Crush Calendar Constraints in a Cardigan

Back to work from the holiday and finding myself with a full to-do list. So much to wrap up before the end of the year – securing new projects, working on new initiatives, closing out administrative tasks, and planning 2020 goals amidst all the personal items I want to finish up before year end too.

When feeling overwhelmed the first thing I do is rewrite my to-do list. It’s a practice I’ve maintained for as long as I can remember – I think I started in HS… but there’s nothing I’ve found that keeps be more organized. Hand writing out all of the items I need to tackle frequently keeps them top of mind. I maintain a longer list that I update weekly broken out by category (company, clients, personal), but then every morning I write out a list for the day (sometimes if I’m at my organized best I’ll do it the night before), and that list includes all the priorities for the day including personal to-do’s, errands, etc. Then throughout the day I cross off the items as they are completed. Keeping a running list of priorities and key activities keeps me on pace throughout the day and lets me know how I’m tracking against what I setout to accomplish. Anything not finalized at the end of the day gets put on the list for the next day. Coupled with my to-do list, I also am dependent on my Outlook calendar. If something isn’t scheduled it isn’t going to happen. I add everything to my calendar – as it’s how I have to track billable hours, it’s really critical that it says organized so I can historically refer back to it when needed.

For days you want to be pulled together to maximize your productivity yet want to be comfortable (but still may see a client or two) I like a dressed down suit separate outfit. Here I’ve paired the suit skirt from one of my full suits with a sheath blouse and added an oversized long cardigan for comfort. To keep the sweater from segueing into looking frumpy I’m wearing heels. All basic wardrobe classics that when paired together thoughtfully creates a composed ensemble.

So, with coffee in hand I just rewrote my to-do’s, and am ready for a very productive day.

All my best,

Outfit Details: Skirt: Hugo Boss Blouse: Theory Sweater: Brown Allen Scarf: Hermès Shoes: Prada Purse: Prada Necklace: Pearls Earrings: Diamond Studs – Gift from Mother Sunglasses: Louis Vuitton Bracelet:  David Yurman and Gold Bangle Ring: PERSONAL DESIGN (SUNFLOWER) CREATED BY: RONNY BARNEA –  JEWELRY ON 5TH

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