybe just one person did) keeps a door open for you .. Now it may have to do a lot with ignorance ..something they are just not used to .. but this common courtesy .. we start from ourselves and one by one people will pick up good habits.
  • LET A LADY, CHILD OR AN OLDER PERSON HAVE CHAIR (My personal favorite – I could go on an on about it) – Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve lived in New York once, and I sure have used their ever-so-awesome public transportation system… nothing bugs me more in a crowded bus,  than to see a couple young healthy men have a seat while the women, elderly or children stand. Especially for women in their first trimester their tummy DOES NOT show .. the least you can do is save her the trouble of announcing to everyone that she is expecting, to get a seat! We were always taught as children to give the elderly the seat even if we have to stand till God knows when!

I hope we can make this world a better place for us, our parents and the generations to come .. by instilling good values! :)

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A Little About me!

I’m extremely high on life, love writing, reading, traveling, photography, FOOD and absolutely Love Modest Fashion – I love to promote ways one can be modest and yet look beautiful ..

This Blog is to promote modesty, love, happiness and inspiration! Everyday musings that could bring about a change be it small!

The idea is to be a Lady .. as we walk, talk and DRESS UP!

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