When I was a middle school teacher, I always told my students that organization was the key to success! As a self-proclaimed queen of organization, I firmly believe that lack of planning, more often then not, leads to less than desired results. That’s where the 7 P’s come into play. Many years ago, I was working as a sales associate at Ann Taylor in the Mission Valley Mall in San Diego. I had a darling boss named Allison, and one day she and her husband needed a ride to the airport. I gladly volunteered, and when I got to their house, I was so impressed by how organized they were for their trip. Allison’s husband, a marine, explained that he followed the 7 P’s philosophy for organization. Intrigued, I wanted to know more. He said it was simple… Proper prior planning, prevents piss-poor performances! I loved it!
So here are some ways that I follow the 7 P’s methodology…
Every Friday afternoon, my office manager gives me my calendar for the next week and I scan it to see if I have any meetings at the district office or anything else that would require an extra special outfit. On Sunday, I usually pull outfits for the entire week. I made cute day-of-the-week tags and hang all the outfits on an over-the-door-hook. If I know the accessories I’m going to wear, I add them to the hanger. I always have a few reserve outfits here as well, in case I change my mind. It just helps simplify my morning routine.
If I’m going to boot camp in the morning, I select a workout outfit and put it, along with my shoes and socks, right near my bed. When I’m waking up at the crack of dawn, I don’t want to make any decisions. I just want to brush my teeth, throw my hair in a ponytail, and head out the door before I can change my mind. If I’m also working out at night, I pack my bags the night before and even put them in my car so I’m ready to go.
I also pack my lunch the night before and prep my breakfast. I think a cute lunch bag helps the process. I have two, a cute pink polka dot one for when I’m headed straight to work and put my food straight into my refrigerator and an insulated Tory Burch lunch box for when I need to keep my food cold.
I hope these tips help you follow the 7 P’s!
Homework: How do you get ready for a busy week?