I knew I was having some challenges juggling my work, life, work, personal, work, blog, work, dance, work, family but I didn’t realize how much it had spiraled out of control until I showed up one day late for an event in New York City last week.
Yep, despite the fact that I had an event on my blog that concluded last Wednesday, the 26th kept registering for me as Thursday for a very critical industry event.
At no time did it register that something was, off during the 2.5 hour drive via Greyhound into the big City from my home base in Connecticut. As a matter of fact, I thought everything was going well and five minutes before the event start, I hopped onto the elevator and made my way up to the 10th floor of the building where they event was to be held. I was overjoyed when I realized that I was the first to arrive. What was supposed to be a tongue in cheek “hey, where is everybody” is the last thing I remembered before the gatekeeper broke the news to me.
Before I get into how it concluded and how the evening snowballed after, let me tell you what I am doing to make sure that episode NEVER, EVER repeats and a few things that you can also do to help organize your life and travels.
Returning to my old school diary
I have had too many things going for a long time now. So last fall, I upgraded my phone so that I could use it to help keep track of all of the things I am supposed to be doing, when and where. The first thing that I did was to pull out my iPhone and sure enough, I had entered the event as the 27th and not the 26th into my calendar. It happens: adult fingers usually don’t work well on itty, bitty keypads. Anyways, the iPhone is now my backup and I am back to using my old school, paper diary. One that has one of those month at a glance pages that keep me from transposing stuff (hopefully) double-booking or noting the wrong date for events.
Mailbox app for iPhone
If you guys had any idea how much emails I receive on a daily basis… Anyways, because I am inundated, I missed all of the reminder emails, reminding me that the event was the 26th. This is where the MailBox App for iPhone comes in handy. I’ve been using it for a week now and it does exactly what it says “it puts email in its place”. I try to read my emails only via my iPhone now. If it’s something that has a date or I need to get back to it later I can “snooze” it until the appropriate time, etc. This app has been a God send for me it’s one of my best and most used apps on my phone currently.
So after I left the venue I got on the right train and got off at the wrong stop. It will be forever ingrained in my head that Penn Station (the train station at 34th Street) and Port Authority (the bus station at 42nd Street) are two different places. Had I consulted with the HopStop App before going into the subway system (there’s no signal down there), I would have known that. I am just grateful that I was able to find really kind, honest, non-judgmental, generous people that was able to assist the second I started freaking out about having to walk (debit cards don’t work everywhere) almost 10 blocks at the height of the polar vortex with a big bag of products.
It would have helped if I had a handy app on on my phone to help me find places of interest like a drug store. I needed aspirin, antacid and a really big bag to hold all of the products…which brings me back to my story…
Despite my 24-hour late arrival, my trip to New York City actually worked out well. I was able to meet with the woman who organized the event and I had a very productive and informative one-on-one. She gave me a tour of their online PR site which I can see is going to become a very useful tool in generating content for this blog. She also gave me a HUGE bag of products from the event some of which will be covered in beauty reviews/news posts and some of which I will be giving away to you my readers in the next few weeks.