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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 [...]

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 [...]

Create a Plan For Running Errands to Save Time & Money

By |2020-11-20T12:51:57-06:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: Planning, Time Management|Tags: , , , , |

Running errands is something we all have to do on a regular basis. It may not be your favorite task, it certainly isn’t mine, but it is necessary. A little planning on the front end can save time in your busy schedule as well as keeping more money in your pocket in terms of fuel consumption at the least. Due to innovations in technology, a lot of our tasks can be done online via electronic device. Shopping online saves time by finding the specific item you’re looking for without in-person store shopping. Purchases can be delivered to your home, which [...]

Procrastinating vs Deferring Tasks

By |2020-11-17T13:41:18-06:00October 16th, 2019|Categories: Procrastination, Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

There is procrastinating, and then there is deferring tasks. Understanding the difference between the two is important in terms of productivity.  Let’s explore the differences to determine how to work with both to increase productivity. Procrastinating Definition according to the Merriam Webster dictionary: ‘to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done’ Let’s face it, we are all guilty of procrastinating on tasks ‘that should be done’, especially those that we don’t want to do. Whether they are work tasks or personal tasks, it’s the same.  There are reasons we do this and it may be different [...]

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When is Your Peak Performance Time?

By |2020-11-17T13:41:18-06:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

Everyone has a peak performance time.  What I mean by that is, the time of day that your brain functions in an exceptional state.  During this time, you’re more likely to get the most work done, especially creative or analytical tasks. Most of us fall into the category of early birds, or night owls, but some fall in between. Scientists have studied patterns of cognitive ability and how they fluctuate during the day. It has to do with our personal patterns of circadian rhythms as described in this Business Insider post. It’s more than likely that you know your peak [...]

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Time Management, Flow & Efficiency of Organized Spaces

By |2020-11-17T13:41:18-06:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: Efficiency, Time Management|Tags: , , , , , |

One thing I do for myself on a regular basis, is to get my nails done at my local nail salon.  My nails never were in the best of shape, so I get acrylic overlays to protect them and to keep them looking good.  On occasion I will get a pedicure as well.  It’s a self-care practice that I have done for many years. The other day when I went in to get my nails done, I decided to treat myself to a pedicure.  While I was there relaxing in one of their massage chairs, I noticed, as I do [...]

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Dependencies on Others Can Derail Your Schedule

By |2020-11-17T13:41:18-06:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Time Management|Tags: , , , |

Humans are dependent on other humans in so many ways. Your schedule is no exception to the dependencies rule.  Planning and scheduling tasks and appointments is an effective way to manage your time.  However, planning and scheduling your tasks almost always depends on another person or persons. When you make a doctor’s appointment, you’re dependent on the doctor and their staff to be available at the scheduled time. When you take off work to have a service performed at your home, you’re dependent on that service provider to arrive at the scheduled time. You are dependent on these service providers [...]

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Service Call – The 4 Hour Window

By |2020-11-17T13:41:25-06:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Time Management|Tags: , , , , |

Service providers generally give you a range of time to expect them on the date you schedule service.  Some provide a 4 hour window, others more or less depending on the provider.  As you schedule the service call have your calendar at hand to make the appointment work with your schedule. You may have to move things around or take time off from work to find a date and time that works for both parties. Some service providers have requirements attached to the appointment. For example, they will call you prior to their arrival and if you don’t answer the [...]

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How Do You Remember Everything?

By |2021-05-10T17:26:13-05:00December 27th, 2017|Categories: Planning, Time Management|Tags: , , , |

All of us have so much to remember these days, it’s a wonder we actually get anything done on time, or at all!  Changing work schedules, doctor’s appointments, medication schedules, paying bills, kids sports, ‘me time’, passwords, the list goes on… We suffer the consequences of not remembering something in some way. If we miss a payment, there could be a late fee.  If we miss a dose of medication, our health could suffer.  Forgetting login credentials can take more time to get things done online. Neglecting ‘me time’ can cause undue stress which can again lead to health issues.  [...]

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