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tasks

Do You Have Time?

By choice, Organizing Strategies, Planning, prepare, prioritizing, projects, small steps, tasks, Time Management

Do you wonder how some people seem to have more time in their day? You know, these are the people who accomplish many of their tasks during the day. They plow through their ‘to-do’ lists and still have time to exercise or relax over lunch with a friend. Other people struggle to get even two items crossed off their ‘to-do’ list. Why is this? We all have the same number of hours in each day to use so why is it that some people accomplish more in the same amount of time? I think we’re all so busy – our…

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Daily Routines?

By chores, tasks

Do you have routines that you follow day in and day out? Did you know that having a routine can save you time? Routines save you time because the tasks that  make up the routine are simple and easy to complete in one or two steps. When you do these simple short tasks one followed by the other chores get done quickly! What sorts of tasks do you think I’m talking about? Which tasks will help you start your day? My daily routines involve tasks that help me feel settled as I head out the door. I make the bed,…

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Think Replacement…

By Closets, home organizing, Organizing Strategies, over-abundance, projects, tasks

I often get asked how to organize a closet. Something to remember is that we generally wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the tIme! You know which clothes are your favorites. Since this is true, why are closets so full to over-flowing? My suspicion is that garments are not replaced. By that I mean when shopping for yourself, are you replacing something that is worn or that is either too big or too small or are you shopping because you’d like a new outfit? If you have children, this is something you do already – I hope. First, you sort through their clothes. As…

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Let’s Get Started

By celebrate, 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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Resolutions

By celebrate, goals, healthy, projects, schedule, tasks

Do you make a New Year’s Resolution? I used to. It generally involved promising myself to exercise more and eat healthier meals – snack less. I just read a post on Facebook from a life coach about her top 10 New Year’s resolutions. I loved reading them because they were all about doing small things for yourself. They were something like: rest more, let myself off the hook, schedule fun everyday…. these are wonderful to remember and not to hard to keep. The resolutions that I used to make – promises to myself – were never kept. Well, maybe they…

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Unfulfilling Tasks

By chores, Garden, home organizing, maintenance, schedule, tasks, volunteer activities

I saw this expression last week in an interview between my friend and colleague,Linda Samuels, and Francine Jay. Francine is a minimalist. In fact, she is known as Miss Minimalist. Francine told Linda in the interview that being a minimalist involved not making unnecessary purchases, getting rid of unused belongings, and also eliminating unfulfilling tasks. Doing these three things opens your life up and allows you to live more fully. I will typically advise my clients to stop making unnecessary purchases. You save lots of money by only buying what you really need and not giving in to impulse shopping….

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Tomorrow?

By Organizing Strategies, procrastinate, schedule, small steps, tasks

Do you like to put things (tasks) off to do tomorrow? If you do, I bet if you think about it you’ll admit that the things you put off until tomorrow continue to be put off again and again. The other expression of this action is procrastination. Sometimes I find that another more time sensitive task has appeared on my ‘to-do’ list and because my time is finite – I have only the time I have in which to take care of tasks – something gets bumped off my today list and rescheduled. That word – rescheduled – is key here. I…

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

By chores, focus, Organizing Strategies, paper, Piles, Planning, prioritizing, schedule, small steps, tasks

What do you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed? Do you walk away from whatever it is that is overwhelming you? Many of my clients are challenged by that feeling of overwhelm. It doesn’t matter if it is piles of paper, too much to do and too little time, too many emails to respond to or deal with or too many household chores when you’re feeling overwhelmed you don’t know where to start. My advice is to pick a place and start small. If we’re talking about household chores, look at your calendar, figure out how much time you can give…

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Wins!

By celebrate, goals, kindness, Planning, projects, small steps, tasks

Once a month I attend a meeting with several other women. Some of the women have known each other for years and years. They started out decades ago as colleagues and have maintained their friendships. They have a beautiful history together. I joined this group about a year ago. I’m just getting to know most of these women. However, two of the women in the group are colleagues of mine, fellow professional organizers. We three have known each other for about seven years. So, as you might imagine, it’s a very friendly group. This is my goals group. I am so thankful…

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Inch it?

By goals, Organizing Strategies, Planning, prepare, projects, realistic, schedule, small steps, tasks

I was reading the July 2013 issue of Real Simple magazine the other day. I always read the entire magazine – cover to cover – and always take away something valuable. Sometimes it’s a new idea for decorating, sometimes a new way to repurpose a common tool. This week was no exception. One of my favorite regular features in the magazine is something called ‘Your Words’. This is a piece where readers respond to a question posed by the magazine. This month’s question is: What saying do you most often repeat?  One of the responses was “Inch it!” The responder tells the…

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