2019 Year in Review

Have you ever thought about what took place over the past year?

Are you looking for some perspective and insight into how to live a more balanced life?

One of the best things you can do at the end of any calendar year is to review everything that happened, everything that didn’t…and make plans for the future.

It’s about being taking a moment to stop and smell the roses, celebrating what you’ve accomplished and are looking forward to accomplishing.

In this blog post, I offer an easy and unique way to review all that’s happened in 2019 through the lens of organization, time management, and productivity.

We’ll be traveling back through time and providing you with some thoughtful end-of-year self-reflection questions and encouragement to move forward.

So, are you ready to begin?

I thought as much! 🙂

Grab a nice hot beverage, your favorite notebook and a pen, and let’s get this 2019 year in review started!


Your 2019 Year in Review

Are you interested in organizing your home, managing your time, or improving your productivity levels?

This is the perfect time of year to reflect upon what took place the past year and make plans for a successful new year.

It’s as simple as taking a look at what you intended to accomplish, honestly examining what did or didn’t happen, and then making solid plans for the future.

For instance, maybe this year you intended to organize your kitchen cabinets. You didn’t complete the project as you had hoped, but upon reflection, you spent a lot of your time working on other projects throughout the year.

Moving forward, you might decide to research tips, tricks, and ideas, and schedule time in your calendar so you can complete your project.

And just like that, you’ve completed your quick organization year in review! It really is as simple as that.

Taking the time to acknowledge your past goals, evaluating your progress, and making plans for future success are a winning combination.

So what if you didn’t achieve your goals this past year? No problem! Just pick up your chin and keep going. It’s all about progress, and not perfection.

Are you ready to conduct your 2019 year in review? Choose one of the below scenarios that best describes your situation and answer the questions that follow:

I’m interested in being more organized…

  • Which organization project did you intend to complete this past year?
  • Did you complete your proposed project? What do you think lead to your success or prevented you from making your project a success?
  • What steps can you take right now to ensure your continued success or that you’ll take action on your organization project in future?

I’m interested in better managing my time…

  • Which time management concept or skill did you intend to practice this past year?
  • Did you practice your concept or skill on a regular basis? What do you think lead to your success or prevented you from achieving success?
  • What steps can you take right now to ensure your continued success or that you’ll take action on honing your skills in future?

I’m interested in better managing my productivity…

  • Which productivity concept or skill did you intend to practice this past year?
  • Did you practice your concept or skill on a regular basis? What do you think lead to your success or prevented you from achieving success?
  • What steps can you take right now to ensure your continued success or that you’ll take action on honing your skills in future?

Great job! You’ve just completed your 2019 year in review. But don’t go away just yet. You’ll want to make sure you have the tools you need to help you reach your goals.

If you’re looking for some timely tips and tricks, you’ll want to take a look at all of my 2019 blog posts, media appearances, and guest posts listed below. You’ll find a lot of information and inspiration to help you out.

Looking for more help? You can search the blog archives or take a look at the most popular posts on the blog for more practical and creative organization, time management, and productivity ideas.

Here’s to making your 2020 a smashing success!


Blog Posts from 2019

 

Organization Posts

How to Declutter Your Closet

Whether you’re looking to organize a particular area of your home or life, or are interested in dabbling in decluttering or more general subjects, these tips are a great place to start. Choose your favorites and be sure to bookmark this collection of tips for future use!

How to Declutter Your Closet

Do you need help when it comes to figuring out how to declutter your overpacked clothes closet? You’ll definitely want to follow these simple, yet practical tips to clear some space, stat.

How to Organize Your Bathroom

It’s time to organize that teeny-tiny room in your home…the bathroom! You’ll notice a big difference when your toiletries are close at hand and well-organized. Learn how to bring order to your bathroom with these smart tips.

100+ Items to Declutter at Home

If you’re looking to declutter your home, don’t worry. It’s as easy as opening your eyes and looking at your belongings anew. Check out this list of over 100 items to declutter.

50 Spring Cleaning Tips to Freshen Up Your Home

Spring cleaning means it’s time for a fresh start. Find out how to clean up, declutter, and organize your home with these tips. And remember, you don’t have to wait for spring to start the process; any time works just fine.

How to Organize: A Step-by-Step Guide

How should you organize your things? Don’t let the organization process stop you before you start. Check out this step-by-step tutorial on how to organize almost anything.

15 Ways to Organize Your Books

Book lovers listen up: you probably already know this, but organizing your books is a true practice in personal taste. Whether you’ve got an old system or are looking for something new, check out this collection of fifteen book organizing ideas.

How to Tidy Up

If you want to bring some order to your home and office, then you have to do a giant organizing session, right? Well, not quite. Tidying things up may be just what you need. Check out these practical approaches to tidy up your space.

How to Be More Organized

Wondering how to be more organized at home and beyond? You’ll certainly want to check out this collection of helpful organization tips.

8 Amazing Tips for an More Organized Desk

From a giant pile of papers to neatly organized office supplies, a neatly organized desk can be yours! Here are eight practical tips to help you organize your desk at home or work.

10 Terrific Closet Organization Ideas

Is it possible to find closet organization ideas that don’t break the bank? Of course it is! If you’re on a budget, then you should check out these ten practical tips.

How to Organize an Office Drawer

Organize an office drawer with ease and find what you need in a pinch. Learn how to put things in order with these useful drawer organization tips.

How to Easily Organize Papers

Papers, papers, everywhere and not a place to sit? You can organize papers at home, work, and beyond with these practical tips.

How to Easily Organize a Project

Is project organization not one of your strong suits? Good news: you just have to take things one step at a time. All you have to do is follow these five simple steps, and you’ll be good to go.

How to Choose a Paper Planner

Planner or calendar book shopping shouldn’t be a chore. It should be a fun experience that lights up your heart and soul! Find out how to select the right paper planner for your needs with these pointers.

How to Organize Your Closet

You want to organize your closet, but you’re not sure where to begin. When in doubt, focus on practicality! These seven tips are here to set you on the right path.

How to Organize a Linen Closet

Hmm, are you thinking about finally organizing that linen closet in your home? If so, then you’ll definitely want to take a look at these useful tips before you even lift a finger.

How to Be Organized

Have you ever wondered what the “rules” are when it comes to being organized? It’s not difficult…in fact it’s downright easy as following these simple rules!

How to Declutter Your Life

When things are weighing you down, it’s a sure sign that you need to declutter your life for the better! This brief tutorial will show you how to remove clutter from your life, right now.

How to Organize a Notebook or Journal

You’ve purchased a wonderful new notebook or journal. The only question is, how should you organize things inside? Look no further than these helpful organization tips and make your notebook your own.

How to Organize a Filing Cabinet

You want to organize a filing cabinet…but don’t know where to start. It’s all about taking time to think, make a plan, and then take action. Check out these tips on how to organize a filing cabinet.


Time Management Posts

7 Time Management Tools You Can Find in Your Home

If the clock or calendar has you constantly worried…you can relax. Learning how to better manage your time is entirely possible. You just need to calm your mind, slow down, learn some solid skills, and then take the next step forward. You’ve got this!

17 Time Management Tips for College Students

Time management is a skill that you’ll use throughout your life.. All the more reason to learn time management sooner rather than later. College students should be sure to look at these practical tips.

53 Posts to Help You Manage Your Schedule

Are you looking to better manage your time, today, and everyday? Find out how to manage your schedule with this thoughtful collection of hand-picked blog posts.

7 Tips to Help You Prioritize Tasks

Hmm, how should you prioritize your tasks? Prioritization is a skill that can be applied at work, home, and on the go. Take a look at this post for some helpful prioritization tips to make your day run smoothly.

How to Find Time Wasters in Your Schedule

Time wasters lurking in your schedule? Learn how to remove them with these nine helpful tips.

How to Use a Printable Calendar

Wondering how to best use a printable calendar? Check out these practical planning tips.

19 Ways to Give Your Undivided Attention

Undivided attention is an under-utilized time management tool. Learn how to better manage your time with these helpful tips.

31 Smart Ways to Leave Work on Time

Leave work at a reasonable hour? It can be done! Find out how with these practical tips.

7 Tips for Brilliant Time Management

Searching for time management best practices? Learn how to better manage your time with these brilliant tips.

4 Rules You Must Follow if You Want to Be on Time

Be on time to that appointment…every time? Here are four key rules to follow if you want to be punctual.

7 Smart Ways to Seize the Day

Did you know? You can seize the day…today and everyday! Learn how to make the most of your time with these seven smart tips.

7 Time Management Tools You Can Find in Your Home

Looking for practical time management tools? Here are several time management tools you can find in your own home.

The Importance of Time Management

Ever wonder about the importance of time management? There’s more to managing your minutes and hours than you think! Be sure to check out these seven helpful reminders.

9 Things You Must Know About Time Management Skills

What must you know about time management skills? Find out in these smart tips.

2020 Calendar: 40 Things to Schedule into Your Calendar

Want to get a head start on planning your 2020 calendar? Here’s a list of forty items to schedule into your calendar.

10 Smart Ways to Beat Holiday Stress

In case you were wondering, ’tis the season to celebrate, entertain…and relax. Learn how to beat holiday stress with these helpful tips.


Productivity Posts

Get Things Done: Here's How

Ready to take your productivity skills to the next level? These productivity tips are a great place to start. You’ll learn foundational skills and advanced techniques to help you conquer your tasks, to-dos, errands, checklists, and more!

25 Thoughtful Ways to Stay Focused on Your Work

Wondering how to focus on your work? Sometimes, you have to take stock of what matters…and what doesn’t. You’ll want to check out these 25 tips.

8 Tips to Help You Minimize Decision-Making and Be Productive

Decisions, decisions, decisions. You may not realize it, but the decision-making process can take up a lot of your waking hours. Find out how to minimize the decision-making process with these quick tips.

Want to Be More Productive? Do These 8 Things Before Going to Sleep

Want to be more productive in the morning and beyond? It’s a simple as performing these eight tasks before you head off to sleep in the evening.

101 Simple Pleasures to Boost Your Productivity

Simple pleasures in life are free…and top-notch productivity boosters. Give your productivity levels a lift with this list of short and sweet actions.

Why You Should Turn Your Phone Off While You Work

You’ve heard it before and you’ve heard it again…if you want to be productive during the day you should turn your phone off at work! Learn how this simple action can improve your productivity in a flash.

4 Practical Ways to Go with the Flow

Going along with the flow of life doesn’t have to be chore. As a matter of fact, if you play things right, then you can make the most of your time and be super-productive. Find out how to easily get things done with these tips.

8 Timely Tips for a More Productive Day

Want to have a productive day, today and everyday? You can! It’ll about marrying time management and productivity tips with one another. Learn how to get more done with these tips.

16 Simple Ways to Boost Your Productivity Today

Keep it simple sweetie! You can get more done today when you take the time to keep things simple. Do yourself a favor and take a look at these easy-peasy productivity tips.

How to Make Better Decisions with The Eisenhower Box

Believe it or not, decision-making skills in life are a must. Learn how to make better decisions with a surprisingly simple tool called the Eisenhower Box.

How to Stay Focused on Work

Does your mind wander while you work? Taking the time to create the right environment for yourself will help you stay focused on those projects and assignments.

How to Make Fewer Decisions So You Can Get Things Done

Decision making process success? It’s all about make less decisions on a daily basis…so you can spend time on what really matters and get things done.

Get Things Done: Here’s How to Stay on Track

Tired of having tons of unfinished to-dos sitting on your to-do list? Follow this simple eight-step process so you can finally check tasks off your list.

Goal Setting How-to-Guide

If you’re reading to make some big changes in your life, then you need to learn about goal setting 101! Check out this practical guide on how to properly set your goals.


Media Appearances

How to Choose a Paper Planner

Did you know? It often helps to see information presented from a variety of angles. If you’re looking for some thoughtful approaches to common subjects, then you’ll want to be sure to take a look at these articles from 2019, in print and online, in the United States, and around the globe. You never quite know what you’ll learn!

Marketwatch, The 5 most in-demand career skills of 2019 — and how to master them – January 8, 2019

Brit + Co, 9 Ways to Be Less Busy All the Time – January 18, 2019

Cosmopolitan, The Absolute Best Ways to Design Your Itsy-Bitsy Studio Apartment – January 23, 2019

Yahoo, The Absolute Best Ways to Design Your Itsy-Bitsy Studio Apartment – January 23, 2019

Woman’s World, Your Organized Home: Conquer Paper Clutter for Good! – February 4, 2019 issue

Domino, Here’s What to Do If Your Emails Are Out of Control – February 5, 2019

Luisa Zhou, 121 Profitable Service Business Ideas to Start Today (+ Examples) – March 6, 2019

Cosmopolitan, Here’s How to Stop Procrastinating, Because You Know You Do It All the Damn Time – March 7, 2019

Ouest-France, Le microscheduling, l’art de planifier sa journĂ©e Ă  la minute près – March 13, 2019

Elle Netherlands, Met deze 7 tips doe jij je uitstelgedrag de das om – March 13, 2019

Small Business Trends, How to Create a Filing System That Works for Your Business – July 9, 2019

European Business, Interview with Rashelle Isip: “There’s no longer a clear distinction between work and leisure time” – July 26, 2019

The Washington Post, Ever had the post-vacation blues? Here’s how to avoid them – August 1, 2019

The Pocono Record, Avoid the post-vacation blues: Prep before, have a post-vacay plan … and enjoy the memories – August 2, 2019

The Berkshire Eagle, Avoiding the post-vacation blues – August 5, 2019

Slate.fr, Comment gĂ©rer son blues de retour de vacances – August 5, 2019

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Don’t let life bring you down from a vacation high – August 11, 2019

Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Dreading coming back from vacation? How to ease your return to daily life – August 16, 2019

The Washington Post, Time-management tips from masters of the to-do list – September 26, 2019

Fox Business, 4-day workweeks are better for business, Microsoft finds – and how to maximize your time at the office – November 4, 2019

Healthy Women, Simplifying Stress in Your Life – November 13, 2019

Huffington Post UK, Yes, it is possible to be on time when you have a toddler — here’s how – November 26, 2019

South China Morning Post, How to control your to-do list, with top tips from the experts – November 28, 2019

Got Clutter? Get Organized!, with Janet, Strategies to Manage Your Time in the New Year – December 9, 2019


Guest Blog Posts

A Collection of 46 Incredible Organizing Tips

Organization, time management, and productivity tips can change when looked at through different lenses. For an interesting spin on these subjects, you should take a look at the guest blog posts I wrote for Kin Insurance, European Business, and Write Notepads & Co. in 2019.

Kin Insurance,4 Ways to Have a More Organized New Year – January 31, 2019

European Business, 4 Thoughtful Ways to Boost Your Productivity at Work – April 18, 2019

European Business, Want to Be More Productive? Here’s How to Declutter Your Workspace – May 15, 2019

European Business, 5 Time Management Tips for a More Productive Day – June 3, 2019

European Business, 5 Smart Tips to Help You Better Manage Your Schedule – June 18, 2019

Write Notepads & Co., How to Be More Organized at Home When You Work a Full-Time Job – June, 25, 2019

Write Notepads & Co., How to Make Time in Your Schedule When You Have No Time – July 2, 2019

Write Notepads & Co., 4 Ways to Make Meeting Planning (Almost) Effortless – July 15, 2019

Write Notepads & Co., 5 Incredibly Simple Tips for Decluttering Your Workspace – July 29, 2019

Write Notepads & Co., 5 Tips for Organizing a Practical Financial Tracker – August 12, 2019

Write Notepads & Co., How to Manage Multiple Projects Successfully – August 19, 2019

Write Notepads & Co., How to Create an Inspiration Journal You’ll Love to Use – September 10, 2019

Write Notepads & Co., 5 Time Management Tips to Help You Be More Energized – September 30, 2019

European Business, How to Organize an Office Cabinet – December 19, 2019

European Business, How to Organize Your Clothes Closet – December 19, 2019

How about you? What were the most memorable moment (or moments) of 2019 for you? What organization, productivity, or time management projects did you complete this year? What are your goals, dreams, and aspirations for 2020? 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, 3 Smart Steps to Organizing Your Home, by clicking here.
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