Check out my spotlight article in Preston Hollow Life’s November 2016 issue.
Premier Concierge hosted an annual Halloween Party last weekend. Halloween is now over and the Holidays are fast approaching. We create unforgettable events of any size infused with unique personal details. Our stress-free event planning services allow you to enjoy your event as much as your guests do. Contact us today to reserve your Holiday Party. ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly!
The American flag is steeped in tradition and respect. By following these rules of Flag Etiquette, we continue to honor those who have sacrificed their lives for our country and flag.
Here are the basics on displaying the American flag:
- The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset. The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
- The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
- After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half-staff at the bequest of the President or the Governor. It’s called “half-staff” on land, and “half-mast” on a ship.
- When flown on a pole, the stars and blue field, or “union”, is at the top and at the end of the pole (away from your house). When it is hanging on a wall, the stars should be closest to the East.
- When displayed in print, the stars and blue field are always on the left.
- Never let your flag touch the ground, never…period.
- Fold your flag when storing. Don’t just stuff it in a drawer or box.
- When it’s time to replace your flag because it has faded or torn, the flag should be disposed of in a respectful way. It should be burned or buried. You may donate it to the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or the Veterans of Foreign Wars and they will retire the flag in a ceremonial way.
- When the flag passes in a parade, stand and put your hand over your heart. Boys and men should remove their hats.
Show your patriotism and pride by continuing these traditions! Let’s teach the next generation Flag Etiquette and respect our flag. Enjoy those picnics and parades and salute the Red, White and Blue!
- How much of your time is used productively? For one week, use your calendar to record activities for the week as if you were billing for them. Is there time that is wasted on unproductive activities, appointments or unnecessary “obligations”?
- Any activity or conversation that is important to your success and well-being should have a time assigned to it. Schedule appointments with yourself and create time blocks for high-priority thoughts, conversations, and actions. Make time for both career and personal time.
- Take time every day to schedule your day. Whether first thing in the morning or as you wrap up your day, plan your day to get the most of every moment!
- Take time before every call and task to decide what result you want to attain. Take time afterward to determine whether your desired result was achieved.
- Schedule a time each day to answer email and return phone calls. Do not instantly give people your time unless it is absolutely crucial in your business to offer an immediate response.
With a little planning, you CAN reclaim your time!
Celebrate February by Taking Care of Yourself
However, many people are using February to remind themselves how much they mean to other people! It’s a great time of year to schedule annual checkups, mammograms and other special tests! You are important to so many people — be sure you take care of your health so you’ll be your best self! Schedule those appointments today then sit back and have a little chocolate!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Celebrate February by loving others and Taking Care of Yourself!
Do you know anyone who is a Six Sigma practitioner? These people are skilled at establishing processes that generate results. They see themselves as agents of change and that is exactly what many of us need and want in 2015, change.
As you think of your goals for the coming year, consider using the acronym SMART which stands for Specific, Measurable, Action Oriented, Reasonable, and Timely. The details look something like this:
Specific – Specific goals are more likely to be achieved than nonspecific goals. Some questions to consider:
- Who is involved?
- What do you want to accomplish?
- When? Establish a time frame.
- Why? Determine the specific reason, purpose or benefits of achieving a goal.
Measurable – Measuring progress toward a goal helps people stay on track, reach target dates and experience achievement. Staying on track will result in a continuous improvement cycle that leads to motivation and goal attainment.
Reasonable – Avoid setting unreasonable expectations. Personal and situational factors may influence the ability to reach a goal. Some personal factors to consider are tiredness, physical well-being and other commitments.
Timely – Define start and end points to the goal. Maintain commitment to these deadlines. Goals without deadlines or schedules for completion tend to be put aside for the day-to-day crises that invariably arise.
This leads right into TIME management. While TIME cannot be actually managed, we as people can manage what actions we take, how long the actions take, and the results generated with the TIME. One of the easiest ways I know to check my usage of TIME is to keep a journal for 24 hours. List what you do in 15 or 30 minute increments. At the end of the 24 hour period, evaluate what you did and what you would like to change. What habits would you like to change?
I hope this information is useful as you begin a new year. If so, please let me know. I enjoy hearing from my readers and clients. For more details on SMART goals and TIME Management check out the following article: http://www.isixsigma.com/implementation/change-management-implementation/set-smart-goals-better-manage-time/
We always talk about spring cleaning, and organizing our closets, but there’s something to be said for doing a little sprucing up for fall, too. This is the ideal time to clean out your summer wardrobe and replace it with your winter wardrobe. Check out a few tips below:
- Keep what works; toss what doesn’t. This is a great time to take stock of what you wore, what you didn’t, and what’s worth keeping for next year. Donate items in good condition; toss anything that’s not.
- Take your winter clothes/furs/coats out of storage, and put your summer things into storage. Or, if you have hidden winter clothes on high shelves, in hard-to-reach places, now is the time to take them down and hang or fold them in more accessible places.
- Organize! Having your clothing in sections will make finding them a breeze. If you are feeling ambitious, you can organize by color – but just having separate pieces organized will make a difference.
- Tackle your folded items. We tend to wear the same things over and over again, which means clothes at the bottom of the drawers often do not get the same attention. Clean out your drawers to make sure you still want and will wear those items; otherwise, donate or toss them.
After reading these tips, do you still need help organizing your closet? I recommend The Container Store to help improve the organization and appearance of your closet. Even with their boxes, bins, and bags, you still need TIME to do the organizing. This is where Premier Concierge can really help you. Organization is our specialty!
You can get more money, but you can’t get more TIME! Or so the saying goes. But is that true? In a world where technology affects everything, can we reclaim our TIME? Is there an App for that? Maybe, maybe not, but there are proven solutions to reclaiming your TIME.
As long as we continue to spend our TIME on tasks that someone else could do more efficiently, we will be limiting the profit potential of our TIME. We also limit the “joy factor” of our TIME. Are we spending the TIME we want with others; family, friends, associates?
Most people have a hard TIME delegating tasks after years of being in control of every aspect of their life. The assistants you hire, or outsourced help, can typically be faster and better at doing things than you are. This frees up TIME for more joyful and fulfilling activities.
Let Premier Concierge:
Manage your household
Run your many mundane errands
Plan your next party
Organize your closets and pantry
Assist with personal shopping
Find that perfect gift
Give you back TIME & SANITY!
There are only 168 hours in a week. How much TIME are you spending on your to-do list? Do you ever have TIME to complete the list?
TIME is the most valuable asset we have! Call Premier Concierge TODAY at 972-788-1587 and reclaim your TIME!