2017 Year in Review

2017 Year in ReviewHave you ever wondered what took place over the last twelve months?

One of the best things you can do at the end of any calendar year is to do review and reflect upon everything that happened over the past several months.

There’s nothing like looking back and reflecting upon what happened in your world.

After all, a bit of self-reflection can help you better appreciate your triumphs and successfully learn from your mistakes.

In this special post, I tackle my 2017 year in review here on The Order Expert.

I have to say, I absolutely love doing these year in review posts (just like my annual top blogs roundup).

They really make me stop, think, and consider all the different thoughts, experiences, goals, and milestones, I’ve reached over the past year.

If you don’t already do so, I highly recommend you conduct your own year in review, as it allows you to see just how much you’ve grown as a person over the past twelve months. Not sure where to start? Well, you can get started with my end-of-year reflection questions here.

You’ll definitely want to bookmark this year in review post. I’ve included lists of all of my blog posts for this year, including my various media and event appearances, and more.

Before we get the ball rolling, I’d like to thank all of my readers, subscribers, followers, and fans for following me over the years. I am extremely grateful, and honored, to be able to help you live a more organized and balanced life through my blog. Thank you for your support!

I’d also like to send a great big thank you to my beloved family and friends. You provide me with a wealth of support, encouragement, inspiration, and love, and this blog wouldn’t exist without you. Thank you for everything!

Oh, and one last thing… Please note, this will be the last blog post for 2017. New blog posts will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018.  I’ll be taking a much-needed holiday from blogging.  😉

Okay, I’d say it’s now time to get this show on the road.

Get ready, get set, because here we go!

January

Marketwatch How to Get Out the Door Faster in the MorningsWho says the New Year starts out a bit sleepy? My notetaking post, How to Organize a Notebook for Work, appeared in an article on the Inspiring Interns website. I also had a media appearance in Marketwatch.com where I provided tips to help people be more productive in the morning.

Several of my posts were featured in WiseBread’s Best Money Tips Roundups including 5 Paper Decluttering Tips for the Office in Smart Ways to Save Money at Bed Bath & Beyond, How to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective in How to Use Hashtags Effectively, How to Overcome Perfectionisms and Get Things Done Today in Time Saving Hacks for Busy Moms, and How to Save Time at the Gym in Power Habits of Great Leaders & Achievers.

 

Blog posts for January included:

40 Things to Schedule into Your Calendar for 2017

5 Paper Decluttering Tips for the Office

Want to Be More Productive? Do One Thing at a Time

How to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective

9 Easy Ways to Be More Organized Today

6 Time Management Lies You Need to Stop Telling Yourself

How to Overcome Perfectionism and Get Things Done Today

5 Simple Steps to Organizing Anything

How to Save Time at the Gym

How to Be More Productive in the Morning

4 Easy Ways to Have a Relaxing Weekend

How to Declutter Your Shower Area

February

Once again, Wisebread featured a couple of my posts in their weekly roundups including 4 Ways to Avoid Time Management Burnout in How to Host a Stress-Free Super Bowl Party, 19 Time Management Questions to Ask Yourself Before Holding a Meeting in Ways to Save on Vet Care for Your Pets.

 

Blog posts for February included:

4 Ways to Avoid Time Management Burnout

How to Pack a Backpack

How to Get Out of Your Head and Get Things Done Today

19 Time Management Questions to Ask Yourself Before Holding a Meeting

21 Practical Posts to Boost Your Productivity

How to Organize a Spice Rack

3 Surprisingly Simple Time Management Tips You Can Use Today

Want to Be More Productive? Focus on Improving One Thing

3 Ways to Know if You Have Too Much Stuff

4 Ways to Make Sure You Schedule an Appointment into Your Calendar

How to Stay in Touch with The Order Expert

4 Tips to Organize Your Day for Maximum Productivity

March

Marching on to March, I was lucky to have Wisebread pickup a couple of my posts this month including 4 Tips to Organize Your Day for Maximum Productivity in Save $570/Year By Making These Foods at Home, 7 Easy Ways to Organize a Pantry in Easy Ways to Protect Your Identity, and How to Stop Overbooking Your Schedule in Easy Ways to Make Money from Social Media.

 

Blog posts in March included:

7 Easy Ways to Organize a Pantry

How to Stop Overbooking Your Schedule

9 Amazingly Simple Ways to Be More Productive

How to Declutter Toys

April

9 Pro Organizers Share Their Best Tips for Maintaining Order in Under 500 Square FeetApril saw the 6th year anniversary of The Order Expert! That’s right, I’ve been blogging for quite awhile. 🙂

I had a couple of media appearance including 9 Pro Organizers Share Their Best Tips for Maintaining Order in Under 500 Square Feet in Apartment Therapy, and a tip in 5 Tricks to Stop Losing Things and Save Your Sanity in SeniorHomes.com

 

Blog posts in April included:

4 Things You Must Know if You Want to Be on Time

3 Easy Ways to Work Towards Your Goals

3 Smart Tips to Declutter Any Room

Why You Should Take Time to Prioritize Your Appointments

May

I was featured in a summer productivity article called, 10 Ways to Make This Your Most Productive Summer Yet, in Wisebread, as well as a Things You Can Do at Night to Make Your Morning Easier on The List.

Several of my posts were featured in Wisebread’s roundups including 5 Things to Stop Doing if You Want to Be More Productive in Avoid These Spring Savings Traps, and How to Improve Your Time Management Skills at Work in Money-Saving Tips for Backyard Grill Masters.

 

Blog posts in May included:

60 Smart Posts to Help You Get Organized

5 Things to Stop Doing if You Want to Be More Productive

How to Improve Your Time Management Skills at Work

How to Organize Bills

5 Creative Ways to Overcome Procrastination

June

71 and Beyond June 17 2017June was an interesting month.

I parterned with HealthyWomen.org (you can take a look at my past HealthyWomen blog posts on my media page, here) to present a De-Stress By Decluttering Event at the Bed Bath & Beyond in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY.

During the event, I talked about ways to keep clutter out of the home and offered different ways of organizing items in the home too.

I also wrote a decluttering blog post on Healthy Women’s website, which you can read here.

I was included in Makespace’s giant blog post, 51 Best Organizing Tips And Ideas From 22 Top Professional Organizers, which features tips from some of the top organizers.

Wisebread also picked up a couple of my articles including How to Make a Travel Itinerary in Ways to Save Hundreds on Groceries, 19 Time Management Questions to Ask Yourself in the Morning in Legit Sites to Get Free Stuff, and Want to Increase Your Productivity? Stop Telling Yourself These 4 Productivity Lies in Ways to Keep Cool Without AC.

 

Blog posts in June included:

How to Make a Travel Itinerary

19 Time Management Questions to Ask Yourself in the Morning

Want to Increase Your Productivity? Stop Telling Yourself These 4 Productivity Lies

How to Organize Your Closet

July

July was a relatively quiet month. I guess it’s just part of the slow and sultry summer months!

Wisebread picked up my post How to Organize Your Closet in Greyhound Bus Tips Every Traveler Should Know.

 

Blog posts in July included:

How to Be on Time for Work

3 Ways to Increase Your Productivity Today

The Ultimate Dorm Room Checklist

AugustCosmopolitan September 2017

August was an incredibly exciting month for me, as I was featured in an article called “Desk for Success” in the September 2017 Issue of Cosmopolitan magazine (US edition)!

I offered office organization and productivity tips alongside a collection of practical and pretty office supplies.

The lead says it all: “Whether you adore color coordination or thrive in organized chaos, your workspace should be where you’re most efficient and creative. Rashelle Isip, author of the productivity blog, The Order Expert, explains ways to make yours a happy place.”

I was also featured in a time management article on Moneyish called, How to Make Most Out of That Time Suck of a Meeting.

Wisebread also featured two of my articles 5 Lunch Packing Tips for a Streamlined Morning in Ways to Protect the Data on Your Smartphone and How to Arrive on Time to Those Nearby Appointments in Smart Purchases That Will Save You Money.

 

Blog posts in August included:

Get Organized at Our Back to School HQ

7 Time Management Techniques to Try Today

15 Questions to Ask Yourself for a More Productive Day

5 Lunch Packing Tips for a Streamlined Morning

How to Arrive on Time to Those Nearby Appointments

September

It’s back to school and back to work season! Fortunately, the month of September was another relatively quiet month for me.

 

Blog posts in September included:

3 Easy Ways to Stay Focused and Productive

14 Fantastic Paper Decluttering Tips

How to Meet a Deadline on Time

5 Easy Ways to Increase Your Productivity at Home

October

People who work from home suspect their in-office coworkers are doing thisI offered several productivity tips in Moneyish’s article, People Who Work From Home End up Doing Way More Work.

This article was also picked up by The New York Post. If you work from home, you should definitely check it out!

Wisebread also picked up How to Have a More Productive Day in How to Save $300 By Christmas, and How to Manage Time When You’re in a Hurry in Stress-Free Flying During the Holidays.

 

Blog posts in October included:

5 Practical Tips for Online Students

A Thoughtful Collection of Party Planning Tips

How to Have a More Productive Day

How to Manage Time When You’re in a Hurry

4 Spooky Halloween Blog Posts to Help You Get Organized

November

The month of November was a relatively quiet one.

All, in all, that’s not a bad thing, now is it? Lulls and breaks in a calendar are completely normal.

 

Blog posts in November included:

17 Smart Tips for Working from Home

4 Stress-Free Time Management Strategies

7 Reasons to Be Thankful for Clutter

Feeling Unproductive? It’s Okay if You Don’t Finish Everything on Your To-Do List

December

The ultimate holiday timeline to minimize your seasonal stressThus far, the month of December has brought some media appearances and wonderful reflections from the past year.

I offered some timely seasonal time management and productivity advice in INSIDER’s The Ultimate Holiday Timeline to Minimize Your Seasonal Stress, which also appeared in Business Insider.

 

What’s more, I’ve been busy doing a lot of backend work on an exciting upcoming project. You can learn more about it here.

 

Blog posts in December included:

Top 30 Blog Posts of 2017

2017 Year in Review (this is the post you are reading right now!)

Wow, that was quite a year, wasn’t it? As exciting as 2017 was, I’m looking forward to making 2018 an incredible year.

I’ve got big plans coming up, so be sure to stay tuned here on the blog, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

As a reminder, this will be the last post on the blog for 2017. New blog posts will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018.

Want a head start on getting organized in the New Year? Here’s several ideas for you…

 

Well, that wraps it up for this mega post. Here’s to a healthy, wealthy, happy, organized, and productive 2018!

Yours in order,

Rashelle

How about you? What were the most memorable moment (or moments) of 2017 for you? What organization, productivity, or time management projects did you complete this year? What are your goals, dreams, and aspirations for 2018? Let’s hear it! Join in the conversation and leave a comment below! 

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.
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2 Responses

  1. Janet Barclay
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    Wow, Rashelle! I’m impressed by what you’ve accomplished, and inspired by your year-end review questions. You’ve given me a lot to think about!

    • Rashelle
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      Aww, thanks very much, Janet. It was certainly a memorable year, and I still can’t believe it’s already mid-December. I hope your year-end review is a fruitful and informative one! 🙂