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Organizing Printed Photos

By | December 11th, 2019|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , , , , |

People of a certain age, older adults, have a lot of printed photos. In the past, there were actual cameras we used with film cartridges that you had to take in for developing.  Those actions led to a mass quantity of physical photos. It’s not unusual to find boxes of loose photos, negatives and those little cardboard slides for projectors in my client’s homes. Back in the day there weren’t as many options for storage and to display printed photos as there are today. We also didn’t understand how to preserve our treasured memories so we could enjoy them for [...]

Remember The 3 R’s as You Downsize

By | December 4th, 2019|Categories: Downsizing, Recycle|Tags: , , , |

The 3 R’s are - reuse, reduce and recycle. These are very important R’s to remember at all times. I just read something the other day on the internet somewhere, I can’t remember where, that suggested we add a 4th R – refuse.  The context pertained to refusing to use disposable plastic water bottles. That’s a great idea. I think it could be added to the 3 R’s and considered as you downsize, and not just for disposable plastic water bottles. Refusing to add another unwanted or unneeded thing to our living environment makes sense. Throughout our lives we downsize [...]

How Gratitude Reduces Stress

By | November 26th, 2019|Categories: Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , , , |

This is the time of year when we think about all the things in our lives that we are thankful for. But what about all throughout the year? Cultivating the attitude of gratitude in all things helps to maintain a healthy life. Specifically, reducing our stress level. Chronic stress has been known to cause all kinds of health issues. It’s something we need to be mindful of on a daily basis. Some stress is good for us in the way as it relates to the fight or flight response.  However, the accumulation of stress on our bodies can result in [...]

How The Evernote App Increases Productivity

By | November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Organizing Tips, Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

The Evernote app is one of those apps to organize your life that consequently increases productivity.  With the invention of the smart phone, which has internet connectivity, the apps came next.  Apps are basically software applications that you install on your smart phone. They have an app for everything that you can think of.  It seems that all these apps were created to help us with our fast paced, on-the-go lifestyles.  We keep our phones close to stay connected but they can be useful tools as well. Just go into the ‘app’ on your smart phone to search for a [...]

Pros & Cons Of An Interim Living Solution For Retirement

By | November 13th, 2019|Categories: Downsizing, Retirement|Tags: , , , , |

My friends Cindy & Joe (not their real names), that are in their mid-60’s recently retired. They lived in a beautiful, 3k+ square foot, 3 level home on a lake with their dog.  Both of them love the outdoors.  They didn’t plan on retiring that soon, but their situation sort of pushed them into it. They wanted to get out from under the costly, and physical maintenance of owning such a large home so they put in on the market. At this point, they weren’t sure where they wanted to live in retirement. Another thing I need to mention, is [...]

3 Reasons to Start Downsizing Sooner Than Later

By | October 30th, 2019|Categories: Downsizing, Home Remodeling|Tags: , , , , |

At some point everyone needs to do some downsizing of their belongings. This post is about starting the downsizing process sooner than later. Purging and de-cluttering are also terms that have the same result, to reduce the number of the things we own. We accumulate many items throughout the course of a lifetime. Things wear out, or we grow out of them, or our tastes change and we get more things, maybe different things. What we do with the things we are no longer using may be different for each of us.  A lot of times we stash them away [...]

I Had to Buy a New Cell Phone

By | October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

Everyone is so dependent on their cell phone these days for many things. The main reason was, is, and always will be for communication.  You can make a call, text, send an email, interact on social media, video chat, and look up information on the internet all from a cell phone. They are actually mini computer devices, so you can do practically anything on a cell phone that you can do on any other computer device. Yes, it does need to be a smart phone but that’s what most everyone is going for when they get a cell phone. They [...]

Procrastinating vs Deferring Tasks

By | October 16th, 2019|Categories: Procrastination, Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

There is procrastinating, and then there is deferring tasks. Understanding the difference between the two is important in terms of productivity.  Let’s explore the differences to determine how to work with both to increase productivity. Procrastinating Definition according to the Merriam Webster dictionary: ‘to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done’ Let’s face it, we are all guilty of procrastinating on tasks ‘that should be done’, especially those that we don’t want to do. Whether they are work tasks or personal tasks, it’s the same.  There are reasons we do this and it may be different [...]

Those Enticing Sale Emails

By | October 9th, 2019|Categories: Mindfullness|Tags: , , , |

Ahhh the allure of sale emails.  Advertising everything you can imagine in the form of products and services. Companies are very creative with their messages, some have colorful graphics, are funny and always attention grabbing. Whenever you make a purchase these days, the merchant always asks for your email address, whether you are in a store, or making an online purchase. They do this so they can continue to email their ads for sales or new products or services. However, if they are reputable companies, they will have a mechanism to opt out of their marketing emails, or manage the [...]

When is Your Peak Performance Time?

By | October 1st, 2019|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

Everyone has a peak performance time.  What I mean by that is, the time of day that your brain functions in an exceptional state.  During this time, you’re more likely to get the most work done, especially creative or analytical tasks. Most of us fall into the category of early birds, or night owls, but some fall in between. Scientists have studied patterns of cognitive ability and how they fluctuate during the day. It has to do with our personal patterns of circadian rhythms as described in this Business Insider post. It’s more than likely that you know your peak [...]