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We all have one. That one place where everything you don't know what to do with gets stashed. Get it off the desk or off the counter but put it somewhere out of sight. Item after item builds until you have a junk drawer or a junk closet that has gotten woefully unmanageable and seems to have solidified itself as a fixture in your household.
One of the things we are all tempted to do during the holiday season is to over schedule ourselves and our family. Although it may not seem as if there is enough time to do everything on your to-do lists, rest assured that when the big day arrives, everything will be done. Our suggestion to you this year is to take a day off. What does this mean actually?
Seventy four years ago the United States entered World War II with the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. There are fewer and fewer people that are alive today that remember that day - either those that were in the military or civilians.
Are you a visual learner? I am. Things, dates, reminders are much easier for me to remember when I write them down. Not enter them into my PDA, but when I physically write them down.
Just wanted to drop a quick post in between basting and baking to let you know of a little trick I've found to keep the day running smoothly.
When I write out my Thanksgiving menu
Have you ever found a tangled mess when you opened up your holiday lights from the previous year? That was the norm around here until an old friend told us about a simple way to keep your lights organized.
It is about this time of year that I start to feel a time pressure to get going on my holiday preparations. I know that I have weeks to do things, but the very fact that there is a time limit puts a sense of urgency/dread/panic into the equation. This feeling also takes away some of the enjoyment of the season for me. This year, I want to savor every experience, marvel at the wonder and generally enjoy the preparations instead of getting tied in a knot about them.
This morning I pulled out all the boxes where I've stored all our holiday decorations. In the past, I have organized them by room, by function and a dozen other ways and I still struggle each year to find the exact item that I want.
I have been searching all day for a new solution and I think I have found the answer
Have you starting thinking about the holidays yet? I have. This year, however, I am going to do something that I haven't done before. I am going to plan ahead and volunteer for some charitable activities now, instead of waiting until the last minute.
We usually get drafted to help out with a church or pantry activity. Last year, we delivered turkey dinners to 4 families around our area who were homebound. This is one of our favorite things to do on Thanksgiving Day.
Have you heard the old adage 'many hands make light work'? This is something my grandmother used to tell us when we had a particularly huge mess to clean up after Thanksgiving dinner or birthday festivities. And she was right, the work did seem to go much faster and was more fun because everyone pitched in. Did you know that the ability to work with others well is one of the traits of highly successful people?
Hi Friends,Did you know that your brain is at its sharpest in the morning? If you have ever wondered when the best time to get things done is, try rearranging your schedule to put the important or difficult tasks ahead of all else and do them in the morning.
Do you take yourself seriously? I know it is
very easy sometimes to slip into a phase where we just don't believe in
ourselves or value our work or our time enough. This is one of the
characteristics that really successful people possess: they believe in
themselves and the work that they do. They take their goals and
aspirations seriously and work towards them at every opportunity.
We have spoken here quite often about clutter and what it does to undermine your efforts to get organized, but also how it robs you of precious time. Today's post is about keeping your schedule in one place. This is one of the characteristics of highly successful people that we have also been discussing in the last few posts. Having parts of your schedule at home, other parts at work, other parts on a mobile device - all of these contribute to schedule clutter and makes you work too hard at finding out what it is that you really need to get done today or where you need to be at 4 pm.
Hope your week has been good. We had a storm over the weekend and it felled some small trees and branches. It caused us to spend some time in the yard doing cleanup that we normally wouldn't have even thought of doing for another couple of weeks. It got me thinking about the series I have been doing on the habits of highly successful people. One of those habits is that they work when they don't have to. We cleaned up the yard when we didn't have to and it feels pretty good to have this done.
Hope everybody had a great weekend. We had
delightful weather and we spent a lot of time outdoors enjoying the
sunshine and the comfortable temperatures. Amazing what one can
accomplish when the environment is conducive to getting things done!
Hi Friends,Ever wonder why some people achieve greatness and others, equally as talented and equally as smart, do not? A study was done recently that profiled the schedules of very successful people - people that have built huge business empires or reached the pinnacle of success in their chosen field.
Now that school has started again and the kids are
out of the house for hours at a time, it is probably a good time to
address the additional clutter that comes with starting a new school
year. New school supplies including notebooks, pens, pencils, markers,
paper and thumb drives need their own place. Each item should have an
assigned location in your child's desk or wherever they do their
homework. Store like items together so that if a red pen is required,
there is only one place to look for said item and so on.