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I've just returned from Athens, Santorini (sigh...) and London. I've been wanting to visit Smythson for such a long time and finally got to their Bond Street store in  London, for all things luxury. 

Leather goods and personalised stationery, so classical, stylish, beautifully made and INCREDIBLY inspiring! How does a gal choose from their gorgeous range of colours? I could not, but fell for the softest, palest duck-egg blue that we Francofiles love!

Smythson stock leather notebooks, passport wallets, wallets, credit card wallets, jewellery and stationery boxes with drawers and makeup storage boxes. It was all a bit much really...I was drooling just being there and had to share some pics with you. It's all so elegantly, elegant...




Carol Posener | Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink
Get Organised with Checklists

Absolutely yes! Studies have shown in all cases that the use of a well-designed and comprehensive checklist can save time, money and even lives.

As well you may think, no airline pilot in the world would think of navigating his aircraft down the runway without going through a comprehensive and rigorous checklist to identify every minor but significant step needing to be achieved or acknowledged before getting the aircraft into the air.

Similarly, medical science has proved unequivocally that following strict procedures in operating rooms can dramatically increase positive outcomes from surgical procedures.

Dr Atul Gawande, author of the New York Times bestseller ‘The Checklist Manifesto’ is very clear about the benefits of using checklists to enhance productivity, clarify outcomes and save lives. 

‘He points out that in 1996 researchers at Johns Hopkins University published the results of a program that instituted in nearly every intensive care unit in Michigan a simple five-step checklist designed to prevent certain hospital infections. 

It reminds doctors to make sure, for example, that before putting large intravenous lines into patients, they actually wash their hands and don a sterile gown and gloves.

He says, ‘The results were stunning. Within three months, the rate of bloodstream infections from these I.V. lines fell by two-thirds. 

The average I.C.U. cut its infection rate from 4 percent to zero. Over 18 months, the program saved more than 1,500 lives and nearly $200 million’. Courtesy Terrific Trading.

Why waste valuable time, create headaches or experience frustration when the simple use of a re-usable checklist can save energy, stress and disappointment. 

For first-time tasks (such as hiring a house-sitter) to repeated activities such as travel overseas, the use of a checklist is the ultimate in a no-brainer. Surely you deserve to be good to yourself and save the hassle of forgetting something important?

Even if we weren’t selling our version of cool checklists, we encourage you to make a list of repeat activities and save them to your desktop or file. One of my consultants’ children house-swaps between Dad and Mum, and creating a Checklist is the obvious way for her teen to get control over his own stuff. 

Ditto any business activity that you (or a designated team member) needs to do repeatedly or in your absence. This is where ‘Procedures’ begin in the office context.



Carol Posener | Wednesday, August 10, 2011 | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink
Get Organised with iPhone

Ok, who doesn't have an iPhone. Hands up...

Oh, ok, well, there are quite a few people who haven't (yet?) been bitten by the Apple-bug. As many of you may have realised by now, the Get Organised team has a predilection for the iPhone in all its glory.

In the past, I raved about the benefits and beauty of the Palm Pilot and subsequently the Palm Treo. 

Many people (still) love their Blackberry's or another much-appreciated style of phone/PDA. I found the transition from Palm to iPhone a little daunting - after years of advocating Palm - and I wanted to be sure that I was going to be recommending a product that I truly admired and found useful for getting more organised. After all, that's what I'm all about - well, not all about...

So, what did I do? I stood back for a while and watched (with envy) until a few of my friends took a breath from raving about them, gave one a bit of a whirl and I was hooked! I mean, what this little gadget can't do it not worth doing! 

We all know 'Apps', yes? I mean, really, I'm sure that word is going to be entered into the Oxford English Dictionary soon enough (like 'Google' has made its way in - hang on, I'll just go and check 'Facebook' in the online dictionary...nope, not yet. How retro!)

So, a few goodie apps that we like...
  • Of course, the freebies like Yellow and White Pages, Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress and LinkedIn are really popular, but what about...
  • MyFitnessPal - a wonderful free software that tracks your daily calories via a self-paced meal plan. Even if you're not into the whole recording thing, just the calorie counter is useful (before you dig into the scones...)
  • iMapMyRun goes with it - really drill down the whole in/out fitness thing. GO!
  • CPR and Choking has a great info app for performing CPR - a real life-saver - literally!
  • Shazam - well - this is a great one: catch a tune in the local cafe? Shopping in DJ's and the overhead sound system plays that rockin' 80's hit that you're too embarrassed to ask the assistant the name of? Shazam will listen for a few seconds and voila! Your nutty head moment is relieved! Woohoo!
  • A GPS app is self-explanatory.
  • For the budding (or experienced renovator) DIY Calculator does exactly that: calculates the amount of paint, tiles or wallpaper you'll need for that kitchen reno, and, while you're at it, download the ColourChange app so that you can take a photo of your room and muck around with the colour at your leisure. iHandy Carpenter turns the phone into a plumb bob, protractor and ruler(!).
  • While you're at it, check out when the latest House Renovating program is on with the TV Listing app, and it will even tell you when you faves are coming on!
  • eBook readers can be real time-and-money savers - but only if you can tolerate reading a book from a small screen. The Gen X and Y'ers probably find it as easy as breathing, but, hey, we're not all pre-thirtysomething. Ooops! Did I let that out? Lugging around a library of books in an iPhone is a real advantage instead of the generous paperback when travelling - great for the ecosystem, too. But, take your magnifiers!
  • You can find Inspirational quotes, Esther Hicks and even The Secret (buy or rent)!
So, there we go! Anything is possible! Wow! Something for everyone, yes? Go on over to the Apple Store and while away a few squillion minutes checking out the range of the 230,000-odd apps that are guaranteed to change your life! Or, at least make it easier, fun, more interesting, even educational. A real pocket rocket!



Carol Posener | Thursday, February 24, 2011 | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Wizzipeg sock clipA client showed me some sock clips recently, that her husband had bought so that he didn’t lose his socks anymore. It was causing so many problems in their marriage, he took the initiative and purchased some from a $2 shop. Now when he takes his socks off, he clips them, throws them down the laundry chute and never loses his socks anymore!

There are a number of companies who sell different varieties of  sock clips. Check out Latest Buy. It’s such a big issue for everyone – lost socks…even me – sometimes mine go to another planet…and I’m organised!! It’s the sock curse – they’re having the last laugh I think…

To the untrained eye, tumble dryers and washing machines look innocent enough - but not to the humble sock clip. It takes a glance at these machines and immediately sees beyond their "innocent whitegoods" exterior. It sees a pair of compulsive thieves harbouring the guiltiest of secrets – a fetish for socks and smalls. 

Haven't got a pack of sock clips yet? Well, chances are, you have a navy sock on your left foot and a black one on your right. That's because your washing machine and dryer have gobbled up your socks' matching companions...and if the whitegoods don't get them, your sock drawer probably will – ever noticed how two socks seem to enter a drawer...and only one ever comes out? Very spooky!

But if you use a sock clip to keep your pairs in, er, pairs, you'll never have to step out in mismatched socks again (unless that's the kind of look you're after).

Simply clip your pieces together then put them through the washing machine and tumble dryer, toss them straight into your drawer – and you can be guaranteed that the clever little clip has kept them together throughout the entire laundering and storage process!  Imagine what they could do for your children's sock drawer! Cheaper than the school sock they lost last week!! 



Carol Posener | Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink
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