Gone are the days when you just drive around aimlessly.Review your errands, meetings, etc. each day. Schedule your activities near one another so that you are conserving gas. TIP: If you are getting groceries but not going directly home simply put a cooler with ice packs in the trunk of your car.
Multitasking is highly overrated. Trying to fit more into your day simply adds to your stress level and potentially lessens your productivity. Action: Spend no less than 30 minutes each week deciding what 3-5 actions will be your priorities during the coming week. Action: At the end of the week, before you schedule your new priorities, review whether or not you met your goals. Re-assess your priorities, the time that you allotted, and determine your next set of priorities. Remember these principles: 1. Not everything is of equal urgency…prioritize, plan, schedule. 2. Not everything must be done by you…you can delegate. 3. Determine the importance of doing one thing well versus doing many things half-heartedly…weigh acceptability versus perfectionism. Organizing and time management are processes, not finished products. Be kind to yourself and enjoy the process.
Why would you need a Professional Organizer (PO)? The reasons are as varied as the clients and their needs. Think of a PO as your coach, teacher, and facilitator. If you are considering hiring a qualified PO your need may demonstrate itself in physical and/or emotional ways. Is clutter stressing you out? Are you tired of looking for things that you cannot find easily? Do you feel like you don’t have time for what you want to do? A qualified Professional Organizer listens and observes first. She can assist you in clarifying your goals, establishing your priorities, and suggesting specific ways to address making changes. If it’s difficult to do on your own, your PO can be right by your side helping you and guiding you in how eventually, you can maintain these changes on your own. My goal? To empower my clients and help them feel better inside when they can take control of their outside!
Great minds think alike, so in this season of giving, share your ideas. Check out more ideas about reducing the holiday overload. It’s never too late to organize. http://www.oprah.com/home/Organize-Holiday-Cards-and-Gift-Shopping
No matter what holiday you celebrate, feeling organized is important. In order to enjoy the holidays you might consider the following: 1. Schedule time to create and write down your budget. 2. Schedule time to make your list of who you want to acknowledge and how (purchase, gift card, personal coupon). 3. Identify priorities based on who needs their gift shipped and who celebrates a holiday beforeChristmas. Don’t forget to give yourself time to relax, exercise, eat well and get enough sleep. Happy Holidays to you and yours.!
It’s clear that everyone can benefit from organizing their space, their stuff, and their time. ‘Tis the season to think about giving more by giving less! Most people have the things that they need, in fact, most people have too many things…things that don’t fit, don’t work anymore, don’t get used or displayed and so on. Give your loved ones, friends and colleagues a different kind of gift, one that doesn’t cause clutter (and therefore stress). Instead of a wrapped present, you can gift special time together, sharing time means creating memories. TIPS: Help a friend organize their time by giving a motivational partner, agree to walk with them for an hour every week. Help someone organize their finances by going shopping with them in both of your closets! You can swap clothes you haven’t worn, help eachother donate to a cause that will help someone in need, and identify items that can feel like new with some updated accessories. Lots more ideas from the Outside In Organizer and Makeovers.
Outside In Organizer has changed my life. Since hiring them, I have enjoyed a clutter free office- such peace of mind. I can find any document easily and everything looks beautiful and this has proved very relieving for daily stress.I know I can make so much more money now that my time is not spent with searching for needed papers, notes and phone numbers. Also, I have been motivated to clean the “junk drawer” and closets in my house and I just keep decluttering. Thanks so much for your valuable service. Annette Borsack, president Zen Enterprises, Inc
If you are one of those people who love to send out holiday cards you can plan ahead and make it fun andeasy! Buy your cards after each holiday season when they’re marked down; cards don’t go out of style. Stock up on “forever” stamps to avoid the increase in the cost of postage. Keep the list of people you send cards out to on your computer and update it every year. Remember that names change, families increase, and people move so it’s a great reference. Happy holiday organizing!
Get a head start on preparing for the holidays. Why wait when you can organize and plan ahead? Organizing tools such as lists and calendars make planning all year long much easier. That’s right, all year long! Make separate lists of what tasks need to get done for a specific holiday and work backwards from the date(s) of the holiday. Identify what needs to be bought, for whom, prepared ahead, and so on. List who you need to buy gifts for and who the gift will have to be mailed or shipped to if they are not local. Remember to keep your lists and update them each year. More tips to follow…
It’s not simply a list of things to do. It’s an evolving list of what to do, who to contact, when to do it, who can help, what is my budget, and what do I need to have in order to move in the most organized and efficient manner. TIP: Develop categories for your list and prioritize according to timelines. Start with the date of the move and then work backwards. Perform 1-3 tasks every day, beginning today so that you are not overwhelmed at the end. If it is on your organized moving list, it won’t be missed! What can I do to help you?