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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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Feeling Overwhelmed?

By calendar schedule, celebrate, holiday decorating, holidays

It’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed at this time of the year. There’s so much going on! There are always work projects, household projects, and then add to that preparing for the holidays. How do you get these things done without stressing over them? I have a few tips to share with you. Let’s talk about shopping for the holidays. If you haven’t done so already, make a list of everyone you’re shopping for. If you’re shopping online, make a note by the person’s name of what you purchased, how much it cost, and when it is expected to arrive….

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De-Cluttering Method

By accomplish, De-Cluttering, recycle, tasks, Time Management

I’ve been talking about and thinking about decluttering methods. I want to tell you about a decluttering method called the pomodoro -technique This technique asks you to set a timer for 25 minutes and then get to work. The idea is that you focus on one task for that length of time. When the times goes off, you take a 5-minute break. Get something to drink, stretch, do whatever you want for 5 minutes to refresh yourself. Then set the timer for another 25 minutes. If you haven’t completed the original task, go back to it and pick up where…

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New Routines and Habits

By change, chores, family, habits, Routines, self-care, Time Management

I wrote several posts earlier this fall about routines and habits. I’m circling back to this topic because I recently spent the best weekend with my son, daughter-in-law and their baby – my first grandchild! This baby was born in mid-October and so was very new in this world. My son and his wife very quickly figured out that their previously established routines and habits would have to change. They needed to create new routines and habits to accommodate this addition to their family. They had read lots of books on child-care, but nothing ever really prepares you for the…

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ICD Conference Highlights: Part 2 Time and Tasks

By accomplish, chores, dementia, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, procrastinate, strategy, Time Management

Here’s a brief recap for those of you who didn’t see last week’s blog. At the end of September, I attended the ICD (the Institute for Challenging Disorganization) conference in St. Louis, Missouri. I regularly attend this conference for several reasons. One, I’m always eager to connect with fellow ICD organizers. Two, this conference is smaller and more intimate. Three, I love the education. Taking classes and improving my knowledge regarding organizing skills and strategies is important to me. This year was special as I was the 2017 ICD conference chairperson! Last week, I talked about the speaker who gave…

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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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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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Do You Have Time?

By accomplish, choice, daily list, 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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The Holidays are Coming!

By accomplish, action, baking, celebrate, chores, daily routine, holiday gifts, Planning, prepare, schedule, Time Management

Have you noticed that advertising and talking about the holidays has started already? In the October issue of Better Homes and Gardens there was a short paragraph about grocery shopping for the holidays. It mentioned that you can save money by buying some non-perishable ingredients in bulk now before the holiday rush begins in earnest. The cover of the November issue of Real Simple magazine talks about holiday entertaining made easy. Real Simple magazine is referring specifically to Thanksgiving but really you can apply the tips to other holiday gatherings. I was shopping at a mall in Atlanta over the…

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Take Time to Save Time

By accomplish, attitude, calendar, daily list, daily routine, goals, Organizing Strategies, prioritizing, schedule, tasks, Time Management

Quite often I hear things like this from my clients: I don’t know where to start; I have so much to do, I don’t know what to do first; I sit around and think of all the things I have to take care of and by the time I’ve decided what to do I don’t have time to do it. Do any of these phrases sound familiar to you? Do you ever find yourself wondering what task to begin first or having so much to do that you spend all of your time trying to remember all those things and…

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