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change

Moving Again?!

By | accomplish, change, Chaos, moving, unpacking

Yes, I took some time off writing this blog because I was preparing to move again. I did what I tell all my clients to do. I took a long hard look at my things. I emptied out cupboards and only packed that which I really wanted to take with me. I donated some things, sold some things and put some things out for the trash. And I scheduled 3 appointments with a professional organizer. Yes. Even professional organizers need some guidance and encouragement when tackling difficult tasks! Then the move happened. I didn’t go far – only about 8…

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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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What Do You Model?

By | action, attitude, behavior, body language, change, choice

  No, I’m not asking if you model clothes or if you are featured in magazines. I’m more interested in what behavior you model for the people in your life. Oh, do I have your attention? Have you ever heard the expression “monkey see, monkey do”? Well this expression describes what often happens. Think about the people in your life who you admire. Do you copy some of the things they do or say? For instance, if someone you admire says ‘I like ….’ (you can fill in the blank) I think you might be inclined to agree with them….

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Reward Yourself

By | accomplish, appreciation, celebrate, change, goals, habits

Over the last several weeks I’ve been talking to you about creating change in your habits. The way to go about making a lasting change and the benefits of taking small steps toward your stated goal. This week I’m talking about the benefits of rewards. I don’t know about you but I do my best work when there is a reward to work for. Now, the reward is not always an object. I like to treat myself: to an extra hour of reading time a mani/pedi a massage or a movie complete with popcorn! Sometimes my reward is the joy…

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Baby Steps?

By | accomplish, action, assistance, change, choice, consistent, goals, small steps

  I wrote last week about taking small steps toward your stated goal. But, why take small steps? Why not just dive in and really make an impact? The reason is simply if you want to make lasting change, to create a new habit, the best way to do so is by being gentle with yourself and implementing the change over time. Taking small steps allows your body and mind to get used to a shift in the pattern. Your inner voice might talk to you and say something like ‘this isn’t so bad, next time let’s do a little…

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New Habits for a New Year

By | action, behavior, change, errands, exercise, goals

Did you identify a habit to change? Perhaps you just want to shake up your routine. Take your time and change your habit little by little. If you’ve decided to lose a few pounds then why not start by reducing the size of your portions? You can even trick yourself by using a smaller plate. That way the portions look right for the size of the plate! If you decided to work out more often why not start by taking a short walk every day and then gradually increasing the distance you walk and the pace you set. There’s a…

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Changes?

By | accomplish, action, behavior, change, chores, Clients, effort, goals

  So, now that we are really and truly into the New Year it’s time to act on the resolutions we made. I told you already that the big change I’m making in my weekly routine is to set Monday mornings aside to take care of business housekeeping. I resolved to keep those hours to myself. I have decided that I will not take care of errands or allow myself to book a client on a Monday morning. What habit did you decide to change? Did you decide to work out more often? To lose a few pounds? To take…

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Now, what did you do this year?

By | accomplish, appreciation, celebrate, change, focus, goals

  As the new year is dawning and 2015 is drawing to a close I want to take a little time to reflect back on this past year. I do this to remind myself of the many things I accomplished. Sometimes it’s easier to remember the things that have gone wrong, to focus on the things left undone. I think back through the year month by month. I keep a paper calendar so this is a fairly easy task. I can look at the weeks and see the appointments I kept, the places I went and the projects I worked on. I…

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Planning

By | accomplish, action, change, errands, home organizing, implement, laundry, Organizing Strategies, Planning, prioritizing, projects, schedule

Do you have a plan for the day? Do you have a general idea of what you’re going to do or what you want to accomplish today? I’m sure you have places you have to be – perhaps work or appointments – that are accompanied by a specific time. That takes up part of your day. What about the rest of your day? Do you have friends you want to call or meet up with? Do you have errands you want to do? Perhaps you have a project like reorganizing a room on your mind. How or when will you…

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Small changes?

By | action, change, information, laundry, Organizing Strategies, Piles, prepare

Sometimes a small change in the way we do things can have a really HUGE impact. One of my clients had the habit of waiting until April 14th to begin gathering the information needed to prepare his taxes. It would take him all day and most of the night of the 14th to gather everything together, figure out what he had to do, download the forms, etc. You get the idea, I’m sure. Maybe some of you do this very same thing. Last year, we created a current tax year file. All tax related information went into the file. I…

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