The new year is upon us and it's a time when many people resolve to make changes in their lives. They start off ready to take on the world and tell themselves that this time they are really going to stick to it no matter what. But as the weeks wear on, somehow the resolve wains and they are back to old habits.
So what happened? People fail because they are using the same techniques and yet still expect to achieve different results. They overlooked the fact that what they did in the past did not work and forged ahead anyway. They went back to what they knew instead of seeking out a new way of approaching their goal.
Change can be difficult because it's knowing that you are entering into the unknown. This can cause a lot of anxiety for people because we want to stay with the familiar. It's safe. We are wired this way for our own protection. Consider the scenario that you are walking on path in a wooded park. You stay on the path not just because you're supposed to, but because it's possible we could get lost if we venture into the forest.
Fortunately we also have the power to overcome our fears and make positive changes in our lives. We simply have to choose to be open to new ideas, new education and new habits. How and what have you decided to change in 2013 and how is this time going to be different?
Back by popular demand, the NAPO-MN January 7th program will feature an hour of fabulous, clever, practical, tried and true organizing tips from the experts – our chapter members.
From time saving ideas, to do-it-yourself organizing tools to strategies for making life easier, this hour is sure to change how you organize your life.
I personally will be speaking on how to effectively pre-build a filing system that works for you, tips on how to get the most from your file folders and other great ideas.
Get Organized Month Program - Tips from the Experts
Date: January 7, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm
Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis Park Place (Near Hwy 394 and Hwy 100)
1500 Park Place Blvd., Minneapolis MN 55416
(952) 542-8600 (Hotel Phone Line)
$25.00* for non-members who pre-register online (cancellations are nonrefundable)
$35.00 for non-members at the door (cash or check only)
5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Networking & Registration
6:15 – 6:45 p.m. Introductions & Announcements
6:45 – 7:00 p.m. Break
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Program
8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Networking
Light food and drink offerings are included.
1. Disease of excess, caused by repetitious acquisition.
2. The continual desire and ability to obtain more and more of what one already has too much of.
3. Cause: affluenza.
4. Cure: reduction in possessions.
-Harriet Schechter Let Go of Clutter
How many times have you lamented that you have to just get rid of stuff, but then don't follow through? Or you start to eliminate, but somehow when you are done you just didn't get rid of as much as you wanted?
We tend to think that we need much more than we actually really do. This can often result in crowded houses, packed closets, papers in various places, house-wide disorganization and duplicates of things we already have.
The attached article shows a woman who took eliminating excess to the extreme. Think you could do it? What if the payoff was a neat, tidy and organized space?
Makes you wonder what you really need doesn't it?
This time of year can be crazy. Lists and lists of things to do and people to see. It's at these times that we seem to burn the candle at both ends thinking and doing for others.
But what are you doing for you? Are you taking care of yourself? Taking care of yourself doesn't just mean wash your hands so you don't get sick. It's about taking care of your soul, your mind and preserving some of your energy for you.
You may have heard that you can only dip into the well so many times as it is fed only by a small spring. The same is true for you. your well needs time to refill itself before you can tap into it again.
Its ok to take care of yourself. We need to refill our well by being good to ourselves. Take time for yourself. Not only this time of year, but every day. Even if it's just for a minute. Take a deep breath. Go outside. Call a friend. Whatever you need to do to take care of yourself, do it now.
"Even a dog deserves a pat on the head"
- Darlene Dahline
There are a lot of places where you can focus your energy. So many things are vying for your time and attention. There are times during the year that you automatically know are going to be busy. Maybe it's tax time, end of the fiscal year, vacations, tournaments or holidays. Its during these times that you know you have to really budget your time. It's about planning, scheduling and making decisions about where to focus your energy.
It's crunch time if you celebrate Christmas. Do you still have a lot of items on your to do list? Are all of them really necessary? Do you really have to preschedule every minute of the season? Do you have to do it all before Christmas? Are you going to have the energy for it?
After the holidays when you reflect on where you spent your time and energy, will it be a reflection of what was important to you? Where all those to do items really necessary? Was the end result energizing and worth it? Or do you wish you left more on your not to do list? What would happen if you let more things unfold without your "help"? What if you refocused your energy from "to do" to "to be"?
To do lists are great tools, but the rewards of your energy should be more energy, not less.
How often do you ever get to say "I'm done" as it relates to an organizing, or any, project? Is it as many times as you would like? We have this great project, but it never really quite seems done.
So what happened?
Often when we start a project we have an idea of where to start and what we want, but we haven't defined done before the project starts. Organizing projects that seem pretty clear cut can often turn nebulous or grow in scope because we haven't clearly defined our end(ing) point.
Remember we talked about using a timer? It's still a great tool. You are done when the timer goes off. Doing dishes? The dishes are done when there are no more dirty ones to wash. You wouldn't continue doing dishes in the china hutch too would you? (kudos if you do) A predetermined ending point clearly defines when you are done and it's a great tool to keep you on track.
Think about how many times a little project grew exponentially in scope. Why? We added the additional work during our task. We lost sight of our definition of done. Now "done" includes this other project and the original project.
Define done before you start. Keep your goal clearly in your mind as you work and you will certainly be a success.
I'm done for today! Gee it feels good to say that.
To your organizing success,
Are you baking this season? Are there lots of mystery tinfoil or plastic wrapped frozen treats in your freezer?
Be baking organized by keeping some Sharpie markers in the kitchen and mark your items as you wrap them. Works great on tinfoil, plastic bags and plastic containers.
What did we do without Post-it's? I use them all the time. They are a great organizing too.. Just make sure to keep all your notes in one place.
Today I would like to share a Post-It product with you. Post-It Full Adhesive Roll! Perfect for when the pre-set sizes are just not enough.
What would you do with a roll of Post-It's? I would use a big roll to mark which cookies are mine!
ONLINE CLASS REGISTRATION STARTS TODAY!
I am so excited to share the great news with you. Many of you have been asking about how to get your papers organized and now you have your chance to learn where to start.
To find out more about each of the three classes I am offering, simply click on the classes tab on the far right. For each class you will see the syllabus and what you can expect to learn. There will be time for questions, so please feel free to bring them!
I can't wait to see you at our first class.
To your organizational success!
Kimberly Dahline, Professional Organizer
Before all the days disappear before the holidays, here are a few tips to keep you on track and on plan.
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