Back to School – Back to Business


At the end of summer, parents everywhere have carefully planned and purchased the supplies, clothing, and equipment their children need for the new school year.

Do you do the same thing for your business, professional and personal development?  Take this opportunity to examine how well you are equipped to accomplish your goals and objectives.

Below is a Back to Business supplies list.  Check it out and see if you have any “shopping” to do.


Essential supplies for the organized and successful person:

  • One List of Active Projects – allows for good communication with others about your priorities.
  • One “Discuss with my Boss” folder – a place to save and store non-urgent questions and communication pieces so you can avoid multiple interruptions.
  • One Calendar – containing your business and personal appointments (preferably on the same calendar).
  • One To-Do List – For me, Outlook Tasks is a lifesaver.  For others, a spiral steno pad is the central location for action items.
  • One Working Files Drawer – a holding tank for hard copy action items that are on your to-do list, active project folders, and meeting folders.  This is the secret to keeping your desk surface clear.
  • One Appointment with Yourself on Your Calendar Each Week – this is your planning and organizing time.
  • One Scheduled Opportunity for Professional Growth and Development – this could be a conference, training course, or other developmental activity.


Have fun with your Back to Business shopping.

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1 Comment

  1. Janet Barclay

    I like this idea! When we were kids, this was the time of year for new clothes, shoes, and supplies – why did it stop when we were grew up?


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