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Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

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Benjamin Franklin is credited with coming up with a lengthier version of this saying. Sir Winston Churchill created his own version. Both these wise leaders are letting us know that if you don’t have a plan you will most likely fail at whatever it is you are attempting. Why Plan? The best reason to plan is to succeed. When you have a plan, you don’t float through the day letting whatever happens to happen. You get things done. Your appointments and job are scheduled. You can fit other tasks like errands, chores, and self-care around the scheduled events. If you…

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Be More Productive and Less Busy

By accomplish, plan, Productive, Productivity, tasks, Time, Time Management

We all want to be more productive but sometimes we are just busy doing stuff. We find lots of little things to do. This makes us feel like we are being productive and sometimes we are. Other times. However, we are just busy. Here are some tips to use so that you can be more productive and less busy. Ask yourself: Is this the best use of my time right now? When you find yourself scurrying around doing all sorts of little tasks ask yourself this question. This may make you pause and think. Is there one thing to do…

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The Holidays are Almost Here. Are You Prepared?

By appreciation, focus, holiday gifts, holidays, overwhelm, plan

We all know the holidays are coming. Television and email ads have bombarded us for months now. My local tv station gives a countdown – and today marks 9 days until Christmas and only 8 more shopping days. Nothing like a little pressure. Are you overwhelmed? Gifts need to be purchased and delivered, holiday parties given and/ or attended, holiday dinners organized, and holiday outfits put together. Giving Gifts: While the intentions of the massive amounts of advertising are to give us ideas of things to give our loved ones, they also give us the feeling that if we aren’t…

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3 Tips to Keep Festive Family Dinners Festive

By family, organize, plan

No matter what you’re celebrating: Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas or a family celebratory dinner if you’re gathering lots of people with multiple generations it can be stressful. Not just in the preparing – there’s lots of advice to help you get organize with the preparations – but also in the event itself. If your family is anything like mine there are lots of personalities – from the happy go lucky all the way to the downright argumentative. Tip #1 Where to sit If you’re hosting a seated dinner plan the seating at the table (or tables) in such a way as…

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Remember Your Routines

By flexible, holidays, plan, prepare, Routines, schedule

Halloween has come and gone. We are back to standard time. I am very thankful for that since I walk my dogs early in the morning and it had been staying dark until after I was already home. Things are about to get crazy busy with holiday events, holiday shopping, holiday parties and the holidays themselves. How do you maintain your equilibrium? Stick to your routines! Routines serve to guide us through various parts of our day. Your morning routine may involve some household chores. Mine involves walking my dogs, watering my plants, and (on certain days) doing laundry. Then…

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What Kind of Clutter Do You Have?

By Clutter, focus, Mental Clutter, mindful, Organizing Strategies, overwhelm, plan, prioritizing, schedule

Did you know that there are several different types of clutter? The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about clutter is physical clutter. This kind of clutter is obvious. You can see it, touch it, and sometimes taste it and smell it. PHYSICAL CLUTTER: Examples of physical clutter are piles of magazines, unopened mail in piles, shoes left around on the floor in no apparent order, clothes piled on chairs, toys left laying around, cleaning supplies, dirty tissues or paper towels, used plates and cutlery. I bet you can think of even more examples of physical…

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Situational Disorganization

By accomplish, delegate, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, overwhelm, plan, Priority, Routines, situational disorganization, strategy

What is situational disorganization? It is disorganization resulting from a new and different, sometimes temporary situation. This type of disorganization can be overwhelming, stressful and lead to feelings of anxiety. Some examples of situational disorganization are: Moving Divorce Death of a loved one Remodeling your home New baby Newly diagnosed illness I’m experiencing situational disorganization first hand because my kitchen is being remodeled. I moved everything out of my kitchen and the sitting area adjacent to the kitchen. I piled everything into my dining room so that I could still use my living room. The entry into the living and…

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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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Feeling Overwhelmed?

By action, attitude, calendar schedule, daily routine, focus, Garden, lists, overwhelm, plan, schedule, school, small steps, tasks, volunteer activities

It’s not unusual to feel a bit overwhelmed at this time of year. Why? Well, if you have children there are all the end of year school activities. These include awards ceremonies, class parties, prom, graduation ceremonies and parties, athletic competitions and the list goes on. If you don’t have children the groups you belong to may be winding down, finishing up activities. Then there is the yard. If you live in the South you may be changing out the winter annual plants and replacing them with the spring/summer colorful annuals. If you live in the North you may be…

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