Monthly Archives: January 2014

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If Chuck Bass was a black woman, she might very well be dressed like this. As you follow my blog, one thing you’ll learn about me is that I have a great appreciation for menswear. More importantly, I have a penchant for using menswear pieces to transform traditionally masculine looks into strikingly feminine looks. This particular look was inspired by Chuck Bass, the character portrayed by Ed Westwick on Gossip Girl.

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I’m a firm believer that how you choose to start your day has a direct impact on how the rest of your day turns out. A while ago I realized that I love making to-do list. It’s such a geeky pleasure but I know my to-do list lovers can relate when I say there’s an almost blissful feeling when you can cross off a completed task.  I can be a bit of a scatterbrain so I found that creating a daily, to-do list really helped to keep me focused on the things I needed to accomplish.

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For the longest time, my to-do lists looked like the one above. I actually used that exact format for about 3 years. It wasn't until I read “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” that I started thinking about to-do lists differently.  The most memorable lesson I took away from the book was that successful people prioritize differently than most and there was a simple tool I could use to help me prioritize like them (essentially, a four-part to-do list).  In my old method, I would list every single thing I needed to do that day, and pick out what was most urgent (or least painful first, depending on how I felt that morning). Needless to say, I wasn't making the most effective use of my time. Using the model below, I learned how to prioritize based on what was most important.

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Initially, I questioned how something could be urgent and not be important. But think about how much time we waste on responding to urgent emails or phone calls that are seemingly earth-shattering but in the end turn out to be quite insignificant. It’s urgent to me if my failure to take immediate action will negatively impact the business or me. If that isn't the case, it can wait.

In my quadrant to-do list, I sometimes even go a step further and schedule out my important and urgent tasks from quadrant one. Allotting a specific time frame for each task sometimes helps to light a fire under my butt. Of course sticking to the schedule isn't always possible. You never know when you’ll be summoned into an emergency meeting or someone sends an announcement that there are free donuts and coffee in the conference room. So, I try not to worry about it too much and attempt to stick to the schedule as best I can.

So for the first 45 minutes or so of your next workday, try the 4 quad to-do list on for size and see how it works for you. I of course, from time to time still get caught in the “Let me see what’s happening on Facebook/Who just liked my picture on Instagram?” trap where I’m shamefully sucked into the black hole that is the Internet; “Oh look, talking kittens” but overall my to-do lists have been a Godsend. There you go. Let’s make moves ladies. Have fun crossing things out.

 

Sincerely,

 

J. Daniel

 

For more in formation on the 4-quadrant, to-do list format from "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey click here.

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Ah... J'adore Miami, land of perpetual summer and the incessantly scantily clad. But what is a fashionista with an appreciation for fine winter fashion to do when she calls a 2-season city (summer and even more summer-er) home? You plot and you wait.  Because, if you cross your heart and wish on a fallen eyelash, you may just be able to break out those fabulous knee-high boots and that exquisite pea coat two or even three times a year if you're lucky.

So whenever the mercury does finally dip below 60, you'll probably catch me in a getup like this one.  An old favorite, this soft cream coat was love at first sight. Several years later it’s still allowing me to serve you DC scandal-chic a la Olivia Pope. A flowy plum blouse gives it a pop of Miami color while high-waisted slacks take you back a few decades.

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Powermovesandpumps.com is finally up and running. It only took a little bit of blood sweat and tears but we’re finally ready to start making moves. I'm so pleased to share some of my passions with you. Whether its fashion, career, travel or other random happenings in life, if I share it here, it's all up for discussion so please comment and don't hesitate to share.

Don't forget to take a gander into the "About Me" section to find out why I put this whole thing together and get an idea about what's to come. I'm super excited and can't wait for you all to see what's up next.

Lets make moves ladies. Thanks for following.

 

Sincerely,

J. Daniel