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Start Your Holiday Planning Now!

By Budget, calendar, clothes, expectations, flexible, holiday decorating, holiday gifts, holidays, memories, Planning, relax, self-care

I know, it’s still October. However, the truth is that the holidays are right around the corner. Start your holiday preparations now to avoid stressing out during the holidays. I asked Alexa to give me the numbers today (Sunday, October 20th). As of this date there are 11 days until Halloween, 39 days until Thanksgiving, 62 days until Hanukkah, and 66 days until Christmas. Halloween is not officially a holiday but to me it feels like Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season. I recommend beginning your planning now so that you set aside time to: Plan Holiday Meals:…

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Relax – You’ll Get More Things Done

By accomplish, Back to School, calendar, overwhelm, relax

Have you ever noticed how little you get done when you are stressing, anxious, or upset? You spend time worrying about all the things you have to do and little time focusing on getting things done. It’s overwhelming and frustrating! Think about how much you could do if you took the time and energy you spent on worrying and applied it to your task list. I am, I think, in the middle of one of the busiest times of my life and that is saying a lot! I think back to other busy times; when I moved our family from…

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Life is a Juggling Act

By accomplish, calendar, calendar schedule, Organizing Strategies, organizing tips, Time Management

Do you find this is true for you? Do you juggle lots of things?  Sometimes I feel like a circus performer. In my act, I’m on a see-saw, trying to make it balanced so that I can juggle the colorful balls successfully. Can you see it? One side of the see-saw, in my mind, is my home and family, the other side is my work. I balance the see-saw between my home and my work. The truth is that one side or the other gets more attention it’s never truly balanced. It’s fine for me as long as the see-saw…

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Organizing Your Time?

By accomplish, calendar, goals, home inventory, HomeZada, organize, plan, prioritizing, procrastinate, projects, schedule, Time Management

How do you organize your time? Can you organize your time? This is a trick question.  There are many things I can and do organize very well but time? That’s another question. You see, no one can hold onto time. I believe time itself is already very organized. There are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour and 24 hours in each day – everyday. We can all agree that these are facts. Time doesn’t need to be organized. What can be organized, however, is how you plan your day, the things you want to do and…

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Can You Ever Really Be Done?

By accomplish, calendar, calendar schedule, change, hobbies, needlepoint, Organizing Strategies, plan, prioritizing, schedule, self-care

  I want to continue a discussion about getting to the bottom of your ‘to-do’ list. I talked last week about finishing the tasks on your ‘to-do’ list and a strategy I have been using with great success! The strategy is to assign a group of tasks related to a specific topic to a day. Now, I’m wondering if any of you reading this have ever felt the way I do on occasion. Sometimes I find myself thinking ‘when I get this, this, and this done then I will have time to relax and take care of something I really…

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Going from ‘To-Do’ to Done

By accomplish, calendar, NAPO Conference, Organizing Strategies, prioritizing, procrastinate, projects, schedule, tasks

How long is your ‘to-do’ list? Do you have some things that never seem to leave it? I think you know what I’m talking about. These are the things that you just don’t really want to do so you leave them to the end of the day when you realize that you simply don’t have time to do them. Then you transfer those things to the list for the next day. I wonder if any of you reading this have ever done that? Actually, I’m sure you have but the question is really will you admit to doing it? I…

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Pack Your Patience

By attitude, calendar, celebrate, family, holidays, kindness, patience, schedule

Are you traveling for the holidays? Maybe you are visiting family or maybe family is coming to visit you? Perhaps you’re spending the holidays with good friends? Whatever your plans be sure to pack your patience. Traveling at this time of year whether you are traveling by plane, train or automobile can be stressful. Lots of people are on the road. Holiday expectations are high. I know that whenever I’m traveling during the holidays I simply can’t wait to get where I’m going and for the FUN to begin. Do you ever feel that way? So, the slightest delay can…

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Now What? The Perfect Time?

By action, appreciation, calendar, prioritizing, procrastinate, projects, schedule

Is there such a thing as “the perfect time”? Sometimes we look for the perfect time to do .. you can fill in the blank with whatever project is looming on your horizon. Often we think something like this project will take a long time. Then we go on to say to ourselves ‘there’s no point in starting it now because I don’t have enough time’. I tell clients to take just five minutes to get that project underway. My clients are always amazed by how much they can get done in the five to ten minutes that they have…

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Let’s Get Started

By accomplish, calendar, celebrate, donate, Planning, projects, schedule, small steps, tasks

I don’t know about you but many times I start a project with a picture of what the end will look like to me. I also typically will have an end time in mind. Is this true for you, too? When you think about beginning a project do you have a vision of the finished project in your mind’s eye along with a completed by date? What happens next? Well, for me, I break the project down into small steps. I like to write each step on a separate line. If I do it on the computer I print it…

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Shopping for Gifts

By appropriate, calendar, holiday gifts, Planning, schedule

This is the time of year when most of us are looking for gifts for our family and friends. I want to offer you some tried and true tips for staying on task and getting your shopping and wrapping done without too much fuss and bother. First of all, make a complete list of the people to whom you are giving gifts. Next, think about the sorts of things that each person likes. Do you want to buy a gift to wrap or would this person like to join you for an afternoon at a spa or a trip to…

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