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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 [...]

Get All Your Ducks in a Row

By |2022-01-28T11:50:56-06:00February 2nd, 2022|Categories: Preparation|Tags: , , , , |

Get all your ducks in a row. I’m sure we all know the meaning of this statement – to organize your tasks, time and tools to be prepared to take action on the next step. There are theories as to the origin of this statement that goes back a long way. This is especially pertinent at this time of year, tax time. In order to prepare your annual income tax returns, you need to get all your ducks in a row, or to gather all the documents required to complete this task.  It’s a term that means to prepare for [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Using a Process to Put Down Mulch

By |2021-04-29T14:35:52-05:00May 5th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

Every year I contemplate whether I should put down mulch in my garden beds. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t, but when I do, it’s a big job. And spring is typically when you start to see landscape companies spreading mulch in the yards of homes and businesses in the community. This may not seem like a topic related to organizing or productivity, but it does relate to using a process which does optimize productivity.  The process I use to put down mulch may be different than yours, but a process is used all the same. Whether you hire it [...]

Planning a Successful Organizing Project

By |2021-03-25T16:16:15-05:00March 31st, 2021|Categories: Home Organization, Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

There are numerous reasons why someone would want to get organized.  Maybe they can’t find things they are looking for such as their car keys and it causes them to be late for work, a lot.  Maybe they buy duplicates or triplicates because they don’t know how many of one item they own. When they realize what the real issue is, they decide it’s time to work on an organizing project. There are several things to consider when planning a successful organizing project. A person can become overwhelmed if their project encompasses many areas, or a whole house transformation.  I [...]

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 [...]

Creating Gaps in Our Schedules

By |2020-11-17T13:41:12-06:00July 29th, 2020|Categories: Productivity, Time Management|Tags: , , , , , |

There are a lot of people that use a schedule to get things done. For those of us that use them, we all have, or should be creating gaps in our schedules. In this context, they are little, or sometimes big snippets of time between appointments, tasks or projects. If you already have them in place, that’s a good thing.  Creating gaps in our schedules is a good time management practice.  It’s also good for productivity, and to keep from becoming overwhelmed and stressed out. A gap in between appointments or tasks, allows us to regroup and breathe before moving [...]

Holiday Priorities

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

What are your holiday priorities? We all have them.  As we get closer to the actual day, or start of the season, we need to check in to see if we are on track to get all the preparations done in time.  Holidays are a stressful time for many people.  Getting everything done can be nerve wracking, depending on our individual standards. Hopefully you created a plan, did you? It’s always a good idea to have a plan. It can be as simple as jotting down tasks, prioritizing them, and then scheduling them in a planner. Plan the work and [...]

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