Try This Tip To Be Less Stressed

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I have a productivity tip that will help you save time, your sanity and make sure you arrive stress free to dinners, meetings, phone calls and appointments.

The way to do this is to prepare and think ahead.  Whenever I make plans for anything I instantly import them into my digital calendar.  I use Outlook for work and Google Calendar for home stuff.  As soon as I make the appointment I type in the time, date and how I will get there.

I make sure to do this right then and there so I don’t forget.  If I move on to something else I’m sure to get wrapped up in that other project and might not remember what I’ve committed to do.  So I put in all the pertinent information and figure out how exactly I’m getting there. If I’m taking the subway, walking or driving I make sure to get directions and include them in my calendar notes.

Then I set the reminder alarm for however long I think it will take me to get there plus 15 minutes.  Sometimes you need a little time to get ready to go if you are doing something else.  So I add in this extra pad for myself.

When I’m ready to leave , I just glance down at the directions I’ve already laid out — and I go.  It’s a great system for arriving on time and unstressed.

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About Paula Rizzo

Paula Rizzo is an Emmy award winning television producer and founder of the productivity site She's excited about her upcoming book - "Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed."

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  • Steven Pofcher says:

    Why do you use 2 calendars, Outlook and Google Calendar.
    Wouldn’t it be easier and less stressful to use 1 calendar?

    • Well I use one for my full-time job as a TV producer and the other for my blog and my personal life. For me it works to keep them on separate calendars. Sometimes I merge them together but for the most part they are separate. It’s one of those things that just works for me that way. A lot of these tips and tricks are like that — you have to see what works best for you.
      Thanks for your comment!

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