8 SMART Ways to Start the New Year
1. Order your new year planner. I love the planner pad. It’s more than an appointment book. It helps me PLAN. Order yours at http://PLannerPads.com. I prefer the personal size, spiral bound and the reusable zippered case. Don’t forget to order the convenient monthly tabs. I have an inexpensive video to show you my own SMARTcuts for using my planner pad. Order here.
2. As you put away your holiday decorations, eliminate any that are past their prime or go unused (yet again). Shop the sales for “fresh” things for next year.
3. Plan a few short sessions to clear out paperwork. Need some guidance? My PEACE of PAPER system is available for a limited time. Order here. I’ll show you how to manage the incoming daily paper and take action quickly and easily. I’ve also revised this edition to include the Vital Documents information.
4. Start some new traditions. We have a special (yet simple) breakfast on holidays. We use our clear glass plates over birthday cards, wrapping paper, seasonal fabric, photos or drawings to make festive tableware.
5. Clear out closets to make room for holiday gifts. This is a great time to pass along those items that are useful, but not to you!
6. If you aren’t already using my Receipt File suggestion, get a coupon organizer file or envelopes for all all your primary shopping spots. This saves a lot of time all year long!
7. Participate in activities intentionally this year, not from guilt. Learn to gracefully say, “no” to things that cause you stress. Doing less will probably mean you enjoy this year more.
8. Create your New Year’s Rhythm. What will you include more of and less of? Start that rhythm now!
Here are 10 of the TOP TIME GOBBLERS…
1. Lack of urgency/procrastination.
2. No clarity/focus.
3. Inadequate or inefficient tools.
4. Spending “dollar time” on “penny tasks.”
5. Using distraction to create avoidance.
6. Interruptions from lack of boundaries.
7. Chaos and clutter.
8. Internet and social media addictions.
9. Negative thoughts and people.
10. Fatigue from poor personal care.
Long Weekend Projects
Got time? Maybe a long weekend isn’t bringing you some exotic get away, but instead a great opportunity to refresh yourself and your space with some long procrastinated project. Here are some tips for working moms to consider that will pay off big time. Balancing work and family just got simplified.
- Paint a room. A fresh coat of paint is the least expensive thing you can do to update and “renovate” the appearance of a space. The new color matching computers available in home improvement stores can take the stress out of selecting the perfect shade. Just take in your fabric or other color inspiration and let the pros create a perfect match. My favorite painting combo is a large rectangular Glad food storage box to pour paint into. Just snap on the lid when you need to take a break and the paint says moist. A disposable fuzzy paint pad w/ a Styrofoam handle will fit right in (you can even leave it in the box on your break). Don’t forget to use the blue painter’s tape to mask off the baseboards, ceilings, outlets, etc.
- Clear a closet (or two). Just “let it all out”! Try on the clothes you haven’t worn. Separate those to give away, repair, have cleaned, or trash. Buy matching hangers. This is an inexpensive way to freshen the appearance of your closets. It takes one foot of rod for 15 shirts, 12 jeans/pants, 6 jackets or suits. Estimate what your closet will realistically hold and reduce your wardrobe to fit your space comfortably. You may be more willing to put things away if they fit easily & aren’t all crammed in!
- Purge some paper. Go to http://www.irs.gov and search for publication 552 for guidance on what paperwork to keep. Much of what you have is probably too outdated or useless or available on line (owner’s manuals, etc.).
- Have a FIX IT UP spree. Haven’t taken the time to fix those minor irritants around your home or office? Grab the tool box and “attack” them or call someone to help. Quit being frustrated daily by the closet that won’t close, the burned out light bulb or the loosey-goosey towel bar that falls on you every day!
- Reward yourself for your efforts-although your nice space will probably be enough!
How much is being disorganized costing you?
One the most common requests we hear is, “Help me organize my paper!”
It is said that the average person spends over 150 hours per year, just looking for lost information. Some estimates are even higher than this! Based on a 260 day year (not considering holidays, personal days, etc., and let’s say you never look for lost information on the weekends…), that is almost 35 minutes per day, 2.9 hours per week and 12.5 hours per month!
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