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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 [...]

My Story of an Unreached Goal

By |2022-01-10T15:22:43-06:00January 12th, 2022|Categories: Planning|Tags: , , , , |

We are once again at the beginning of a bright & shiny new year. It’s time to reflect on the past year, to look at the goals we set to see if we achieved them. If not, let’s see what we can do to make sure that we don’t have an unreached goal by the end of this year. This isn’t a post about creating goals for the new year.  However, if you need help creating goals, click on this link for an article that may help. This post is about understanding why we didn’t meet a goal, and what [...]

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 [...]

A New Year, A Fresh Start

By |2021-01-12T10:06:19-06:00January 13th, 2021|Categories: Change|Tags: , , |

Here we are, once again, at the beginning of a new year. The new year promises a blank slate, a fresh start. I think everyone is happy to put 2020 behind us for many, obvious reasons. We may want to forget the challenges we encountered, but we need to remember them to learn from them and to grow. Last year, very seldom did we see or hear anything positive. That may be why everyone is talking about making a fresh start. Headlines such as COVID-19 numbers, the fallout of the economy, political elections, and so on kept us all counting [...]

Using Visual Cues as Reminders

By |2020-11-17T13:41:12-06:00July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

Using visual cues as reminders to do things is a great productivity hack.  On a related note, it’s a great way to create a routine, and also to reach a goal. We all have a lot of things to do on a daily basis and remembering to do them can be challenging. However, when we get into the habit of performing repetitive tasks such as in a routine, after some time, the routine becomes habit and we don’t even think about the actions involved. In the case of creating a routine, visual cues come in handy as a reminder to [...]

A Small Change Can Make a Big Impact

By |2020-11-17T13:41:17-06:00January 8th, 2020|Categories: Change, Problem Solving|Tags: , , , |

It’s a new year and a lot of people make resolutions or create goals. Whether it’s a resolution or a goal, the key is not to make them so big that you won’t achieve what you set out to do.  Make one small change for each resolution or goal and over time those small changes will bring you closer to the result you want to see. Making a small change is not going to magically right things overnight. There are no quick fixes in life. Whatever brought you to the feeling that something isn’t working for you didn’t happen suddenly.  [...]

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What Makes You Happy?

By |2020-11-17T13:41:35-06:00March 4th, 2015|Categories: Reduce Stress|Tags: , , |

Image courtesy of sippakorn / FreeDigitalPhotos.net  The word ‘happy’ is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as - “feeling pleasure and enjoyment because of your life, situation, etc.”  Everyone is different and will have their own ideas of what makes them happy.  And, everyone wants, and I hope, everyone strives for happiness. After all, it would be a pretty miserable existence if we aren’t happy at least some time in our lives. My very wise business coach, Melanie Yost, suggested that I create a bliss list to help me realize what makes me happy.  The word ‘bliss’ is defined in the [...]

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How to Create a Plan For a Peaceful, Productive New Year

By |2020-11-17T13:41:36-06:00January 6th, 2015|Categories: Time Management|Tags: , |

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net A new year has just begun and this is the time we tend to think about New Year’s resolutions, or goals, or whatever you call them.  Or another way to look at it is, what we want to accomplish this year.  It could be personally, or in our professional lives or both. Part of this process is to put away the holiday decorations, to wrap up the holidays, to get our homes back in order.  By doing this, you are clearing the clutter to create a clean slate so you can [...]

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GO Month & The Benefits of Being Organized

By |2020-11-17T13:41:43-06:00January 7th, 2013|Categories: Home Organization, Planning|Tags: , , |

Here we are again. A new year has begun. We can all make a fresh start, a new beginning. Time to look back at the previous year to see how much you accomplished, what worked, and what didn’t work. It’s also time to think about goals for the new year. If one of your goals is to get organized, then you’re in luck because January was designated GO (Get Organized) Month by NAPO (National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals) in 2005. January kick starts organizational goals for the new year by NAPO chapters all around the country announcing community events to help you learn about tools [...]

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