Tweak Existing Routines or Create New Ones After Major Life Disruptions

By |2022-07-29T12:02:16-05:00August 3rd, 2022|Categories: Routines|Tags: , , , , , |

We all have disruptions throughout our lives that can mess with our routines. However, major life disruptions are quite different and not only mess with our routines, but can eliminate existing routines, and/or cause us to create new ones. Major life disruptions may include, but are not limited to the following: death of a loved one, losing a job, accident, long-term illness, divorce, kids leaving home, etc. These major life disruptions mostly mean a loss of some kind and you will grieve that loss. These situations affect us in various ways - physically, mentally, and emotionally. Most are not thinking [...]

How to Create a System to Manage Your Mail…Snail Mail That is

By |2022-03-30T18:19:20-05:00March 30th, 2022|Categories: Paper Management, Routines|Tags: , , , , , , |

Paper is still probably the biggest challenge for most of us in terms of clutter in our homes. Even though the digital age has eliminated a lot of papers that come our way, if you have a physical mailbox, you are still receiving some paper in the form of mail via the US Postal Service. If you don’t have a system to manage the barrage of paper that your letter carrier delivers, you can become overwhelmed very quickly. To avoid the overwhelm, I encourage you to create a daily routine to manage incoming mail.  The process shown below is the [...]

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It’s All About Repetition

By |2020-11-17T13:41:12-06:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Change, Routines|Tags: , , , |

The definition of repetition according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is, “the act or an instance of repeating or being repeated”. Repetition is key for so many situations, but probably the most important is learning.  When we learn something new, we repeat what we’ve learned to remember how to do it again.  We practice the action repeatedly so our brain solidifies the data to store for retrieval when we need it. About seven months ago, I adopted a young standard poodle from a local rescue named Star. The rescue was unsure of how her previous owners treated her, but she’s seems [...]

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Behavior Based Organizing

By |2022-02-07T10:32:51-06:00October 19th, 2016|Categories: Routines|Tags: , , , , |

What is behavior based organizing?  The answer is, organizing solutions based on natural habits and routines.  If a solution is created that requires actions radically different than you are used to, it forces you to radically change your behavior.  When you force a behavior change, you are less likely to maintain your solutions. We all have them, even the most disorganized have some established routines and habits.  These routines may, or may not work well, depending on how you organize the steps.  The key is the efficiency of the steps in the routine, in terms of behavior.  Organization equals efficiency. [...]

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Using Processes Saves Time & Increases Productivity

By |2020-11-17T13:41:31-06:00October 5th, 2016|Categories: Productivity, Routines, Time Management|Tags: , , , |

‘Use processes to increase productivity.’  Anyone that has ever worked in an office understands that statement.  As a matter of fact, everything we do, whether it’s income generating or not, revolves around a process.  The word ‘process’ is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as follows, “a series of actions that produce something or that lead to a particular result.” The particular result in regards to using processes is increased productivity.  You save time by not having to think about the steps you need to take to produce a particular result.  When you repeat a process regularly, it becomes routine, you [...]

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Back To School – Developing Your Child’s Daily Routine

By |2020-11-17T13:41:34-06:00July 22nd, 2015|Categories: back to school, Routines|Tags: , |

 Yes it’s that time again, to start preparing for the kids to go back to school.   There are many things that need to be done but probably the most important is to establish or reestablish daily routines.  Summer schedules or lack of, may mean staying up late and sleeping later and wreak havoc on the routines established from the last school year. Daily routines are essential to ensure your child is ready to get everything they need out of the education system to be all that they can be when they grow up. Some things may have changed since the [...]

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How Grief Can Affect Your Routines

By |2020-11-17T13:41:34-06:00July 15th, 2015|Categories: Grief, Routines|Tags: , |

Loss is difficult for us all and comes in many forms.  When you lose someone you love from a death, a major life change such as a divorce, or you lose a job with a company you had for many years, you will experience grief. Grief is a natural response to a loss, and symptoms will be different for everyone.   Some typical symptoms of grief include - trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, lack of energy, difficulty focusing, and crying.  Something that may help with the symptoms could be your stress coping mechanisms.  Things like meditation, exercise, journaling, talking with a [...]

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Morning Routine – 10 Organizing Tips to Get Everyone Out the Door on Time

By |2020-11-17T13:41:37-06:00July 27th, 2014|Categories: back to school, Organizing Tips, Routines|Tags: , , , , |

Since we are at the end of July, if you have kids, you are probably thinking about what you need to do to prepare them to go back to school. Summer fun is winding down and it’s time to get back into our morning routine to go back to work and school. I know that’s not as easy as it sounds. It takes no time at all to get out of a routine, and quite a bit more time to get back into it, whether it’s the kids going back to school, or you going back to work after a [...]

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