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: []

Emily November 27, 2010 at 12:29 am

I’m very big on picking up as I go along, grabbing whatever need to be put up every time I leave a room. It helps with keeping the house work down to a minium, and allowing me to spend more family time.

Jose D November 27, 2010 at 12:57 am

A daily planner helps me a lot to organize and keep track of everything I need to do. It’s probably very ‘old school’ but it’s very practical and efficient. I’ve noticed that I’ve done lots of more things when planned and avoid many headaches!

LisaE November 27, 2010 at 9:40 am

On days when time is real short and not enough time to thouroughly clean, I set a timer for 15 minutes and do as much as I can. It’s amazing how much can be done in such a short time when you know you are trying to beat the clock.

Shannon Runnels November 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm

one entry for today 11/27/2010
my tip is to delegate and to enlist help from all family members whenever possible. I love teaching my children from a young age how to clean up messes they’ve made, how to “help” Mama with chores, etc. Though it may seem to take longer at the beginning, it pays off BIG TIME as the kids grow up and can help do more and more.
Shannon in Indiana <

Amy G November 27, 2010 at 4:34 pm

I make a list the night before to be sure I get everything done, it gives me an opportunity to decide how I will use my time the wisest.

Melissa Y November 27, 2010 at 4:37 pm

I use a list to stay productive throughout the day and weeks.

Vicki November 27, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Lists are what saves me!

Darla November 27, 2010 at 4:41 pm

I have a wipe board where each family member writes down an item of food when they use the last of it. That way I am not having to keep up with routine items.

Wendy November 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm

We experiment with different ways to be efficient. We have a dry erase calendar on the fridge. Each child has a different color and writes his or her activities down. They also have a checklist that remains on the list. Some are for their “priorities” (make bed, brush teeth etc) and “responsibilities” (chores they get paid for).

Sarah J November 27, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Use a daily schedule and try to stick to it.

emily November 27, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I try to have a list written down that we have to follow for the day

Jeremiah November 27, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I create task lists and try to do the least favorite tasks first.

Laurie Hardison November 27, 2010 at 5:05 pm

I cook things that are freezer friendly – and then make a double batch. We eat one and freeze the other for hectic days.

lisa rodriguez November 27, 2010 at 5:09 pm

A calender and lists

Michele Hoffman November 27, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Each time that I jump out of the car, I clean out all of the trash. I frequently throw things away when I enter the store, bank, restaurant…

At home, I have small pieces of papers located by my computer and by the phone so I can jot anything that I need to remember.

The best way to keep my home organized is minimizing my belongings. That way I have less to repair and clean around.

Gail November 27, 2010 at 5:20 pm

I rely on the crockpot to save time in getting a hot, homemade dinner on the table. The bonus is two-fold: Delicious meal that practically prepares itself and the smell of the anticipated dinner to greet you after a busy day.

Amber A. November 27, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I rely on a combination of lists and my phone. I make sure my calender on my phone is in sync with the family calender so that I have a portable calender with me at all times. Without my lists and my phone I would be lost.

Glenda Penny November 27, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I use an Daily Planner

j November 27, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I use google calender and it text’s me when there is an event coming up. Just this week I had put a good friend’s birthday on my calender. I forgot and hadn’t checked my calender. Then I got a text! I was able to be a good friend and tell her happy birthday.

Paula James November 27, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I like to manage my time by starting dinner in the crockpot before work in the morning.

Diane November 27, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Google calendar is great for syncing with the county schools schedules.

christina burrell November 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm

I make daily to do lists.

Valerie November 27, 2010 at 5:55 pm

I’m not very good at managing my time, that’s why I need this to help.

Christine M November 27, 2010 at 6:01 pm

If everything doesnt get done its ok were not all MArtha Stewart

Diana November 27, 2010 at 6:23 pm

i use my calendar on my blackberry

KARYN November 27, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Keep everything simple at home – old standby meals (crockpot or freezer). Allow time to recover after busy times. Forget about meeting other peoples standards. Do what you want and say very sweetly, “I’m sorry. I’ll have to pass on that” to any event in which you don’t really want to participate. Most importantly — remember WHY we celebrate CHRISTMAS.

sandra November 27, 2010 at 6:44 pm

to do lists

Tracey November 27, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Making one-pot dishes is one way I do more with less.

Dawn November 27, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I use my iPhone 4 for everything!

Misty C. November 27, 2010 at 8:03 pm

I take a nap! After getting my two older girls (12 and off to school and burn some of my toddlers energy, I take a nap with the toddler before the kids get home from school. They’re full of energy when they get home, napping helps me keep up with them!

Sandy N November 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I use a regular wall calendar and a white board on the fridge for special events, appts, etc. I never miss an important event.

Tiffany H November 27, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I make a list of things I have to do. I check them off as I do them. I always have a list of weekly accomplishment on the fridge.

Kate November 27, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I try to plan in advance as much as possible

Sharon November 27, 2010 at 9:47 pm

In a nutshell: Recycle and reuse, throw nothing away so long as there is any use for it left.

Marilyn November 27, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Sometimes I just don’t worry about any of it and just get some rest.

Heidi Leasure November 27, 2010 at 10:00 pm

A calander that has space for EVERYONES activities!

Suzy Q November 27, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Eeney, meeney, miney, phone!!!!!!!

Charmaine Balmer November 27, 2010 at 10:43 pm

I have learned to give everyone in the family a “zone” that they are ultimately responsible to help keep picked up! It makes a huge difference!!

Wardell M November 27, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Less is more downsize everything less to clean

Turtle Mom November 27, 2010 at 11:48 pm

I am trying to do more with less by entering to win wonderful freebies!

JB November 27, 2010 at 11:57 pm

One example of me doing more with less is simply turning off and unplugging electronics and appliances. Sometimes people forget and it adds up to the costs. As time goes by, spending a few little seconds on turning appliances off can really make a difference and save more money, more money to spend on stuff I want! I only turn things on when I need to!

Sandy N November 28, 2010 at 3:01 am

Plan in advance and leave early to get places – so I don’t have to rush.

kimbly November 28, 2010 at 4:23 am

I do tasks I hate first and then prioritize the rest. Truth be told, I could use some help in the organization area!

Liz Yap November 28, 2010 at 9:22 am

List making definitely helps with being productive in my family… especially my “Honney-Do List” but in general I just try and make it whatever project we are embarking on (cleaning and organizing a shed or closet, cleaning the car, or just helping with laundry) a fun one. Like a treasure hunt and/or adventure. And if you find any money, finders keepers!

Jordan Leveque November 28, 2010 at 10:02 am

I try to multitask… I never do one thing without doing something else at the same time.

Dele O November 28, 2010 at 10:14 am

Doing more with less sometimes means reusing grocery bags, or buying the recyclable types and using those. Saves the environment and saves the grocery stores money, which in turn saves you money.

Angeline Roberts November 28, 2010 at 10:20 am

I am ALWAYS the first one up. Sure, I get tired, but it pays to get some of my ‘chores’ done before the boys wake up; I can pay more attention to them :)

Lori November 28, 2010 at 10:21 am

Keep to the basics. Don’t overextend yourself and you’ll have better chances as keeping organized. And I always have a LIST! :)

Suzy Q November 28, 2010 at 11:50 am

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…for a new phone!

LisaE November 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm

One word: Delegate. While most of the work inside the house belongs to “mom”, I still have everyone-including the HUBS- take responsibilties for cleaning as well. Not all chores are for mom to do as everyone can clean, cook, and do laundry to give mom some time for “nothing” and it allows me to keep my sanity.

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