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Focus on Safety First When Decluttering

By |2021-09-07T16:00:53-05:00September 8th, 2021|Categories: Decluttering|Tags: , , , , |

Decluttering is the first part of the organizing process. You may think that only applies for older adults, but no, safety first applies to all decluttering projects for all ages.  Not only is clutter a safety issue, but as mentioned in many past posts, it causes stress. During the needs assessment consultation, the client is asked about every area to be organized. We discuss what works and doesn’t work, and potential organizing solutions for the areas that are not working so well. As we walk through their spaces, I’m focused on safety first as I think about solutions. As you [...]

Mind Clutter is a Real Thing

By |2021-07-23T12:58:59-05:00July 28th, 2021|Categories: Clutter|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Mind clutter can mean many things – too many thoughts, unwanted thoughts, negative thoughts, overwhelm, etc. The cause can come from within or from external sources or a bit of both. Clutter is clutter, whether it comes in the form of things in our homes, or the thoughts in our brains. We need to purge mind clutter from our brains, just like we purge clutter from our homes. There are many benefits of having a clear, relaxed mind.  Reduced stress, focus, and increased productivity are just a few. Sleep is one way to clear waste, or mind clutter from our [...]

The Benefits I Noticed Practicing Meditation

By |2020-11-17T13:41:12-06:00August 5th, 2020|Categories: Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , , , , |

Quite awhile ago I added meditation to my stress therapy regime.  Life is full of ups and downs that can produce an overwhelming amount of stress.  We all need to learn how to manage our stress. How you handle stress can have a significant effect on your physical, as well as emotional and mental well-being. It’s well known that meditation can reduce stress, but there are additional benefits to be had from practicing meditation regularly. According to the Mayo Clinic, research suggests that there are medical benefits as well.  Some conditions have symptoms that may be managed by regularly practicing [...]

Taking a Break For The Sake of Getting Things Done

By |2020-11-17T13:41:13-06:00June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Productivity, Time Management|Tags: , , , |

Do you find that you have issues with getting things done? Taking a break sounds counterproductive, right? It may seem that way but there have been scientific studies conducted over time on this subject. Researchers found that taking a break, actually frequent breaks, can increase productivity. A break is a pause in your work with the intent of going back to what you were doing after a short period of time.  It takes your mind off of a task to refresh your brain. There are different schools of thought as to how long to work before taking a break, and [...]

Distractions – What Causes Them & How to Deal With Them

By |2020-11-17T13:41:21-06:00June 26th, 2019|Categories: Distractions, Focus|Tags: , , , |

We all deal with distractions on a daily basis. Becoming distracted is basically the inability to pay attention, or lack of focus.  According to Merriam Webster the definition is – ‘an object that directs one's attention away from something else’. The ‘objects’ that cause us to lose focus, or become distracted, can be internal or external. Internally, our bodies may be alerting us in some way either physically, or mentally. You could have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), which is a brain-based disorder. Maybe you’re hungry and your stomach is growling. We may have something else on our minds that require [...]

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Feelings – How Does it Make You Feel?

By |2021-02-26T13:51:02-06:00November 15th, 2017|Categories: Focus, Motivation|Tags: , , |

  We all have feelings of joy, happiness, peace, sense of accomplishment, etc., from time to time. It would be great if we could have those positive feelings more often. Well, I’m here to tell you that we can, and we should. Everyone is different in the way they feel about things and situations that occur in their life.  One person may love their job, and another person that does the same job, may dread going to work every day.  Mindfulness of how we feel is the key to determine how to react to things and situations in our lives. [...]

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Getting Back on Track

By |2020-11-17T13:41:43-06:00March 18th, 2013|Categories: Focus, Productivity|Tags: , , |

Getting back on track can be challenging when you’re interrupted by someone or something.  Interruptions can cause you to become distracted. Then it takes some time to figure out where you left off. Have you ever had one of those days that started out good, and then one significant, top priority task popped up that totally derailed your whole day? I did, just the other day. The day started out on track. I prepared for my day as I usually do with my list of tasks and started checking them off as I completed them. Mornings are a good time for [...]

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When Multi-tasking is Ok

By |2020-11-17T13:41:45-06:00August 13th, 2012|Categories: Focus, Productivity, Time Management|Tags: , , |

Multi-tasking has been a debatable subject for some time now. To multi-task is the ability to execute more than one task at the same time. In the past, the concept was thought of as being a source of increased productivity. By performing multiple tasks at once, you can get more done in a shorter amount of time. Then as the time management experts started really looking into it, they determined that it can be a counter-productive effort. Their reasoning is that when you perform more than one task at a time, you are not giving each task the attention and [...]

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Achieve Mental Clarity To Increase Productivity

By |2020-11-17T13:41:50-06:00August 29th, 2011|Categories: Focus, Productivity|Tags: , , , |

Have you ever had a problem you couldn’t resolve or a task to complete that you just couldn’t focus on? Of course, we all do at some time or another. Living in such a fast paced environment, with so much to remember and so much to do, it’s not surprising that this happens, and probably on a regular basis. Achieving mental clarity provides focus. External stimuli are contributors to this mind clutter, in fact everything you see turns into thoughts which can turn into clutter. Our minds have a tendency to constantly race to try and keep up with this [...]

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Having the Proper Mindset Helps to Achieve Goals

By |2020-11-17T13:41:51-06:00February 8th, 2011|Categories: Focus, Motivation, Planning|Tags: , , |

One of my goals for 2011 is to lose some weight. I’ve done it before so I knew I could do it again. About 10 or 12 years ago I had success on the Weight Watchers plan counting points, and lost about 30 pounds. It amazed me that I was able to keep the weight off for most of those years. I guess that just shows how good of a weight loss plan it is. It also shows how having the proper mindset allowed me to keep on achieving my goals. Because of my past success with Weight Watchers, and the [...]

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