Ways to be generous with your time
Ways to be generous with your time is this month’s theme. We need to make the connection between how organization and time management benefits ourselves and others. If you want to be organized and make the most of your time you need to be able to:
- Prioritize and re-prioritize.
- Be flexible and adapt to the situation.
- Set healthy boundaries.
Time management requires that you have a system that you can use on a consistent basis with relative ease. This system keeps you organized and prevents you from becoming overwhelmed with having too much to do. Any organizing or time management system has to be flexible enough to allow you to have balance in your work and personal life.
Organizing, time management tip #16: Leave the dirty dishes soaking in the sink, watch a movie or go to bed early. 15-20 minutes. They will be there in the morning.
Ways to be generous with your time should allow you to give someone special, including yourself, the attention that they need when they need it. You want to be able to set healthy boundaries and re-prioritize. Sometimes that means that you need to recognize when you need a break. Leave the dirty dishes soaking and spend time doing something more pleasurable once in awhile. Ask yourself, what is the worst thing that could happen if I wake up to a sink of dirty dishes? The answer is probably “nothing”. Perhaps it will motivate someone else to do the dishes for you this time which would be a great benefit.
Ways to be generous with your time
If you haven’t read my other posts, here is a summary of the tips so far:
- Forgive someone.
- Forgive yourself.
- Catch someone doing something right and acknowledge it.
- Allow someone to get ahead of you in line.
- Write a thank you note.
- Call someone special for no particular reason.
- Send an old photo of you and a friend or family member to that person.
- Send a “thinking of you” card.
- Schedule unscheduled time.
- Sleep in an extra 15 minutes.
- Wake up 15 minutes early and do something that you never have time to do.
- Buy fresh flowers for yourself.
- Buy an extra bunch for a friend or neighbor.
- Leave a piece of chocolate on your partner’s pillow.
- Play “your” song during or after dinner with your significant other.
November 28, 2011Even young children can get involved in organizing “games”. It’s a great way to learn concepts such as naming, sorting and categorizing. There are lots of ways to reinforce positive behaviors including sharing, donating, rotating the number of toys available (versus in storage), and so on. TIP: sort, purge, donate, and organize toys and games ... Read more
November 27, 2011Do your and your friends have a favorite cause or charity? Outside In Organizer & Makeovers recommends that in lieu of gifting more items, you consider giving one another donations to your preferred non-profit groups. Fund raising is critical to many important organizations and difficult in times of limited resources. The benefits? SAVE TIME – LESS ... Read more
November 25, 2011TIP #1: Remember to update your contact list. Note address, phone and email changes. If your information changed, consider enclosing a business card with the current information. TIP #2: Compile your list of holiday card/gift recipients and date it : “as of (year sent)”. Keep it on your computer and each year you can “save as”, ... Read more
November 24, 2011Have you noticed that each year you receive fewer cards during the holidays? Do you know why? Outside In Organizer & Makeovers suggests that it doesn’t matter because you don’t send them in order to receive cards in return. What matters is that you organize your priorities and decide if it gives you satisfaction to send ... Read more
November 18, 2011What’s worse: packing? Moving? Unpacking and moving in? A few tips to ease the pain: 1. Hire a Professional Organizer to help you declutter before the move. No sense moving items you don’t need anymore. 2. Be prepared. Pack an overnight bag with the essentials (medications, bottled water, toiletries, clean underwear) and put that in your car. ... Read more
November 16, 2011Men want to look great during the holidays, too. The basics are no different for you guys: 1. FIT: The biggest mistake that men make is wearing clothes that don’t fit well. That means that pants should be comfortable around the waist and jackets can button without gapping. Find a good tailor and let them alter ... Read more
November 15, 2011Spend less and get more? Add the pizazz factor! Scarves and pashminas can change an outfit. You can wear them in various ways over almost any top. Don’t have time to buy new clothes? Try wearing trendy tights with zig zag or fish net lines. Wear a simple pencil skirt, classic blouse, put on those ... Read more
November 14, 2011Women, here are some simple ideas to update your holiday wardrobe: Add sparkle – You can find great jewelry and antique or retro pieces in consignment shops. Adding sparkle to something classic is a great way to make it pop! A large brooch on a jacket lapel will look great, but keep the earrings simple so that they’re ... Read more
November 12, 2011You may have a lot of “stuff” but the best thing that you can do even after sorting & purging is to contain it! Using containers such as baskets or bins has obvious benefits: you can find items more easily, are less likely to lose things, can keep horizontal surfaces clear, etc. There is a wide variety of containers ... Read more
November 11, 2011You can get very creative with storing items in all sorts of places that are easy to access. For instance, there are hidden spaces: Under the bed bins for off season shoes, boots and clothing. Plastic zipper bags with extra bed and bath linens. Hooks and bars behind or on the inside of doors. There are countless ways to ... Read more