Overwhelmed with your email inbox? Try these steps to declutter: Step 1: Purge – delete, spam, unsubscribe. Step 2: Mark action items “unread” – Schedule time on your calendar to act on those items. Step 2: Create email folders to file messages that are not urgent or time sensitive and may be read at a later time. Schedule that “later” time once a month.
Right or wrong, how we look is an outer reflection of how we feel about ourselves. Here is an interesting article about emotions and clothing:
You pay your bills online, right? You are trying to go paperless with most statements. The mail keeps on coming though, and sometimes, piling up. One way to reduce mail procrastination is to create a system. I call it your “SPOT”. SPOT stands for: S = Sort P = Purge O = Organize T = Time This system will help you to create optimal habits by designating a specific location for the mail, creating a daily schedule and routine for acting on it, and eliminating paper clutter. Step 1: Decide where you are going to create your SPOT. Ideally, you want to bring in and sort the mail near your recycle bin and shredder. Make sure that you have any supplies that you will need in that SPOT. For example, a letter opener, bill organizer, basket for reading (non-urgent) materials. Step 2: Open each piece, recycle the envelope and unnecessary inserts. Sort each piece of mail once, making quick decisions. It is either an action or reference item. Step 3: Organize your action items such as bills by due date. Tip: I like to put the bill into an organizer 3-5 days before the due date. Organize your reference items such as catalogs and magazines into a relatively shallow basket or bin. If the pile reaches the top it is time to remove an item(s) before you add more! Step 4: Schedule time to deal with the reference items. For instance, 30 minutes 1x/week to read through and recycle the non-urgent materials.
Do you plan what you are going to do with all of the time you that you save? We often talk about not having enough time, using time savers, and multi-tasking to get more done. That’s great if you are going to do something with all that time you’re saving, right? Here are 3 factors Outside In Organizer and Makeovers would like you to consider when managing your time: #1: Time savers- when you are using or doing something to save yourself time does the time factor have the intended benefit? For example, when you choose to send a thank you note via email rather than handwriting and mailing one will the recipient feel as appreciated? This is not about one option being “better” than the other. Rather, it is about creating awareness of our choices. Sometimes, the immediacy of the response takes priority over the personal touch (but not always). #2: Multi-tasking – Do you find yourself driving somewhere, talking on your hands-free phone and eating at the same time? When you arrive, is the sense of accomplishment a good feeling? Do you sometimes feel like you are on auto-drive and don’t even remember how you got there? Here is another alternative…next time you are going for a short drive turn off your phone (completely, not just on vibrate). Take the 10-15 minutes to notice the things, sounds and people around you. Notice the weather, road conditions, new stores or restaurants you’ve meaning to visit. Then notice all of the other activities people engage in while driving. Do they look content, attentive, or relaxed? Being more present will always outweigh the benefits of multi-tasking. #3: Saved time – We all want to be more productive and efficient. List 3-5 things that you will do with the time that you… read more →
You look into your closet…you stare at your clothes…you wear the same old things. Is this your daily dilemma? Want to learn how to update your wardrobe and image? Here are the 6 commitments you will need to make: #1: I will let go of out-of-style clothing. Ex.: suit jackets with shoulder pads, mini skirts, pleated pants, holiday cardigans, etc. #2: I will invest in well fitting undergarments. #3: I will donate or consign clothing that doesn’t fit the body I am in today. Ex.: the clothes I am waiting to wear when I lose those last 10 pounds. #4: I will ask a friend or professional for an honest assessment of what clothing flatters my body type. #5: I will only wear clothing that is flattering and comfortable. #6: My wardrobe will express my personality and lifestyle. More OIOM tips to follow!