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Handling the Workload of Three Employees

multitasking

Kathi,

My office just cut back on staff. Now I’m temporarily handling my normal workload along with two other missing team members. How can I work more efficiently? I’m tired of having dinner with the night janitor.

Ben, San Marcos

Ben,

Double up on certain tasks. Do small tasks simultaneously, such as sorting through mail while you are talking on the phone, or purging files while eating lunch.
Stand up while on the phone. Your conversations will automatically be shorter.
Use window envelopes where appropriate, saving time in writing or typing the name and address.
Purge your files annually. You will be better able to find files and decrease storage space.

And, my usual advice, take many short breaks throughout your day to stretch and refresh. You will inevitably accomplish more with less effort using this method.

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Dressing for Semi-Formal Events

Cocktail Dress

Kathi,

I’ve been invited to an event and the invitation says it is semi-formal. What does this mean? Do I wear a knee length or long dress? Thanks for your help.

Deb, Cardiff

Deb,

Semi-formal invitations are the most tricky to decipher. Usually they imply that long dresses are not required, nor are tuxes. An evening wedding (after 6 PM) would still dictate a cocktail dress for her and a dark suit for him. Daytime semi-formal events mean a suit for him and an appropriate short dress or dressy suit for her.

If the invitation states Formal attire or Black Tie, you can wear a long dress, or a dressy evening gown. In trendier areas like LA, men could also wear a tux with a black shirt with no tie.

Black Tie Optional means you have the option of wearing a tuxedo or long gown. It can also tip you into the formality of the event, meaning a dark suit and tie would be your other option.

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The Man Who Learned to Walk in Shoes that Pinch

20-Too-Small-Shoes

This is a fable written by a friend that reminds us that we are not always the size we think we are. As a stylist, I caution every client not to get hung up on (more…)

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Two Tips for Driving in Rain and Sleet

Driving in rain

After living in Florida for 18 years, I am very familiar with the benefit of wearing sunglasses in the rain and at night but was unfamiliar with the hazards of cruise control. Here in sunny southern Cali, we occasionally get deluged (more…)

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Organizing List of Tasks

Long To Do List

Dear Kathi,

I am determined to use my time more effectively this year. I often have too many tasks to complete with not enough time. I constantly have (more…)

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Advice for Warm Skin Tones

Hi Kathi,

I came in contact with this page:http://www.addspacetoyourlife.com/340/best-colors-for-darker-skin-tone/

Would you be kind enough to tell me what skin tone I am (more…)

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Organizing Your Pet’s Clutter

Cat with Toys

Ok,  I already know that Fido has too many toys and does not spend his free time keeping his stuff organized. I know this because (more…)

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It Takes 4-6 Weeks to Develop a New Habit- How Will You Eliminate Bad Habits?

Breaking Habits

STOP…CHALLENGE…CHOOSE

A friend/client sent emailed this  to me and I thought you might also be interested in reading it. As a Professional Organizer, I know it takes a good 4-6 weeks to ingrain a (more…)

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Choosing the Perfect Clothes For Your Job Interview ~ A guide to savvy style for men

Suit for Interview

With the economy still struggling to get back to normal, many people are redefining their careers. Many because they have been let go by their employers and don’t have a choice, but many others because the time simply feels right to make a change.

As a professional change agent, I feel that this is the perfect time to make significant changes in your life. When there is chaos and disorder, change (more…)

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Savvy Interview Style for Women

Woman in Suit

With the wide variety of clothing choices for women, it is often difficult to determine what to wear during the job interview process.  I always advise clients to research the company they are interviewing with to determine (more…)

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