Tips from a Professional Organizer are simply common-sense solutions — Life Management Skills — to everyday problems. The majority of my clients experience stress over paper clutter, lack of time and over-crowded spaces. However, it is not the paper, nor the possessions, nor the schedule that is the problem. It is the daily habits individuals carry along with them, both good and bad.
Getting organized is about changing behaviors and making wise choices — Life Management Skills. There is always a choice. When something arrives, you choose what to do with it and how you will care for it. When someone asks you to do something, you choose whether it easily fits into your schedule. When you hold a possession in your hand, your choose whether it brings you joy or simply takes up precious space.
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2021 Blog Posts – Less is Best
Mystery of Time — FAQ
Fact: We all have the same amount of time each and every day – 1,440 minutes.
Fact: Time is not lost or misplaced. Are you one of the multitudes that have a long list of to-dos just waiting for when you find the time?
Fact: Time cannot be replaced nor stored in a bank for future use. Time has no physical manifestations; it is simply a sequence of moments.
Fact: Time cannot be purchased nor sold. It is a free commodity given equally to everyone each day we awake.
Fact: We all know people who are able to balance demands and effortlessly sail through their days. What is their secret? Task management! They have learned the skills and techniques of planning. Time just keeps ticking away and the most important thing is how you use those moments.
Case studies are real-life situation used as a self-teaching tool to get and stay organized, and be more productive. These brief situations will help you to believe that you, too, can do it step-by-step.
- Behind Closed Doors
- Bulging Briefcase and Sore Shoulder
- Car preps for the winter time
- Control Clutter
- I Hate My Office
- Photos – The Story of Your Life
- Power of Three
- Power of Why
- Voice Mail/Text Message Overwhelm
Less is Better, Less is More:
- Buy in Bulk
- Keep Item Where You Use it
- Managing your files
- Pens / Pencils – First Step
- Tackle the Excess
Life Management Skills:
2020 Blog Posts – Capturing Time
- January ~ An overflowing desk is a time waster!
- February ~ Organize the files – digital and paper.
- March ~ Curb Procrastination
- April ~ Stress Awareness
- May ~ A Reserve of Time
- June ~ What’s Next in the Global Pandemic
- July ~ Pomodoro Technique
- August ~ Calendar Effectiveness
- September ~ Be Proactive
- October ~ Inbox Zero
- November ~ Here come the storms
- December ~ Different between Neatness and Organized
- Good Bye 2020!
Practical Advise from Ben Franklin
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain,
except death and taxes.”
Moaning and groaning over taxes is nothing new. Every school child learns about the Boston Tea Party. This is considered to be the catalyst of the American Revolution. Thanks to a group of angry colonists dressed as Indians, Americans now have the ability to tax ourselves.
After all these years, we are still looking for ways to get out of paying taxes. Most of us resent the annual tax preparations, but we recognize that we live better lives with tax-funded programs. So now that the filing date for the 2020 income tax is looming, consider what you can do to organize a system that will ensure an easier preparation every year. Setting up an effective file system can save time, energy and money.
- Designate a place to work because every home needs an office.
- Organize file folders by categories that are pertinent to you.
- Maintain a separate file for all financial institutions.
- Keep the current year together in one filing cabinet.
- Archive past tax returns and label clearly before storing in the attic, basement, garage or off-site.
- Establish a file folder for collecting tax documentations that begin to arrive in January.
- Organize papers before you start to use tax software or before you sit down with your accountant.
Ben Franklin’s Almanac, Yankee Publishing Inc.
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Judith Ann Kirk, Professional Organizer / Productivity Coach