5 Things to Do Before You Leave Work to Have a Better Work Day Tomorrow

Many people often run out of their office door when the clock strikes 5:00 p.m. They often leave behind papers, files, and incomplete projects on their disorganized and cluttered desk. They return to work on the next morning to the same mess on their desk. This can cause the feelings of dissatisfaction and work “Groundhog Day” syndrome. Take five minutes to do the following 5 things before leaving your office each day.

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  1. Get rid of all of the Post It (sticky) notes. Throughout the day, we often take a million notes on our Post Its to remind ourselves to call someone, follow-up on something, do something, etc…  We post them on our desk, calendar, file cabinet, or anywhere we can find a semi-clear surface. At the end of the day, go through all of the notes and throw away the ones you’ve already addressed. If there are things you need to do tomorrow, use the information on the notes to make a to-do list for tomorrow. You can also eliminate the use of multiple sticky notes by taking notes in a notebook. You can cross off of put a check besides each task after they are completed.
  2. Remove all of the trash and clutter from your desk. Throw away all gum wrappers, receipts from lunch containers, salt and pepper packets from your work space. Don’t forget to put used paper and water bottles in the recycle container. Don’t leave you desk filed with papers and rubbish scattered around.
  3. Make a list of the things you need to do tomorrow. Determine which things are the absolute top three things you need to accomplish tomorrow. If possible, plan on doing the hardest thing first. Mark Twain said ” Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” By getting the toughest task completed first, everything else will be easy peasy.
  4. Use folders for excess papers on your desk. Fellow blogger Nikki from At Home With Nikki, recommends using folders and binder clips to neatly organize papers on your desk. Try to eliminate loose papers floating around on your desk. When you arrive to work tomorrow, it will not look overwhelming. You will have each task or project binder clipped in a folder ready for you to tackle.
  5. Clean your keyboard, mouse, and phone with an anti bacterial wipe. Our office equipment may carry germs from daily use. Everything we have touched from shaking co-workers hands, our lunch, and the restroom door knobs all in our office. When you arrive to work for your next shift, your keyboard, mouse, and phone will be fresh and ready to use if you disinfect them properly.

I hope you are able to use these tips. Please share, in the comments section, some of the things you do to have a better work day tomorrow. Also, don’t forget to read our post 7 Things to do Tonight for a Successful Tomorrow. For additional planning & productivity strategies, home decor tips, and organizational ideas follow our blog, The Decorator’s Voice. You may also visit our main page, Divine Elements of Design to learn more about our decorating and organizational services or to visit our Online Boutique. Thank you and have a Divine Day!!!

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Day Designer Giveaway Winners Announcement

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We would like to thank everyone who participated in our Day Designer Planner Giveaway. Ultimately, we ended up giving away many more planners than expected due to the awesome participation of our Divine Darlings… Thank you so much!! Continue to follow us for decorating tips, organizational ideas, and planning & productivity suggestions…. Also stay tuned for our upcoming giveaway in August. You don’t want to miss it… 🙂

7 Things to do Tonight for a Successful Tomorrow

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It doesn’t matter if you are a student, professional, or stay at home mom, we all have the same 24 hours in a day. Often, when we wake up in the morning, we may feel overwhelmed with all of the items we have on our agenda. These 7 suggestions will help eliminate some of the stress we feel when our alarm goes off in the morning.

1) Get your clothes ready the night before. Take a few minutes out of your evening to decide exactly what you are going to wear for the next day. Determine if you need to iron anything, find that special accessory, or even try on something you may not have worn for a while. By getting your clothes (under, outer, and shoes) ready the night before, you will not have to spend useful time in the morning looking for an article of clothing that you may have misplaced, put in the cleaners, or simply not available.

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2) Pack your work or lunch bag. If you have a work or school bag, pack it with all of the items needed for the next day. Don’t wait until you are running out of the house to sign a permission slip for a field trip or to put an important document you may need in your work bag. By having your bag packed the night before, that is one less thing that you have to worry about doing in the morning or potentially forgetting. It’s also great to have a routine of just picking up your bag (which will be in the designated area) in the morning before walking out of the door. If you pack a lunch for yourself or your child, you may pack the non perishable items in the lunch bag and sit it on the counter. The refrigerated items can also be assembled together in the refrigerator and ready to be tossed in the lunch bag in the morning.

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3) Determine the top three things you would like to accomplish tomorrow. Of course, we all have a list of 99 items we need to do. Simply determine the top 3 things the night before. In the morning, you can tackle those items first. Once completed, you will have less stress and can adequately complete other items on your to-do list if needed.

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4) Relax your mind before going to bed. If you can, don’t just jump in the bed after a long day of work. Try to schedule a little down time to unwind. Drinking a glass of hot tea or warm milk, relaxing in a bathtub, and reading a few pages out of your favorite novel is an excellent way to relax before going to bed.

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5) Set your alarm clock for the time you need to get up. Don’t allow for “snoozing” time. We all have been guilty of setting our alarm for a certain time, but deep down we know we are going to hit “snooze” until the last minute. By doing so, this only interrupts our full potential sleeping time. Ultimately, it does us more harm than good.

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6) Cover up the light on your cable box, clock, or cell phone. At night, we may wake up several times and look at the time. When we look at the time, we are mentally calculating how much time we have left to sleep. We are wasting time and energy by doing so. If we know we will not be able to see the clock when we wake up in the middle of the night, we will just keep our head down and go back to sleep sooner. We will not waste time trying to calculate the time in our heads, causing us to stress out while we are supposed to be sleeping.

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7) Develop a Schedule. Developing and sticking to a morning routine is great for time management. After you’ve implemented and mastered your morning routine, you should have less surprises in the morning. Perhaps, you may even become a happy morning person.

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I hope you found some of these tips useful. I would love to hear some of the things you do at night to have a less stressful and more successful tomorrow. Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below. Thanks for reading and have a Divine Day.

Day Designer Planner Review and Giveaway

Day Designer PlannerPlanning and productivity are very important to me. Everyone knows I enjoy all things planner related. As a busy mother, decorator, organizer, blogger, and YouTuber, I’m always looking for tools to help me create balance in my life. When Whitney English Day Designer and Blue Sky collaborated to make an affordable and functional planner, I immediately wanted to review one and offer a few to my subscribers. This particular Day Designer can be purchased at Target. Target offers several different planner options from pocket size to a desk pad.

The cover

I absolutely love the striped black and white cover on this planner. The cover is hard bound and durable. The spiral coils are gold and is a great contrast to the cover. The monthly tabs are laminated and does not stick beyond the cover.

Pages 1 & 2

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The first page shows a two year at a glace reference. This is excellent for a brief overview of two years. The second page displays “The Story” of the planner. It contains a letter and information from Whitney English, Day Designer Creator and Founder and Jim Freeman, Blue Sky Founder and CEO.

Start with The Big Picture & Set Your Goals

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This page is where you can write down the important things in your life such as your goals, ideas, and aspirations. I think this section is great to really look and revisit the “big picture.”

I absolutely love the idea of being able to set multiple goals. The specific goals listed are “Personal Goals”, “Family, Friends, & Relationship Goals”, “Heart & Spirit Goals”, “Financial Goals”, and “Work, Career, or Study Goals.” There is also an “Accomplish By” section for each goal. This is good for annotating either your projected completion date or the date you actually completed your goal.

Design Your Days & Stay On Course

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In order for me to have a productive day, I must plan my morning and evening routines. I love the idea of being able to plan my everyday activities in this section. The Stay on Course section is great for keeping track of important milestones. You can review your course throughout the week, month, or year. This allows you to do whatever works for you.

Monthly View

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The monthly view is printed on a two page spread. It has a section for monthly “to do & notes.” It also shows the previous month and upcoming month. Holidays are indicated with a little page flag as a reminder. I love being able to see my entire month at one time. Each block is lined. This feature is great for me.

Weekly View

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The weekly view is also on a two page spread in a vertical style. I love the “Today’s Top Three” section for each day. By focusing on the most important things, you may be able to accomplish them more effectively. Each week also contains an inspirational quote. The daily schedule is listed in one hour increments from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. Although it’s listed in the hourly increments, you can be creative and do what works best for you. The bottom section of the day is listed as “Tonight.” Feel free to list your evening activities. You can also use this section as a meal planner or to track your water intake. The last section is for gratitude, notes, and next week.

Blank Pages

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There are 11 lined empty pages which you may use for notes.

Holiday Calendar

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A list of all holidays and some important dates are listed in the back of the planner.

Overall, I am very pleased with this planner. It is an excellent option for anyone wanting to design their day and increase productivity.

The Giveaway

We are giving away several of the Day Designer planners to our followers. We are also including planner supplies as well. This giveaway is open to all US residents as well as our International friends. If you are under the age of 18, I only request that you receive your parents permission. You may enter the giveaway on Rafflecopter. There are several ways to enter and you may have multiple entries which will increase your chances of winning a planner. The winners will be announced on July 20, 2015. Let me know what you think of this planner and/or review in the comment section below. I would love to hear from you. Good luck and have a Divine Day.

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My Four Favorite iPad Accessories


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I’ve only been an iPad owner for about two years. I initially refused to drink the “Apple” Kool-Aid, but ultimately I gave in. As much as I didn’t want to admit it, my iPad is like my BFF. It goes EVERYWHERE with me along with my Erin Condren Life Planner.

1) Apple Wireless Keyboard

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I absolutely love my Apple Wireless Keyboard. There are multiple companies that sale blue tooth keyboards, but I recommend purchasing this one made by Apple. It is very easy to connect to your iPad. It only required two AA batteries. The wireless feature allows you to easily and conveniently take notes or send emails. The Apple Wireless Keyboard can be purchased at Amazon for less than Apple. I’m sure you will love it as much as I do.

2) Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit

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This product is a must for people who want to access pictures on their iPad from a SD card or from their camera using a usb. This item is a plug and play. After connection, your iPad will open the photo app. You can select which photos you want to import. The imported photos will download to your photo album which may be used for social media, text, or email. I absolutely love accessory because I love to take pictures with a camera instead of my iPad. The Apple iPad Connection Kit can also be purchased from Amazon.

3) Grititi Nottle iPad Tripod Mount

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An iPad Tripod Mount is a must for vloggers, teachers, speakers, movie makers, or anyone needing to have their iPad on a tripod. It easily and safely connects to a tripod with any ¼-20 threaded tripod head, ball head or camera head. It is made with a polyurethane surface for a snug fit. There are also several teleprompter apps which can be downloaded to turn your iPad into a teleprompter. This product can also be purchased at Amazon.

4) Custom iPad Folio Case

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Our iPads need a Divine home. I absolutely love my custom iPad folio case. It’s made with faux leather and the design is on the front and back. The case is considered a “flexible interior hard case” with a micro fiber lining. To conserve it’s battery life, the iPad goes into a sleep mode when the case is closed. This case is both functional and stylish. It can be ordered in the Divine Elements of Design Online Boutique.

Thank you very much for reading about my four favorite iPad accessories. I will be back soon with my favorite iPad apps. Please share some of your favorite iPad accessories in the comment box. I would love to hear from you. Also, if you haven’t subscribed to this blog, please do so to stay updated on my decorating projects, organizational ideas, and planning & productivity tips.

You may also visit our main website for information about Divine Elements of Design and how we transform residences into a beautiful and welcoming homes.

Have a Divine Day!!!