Event Storytelling

— a quick guide to establishing a brand and build a PR base for whatever you are selling.

When you host an event, you have established an intended purpose or message. To spend time with family, to have fun, to advertise a product, to introduce a person.

How you convey that message is event storytelling. Design and Scheme will now offer to you, our summarization of how you can achieve the desired effects of your narrative. Event storytelling is about connecting with your audience. It is your production design. Let’s get to the step by step process.

1) Establish your project  process.

To get started you need to ask yourself a few basic question to outline the image you are creating.

  1. What is your vision  of your event and the foreseen outcome? – Don’t be afraid to daydream a little and let your imagination run wild. You can tame it down during the execution stage.
  2. Who needs to be involved? – Of course, you are going to need a vendors and contact list, so this is your chance to start developing an idea of connections you need to tap and new acquaintances you need to make.
  3. What are the logistics necessary for you to understand to make this event happen? – Get ready to jot down some notes. Hello! Onedrive, Onenote, Google Drive. Decide if you will be the primary facilitator and working solo or if you need a team of coordinators to make this happen. The aforementioned applications will definitely help you whichever way you decide to go with you planning. All details  need to be delegated and assigned a deadline, so take note.
  4. How will the management team and coordinators communicate? – For emergency needs? For payments? For when everything is going wrong ? What methods of communication will be used?
  5. What is your event blueprint? Even the most spontaneous person is bound to need some structure and assistance. A blueprint helps you to address foreseeable crisis as well.
  6. What are all potential risk with this event? – Alcohol, allergies, safety risk, etc.
  7. What are your contingency plans? -There is nothing wrong with have a plan B, C, and even D.

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The Importance of sleep and a morning routine.



You probably know what it feels like to be exhausted and still have a list of things to do. You  probably also know what the difference is in the work you produce when you are well rested.

because of this we can see that getting adequate sleep and having a routine can truly help us to be rested and prepared to face the challenges and activities of the day.

Having a night-time regimen to help you get to sleep and feel rested is an important part of building and maintaining  a student’s academic career.

But why is sleep so important?

It’s widely noted that during the time we sleep, there is most like the chance for our body to heal/rejuvenate and that itself impacts our cognitive functions. Any lack of sleep we experience impacts the way we think, react, learn, and interact with people.

Sleep deficiency alters the way or brain functions and that thus impacts our body in total.

So remember, sleep is important for a number of things.

  • It improves memory.
  • It avoids impaired learning due to sleep deprevation.
  • It helps to sharpen your attention.
  • It can help to reduce stress.
  • It can improve your emotional well-being.

We should be getting at least a minimum of 6 hours a sleep per night, depending on the person. Be cognizant and if you believe you may have a sleep disorder seek help.

To develop a good sleep routine (Schedule):
  • First, identify the earliest identifiable hour you need to wake and plan to sleep no later than 6 hours from that time.
  • Allow for how long it will take you to fall asleep in your schedule.
  • Try to avoid napping or resting within 2 hours of bedtime.
  • Develop a before bed routine:
    • Cleaning
    • Grooming
    • Prepping for the next day.
  • Go to bed when you are sleepy. Use tea, etc to help wind you down.
Now set up a morning routine

For many students and families, the mornings are a flurry of trying to get out of the house and trying to not forget what you need.

Design and Scheme has already produced a discussion on how to develop a morning routine, but for student’s it is important to figure out what works for you.

As mentioned in the study schedule post, you should define whether or not you need to wake early or earlier. Depending on how early you get to school and if you have a study hall class, waking earlier can help you have a few more minutes of studying.

You should grab breakfast of some type. Parents and students can collaborate on quick meals and to go options.  Consider things like overnight oatmeal, smoothies packs that are prep to blend, muffins, etc. Or would you like to meet up with friends before school for a quick bite and some tea, cocoa, or coffee?

Exercise routines. Short exercise routines can help wake you up and get your blood and mind running.

Do you take lunch with you, eat out, or get lunch for school? Should you make time to prep it the night before?

These are just a few considerations to have when prepping a students morning routine.

Creating a study schedule


Having a study schedule, just like any other process for time management, helps you stay on track and be flexible. Your study schedule lets you know what to do to meet your academic and/or  knowledge goals. To create your study schedule  first you must define your needs.


What subject do I find most difficult?

What subject is easiest?

Which subject is most demanding?

What is the class test and quiz schedule?

There is no point to aimlessly studying your material with no set plan of what you want to accomplish, especially if studying is hard for you. It will simply overwhelm you, allow for distractions, and in many cases be a waste of your time.

A study schedule follows the same concepts as Design and Scheme Time Allocation Charts. The purpose is to make sure that every week you have set amount of time allotted to study. This gives you an idea of how much time and approximately what time of day is best for you to study while allowing for flexibility.


~ Am I productive after school or would waking early be better for my studying?

~ Do I have a separate area to study or will I need to use common  areas?

~ What times is the area I am studying the busiest?

~ Do I have the materials I need available to me?

A study schedule can also become a necessity for students with high involvement in resume building and networking activities.

A study schedule also helps with maintaining your general schedule and planner.

For those of you who are unaware of the use of a planner let’s review.

A planner is a book (or app for the techies) that allows you to create lists or charts that are your guide to scheduling or planning you time, whether by day, week, month, or year.

I suggest you have a paper copy even if you have a tech version. Having both is a very convenient method for having your schedule in all situations to avoid overlap.


We have already gone through allocating time and prioritizing task . Now we need to know exactly what to put in your planner.

In short anything and everything that requires a specific time slot or time period to get it done.

This includes deadlines, goals, schedules, meetings, and to-do list.

If you need help starting a new planner and staying consistent check out the planner mini guide.

Basic Locker/ Backpack/ Binder


Staying organized helps you to keep track of your necessities and always keep them within reach. This Basics guide helps you to make sure you have all the things you need without the unnecessary extras and to keep your study material organized.

Basic locker organization

Start with…

  1. Binders on the bottom. ½”  to 1″ depending on class needs.
  2. Textbooks stacked horizontally. I suggest you organize them by class though size and color are more visually appealing.
  3. You should have 1 primary notebook that you write all your class notes in before transcribing them  on top of the textbooks. Taking class notes then later rewriting them in a cleaner outline gives you time to become aquainted with the material.
  4. Extra Pencil case for your spare pencils and pens on top of the notebook or on the side of the binders.
  5. Folders with pockets and brads. Minimum 3
    • Homework folder to keep assignments and projects in one place.
    • Paperwork/Signature folder to keep important papers for parents and guardians.
    • Portfolio folder to transport papers to make copies to be added to the student portfolio.

*Should only have your daily necessities. Clean it out every night or no less than once a week.

  • Planner
  • Primary notebook
  • Main pen/pencil pouch – include highlighters, erasers, sticky notes ( large and small). Small sticky notes are good for marking important points.
  • Textbooks
  • Locker folders as needed.
Binder Basis

Your binder is the storage place for every piece of work you do without the school year. This is for you grade safety as well. Teachers are not perfect and they deal with more students than just you, so having an organized binder helps you to have all assignments ready in need of grade discussion or questions. It’s also a great help for your study schedule to be able to use everything given to you for study material.

Tabs to include:

  • Graded homework
  • Graded test
  • Notes/handouts
  • Practice/classwork
  • Projects
  • Sheet protectors
  • Notebook paper

Please note that these are the basics. Some classes will require more dividers and some teachers have a format that they recommend students use for their class.

Home desk

This is your command station for studying.  Now you don’t need to have an actual desk. Just a clean surface that you can spread out on and use a computer at ( as needed). You can store the items in a separate area. Give yourself a basket or box to transport them if needed.

  • 3″ binder with tabs.
    • You need to have enough dividers to mark each subject you are studying, as well as subdividers within each subject.
      • e.g. – Class tab > Typed class notes > Key notes ( key terms, dates, and flash card prep. >To know for midterm/finals. > Study outlines and study quizzes > Current projects
    • Keep your study schedules in the binder with  notes for individual days written in your planner.
  • Writing utensils
    • Colored pencils, markers, pencils, highlighters, pen
  • Portfolio building space
    • This is a space mostly in mind for high school students prepping for college, but that can be used for all types of students and activities that require a record of skills. Primarily this is the binder or folder that you use to keep a copy of your work that you think you can use. Some students may need additional space, but this is a baseline to store the demonstration of your skills. Most of this will help you prep for interviews because you have all relevant content in one place.
      • Skill proof
        • Copies of essays/reports with commentary or rubrics.
        • Artwork. For the portfolio binder, you can keep photos  or the original if it will fit with descriptions of the work and process.
        • Collaborative work
        • Personal essays and research
        • Community service log
        • List of books you have read and your thoughts about them.
        • Role model list
        • Goals list
        • C.V. Yes it is possible to start a C.V as young as school age.
        • Letter discussing portfolio items.
      • Computer
      • Stapler
      • Glue
      • 3 hole punch
      • Calendar to mark major events
      • Flash drive or cloud
      • Textbook area
      • Binder clips
      • In progress baskets
      • Post-it flags

Study tips to try this upcoming semester

This post is part of design and scheme’s  B2s prep week.
~Thoroughly complete all readings~

Many students do not complete their reading for their classes and this can really impact your grade depending on how you learn. Reading the educational material allows you gain context so that you can place facts in a story line.  The best thing to do is give yourself ample time to complete your reading by breaking it up into small consumable pieces per day, and to complete the following steps.


  1. Pre-scan all sections of reading to identify key points.
  2. Make a tentative outline.
  3. Read and Key Terms definitions provided.
  4. Read the entire reading and fill in the outline. Be sure to break up large chapters, sections, or pieces into smaller parts per day up until the day the reading is due.
~Write all dates, people, places, and concepts down.~

I’m mentioning this multiple times because these are the important pieces of detail. This is your key terms list that can later be turned into flashcards, timelines and can help expand

~Make Flashcards.~  

Flash cards are used to assist in learning by invoking three steps:  repetition, clue association, and active recollection. It is a method of self-testing that helps you to memorize concepts, improve your comprehension, and utilize visual learning.


  • Keep your cards simple and short.
  • Use categories.
  • Use questions.
  • Ask yourself questions.
  • Use the  front and back of physical cards.
  • Use key terms.
  • Use color.


  • You can use online sites and apps, like StudyBlue,
  • or you can use index cards and templates.
~Type all notes to make them orderly and accessible.~
~Try different types of note taking .~
  • Cornell notes are great for second drafts of notes and class notes, though free writing class notes in conjunction to pre-reading outlines make it so that you can focus more on what is being said in class.
~Print teacher power points and notes beforehand if you aren’t allowed technology in class.~
~Read through your notes every day.~
~Set up a study schedule for each class~
  • Include test, homework, projects and note taking.
  • Create an outline of important topics to use.
  • Take note of  problem areas you have and make time for them in your schedule. ex: extra study time/ practice problems.
  • Make a list of questions to ask your instructor for clarity.
~Exercise and study~

Accomplish two task at once. For some people, certain types of multitasking can help to imprint the material. Some exercises can help you to develop patterns and associations as well.

~Take frequent and short study breaks

Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed and bogged down. Allow yourself to rest and refresh yourself often.

Create a study group

Meet up with your peers to study. Identify each other’s strengths and weaknesses and use each other skill sets to help each other. At the very least you will start to develop skills that can help with tutoring if you are an active participant in the study group.

Listen to music~

Soothing classical or meditation music or music with a beat.  Remember patterns can help you and having multiple associations available to you can help on test day.

~Go into minimal tech mode~

There are extensions and computer apps like StayFocusd for Chrome  that allow you to set certain time periods for you to use your computer for entertainment so that you will not be distracted when you need to study.  Windows 10 allows parents to set up accounts for their children in which they can block access to certain sites and verify the account activity as needed. Students can set up the account themselves as well. Setting up a study schedule will help with this as well because you have a predetermined timetable of your needs established.

Removing distractions can help you if you find yourself studying for hours with no progress.

Event Storytelling – Part 2

Last week discussed what event storytelling is, how to begin planning your event, and the announcements. Now let’s continue to discuss the basics of designing your event production.

3) Develop the scene

You have established you process and sent out your invitation. Now it’s time to buckle down and find each piece of the puzzle.

What do you want people to see when they arrive? From the moment your out-of-town guest arrives for their accommodations to the moment they walk into the event, think of everything you can possibly do to enhance the experience while keeping in mind your focus and your budget.

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Let’s Talk – July 2016

Function Over Form


Function in this instance is a specific purpose an object exist to be used for.

Form is the shape of a thing or the way it is seen or experienced.

The discussion  between function and form is essentially the argument over aesthetic pleasure and the usefulness of an object.

However, the distinction is one that is quite useless. In financial terms, it is a waste. In planning terms, it is inefficient.

When you are getting organized you must take into consideration:

  • Your space
  • Your budget
  • The project
  • The motivation behind organizing
  • Your personal aesthetic preferences

You must discuss with yourself your needs and your wants.

Is the usefulness of this object the most important, or is the aesthetic appeal a higher priority?

The great thing about getting organized is that to do it effectively you must address it as the project that it is. Projects take time and active planning. The goal is to not have to repeatedly  address the same issue by wasting resources. So when you are addressing the issue of function over form you must clearly address the various facets of the project.

The function may be what you need at this moment, but will you use the functional item if you hate it?

The form may be more useful, but if it isn’t functional will it reverse all organizational progress you have made.

So the important concept is, what mixture of functions and form work for you. Don’t settle.


So Shalyse, why do processes matter?

Well, time management of course. One of Design and Scheme’s major themes is how controlling your schedule truly benefits your life. What better way to control your schedule than to create processes (or a thought out game plan for tackling the project).

When you have a busy schedule, you need to do everything you can to make it time 2productive. So that can mean establishing a before bed and morning routine combo to make sure you get out of the house on time with everything you need or even creating a detailed cleaning schedule to train yourself to continuously and consistently reduce clutter and keep items in established locations for easier accessibility.

Processes simply help with the removal of redundancy and controlling time-squandering habits.


Hello beautiful people and econuts. What are your opinions about function over form? How do you feel about creating processes? Drop a comment below.

Do you have a question that you want to be answered in our “Let’s Talk”? Email us at designandscheme@gmail.com to add your question to our list.

Upcoming projects to look forward to :

  • “Take Control of Your Time” – An on-demand e-class that discusses time management and how to allocate your personal resources to design your life. To be released Fall 2016. Keep on the lookout for the pre-registration and that comes with a free gift that keeps giving.
  • Bi-Weekly group support sessions – A time that will be used to chat and ask questions to Design and Scheme’s founder and your peers. This will be a mini-lecture, discussion, Q&A, and open discussion format. To be released August  2016. Dates to be announced. Check the website for updates.
  • Currently, there is an eBook in the works that covers the major themes of Design and Scheme’s personal organization mission and how to apply those concepts to your life with or without your personal consultant.

There will be individual pages for each project under the “Design and Scheme Projects” tab. All updates and schedules will be posted there, with the occasional update posted on social media. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.


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Basic Cleaning Schedule – Monthly Cleaning

This is a guide to be used and tailored to work for you. This will be a small series with a printable on the last article. Here is part 1 and part 2.

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Monthly schedules are dealing with more time-consuming projects that go unnoticed or are overlooked due to time demands from external sources. Use this guide to help schedule your monthly cleaning task.


  • Clean Bedroom Windows/Window Sill/ Window Apron
  • Flip Mattress
  • Clean Ceiling Fan
  • Reorganize Dresser
  • Reorganize Closet
  • Purge unwanted clothing.
  • Clean pillows and Blankets


  • Scrub out the refrigerator and freezer.
  • Clean out and reorganize pantry.
  • Clean out the utensil drawers.
  • Deep clean stove and oven.
  • Clean back-splash.
  • Clean stove hood.
  • Clean Microwave.
  • Clean Coffee pot.


  • Scrub shower curtain
  •  Wash cloth curtains
  • Clean out bathroom closet/linen closet.
  • Clean out cabinets.
  • Organize medicine cabinet.

Living Room:

  • Clean patio/balcony door.
  • Clean behind and under furniture.


Remember to shampoo your carpets periodically.

Dust light fixtures.

Dust Knicks-Knacks and painting.

Polish all wood furniture.

Change out vacuum bags/wash filters.

Clean screens periodically.

To summarize, the purpose of this series was not to tell you that you are messy. It is to demonstrate how you can create processes in all facets of your life to help make things easier to manage. I hope you find this guide useful to creating a schedule that helps you manage your clutter.

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Basic Cleaning Schedule – Weekly Cleaning

This is a guide to be used and tailored to work for you. This will be a small series with a printable on the last article. Here is part 1 and part 3.

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Implementing a weekly  schedule helps with further clutter and cleaning maintenance, thus reducing the time needed for the deep cleans. You know what that mean? More time for you to dedicate to your personal and professional pursuit.

Alright, so here is the next basic list in the series. This will cover the same basic cleaning needs by rooms, but those that are needed,  weekly.


  • Pick up clutter*.
  • Move recycling to the main container.
  • Empty trash
  • Change sheets
  • Dust surfaces.
  • Wipe down baseboard.
  • Clean light switch.
  • Vacuum


  • Wipe out cabinets, appliances, and cabinets.
  • Wipe down baseboard.
  • Clean the dishwasher.
  • Clean out the garbage disposer
  • Clean out the refrigerator.
  • Clean out the oven.
  • Wipe down the dish rack.
  • Clean light switch.
  • Wipe down the bar top.
  • Clean out the garbage can.
  • Sweep and mop the floor.


  • Clean light switch.
  • Wipe the baseboard.
  • Scrub the bathtub/tile/shower head.
  • Empty the trash.
  • Clean off the entire toilet ( from top to bottom).
  • Sweep and mop the floor.


  • Clean out the fireplace.
  • Clean off surfaces.
  • Air out the couch.
  • Dust surfaces.
  • Check/reorganize bookshelves.
  • Vacuum

*There are  2 ways to do this. 1) Go around with a small basket for each  room and place misplace items in the basket to sort into the proper place during the weekly deep clean. 2) Work on efficient and quick ways to put away your clutter. The second option will take more time and trial and error. Let these be your only two or part of your only few options.


  • Other optional pieces are washing the bathroom rugs and couch cushions.
  • Go through papers to organize and purge the unnecessary ones.

Products that may help:

What are some of your weekly cleaning tips?

Basic Cleaning Schedule – Daily Cleaning

This is a guide to be used and tailored to work for you. This will be a small series with a printable on the last article.  Here is part 2 and part 3.

The goal of the Daily Cleaning is to eventually come to a place where your daily pick up  is a 15-30 minute breeze (no more than 1 hour). This will help you to reduce and sort through clutter and to help keep things in their place so that you can be organized to an extent that works for you.

Remember that organization looks different for various people due to various needs, tics, and preferences.

Being organized is not about being perfect. It’s about making things easier, more efficient, and less stressful for YOU  by establishing structure and boundaries for yourself. So let’s start with the basics

So let’s start with the basics. Here I am providing a template based on singles and partnerships with no children in a one bedroom. This is the base that you build on and it should be fairly easy to do. If you need assistance , drop us a message.



  • Make bed


  • Clean breakfast dishes.
  • Put breakfast materials away.
  • Wipe down counters.


  • Put away  grooming materials*.


  • Put clothes away.
  • Separate dirty clothes.
  • Stain treat clothing.
  • Pick up clutter*.


  • Dishes.
  • Wipe down and Sanitize sink.
  • Wipe down the stove top.
  • Wipe down counters.
  • Wipe off the cabinets.
  • Sweep.


  • Wipe off the sink and faucet.
  • Swoosh the toilet bowl.
  • Wipe off the toilet seat and rim.
  • Spray daily cleaner in the shower.
  • Wipe off the counter.
  • Wipe off the mirror.


  • Clear off tables.*
  • Clear off couch and straighten cushions.
  • Pick up clutter.*

*There are  2 ways to do this. 1) Go around with a small basket for each  room and place misplace items in the basket to sort into the proper place during the weekly deep clean. 2) Work on efficient and quick ways to put away your clutter. The second option will take more time and trial and error. Let these be your only two or part of your only few options.

Quick clean note

In our house, we use lots of disinfectant wipes. That makes wipe downs easier, but it can be costly and not environmentally compassionate.

The solution:

DIY Reusable wipes


  • Minimum of 34 oz  airtight container or jar
  • Minimum of 15 clothes or wash clothes.
  • Minimum of 32 oz of preferred disinfectant cleaner. Suggested: Alcohol or white vinegar.
  • Optional: Scissors, scrap cloth, old t-shirts


  1. If you have not pre-purchased wash clothes, use scrap fabric and old t-shirts to cut wipe like stripes of cloth.-
  2. Stuff the cloth into the jar until full, not overflowing. Remember we will need to add liquid to it.
  3. Pour liquid over cloth  until covered. Allow to sit to completely saturate cloth.
  4.  After cloth is saturated, add liquid until the container is full.
  5. Close the lid and you are done with your reusable wipes. As you use the wipes set them aside to dry and add to a your weekly whites laundry cycle, then re-stuff the jar.

Coming up in this series: Weekly Clean