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Save Time With These Quick Easy Tips to Stay Organized

By |2022-08-09T13:30:41-05:00August 10th, 2022|Categories: Time Management|Tags: , , , |

A while ago, I wrote an article with strategies to maintain your organized spaces. While those strategies will save time in the long run, these tips take just minutes and will also save time now when you incorporate them into your daily routine.  And the more you perform these daily routines, the quicker they will become habits and you don’t even think about them as you’re doing them. Although we can’t stop, or pause time, we can manage the time we have by the way we perform organizing tasks. When we manage our time more effectively, it allows us to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Recycling Boxes – Go Green & Give Back

By |2022-01-14T11:18:10-06:00January 19th, 2022|Categories: Donation, Recycle|Tags: , , , , |

The coronavirus pandemic created the need to pivot in so many ways, and boxes played a big part. People had to become resourceful as their lifestyles, and routines took a big hit, especially during the shutdown. Going online took on a whole new meaning. Those that didn’t use a computer before, started going online with their electronic devices more and more. Shipping items to our homes became essential, especially at the beginning of the pandemic during the shutdown. We became inundated with boxes of all shapes and sizes from online purchases. And, since we were stuck in our homes, some [...]

Positive Results Occur by Being Proactive

By |2021-09-20T15:26:25-05:00September 22nd, 2021|Categories: Mindfullness|Tags: , , , , , |

The definition of proactive according to the Merriam Webster dictionary is, “acting in anticipation of future problems, needs, or changes”. Positive results are sure to follow when you think about things that may happen if you aren’t mindful of yourself, and your surroundings, and take proactive steps to avoid potential issues. Being mindful of yourself, your surroundings and future needs, is the first step in the process of being proactive. As you go along in life, and you see things that could potentially cause an issue in the future, for whatever reason, the next step is to determine the appropriate [...]

Adapting to A Lifestyle Change

By |2021-06-02T10:30:49-05:00June 2nd, 2021|Categories: Change|Tags: , , , , , |

A lifestyle change means new behaviors that could result in new routines. It can be in various aspects of your life such as your health, your professional life, or manner of income, moving, a relationship, getting organized, going to college, a new baby, retirement, etc. In each of the situations mentioned above, the lifestyle change will mean a change, or changes that will occur. To adapt, prepare yourself mentally by expecting some things, or possibly many aspects of your life to change, especially existing routines.  Because, with behavioral changes comes a change to existing routines, or eliminating one routine and [...]

How to Incorporate Organizing in to Your Daily Activities

By |2021-01-27T14:43:15-06:00February 3rd, 2021|Categories: Home Organization, Mindfullness|Tags: , , , , |

Yes, you too can get organized by incorporating this concept into your daily activities. I understand you have a lot going on and this may not be as easy as it sounds, but it really is that easy.  Adjusting your mindset may take a little getting use to, but it is possible. The key here is to be mindful in your daily activities. Notice when things are not where they belong and stop what you’re doing to put things back in their homes. It gets a little trickier if you don’t have homes for everything, but it is doable. When [...]

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 [...]

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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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