May's Organized365 suggestions are in full bloom with an abundance of inspiration. What areas will you focus on? Where would you most benefit from a tip or trick? Contact us at Pulled2Gether Consulting to submit requests!
Scanning records and documents for easy storage is only effective if you have established a digital filing system. You may organize digital files using categories similar to those reflected in your paper files. You may wish to change labels and folder hierarchy to solve a 'missing' file issue. The upside of establishing a digital filing system the ease with which it can be updated.
Take Back Your Inbox
Unsubscribing from newsletters is pretty straightforward but occasionally it just doesn't take. If you find that after several attempts an unwanted newsletter continues to arrive in your inbox, set up a rule to filter it directly to a junk folder or label it as spam. Take back your inbox and leave the way clear for messages you want and need to see.
Pre-pack for Committee Mtgs, Classes, Activities
Packing a designated tote in advance of recurring commitments makes getting out the door easier. Heading into 6 weeks of puppy classes? Pack a bag with wipes, poop bags, toys, treats, water & bowl, leash, and blanket. Some items can stay in the bag week after week, others will need to be refreshed the day of class. Arrive prepared!
Travel with Healthy Snacks
Snacks prepared at home help keep energy levels high and crabbiness low. Make healthy choices based on your mode of travel: car, bike, plane... Bonus: they are good for your wallet too!
Make It A Family Affair
Encouraging family members to assist in maintaining household routines can be aided with a “dump zone”, buddy system, random chore drawing and other strategies. Tweens and teens designing and decorating their own bedroom space are more motivated to do the maintenance necessary to complete their vision.
Let the sunshine in!
Spring means opening windows to allow fresh air inside, however, that first look isn’t always pleasant. Take a few minutes to wipe each window. A toothbrush allows you to get into window frame crevices and remove the remnants of winter.
Cleaning the Fridge: Again
A great way to make healthy eating a priority is to "see" the produce in your refrigerator. Sorting through food items on a weekly basis allows you to be aware of and USE fruits and vegetables that so often are neglected, spoil, and lead to feeling bad about the waste.
Haul refrigerated items out shelf by shelf, drawer by drawer. Place items you want to use in the next day or two to the front. Group items you will combine for a healthy meal and let the good feelings flow.
Email Management Tips!
Taking control of your email inbox means addressing several different types of messages. Learn how to tailor your inbox to meet your unique needs. Contact us at Pulled2Gether Consulting and request our free eBook.
Chat & Clean
Take advantage of the speaker feature on your phone. Organize a cabinet as you visit with friends and family. This is low demand multitasking that increases your productivity.
Do make careful decisions about when you use this strategy. If your conversation focuses on detailed plans or sensitive subjects devote your full attention to the person with whom you are communicating.
Break It Down
Segmenting a major task (raking out flower beds!) can help with motivation and provide a sense of accomplishment even when there is much work left to be done.
Identify a starting point and mentally establish a marker of how much you can achieve in one work session. Keep moving forward. Sharing the task with family members not only lightens the load but provides time to connect.
Unique Gift Giving
Take advantage of the array of subscription boxes that are available to find unique items for that special someone who has everything. There are hundreds of options! We recently used CrateJoy to find the perfect Mother's Day gift. Added Bonus: your recipient is reminded of your love and thoughtfulness every time a box arrives!
Stop Jumping Through Hoops!
If your personal or professional routines leave you feeling stressed, address your challenges and implement strategies to streamline your tasks. The Organizing Strategiests at Pulled2Gether Consulting are here to help! Taking that first step to making stress reduction a priority and carving out the time to make changes that fit your circumstances is critical. Visit our website at p2gconsulting.com to get started!
Look Beyond the Clock
Streamlining routines brings the promise of fewer minutes spent on regular tasks. As you strategize new processes and solutions do not forget to consider your mental and emotional responses to specific routines. If the time you spend in the shower relaxes and refreshes you mentally, do not short change yourself (same with walking the dog or playing with the kiddos). Look some where else to gain back time. Don't overlook the option of delegating tasks and removing them from your process entirely.
Beat the Rush!
As you reduce the physical and social clutter in your life, develop a plan and identify criteria for adding in future material goods and social/professional obligations.
Taking the time to be intentional about accepting or passing on purchases and invitations is critical to maintaining your newly streamlined existence.
Invest this time to move forward with less stress and a doable schedule.
Launch in Summer - Ease into Fall
Is your planner your “go to”? This habit can begin early.
From learning the fundamentals in elementary school, keeping school, extra-curricular, and work schedules organized in high school to being a life-line in college -- “plan” for success!
**Start now! Summer's activities are mostly fun so keeping track of them is motivating. Carry your schedule planning routines into the school year.
Hydrate Your Pet
Warmer weather means planning for your “best friends” outside times. From a collapsible cup for traveling to a regularly refreshed outdoor water dish, anticipate your pet's needs for staying hydrated and healthy.
It's Remodeling Season!
Ask your contractor for as detailed schedule as possible. Schedules change and many different pieces need coordinating. Make sure you know what is and will happen, to the best of your contractor's ability.
This is especially important for a kitchen project, so you won’t be huddled over a toaster oven for any longer than necessary. Weekly check-ins help you stay informed and keeps your project on track. - With thanks to @AdamBlust.
Meal Prep to Reduce Stress: Two Birds Literally
Using a meat tenderizing mallet on steak, chicken or pork provides a wonderful outlet for pent up frustration. Pounding your entree protein into submission will enhance both your meal and your attitude. Go ahead and pound it out!
Fun & Organized
Take advantage of your weekend explorations and keep an eye out for unique gifts or activity ideas for sharing with friends and family. Your pleasure in free time discoveries is extended and help you prepare for birthday, graduation, wedding or holiday gift giving!
Book A Win Win!
Donate books to the Little Free Libraries (LFLs) near you. As the weather warms and opportunities for walking increase, neighborhood LFLs will be seeing more traffic.
Support your community of readers AND trim down your bookshelf contents by donating books you have read or will not be reading to the Little Free Libraries in your area.
Organized365 139/365 There is so much talk about productivity and prime work time. When are you most productive?
Morning generally is my time of day, now it is any time the puppy is sleeping!
Remember that circumstances change so be nimble in your expectations.
Wedding Planner Spreadsheet
Four friends, one wedding....how many email messages does it take for 4 friends to plan an intimate wedding on a tight timeline? Contact Val with your guess and receive an event planning template.
Summer Party Planning: Open to adventure
Whether you are hosting a backyard bbq or a cocktail party, fall back on your 'tried and true' drinks & food menus for the majority of the offerings. This allows you to open yourself to the adventure of trying one or two new offering without feeling that you have put your party's success at risk. Guests will appreciate their favorites from past events while you dazzle them with something new.
Break Down Hosting Prep
Completing your to-do list items all at one time is not always possible. Chipping away at tasks over the course of several days allows you to have a sense of accomplishment and relieves the stress of having a mountain of tasks remaining in the last day or hours prior to guests arrival.
Life in Flux
Recognize that the amount of clutter surrounding you will vary over the course of a month, week, day....
Activity levels fluctuate and this is reflected on our kitchen counters, office desks, etc.
Being aware of the circumstances creating what may feel like chaos puts you back in control. When this flurry passes, you will be able to quickly reassert order into your living or work space.
Go Ahead: Over Do It!
Don't worry about being teased for overpacking or over planning. It truly is much better to have too many pairs of underwear in your carryon or too many bottles of water on your bike ride.
Feel goofy for always carrying cold medicine and cough drops? Don't believe the minimalists, the day a friend or colleague is in need you become a hero.
Take A Break
Yep. Designate a day that is not going to be burdened with deadlines, projects and chores. What are the experiences that would appear during your 'perfect' day? Pick one or two and make it happen.
** Yes, you still have to wipe up spills and brush your teeth. LOL!
Advance planning helps ensure a fun day on the parade route and saved expense. Pack water, sun screen and snacks. Depending on your viewing location, bring bag chairs, beach towels and an umbrella for shade. Sunglasses are a must! If the day starts out chilly, wear layers and plan to entertain restless little ones while waiting for the parade to reach your spot.
Make Your Setting Work
Working in an open office or home office setting can present a concentration challenge. Whether you are needing to have a quiet meeting space or mange home activity make sure you take advantage of all of your options.
At work that may mean scheduling off-site. At home it many mean working on the deck while the puppy entertains herself outside.
Plan ahead to stay ahead.
Do you like to give your teen and college age children (nieces, nephews, grandchildren) gift cards? Buy a couple a month to minimize the financial impact during the holidays.
While you're at it, pick up items for “care packages” and birthdays whenever you notice something that would make the recipient smile.
You get ahead and thinking about loved ones while doing errands lifts your spirits too!
Allow Space and Time for One of a Kind Events
When you know a momentous event is coming up, do some advance planning to prevent distractions. Submit a report early to free up your attention, reschedule meetings or appoints. Allow yourself to embrace the moment.
Looking for support as you brainstorm and strategize the next steps in your process? Contact us at p2gconsulting.com. Let's begin working together!
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