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 and digital 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.
All through life we accumulate tidbits of knowledge. Some information is important to retain, while other stuff is just trivia. And, then there is information that we don’t know, but maybe we should!
Learning a few life management skills will enhance our knowledge if we take time to put these ideas to work. In other words, read the book and follow the instructions. Now, continue to read and be a life-long student to gain the knowledge of those things you didn’t know, but should know.
“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know.
There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know.
But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”
There is a library of information below. Take your time to process the information for your specific needs. And if you need help along the way, please contact me. Help is available just for the asking. Fill in the form on the left side bar and I will get back to you just as soon as possible.
2021 Blog Posts – Less is Best
- January ~ Stress vs. Stress-less
- February – Lose Weight
- March – Build a Reserve
- April – Scratch an Itch
- May – Nurture Relationships
- June – Less Packing More Travel
- July – Dreams and Obstacles
- August – Stay Organized
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.
- Plan your evening schedule so that you go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning, including weekends.
- Set up a bedroom that is conducive to sleep — dark, cool and quiet
- Bed-time routine – wash your face, brush your teeth and participate is a relaxation exercise.
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
- A is for Attitude
- B is for Books
- C is for Clutter Control
- D is for Disorganized Desk
- E is for Electronic Savings
- F is for Frugal Living
- G is for Garage Attack
- H is for Home Office
- I is for Irritants
- J is for Jump Start
- L is for Living in the Moment
- N is for Nemesis
- P is for Photos
- T is for Top Ten Tools
- W is for Wardrobe
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 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.
Ben Franklin’s Almanac, Yankee Publishing Inc.
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Judith Ann Kirk, Professional Organizer / Productivity Coach