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Planning for Halloween

October is a busy month in our house. It consists of making Halloween costumes for the kids, my daughter’ Zoe’s birthday, plus we host an annual Halloween party which means invitations, food and decorations.

In order to get through the month without dropping the ball I’ve learned to rely on my 3 P’s (and pills are not one of them!) plan, prioritize, and practice.

1.  Plan:  With so much to do and so little time, it’s imperative to have a solid plan of action to know exactly what needs to be done, bought and prepared. Pay attention to things that will require extra lead time like ordering costumes(pay attention to shipping dates), ordering food for a party, or any other factors that may affect your timeline.

2.  Prioritize: Your to-do list is endless; that’s a fact. Take 10 minutes at the beginning of each day to prioritize the top 3 tasks you need to accomplish. I typically use my calendar as my guideline.  For example, I try to get through my daughter’s birthday before worrying about the menu for my Halloween party since I have a two-week buffer in between each event.

3.  Practice:  If you’re more of a “fly by the seat of your pants” type of person, this structure may seem rigid. Developing a routine requires time and practice.  Being organized comes naturally to some, but not everyone. The good news is that organizing is a learned skill. Just like an instrument or a sport, the more you practice the better at it you will become.

Happy Organizing!

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