Plan for the Expected–Strategy #2

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On Monday, we were discussing meeting the week as though we know it’s coming and planning for the expected. I shared Strategy #1–schedule your events–write down wherever you need to be and whatever you need to do–And then show up or do it! Don’t put it on paper if you aren’t going to honor it. We need to be as vigilant about the commitments we make to ourselves as those we make to others. This simple strategy will help you do the things that you say you will do and remember the things you need to do. It’s also a nifty step that will prepare you for the next strategy.

Strategy #2:  Assemble your wardrobe for the week

Ok, I’m not saying you have to decide exactly what you will wear for each day of the week….Well, yes I am!

I have shared this strategy with my friends and have been told how much it goes against everything it means to be female–we are supposed to take forever to get ready, we never know what we want to wear, we tend to be carefree and spontaneous in our daily wardrobe decisions because of our fickle and ever-changing dispositions. Pleeeze, let’s stop it ladies. None of that is (or has to be) true of women. You can look just as fab in an outfit that you wear on Wednesday that was planned for and put together on Sunday. In fact, I’ll bet you’ll look even better because your outfit has been crafted and not thrown together at the last minute.

So here’s the deal, on Sunday after you’ve scheduled your tasks and events for the week, take a look at what you’ve got–a meeting on Tuesday, presentation on Wednesday, lunch with friends on Thursday, etc.–then go and shop your closet.

Assemble the outfits that you want to wear for each day based on the events and activities of the day. If you’ll be hanging out, create a “hang out” ensemble from top to bottom. If you are interviewing, take out your Power suit (more on that later). Plan for day-to-evening transitions as well as casual to glam if you expect to go from one type of activity straight into another that calls for a different look. For example, wearing jeans and a nice top can do double-duty as a day time and an evening outfit with a change of footwear. High heels or boots worn with the same outfit will create a totally new look.  Pull together several complete  outfits and select the jewelry and the shoes that you will wear too. Try each outfit with different shoes and accessories to get the look you are going for and to ensure that everything fits the way you want it to. (more on that later too) You’ll be surprised at the difference an earring, belt or scarf choice can make on the overall impact of an outfit.

When your outfit is appropriate for the occasion and you look pulled together (and you know it), you are ready to take on the world. On the other hand, there’s nothing like being out all day in an outfit or shoes that are inappropriate or don’t fit right, accessories that don’t complement your style or the occasion because it was all thrown together that very morning as you frantically pulled everything you own out of your closet and changed into several outfits that are now strewn across your bed and floor waiting for you to put them back when you get home. That doesn’t help boost one’s confidence meter.

The biggest question I get about this is, “what if I change my mind and don’t want to wear the outfit I created on the particular day? What if I feel like wearing something else? The answer is, no one is holding a gun to your head! You don’t HAVE TO wear Tuesday’s panties on Tuesday (remember those?) What you do have are 5-6 outfits that you’ve created that you know look great and if you feel like wearing what you thought you’d wear to the meeting on Monday to the meeting on Friday, who’s to know?

They’ll just know you are always dressed  remarkably!

See you soon (I’ll be back on Fitness Friday)

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3 Responses to “Plan for the Expected–Strategy #2”
  1. Kathleen says:

    I love the idea of planning your wardrobe ahead of time. I never thought of it, but it really makes sense. I am on maternity leave right now, so it’s basically rotating sweats each day, but when I am back to work in September I think I will do this! Great idea! Loving these emails….

  2. Hey Kath,
    You don’t have to wait until September. You can plan your wardrobe for the errands and baby activities that you have to attend to now. Who says new moms can only wear sweats:)

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