Planner Peace: Microsoft Edition
Catherine uses ALL digital products, and almost all Microsoft/Outlook based! It sounds like it all integrates quite nicely. I have always been intrigued by the ‘tasks’ area of my work email but have never actually used it, so it was nice to hear it CAN be done! Thank you for your submission, Catherine!
She was even gracious enough to make me a ‘non-private-info’ version of her calendar to share! Here it is below:
Request for Work Notebooks
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Vacation Planning & Packing
Rapid fire outline style 🙂 Here you go:
- Think about main goal of vacation! Is it to relax? Do active things? See friends? See sights?
- What do you want to get home feeling like you have accomplished?
- Any specific experiences you want? A hike? Cool mountain morning air (just me?). Specific treat (shopping, food, etc) you can’t get at home?
- Think about exercise! Not saying you have to do exercise but reflect ok whether you’d like to take an intentional (and restorative!) break vs get in a run or two or take a yoga class at a resort etc
- My current practice: go day by day through paper planners with sticky notes and think about what you’d like to do and when
- Personally I like to plan in lazy down time!!!! Like, truly lazy – sitting around hotel rooms or Airbnb on screens or with books or napping. Zero shame in this.
- Good time to do this planning – a month or so prior, if you can. That way you can make any reservations needed and confirm plans w friends. You can tentatively plan in outdoor activities with a rain date.
- Traveling w kids? Have at least a loose plan for each meal. Or stock your kitchen and make it run (local grocery store, everyone picks a vacay snack). TripAdvisor is my go-to for restaurant perusal.
- Thennnnnn once the above is done (and only then) make packing list! Best packing I’ve done is when I actually write out planned outfits. Seems silly but one less thing to think about and ensures you won’t under or overpack.
- Keep a list of “don’t forget” in apple notes or otherwise. (Forgot razor AND hormone-stabilizing medication on my last trip — DOUBLE OOPS, won’t do that again!)
- Kids: pack at least one more outfit think you think you’ll need
- Random side note: I find baby wipes highly useful past the baby phase
- Sunscreen and bug spray on every summer trip
- Rapid Covid tests … sadly can come in handy
- Daily rituals: think about what you’ll want to continue and what to take a break from
Packing list notes example:
(I’m so sad my romper won’t make it on my trip, I think it will be too cold esp at night!! Oh well.)
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