CLOSED!!! New Windows Phone 7 – Giveaway

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 17, 2010

Update: This giveaway is now closed! And, the winner is…

LisaE says, “As many others have said, lists, lists, and more lists. It is such a great feeling crossing off everything I have accomplished in any given day!”

**Winner has been notified via email with further instructions.  Plus, stay tuned for the upcoming $5 Dinners 12 Days of Christmas – Cookbook Giveaway beginning December 12th!**

I’m often asked…”How do you manage it all?”

The answer is simple, a basic principle…”Do more with less.”  I have a number of “systems” in place that help increase my productivity and other tools that help me best manage my time.  All these systems and time management tricks, allow me to do more in less time.

I am all for tools that help me do more with less. And the brand new Windows Phone 7 does just that!

I want to help you do more with less. I want to give you a tool that will help you accomplish more. That’s why I’m thrilled to be giving away 1 Windows Phone 7. The giveaway is open through the end of the month.

Official Contest Rules. See entry details below…

Giveaway Details

1. Contest ends November 29th at midnight EST. (That’s 2 weeks away!)  Winners will be announced back here on this post, and notified via email with further instructions.

2. Entry: Leave a comment just sharing one tip that helps you be more productive or creative in managing your time.

3. You may enter one time per day.

4. Winner will be selected by

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*Disclosure: This giveaway is brought to you by the new Windows Phone 7. Less tech tired. More tech trendy: Learn about Windows Phone online [] and see it in person at local T-Mobile stores today. Click Command: []

Tabathia B November 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm

as well as keeping appointments on my desk calender i also keep them on my phone calender with an alarm
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Paula James November 29, 2010 at 9:21 pm

To be more organized I’m trying to learn to do freezer batch cooking to have some good meals in the freezer for nights I have meetings. This way hubby doesn’t have to order out pizza or burgers and I don’t have to spend all my over time money on dinner.

AmyT November 29, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Day Planner. Everything has to be written down or it’s forgotten!

Katee Nittler November 29, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Sharing a calendar with my husband in iCal

laura mansfield November 29, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I would love the awesome calendar and keeping kids organized!

Robyn November 29, 2010 at 9:27 pm

One thing that helps me be more productive is to tackle one thing at a time.

Danyalle Calone November 29, 2010 at 9:29 pm

I have ALL my birthdays and anniversaries on a reminder calendar (that pops up letting me know to send a card or make a phone call) would be lost without it. I plan family meals for the week and then going shopping for all the ingredients … it saves me time and money being organized. EVERYTHING in my house is label and is in its place (from crafts to holiday decorations), so I know where it is when I or family members need it. I “LOVE” being organized makes life a less stressful.

Sandy N. November 29, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Planning ahead always is the way to stay organized. Setting up pop ups on my computer helps out with my little reminders that I might need. Like when bills are due or appts.

Karie Price | Real World BA November 29, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Taking 15 minutes first thing each day to identify my to do list helps me to focus on the highest priority items first. Also, grouping like items together helps you gain more efficiency. Funny thing – I wrote a blog post about what you could learn from playing the game Diner Dash (which is a time management game and taught me some great tips). Check it out:

Linda S. November 29, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I have a portable write-in calendar (yes, I still use those) that has ALL of my commitments – work, school, social, appointments. I check it every day. Having everything in ONE place helps me to stay organized.

wanda November 29, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I write a list and stick to it I also have 2 calenders one in the kitchen and one at my computer so I never miss anything

chris k. November 29, 2010 at 9:39 pm

What seems to be working for us is that we have just one master calendar, if your event/appt etc is not on there it does NOT happen-no exceptions. I’m also the only one allowed to write on the “big calendar” so we don’t have any stress over who erased or marked out something!

ellen November 29, 2010 at 9:42 pm

looks like fun and organization should be easy!!

Karen T November 29, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Sunday night the girls pick out their clothes for the entire week and they go into hanging shoe bags in the closet. Then they can pick out any outfit they want each day!

Jami Whaley November 29, 2010 at 9:55 pm

I try to stay organized by sharing a Google calendar with my husband and with meal planning.

Kayla Stalnaker November 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm

I like to keep all my emails in their individual folders rather than one large saved folder.

Audrey November 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm

I have a calendar that I keep in my purse. So when I’m out on a homeschool adventure or taking the kids to the Dr I can check my schedule at a moments notice!

Every night I “transfer” the information to our big family calendar so that everyone in my family is “in the know”! =)

Kelly H. November 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm

I keep a detailed calendar to keep track of our crazy schedules

Tara November 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm

I use Google Calendar to help schedule myself. I can access it while at home or work easily.

Lanola November 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Having my and my son’s clothes out the night before.

Sabrina Hosselton November 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I use the notepad feature on my cell phone, its great for making lists!

marcia November 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm

always googling for promo codes before i purchase anything online. checking for online and printing coupons before i go to store.

Sarita Rogers November 29, 2010 at 10:16 pm

I use lists and a calendar.

Susie H. November 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Planning a menu for the month with what I have on hand, then adding only groceries I need to the grocery list. I don’t always make what is listed for the day, but I cross each meal out when I’ve made it. Works for me!

Jessica November 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I use my phone for shopping lists, appointments, and any other important things the I want to be sure I don’t forget!

Rebecca W November 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I make a lot of lists, and then I can cross things off as I go.

Dele O November 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Doing more with less could be decorating the christmas tree as a family. More work done in less time, and lots of family time together.

Lisa November 29, 2010 at 10:42 pm

A completed food menu with printable grocery list that is divided by seasons is such a blessing. This way you can rotate your fruits and veggies by the seasons yet not have to worry anymore what’s for dinner. I also shop weekly and reserve a day to clip coupons as well as match the weekly specials to stock up if the items are not on my grocery list for that specific week.

bethany November 29, 2010 at 10:43 pm

a list! The good old trusty, timeless list! Nothing helps remind me and it feels so good to cross things off!

Joan J November 29, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I start every single day by sitting down at the kitchen table with my cup of coffee and a notebook, and make up my To Do List for the day. This is a habit of several decades. I write down what I need to do, who I need to call, what I need to buy/errands to run, and what’s for dinner that night. My 4 yr old. grandson helps me make up the list when he’s here 3 days a week. I had to laugh when my daughter said she asked him to clean up his room and he said, “I don’t think that’s on my To Do List!”

Kathryn November 29, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Have a place to put things at when not in use so save time in trying to locate them when they are needed.

Wardell M November 29, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Plan one night a wk where you dont cook anything and spend the time you would have been cooking doing something you werent able to do earlier in the week.

Schmidty November 29, 2010 at 11:19 pm

More for less mean having an emergency kit in my car when I travel, and also carrying our own snacks and drinks so that we don’t have to make expensive stops.

Trish Macias November 29, 2010 at 11:26 pm

I use a magnet dry erase board to keep my grocery list handy. Anytime I run out of something I scribble it down. That way all I need to do is take a pic of the list with my phone when I leave to the store :0)

amanda November 29, 2010 at 11:33 pm

I use a planner.

Momchou November 29, 2010 at 11:40 pm

i am still old fashioned and can’t afford all the fancy technology so I still use the good old fashioned wall calendar, but I swear by the Mom’s Plan It calendar. My husband is a firefighter and just his schedule alone is enough to drive someone scheduling crazy!! Not to mention his part time job schedule on top of that along with 4 kids. Two are out of the house now but I still use the same calendar to keep up with all of my youngest sons therapy appts, school events, sports pratices etc. I buy it early every year to make sure I am ready for the new year BEFORE it gets here!!

I do use the alarm function on my phone to remind me an hour before all events so they don’t slip my mind!!

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