Managing My To Do List

As the semester draws to a close, my to do list seems to be growing by the second. Between school, work, Girl Scouts, job applications, and masters paper writing I’m swimming in deadlines. To keep everything straight I’ve been trying to streamline my to do list system but I haven’t quite found a winner. Here are a few products that I’ve tried.

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  1. Sticky notes on my planner
    These worked well for a few days but my planner is just too big to haul around everywhere. I ended up creating more post-it notes when I was out and about, but these never quite made it back to the planner.
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  2. A separate Moleskine
    I used this system throughout undergrad. I’d keep a planner and a separate small moleskine with my to do lists. It allows plenty of room to write and organize, plus it’s small enough to fit in a pocket. This time around it doesn’t work so well because all of my to dos have very specific deadlines (i.e. Tuesday at 3:00pm) and those are hard to keep track of without a planner nearby.
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  3. ToDoist
    I have friends who use this task management software and love it. Me, not so much. I hate that it doesn’t sync with my iPhone unless I pay extra and the tagging system was just too convoluted.
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  4. GTD list
    The mother of all organization systems, the Getting Things Done Method is more of a lifestyle than a to do list. No matter how much I wanted this to work for me (as evidenced by the fact I’ve check the book out of the library 5 times), it’s too complicated and time-consuming. I was trying to save time, not create more to do!
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  5.  Apple Reminders
    This is my current system. I really like that I can create and color code a lot of calendars, because it keeps my to dos organized. Even better, it syncs with my iPhone and iPad, plus I can access it from any computer via iCloud. There are a few downsides: I don’t like that there isn’t a way to see all of your to dos at once. You have to click into a specific calendar to see what is due. This can be helped a bit by putting due dates on everything and then viewing what is due today… but I don’t always remember to add a specific date and time especially for things like changing the air filter or vacuuming.

What is your favorite way to organize your to do list?

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Book Review: Once a Witch and Always a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

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Once a Witch and Always a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Looking for a light-hearted read with a little supernatural flare? Look no further than Carolyn MacCullough. Her characters are lovable and her plot is quick and easy. I read both in the course of an afternoon, and was completely absorbed in the story.

Tamsin Greene is the odd one out in her family of Talented people –she’s dreadfully normal. When a stranger asks for help believing she is her Talented sister Rowena, Tamsin starts off on an adventure that takes her to the past and back. Along the way she experiences power, love, and friendship greater than she thought possible.

Rating: 3/5

Integrate Social Media Into Your Job Search With Jobjuice

If you’re anything like me, logging into social media is one of the first things you do in the morning. My routine goes a little something like this: hear alarm, pick up iPhone, check Twitter and Facebook. Needless to say social media has become a staple in the lives of Gen Y. On a professional level, nearly 93 percent of organizations are actively using social media to recruit talent. Therefore, it’s in every job seekers’ best interest to learn how to effectively utilize social media in their job search to get ahead in this competitive market.

The simplicity of networking through the most popular social media outlets to accelerate your job search is facilitated by the Jobjuice Social Media Job Search application for your smartphone or smart device. The application is a key learning tool for modern job seekers, MBA students, and business professionals looking to take advantage of social media to build their personal brand, conduct research, and target key companies. Knowing what employers want can be difficult, but JobJuice provides helpful tips and advice for developing professional online profiles to appeal to your future recruiters and hiring managers.

Check out the Jobjuice Social Media Job Search App at the Apple iTunes App Store to begin differentiating your job search online.

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Job Search Tool: Recmnd.Me

As I embark on my first few months out of undergrad, I am acutely aware of the difficulties within the job market. No matter how many news outlets purport that jobs are on the rebound the truth remains that for many job seekers things still look pretty grim. Enter Recmnd.Me.

Professional recommendations are often the key to standing out to potential employers, who want to ensure you’re a candidate who’s already highly trusted in your field. But asking for recommendations is often incredibly awkward–it can be difficult to know exactly who to ask, and how to do so without being a bother.

But a new site is working to eliminate the hassle of professional recommendations. Recmnd.Me is a free site that allows you to rank and rate your colleagues based on a number of skills and qualities, using an easy scale of 1-10. It even pools rankings and shows you how you stack up against other professionals. Ratings are anonymous, which should ensure honesty. This site provides a social network-like quality that makes it easy to use and–dare I say it–fun!

 

Consider using this site as a supplement to your resume, and share the link with potential employers to let them see you come as a highly recommended candidate. Check out more on the site here.

My new business: P.S. Don’t Stress

P. S. Dont Stress — Gift Baskets for stressed students.

 

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Over the past year, my roommate and I have been developing a business concept and putting our plan into motion. We plan to sell gift baskets to Kenyon College students and their parents, and deliver them on campus.

Last year we won the Business Concepts Competition and the grant that went with it, but this year we are entering our business plan into a competition for the Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship grant.

In preparation for this we have put up our website. If you have a few moments look at the link above and shoot me an email (psdontstress@gmail.com) with any suggestions that you may have. We’re a new business so we welcome
any constructive feedback!

That time again–Spring internship season

As of this morning my winternships with Rock Your Genius and Wedding Scene Investigators have ended and I learned so much! Running an editorial calendar for WSI by scheduling articles from HARO inquiries is really difficult and I’m glad to have a little experience under my belt. The Imua Campaign for RYG is going to be amazing and I’m just sorry I don’t have more time to spend with such a great company.

 

With a little bit of overlap, I have begun my spring internships with Dormify and Pretty Young Professional. I get to explore both sides of the editorial process. As a Style Advisor with Dormify I will write articles for their blog twice a month (go see my first article), while as an editorial intern with PYP I will edit the work of others! I always get a rush at the beginning of a new internship; there is so much to learn and explore with each opportunity! Unfortunately, the beginning of one internship usually coincides with the application deadlines for the next season. An intern’s work is never done!

Just a reminder: I am updating my 2011 Reading list weekly with what I’ve read and why you should read it too.

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Super Awesome Big News

Wait for it….I was published on USA TODAY online! Here’s a screenshot of my real-live article online, up there for all the world to see. Can you tell I’m absolutely gushing?

I found out a few weeks ago that I was selected as a blogger but wanted to make sure the post went up before I spilled the beans. My first paid writing job–first stop USA TODAY, next stop award-winning writer!

Go check it out and retweet if you like it.

Best,

A