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 3 Calendar Tips to Simplify Scheduling at Work and at Home

The calendar is one of the best "organizing tools" invented.  It helps us keep track of all of our appointments as well as prioritizing those "to dos" that everyone is always trying to get done.

In this edition of our newsletter, I want to share with you two fabulous "calendar tools" I've discovered as well as a tip on calendar usage if you use Microsoft Outlook.

Tip #1 - Doodle

How many times have you tried to plan a dinner with a group of friends using email - only to receive so many different responses that by the time you select a day and respond to everyone that now someone can't attend?  Maybe at work you find yourself trying to schedule a conference call with individuals a multiple companies across multiple time zones?

Doodle is the solution to these and several other scheduling challenges.

Doodle is a free service (just set up an account that will take you less than a minute) and in no time at all, you will be able create "events" that you can invite others to.  For those that you invite to attend your "event" - they will click on a link to participate and will be able to enter their name and select the times that they are availalble.  Anyone participating in the event will be able to instantly see which days and times when the most people can participate - this is all represented by color, so it's very easy to see which times and days are the best options.

Tip #2 - Cozi

Cozi is the solution to every busy familiy's scheduling needs.  One of the biggest challenges I see with our clients is the ability for all family members to be on the same page (or is that the same calendar?) with all family members - when it comes to scheduling the kid's activiites, travel, work committments, and so on. 

With Cozi - you can:

  • Access your calendar from any phone, PDA or computer with an Internet connection
  • Color code activities by family member
  • View the calendar by the indiviual or the entire family
  • Print the calendar by week or month
  • Sync your Cozi calendar to Microsoft Outlook

Additionally, Cozi also gives you the tools to:

  • Create a family journal
  • Create shopping lists
  • Create a photo collage screen saver

Click here to see a brief demo.

Click here to sign up for a free account.

Tip #3 - Expand Your Week View in Microsoft Outlook

My favorite calendar view in Microsoft Outlook is the "week" view.  But for some of us, our work week is not Monday - Friday.  You can change your week view to display the days you want to see, or display all seven days in this view.  This works in both the 2003 and 2007 versions of Outlook.

Here are the steps to change the view: 

1.  From the Tools menu, select Options.

2.  From the Preferences tab, click the Calendar Options button.

3.  Place check marks in the boxes next to the days of the week that you want your calendar to display.

4.  Click OK twice.

I hope these calendar tips help you eliminate future scheduling headaches.  If you are looking for more tips on how to maximize Microsoft Outlook - check out my book, Organizing & Customizing with Microsoft Outlook 2003.

© 2008 Eliminate Chaos, LLC

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Organizing & Information Retrieval with Microsoft Outlook 2003 - July 17, 2008

Back by popular demand....this class is limited to 15.  Book your seat today!

Time:  9:30am to 4pm

Location:  335 116th Ave, SE - Bellevue, WA  98004

Investment:  $247 (includes 5 1/2 hours of hands on instruction, 130+ page book, lunch, coffee service and parking).

Click here to see the class flyer and what you will learn.

Click here to Register.

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Information Strategies for Your Business - Using Microsoft Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager - June 19, 2008

Last day to Register is Friday, June 13th. 

What's in your database?  Turn your contact information into gold by creating organized solutions for data retrieval and use.  This class is an in-depth look at how to incorporate Business Contact Manager into your business or work use. 

This class is limited to just 10 participants - in order to ensure enough time for questions and customization.  Book your seat today and see how powerful this tool is.

Time:  9:30am to 4pm

Location:  335 116th Ave, SE - Bellevue, WA  98004

Investment:  $247 (includes 5 1/2 hours of hands on instruction, class hand-out, lunch, coffee service and parking).

Click here to see the class flyer and what you will learn.

Click here to Register.

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Two Eliminate Chaos Employees Earn the Prestigious CPO Designation

I am pleased to let you know that two of our employees have earned the credential of "Certified Professional Organizer." brining the total CPO's at Eliminate Chaos to three.  Eliminate Chaos is the first Organizng Company in the country to have three CPO's in one organization.

Margaret Quinn and Christine Radio both earned this honor after accumulating over 1500 hours of hands-on work in the field and meeting additional testing criteria.  Click on either of their names to read more about their accomplishments.

Congratulations to Margaret and Christine!

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Shelf Conversions 

For those of you that took advantage of the last special - good for you. I know that the feed back regarding your "new" kitchen with shelf conversions has been wonderful. It is a great feeling knowing that you now love to spend time in your kitchen. If you did not jump at the special we still have an offer for you but this will not last long either so why wait. You can also combine our kitchen organizing services along with your new glide-outs.

Call for your consultation before 6-15-08 and receive a free glide-out with your order.
Minimum purchase of 5 glide-outs is required.

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Speaking Schedule

June 17th - Kirkland Chamber of Commerce:  Eliminate Chaos...In Your Office

July 19th - IKEA, Seattle - Get Organized for Back-to-School

Click here to see the rest of our speaking engagements open to the public.

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Father's Day Gift Idea

In a study done, three out of ten said that for a Father's Day gift, dad would most appreciate an organized garage and a new storage system to go with it.

If your dad would appreciate an organized garage, give us a call - we'd be happy to help.

Contact our office for pricing:  425.670.2551.

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 Best Regards - and Happy Organizing,

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  • Business Services
    • Paper Flow and Information Management
    • Workspace Organization and Space Planning
    • Productivity Assessments
    • Microsoft Business Contact Manager
    • Microsoft Exchange Migrations
  • Visit our business services site