Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Losing Time? Solution: Simplify

We all want to spend more time with family, but time and money are the two things we don't have to spare. Service charges are on the rise, as are utility costs. That means working overtime or even holding down two jobs. How do you find time for family? Two words. SOLUTION SIMPLIFY.

When you have no time to spare you may think you need all those so-called time-saving devices, gadgets and gizmos that supposedly free up time for more important things - family. Fortunately, many of them are conveniently accessed using our handy cell phones. But all too often such contrivances take over our lives and we are more preoccupied with them than we are leading a productive and fulfilling family life. The solution? Simplify. Follow these helpful suggestions:

1. Take a step back and look at what you're really doing with your spare time.
2. Identify and reduce time-consuming amusements and diversions.
3. Identify other things that are distracting you from being productive in your personal life.
4. Find ways to simplify how you use and manage your free time.

Solution Simplify Tips
Let's start with your phone. Look at your phones desktop interface. How many distracting apps, gadgets, and gizmos are cluttering the homepage? Which ones are stealing time that could be used engaging with your family? Why not turn off those distracting app notifications and put those pesky apps away in a more remote folder or uninstall them all-together. Next, turn on notifications of apps that help you stay connected and engaged with your family more often.

Engaging Your Family
1. Make a habit of planning the weekend together.
2. Text them to write a wishlist of activities they would like to do with YOU.
3. Include planning a party like an annual family reunion with all the bells whistles and activities your family enjoys.
4. Work at the planning stage with each family member a little each day, week and month of the year.
5. Try out new activities that would be fun to do with the extended family at gatherings like picnics and backyard BBQ's.

Giving family members something to look forward to can improve your day to day relationship with them and lead to a more fulfilling personal life. Solution: Simplify, it works!

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Monday, January 7, 2019

How To Plan A Funtastic Party!


The key to successfully throwing a well-planned party or special event has much to do with organizing, delegating and following through on action items. The more attendees involved, the more crucial good planning is. As with preparing a meal, timing is everything. That said, putting together a timeline checklist for your event will help you make sure all your work is properly coordinated.


To start, I make lists of tasks that can be done well in advance and those for the day of the party. Here is my timeline planner below. Make the needed modifications according to your menu, shopping lists, and other budgeted items.



FOUR WEEKS BEFORE


  1. Put together your guest list and gather addresses and phone numbers
  2. Order or make invitations
  3. Plan your menu
  4. Finalize the space layout and decorations
  5. Using Shopping List #1 purchase decorations, paper goods, and other supplies, non- perishable foods and drinks
  6. Contact those who will help with the party
  7. Address and mail your invitations
  8. Write a list of your background and dance music (stick with the theme of your party). 
  9. Remember to include the song title, artist, band and year of release



THREE WEEKS BEFORE


  1. Confirm any friends, family, and hired service people working for the party
  2. Telephone guests who have not responded to your invitations so you can get a definite guest count for food and space requirements.
  3. Put together a music CD of background, mood or dance music
  4. Make needed preparations for out of town guests such as guest rooms, hotel reservations.
  5. Pick out what you plan to wear at the party and have it cleaned.



TWO WEEKS BEFORE

  1. See that table linen is clean and ready to go. Put the linens under a bright light for inspection.  
  2. Decide on tableware and serving items
  3. Wash less all serving or table items.
  4. Get locks put on your bedroom closet or lock the bedroom door itself. Don’t hesitate to secure all valuables.



THREE DAYS BEFORE


  1. Clean your house if the party is at home or your plan to have out-of-town guests stop by before or after the party
  2. Make sure all appliances that you’ll be using work properly.
  3. Using Shopping List #2 shop for any last-minute food or supplies
  4. Shop for bulk items and less perishable foods
  5. Touch base with contracted services
  6. Assign specific tasks to your committee members/volunteers
  7. Make preparations for cleaning up, returning equipment, etc.
  8. Make some party foods and freeze them.



TWO DAYS AHEAD



  1. Contact your decorating team
  2. Begin decorating your home or party facility
  3. There is plenty of time to get those items you may have forgotten



ONE DAY AHEAD


  1. Using Shopping List #3 shop for perishable and last minute items.
  2. Move furniture and put away delicate items that could suffer damage.
  3. Make cold desserts and dishes that can be refrigerated overnight.
  4. Set up tables

DAY OF PARTY


  1. Lock up all your breakable and valuable possessions
  2. Finalize the decorations and place settings
  3. Call all help together and give motivational instructions
  4. Set up an area in or near the kitchen for returning used dishes and waste
  5. Clear dishwasher for use as needed
  6. Chill all cold beverages
  7. 3-4 hours before event start cooking.


TWO HOURS BEFORE EVENT


  1. Turn on relaxing upbeat music
  2. Light a candle and take a relaxing bath or hand shower. 
  3. Enjoy the moment.
  4. Put out your clothes and shoes
  5. Fill the home or facility with natural scented fragrances if desired

ONE HOUR BEFORE


  1. Mix the punch and put out the punch bowl, drinking glasses and napkins
  2. Set out cheeses and non-perishable appetizers and snacks
  3. Prepare to greet your guests as each arrives
  4. Point out the areas of your home or facilities they can help themselves to such as the coat room, closets, guest room, bathroom or restroom, finished basement, etc.
  5. Serve drinks on the top of the hour that your party is scheduled to begin
  6. Once all are served drinks formally welcome all to the event highlighting the theme of your party
  7. While conversing with groups present some fun icebreakers
  8. Turn up the music a few notches and encourage mingling
  9. Check on cooked items
  10. A few minutes later invite guests to be seated in the dining area
  11. Serve dinner


After Dinner Games


"Getting To Know You" - Write a list of questions commonly asked to get to know someone. Example: Your pets name. Your favorite sports team. Your favorite drink. Your favorite dish. Best game ever. Books you love to read over and over.  Cut the list between each sentence in slips and put the slips in a box.

  1. Have each guest pull out a slip and answer the "Getting To Know You" question that reveals something special about them.
  2. "How I Met You" - Tell a short story about how you met each guest.
  3. "Something You Always Wanted To Try"- Name something you always wanted to try like hang-gliding, deep sea diving or parachuting.



Serve Dessert


  1. After serving dessert serve a warm beverage like coffee and/or tea
  2. Allow all to continue to mingle. 
  3. Now would be a good time to introduce the household pet. 
  4. Thank those who cooked and served dinner or made the dessert. 


AN HOUR LATER


  1. To those who are preparing to leave thank each guest for coming.
  2. Give each departing guest a token of the occasion such as a small bag of cookies or cupcake.
  3. As guests leave escort them to the door and see them off in good cheer. 


Find this list helpful? Take the next step. Read these great party planning guide titles by Mark A. Askew to plan the perfect party:
1. Fimark's Party Planner eBook and Spreadsheet Planner
2. Fimark's Family Reunion Planner eBook and Spreadsheet Planner
3. Great Family Gathering Books:


Fimark's Family Reunion Planner


Most of all, enjoy the party!


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