You haven't heard from me in awhile, because I've been involved in over a month of activities! December was so incredibly exciting and filled with fabulous opportunities with NAPO and other entrepreneurs. And there's more coming!
So here's the fun I've been having with my NAPO-MN group. In December, NAPO-MN partnered with #Bridging, and #Leonardo'sBasement to assemble kitchen gadget packets! It was a super fun event. You can see more about it here.
Ironically enough, I had just had my own personal experience with the dire need for a can opener. Fortunately a friend came to my rescue without even knowing it. More to come on that, but my lesson for December was that of all the kitchen tools you could ever donate, a good sturdy can opener is always a stellar go-to.
I also have been learning all sorts of new organizing concepts online through NAPO-MN website. (sorry, you have to be a member to listen) It's my goal for 2019 to continue my education online so that I can bring my clients all the latests techniques and processes. What a better way to learn than from the experts in #organizing and #productivity.
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Keep tuning in cause it's going to be a transformational year!
Yes, you can be productive from the couch!
Here are ten productivity tasks you can do from your comfy couch under 30 minutes.
A little accomplishment can feel like a lot. And it will help clear out that mental clutter along the way.
To your most organized and productive self!
"I got no deeds to do
No promises to keep
I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me
Life, I love you
All is groovy" - Simon and Garfunkel
Wouldn't it be awesome to feel like THAT this time of year?
With Black Friday just around the corner, are you feeling stressed out already? Are your mental lists piling up? Are you over anticipating expectations? Do you already have anxiety about finances? Do you worry about people coming to your home?
Unfocused energy is like a hamster on an exercise wheel. Focused energy creates movement - towards a goal, an organized space or better feeling of well being.
If you're feeling like that hamster or just feeling overwhelmed or stuck, maybe it's time to create a new plan. A plan that optimizes your personal time and energy groove. Or if you just need a hand getting it all done, I can help with that too!
To your most Groovy Self
Sometimes it just takes time to do things. And usually it's more time than we plan for. So when things don't happen as we anticipated we have to adapt and make changes.
Now if you know me, you know that for the last several years I've been through a lot of changes in my life.. And that's resulted in a LOT of changes in lifestyle, energy and time. So when I heard about this webinar with Professional Organizer Linda Samuels I was especially curious to hear what she had to say. She was amazing!
What I was reminded was that it's not about whatever change is going on. It's not about the substantial amount of emotions change brings. It's about managing the process. That's it.
We are in a constant state of change. And it's ok.
To your best ever changing self.
It's the day after daylight savings and I bet some of you feel like your internal clock is like this. I bet it didn't really feel like you got an extra hour. Why? We gave it away to something that was important to us. (Sleep anyone?)
I heard once that everything in our house is there because we allow it in. The same could be said for our time. We allow our calendars to be just as full as our homes.
Move beyond intention to do more with the time you have. Write your goals on a sheet and move those items INTO your calendar. If you are finding you need more time (or energy) to accomplish them, keep allowing time (and energy) to do so.
Now about resetting the clock on the stove....
.Earlier this week I posted that we spend a lot of time watching tv. That got me feeling a little guilty about how much time I waste especially since a lot of times I'm just channel surfing so I don't have to watch commercials.
I firmly believe that life is about balance...and negotiation! So instead of channel surfing, I'm going to start surface surfing. And I came up with a list of areas that need a damp cloth to surf over them. All you need is a water bottle with a little vinegar and essential oil in it. Or you can try my favorite duster and window cloth It will get you up and off the couch while still allowing you to enjoy your favorite shows.
By spending some time cleaning you also find that you begin to clear items out of your home. You find that there are things that simply needed to find their way back to their homes...or not!
To your most organized self and finding Peace by Piece
Take a look at the following list and tell me which one you would rather do.
But if you did those other things instead
Start by putting 3 times on your calendar to pay intentional attention to collect and organize your information. By breaking it up into small pieces the task is not so overwhelming.
To your most organized self Peace by Piece,
Did you know that we've gone from being exposed to about 500 ads a day back in the 1970's to as many as 5,000 a day today. According to President of the Marketing Firm Yankelovich, Jay Walker-Smith "it's a non-stop blitz of advertising messages."
That's ads alone. The average daily media intake is currently being calculated according to the NYT is 34 Gigabites per day!
So how do we filter this information. Organization of course! This allows you to spend intentional attention to what's in front of you and create a fabulous time management habit in the process.
There's a lot of information coming at us like a tidal wave. And in order to process it we need a process to filter that water! By breaking it down into smaller droplets we are able to give our focused attention to what's in front of us - Peace by Piece
To your most organized self!
Keeping track of tax deductible items and receipts is as easy as taking a picture. And since a picture is worth a thousand words it’s the perfect way to capture those tax items.
Create an album on your cell phone – name it “2014 Tax Info”. Place the following “photo docs” into this album.
Take a photo of your Salvation Army and Goodwill receipts. Be sure to snap a photo of the clothing and/or household items donated as well!
Take a photo of tax documents and unreimbursed work expenses occurring mid-year, like stock sales, work tools, or K-12 school expenses.
Take a photo of your business receipts. Name it “Meals 012214” (expense category and date in 6 digit format). Depending on volume of tax documents, it may be a good idea to create a new album called “2014 Biz Receipts”. Be consistent with your photo names, it will make sorting and finding a specific receipt easier down the road.
Back up your photos on a regular basis. Create a download file on your computer or tablet or utilize an online/cloud based storage system to keep your portfolio safe.
To your most organized self - Peace by Piece.
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I want to share some love with you. I am hearing a lot of people talking about how they are getting stressed out for the holidays. This is is when the you need to go back to basics and give yourself some compassion and give it all a KISS.
No one needs more "stuff" in their homes. So what does that leave? Here are 15 simple gifts that are always appreciated. I have given and received many of these and they were much appreciated at the time. (Number 10 is always a goodie.)
A gift given with love and intent is always a well received by everyone. Just keep it simple and enjoy a peaceful season together.
To your Most Peaceful Self.
Welcome to my blog. I am glad you are here to read the musings on organizing and finding balance in your life. I hope you find them inspiring and motivating.