.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.
Remember when you went shopping as a kid and you wanted everything in the store? Especially when you got to the checkout and there was all that yummy candy and gum just tantalizing your taste buds? Perhaps your parents broke down and they allowed you to choose one thing. Remember how hard that was?
When we are presented with a multitude of options it's hard to make a decision because our minds are overloaded with data. Why? Because it is attempting to process multiple pieces of information and then having to prioritize each one to find the "best" option. Sweet or sour? Taffy or gum? Chocolate with or without nuts?
Our brains like order. Our brains identifies each item, groups like items together and then assesses each one based on previous experiences. "sour makes my face scrinch up, but I like it anyway). It's a mental process of elimination.
Your "stuff" creates the same sense of feeling overwhelmed. When you have to choose between too many items and when it is in disarray the mind has to go through the same extensive process. This is why - sometimes as painful as it is - editing things out helps us make quicker choices. We have to do less processing both analytically and emotionally. With less, you have already pared down your items to your favorites. So everything you choose is the "best" decision for you.
To your most organized and best self each and every day and finding Peace by Piece.
There's a theory that in keeping everything, you actually create a sense of scarcity instead of abundance? Sounds crazy, but it's true.
I was reading a book about financial independence written by Jerrold Mundis when I realized that the theories he presented about how we think of money absolutely correlate to how we think of our possessions.
One theory is that we .have nothing and that we had better keep what we own. This fear based thought process keeps us focused on the reality in our minds, and not analyzing what the true reality may be. For example, do you really have "nothing" to wear. In actuality, you probably have excess. But because you are analyzing from a fear perspective, or perhaps feeling that others will perceive you as having "less", you are unable to see the possibilities of what you already own and how you might "shop your wardrobe.".
Mundis also theorizes that some people create a sense of scarcity by fearing that nothing better is going to come to them. Again, it repeats the notion that one better hold onto whatever it is (food, clothes, furniture etc) because this is going to be as good as it gets and you better just be thankful for what you have. And to some extent this is true. A little humility is good. But when it interferes with moving forward and seeing possibilities, it can be isolating.
Editing our possessions IS hard. Each one came into our homes for a reason. Maybe we chose it, maybe we didn't. But what if we were to challenge the conversation from fear to freedom? I think we would have abundance beyond anything we previously (falsely) imagined.
To your most Organized self and finding Peace by Piece!
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Sometimes the best way to decide on the best positive is to weed out the negative. It's a fabulous way to look at organizing because the essence of organizing is keeping those things that bring you pure joy. Things that tell the world hey, this is me and this is who I am right now.
A dear friend of mine Jane was going through some of her clothes and was trying to decide if she should keep some old tee-shirts for doing some messy housework or painting. And then the lightbulb went off and she said to herself "I am not a painter". It was an "ah-ha" moment. I still use that mantra for myself.
As you go through your clothes, yes, edit out what doesn't fit, what you don't feel comfortable in or all those items that you simply know you won't wear ever. And then ask yourself if you are:
A painter - do you really paint your house? How many work/cleaning tee-shirts and pants are necessary? Remember they are washable.
An employee - Do you have promotional tee's from a former employer? Think about it - if you don't work there, why are you advertising for them?
:"That" girl - you know, the crazy girl's weekend kind? Yes, the memories were great and you had a blast, but do you want those clothes to define you? Would you want to run into someone with that on?
Your boyfriend's shirt - Quit stealing! He probably will let you take one from his closet if you ask. But you only need one. Give the others back or get your own.
When you begin to see what you are not, you begin to see what no longer belongs in your closet and drawers. But those clothes that are no longer of use to you are incredibly useful to others.By donating, you can feel good about defining who you are while enhancing the lives of those in need. It's abut finding your Peace by Piece.
To your most Organized Self.
So often we are told not to talk about ourselves. When we were little we might have been told that we were to be seen and not heard; that listening was better than speaking; and we shouldn't question authority.
That's all fine and good - except when you are a patient or caregiver. The office visits of today look much different that in the past because you are in the power position.. It all comes down to what you want in your health journey. While this is not to say that all decisions have consequences. Some good, some bad, but it's up to you to make those choices.
Being self centered in your health journey is absolutely not a bad thing. Fortunately care providers are also moving in this direction. In an article by the Patient Empowerment Network, Dr Ronald Epstein, MD and Dr Richard Street, PhD characterize Patient Centered Care Approach as one in which “patients are known as persons in the context of their own social worlds, listened to, informed, respected, and involved in their care.”
Wouldn't it be great if everything were to flow smoothly? Never a hangup and never having to go back and correct something? We all know it doesn't happen that way, but how do you minimize those mix-ups?
You take command of your information. You keep it organized and ready for when you need it. It means knowing what is coming up and what information you need every day.
This week I went to my doctor's office and I noticed that there was a woman with a notebook verifying her sister's medications with her notes. Needless to say I was impressed. She came to her sister's appointment with her sister's medical records and personal notes. And because she did, she was able to provide information on the spot about blood pressure readings that had been done at home. That information proved to be valuable because the staff was better educated about her sister's medical history.
There are several ways to organize your health information. Just remember to keep it consistent, updated and accessible!
To Your Most Peaceful and Organized Self.
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