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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I think we can all agree that the holidays can get overwhelming at times, right? With all there is to do and see, a little bit of planning and organization can go a long way to making sure you enjoy the season, not just survive it.
If you have seen my advent calendar and Christmas bucket list of activities, you can see why I can feel overwhelmed on some days. Some days I feel like I am juggling flaming torches – when all of a sudden someone tosses me a sharp sword … and expects that I effortlessly incorporate it. Like when someone has a meltdown in the middle of the line to see Santa, or my husband notifies me of a work party the night before and asks if I can “bake something”. Most days I do manage to make the juggling look effortless, although there are a few occasions where I might cut a finger, burn my hand, or both!
Over the years, I have found an organization and planning routine that works for me. I used to use one of those beautiful (and expensive) planners that you can download and purchase, but they came with several problems. First, I need space to write those extensive days requirements. Secondly, most of them either had sections I didn’t need or were missing some things I desperately needed. Finally , I don’t care for carrying a bulky binder or large planner with me everywhere I go. And things would be forgotten, like that hint my husband dropped on a holiday gift idea while we were in the store.
With today’s amazing smartphones, I have come up with a strategy to incorporate it all on my phone! With my Samsung Galaxy S8, I have some tips to help you make it the most merry and productive holiday season ever!
I want YOU to feel as organized and “on top of things” during the holidays as I appear to be most days. As someone who spent a great deal of my youth in disorganized chaos, it is a great feeling to have that perfect gift idea, dinner is planned out, and everything is merry and bright!
In case you’re not familiar with the Samsung Galaxy S8, it’s loaded with tons of amazing features to help with keeping everything is organized. It’s screen sizing, ability to launch two apps at once, and camera are just a few of the reasons you’re likely to fall in love with it! Those are the days when I could kiss that phone, because without it, our lives would be chaos.
I personally don’t want to carry around my bulky DSLR, so my phone is my go-to camera. The main tenant of organization for me is to keep everything convient and in one place. The amazing camera was my major reason for upgrading to the Samsung Galaxy S8. Now I feel confident taking pictures I want to keep and share! You can see from this side by side that I took at Target where I purchased my phone that everything is lighter, brighter and crisper than my old phone.
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Lists and Lists
I keep all of my Menu Planning on my phone. There are a few benefits to this. All of my contacts are already in my phone so it’s easy to figure out christmas card lists and gift lists. With Samsung Notes, I can categorize lists for every occasion such as gift giving lists, grocery lists, and your tasks for the day!
In order to really maximize productivity, I have a “Master Task List” which includes EVERYTHING I need to do. From paying my car insurance to baking cookies, its all on there -with no priority. From that master list, I prioritize by scanning the master list and then creating a daily list. For me, just before bed works well but others like to do it over their morning coffee. One last note – I don’t type this out, it is all voice to text which is much faster.
Here are some examples of lists that I keep for the holidays:
- Dinner Menu
- Grocery Shopping List
- Gift Lists
- Decorating Ideas and Crafts
- Store Hours
- Christmas Card Contacts (not really a list but I know how many to get from my contact list)
- Master Task list and task list broken up for that day
Managing My Tasks
Usually in November, I lay out my entire calendar for the holiday season. I utilize an advent calendar for my tasks, and it’s a little bit different than many of the advent calendars you have seen before. There are 3 categories for things that go in the calendar – “bucket list”, “mommy needs some time to herself”, and “free day”. “Bucket List” includes family activities such going to see Santa, trimming the tree, or shopping for presents for teachers or parents. You can see more of my bucket list activities for the holidays here. “Mommy needs some time for herself” are days I have something planned that I need done, so the advent calendar will include activities to keep the kids busy while I get something done. Watching a Christmas movie, a new board game, or a even a small book of facts works wonders around this house. Free days are generally days where I add a piece of candy or a dollar store toy in them. I don’t want, nor could I actually handle a real activity every day!
So how do I really plan this out? I usually start out by writing it on a paper calendar so I can see any conflicts and easily rearrange. Then I transfer everything to the calendar in my phone. That way I can always check the calendar on the go if something comes up. It also simple to set up alarms and reminders as needed. I even have multiple reminders for tasks like getting cards in the mail. Yes, it’s that simple and everything is in one place and always with me!
Having a Personal Assistant
Don’t we all wish we had a personal assistant? Well, my Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with Bixby. Bixby has many cool features that help out in a hurry. One of the coolest features is that I can price comparison fast and easy while shopping. Simply take a picture and Bixby will compare with online shopping prices to find you the best deal. Now that feels pretty awesome!
And there’s so much more features including translating foreign languages, adapting to your routine, and setting reminders with a click of a button! Learn more about how Bixby is my new best friend, husband excluded, here.
Now it’s time for you to win your very own Samsung Galaxy S8!
You’re definitely going to want to check out how some of the best tips to organize for the holidays to to learn more about its awesome features like the facial recognition and the infinity display!
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