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4 Tips to Set Intentions For The Day That Will Make Them Happen

By |2022-04-11T10:51:47-05:00April 13th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

Do you set intentions for the day? This is something I do every day…every day that I really want to get a lot done, that is. I’ve found that I can do anything that I really put my mind to, and I bet you can too. I’ve written about productivity, motivation, setting goals, organizing your thoughts, clearing your mind, and all of these things factor into getting things done. When you set intentions at the start of the day, you’re getting your brain primed to get all of those things done, and possibly more. It’s a mind game. This can [...]

20 Simple Tasks You Can Complete in 10 Minutes or Less

By |2022-02-18T11:11:15-06:00February 23rd, 2022|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

Everyone, or at least that I know, is always looking to get a lot done in less time to increase their productivity. Completing simple tasks during your busy day when time allows, can contribute to a routine, goal or a project. Simple tasks are typically part of a routine, goal or a project as mentioned above.  Breaking them down into small chunks, or simple tasks, is a good way to avoid overwhelm and to reach the end goal, which is completion. Even if your project is to get the home, or part of your home cleaned and organized, that’s the [...]

Tackling Lingering Tasks That Aren’t Urgent

By |2022-02-04T11:22:04-06:00February 9th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , |

Everyone has lingering tasks that aren’t urgent. These are things that need to be done at some point, but more urgent priorities typically push them to the bottom of the to-do list. They may be things that we don’t like to do so we happily use the excuse that other things are more important. Procrastination is understandable for these lingering tasks.  However, there is a reason that they need to be done. Without listing all the various types of tasks that come to mind, here is a few potential effects that may occur if they aren’t done regularly, or not [...]

Choosing a Productivity Method That Works For You

By |2021-11-29T15:58:26-06:00November 24th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

In this fast-paced world we live in, there is a desire, or possibly a need to get a lot of things done in the time we have available every day. Everyone is unique in their learning modalities and lifestyles, so choosing a productivity method that works for you is important. There are many methods to increase productivity, but how do we know which one works for our unique lifestyle? To choose a productivity method that works for you, the best advice I can provide is to try 1 method. If it works, great, if it’s not producing the intended results, [...]

Delegate Tasks to Increase Productivity & Relieve Stress

By |2021-09-21T15:00:24-05:00September 29th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

Delegate, delegate, delegate! This is such an underutilized option, especially when you’re overwhelmed. When you’re overwhelmed, your productivity level drops and your stress level increases. Some feel that they have to do everything themselves or these things won’t get done correctly. What this does is creates a tremendous amount of stress on themselves.  If something isn’t done to perfection, what’s the worst that will happen?  It’s less stressful to get things done and adopt an attitude of ‘good enough’. You wouldn’t try to perform a task when you don’t possess the skills would you? So, you delegate that task to [...]

Hair on Fire Most Days? Organizing Your Life Will Douse Those Flames

By |2021-09-13T10:24:05-05:00September 15th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , , |

Does the first part of the title of this post resonate with you? If so, then consider organizing your life to douse those flames as stated in the second part of the title.  By eliminating your constant ‘hair on fire’ scenarios, you will live a less stressful, more productive and peaceful life.  But first, determine what areas of your life cause the ‘hair on fire’ scenario the most. Are you constantly looking for your keys, making you late to work, appointments, or school? Are you buying multiples of items because you didn’t know you already had one or more of [...]

6 Ways to Work Smarter Not Harder

By |2021-05-10T17:47:10-05:00May 12th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , , |

The phrase work smarter not harder could have a different meaning for everyone.  After researching this phrase, I discovered the term originated in the 1930’s by Allen F. Morgenstern.  As an industrial engineer, he created a work simplification program to increase productivity using less effort. There are differing opinions on this idea, some agree, while others don’t. These opinions come from the perspective of each person. My perspective, or opinion, leans the way of agreement in the phrase, work smarter not harder. Allow me to explain. In the past I wrote an article titled ‘Why I Say Professional Organizers Are [...]

Using a Process to Put Down Mulch

By |2021-04-29T14:35:52-05:00May 5th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

Every year I contemplate whether I should put down mulch in my garden beds. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t, but when I do, it’s a big job. And spring is typically when you start to see landscape companies spreading mulch in the yards of homes and businesses in the community. This may not seem like a topic related to organizing or productivity, but it does relate to using a process which does optimize productivity.  The process I use to put down mulch may be different than yours, but a process is used all the same. Whether you hire it [...]

Determining Why You Can’t Get Things Done

By |2021-04-13T10:05:34-05:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

Have you ever asked the question, why can’t I get things done? I’m sure many people have wondered about that at some point in their lives, I know I have.  We are living in a fast-paced world and have so much to do all the time that it’s challenging to keep up with everything. That’s not to say that it’s impossible.  Keeping your sanity as you get things done is another very important issue. At the end of the day, you want to feel like you’ve been productive, but if you’re so worn out, both physically and mentally, chances are [...]

It’s OK to Ask For Help

By |2021-02-26T13:44:29-06:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , , |

When you ask for help is not a weakness, it’s a strength. It means you understand your capabilities and your limitations. As we get older, we discover that we can’t do all the things we could do when we were younger, physically and possibly mentally. Aging is not the only reason that we may need to ask for help. Not everyone has the skills to do everything. Physical strength is another reason.  If the task you need done requires strength you don’t have, regardless of your age, you need to ask for help. Even if you do have the skillset [...]

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