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Feeling Overwhelmed? You’re Not Alone

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Feeling overwhelmed can stump even the most productive of us. We can’t expect ourselves to do everything all the time. Do it all We think we can do it all, all the time: manage our home, take care of the children, maintain a relationship with our partner, go to work, tend the garden, take care of the pets, keep up with the laundry, make yummy meals and the list goes on. Technology doesn’t help Technology adds to feeling overwhelmed. We are constantly bombarded by technology. Our phones make different sounds to indicate a text was received, an email has arrived,…

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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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Plan to Be On Time

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I imagine you plan to be on time to your appointments. I don’t know about you, but I love to be on time or early. I always have either a book, a magazine, or a clipped article to read with me. And, there is always Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to catch up on. So, if I’m early I have plenty to keep myself occupied for the time I wait. Respect When I make an appointment with someone, I show that I respect the time they have allotted to share with me by planning to be on time. Being on time…

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Prepare to Write Your Thank You Notes

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It’s easier to write your thank you notes when you are prepared. Make a mental note that this is your intention. We know that buying gifts, wrapping them and making sure the person receives them takes a lot of thought. It is a sign of good manners to express your thanks within a reasonable amount of time. Before the holidays Before the holidays, we organize our list of gifts to buy. Make sure we have plenty of wrapping paper, ribbon, scotch tape, and tags. The final step is to either send the gifts to the recipients or bring them with…

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The Holidays are Almost Here. Are You Prepared?

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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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Remember Your Routines

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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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Start Your Holiday Planning Now!

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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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Organize Your Closet

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Do you have lots and lots of clothes? Take some time and organize your closet. I’ve been talking about the concept of good enough. The definition is a personal one. What may be good enough for me may not be good enough for you. Think about that as I talk about organizing your closet and clothes. No matter the size of your closet unless you purposefully put your clothes away it can devolve into a disaster area quickly. Instead of letting your clothes drop into a heap on the closet floor, put them away. Let’s talk about the different types…

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Relax – You’ll Get More Things Done

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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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Feeling Overwhelmed?

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5 Tips for dealing with the feeling We all feel overwhelmed from time to time.  Maybe we feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in our homes. Or maybe we feel overwhelmed because we get over-scheduled, over-worked, over-committed and want to get everything done on time and done well. How do I know this? I fall victim to doing exactly the things I mentioned above. I agree to take on almost everything I’m asked to do. Why do I do that? Well, because I like doing things for other people and I’m really good at getting things done. Why do…

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