Make even the dog days of August productive with these tips...
Have you noticed that the majority of the articles on getting your stuff organized involved buying more things? Don't, just don't. You do not need to have all white or clear acrylic organizers and matching baskets to organize your belongings. Start by locating damaged, stained, and worn out items and toss them. Move forward from there.
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Unsubscribe – Yep, again….
Review your regular email subscriptions, assuming you have already eliminated unwanted newsletters, consider those remaining. Although you may enjoy them, do they primarily reaffirm information you already know? Do you regularly review the headers but never read deeply? Are they repetitive? Consider unsubscribing from a few of them or filter them into a folder and see if you really miss them. Even interesting newsletters can distract from activities or work you value.
Back-to-school is fast approaching, in some areas of the country it has already arrived. Kids will be more excited about school and invested in participating if they have selected colorfully designed folders and a new backpack or lunch bag.
However, allowing kids to make their own choices regarding new school supplies can slow the buying process. Help them feel invested and speed up the decision making process by selecting a smaller pool of items for them to pick from. Instead of 20 different backpacks, let them pick from a group of 3 that you have vetted for quality and cost.
Manage the task that is in front of you.
Unexpected tasks crop up all the time both at home and at work. When this happens to you, deal with the "have to". Don't let these pop-up tasks derail you. Identify and address the have to. Plan for addressing less urgent related tasks another time, execute and move on.
Capture Your Ideas!
Using your phone's camera or by texting yourself, you can make sure your brilliant but fleeting inspirations are captured for acting on in the future. Don't skip the critical step of reviewing the content in those texts and your photo albums for formal planning at work and/or home.
Does your storage unit stress you out?
Storage units are an expensive way to deal with clutter. If you (or your parents) are struggling with downsizing Pulled2Gether Consulting, LLC can help. Keep the belongings you need and love and either sell, donate or toss all else. Contact P2G today to take that 1st step.
Execute the ideas and projects you already have going. Apologies to Pinterest but the last thing I need right now is another idea. I have a stack that goes back literally years. In what may be a short trial period, I am deleting my emails that contain new project fodder and am focusing on working through the backlog. Do you have a backlog of dream projects to explore? Join me and share your results!
Project Review: Happy/Sad
Focusing on a project backlog can lead to rediscovery of an exciting idea or the realization that a particular projects time has come and gone with said project left undone. Keep moving forward. Schedule time (in ink!) to begin work on the exciting discovery and feel the satisfaction of taking action.
Send A Reminder
Spare yourself the frustration of a missed deadline or forgotten meeting. Send colleagues and friends a reminder confirming meeting time/location and expectations if work is involved. While you may be able to hold all of your obligations on your radar, others struggle often due to an overload of responsibilities. Give everyone a break, sent a quick text or email, and avoid misunderstandings.
Use a Tickler Folder
Scheduling projects & events into the future can be challenging. Entering an item on your calendar may not provide the prompting needed to follow up on final details. Establish a folder in your email to store messages with information and contacts for staying on top of the prep needed for upcoming obligations.
Every where we turn there are recommended reading lists being promoted. Oprah, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Sarah Jessica Parker....the list goes on. The underlying message is that learning and thinking are important and lead to success. Carve out time to contemplate ideas and learn about global experiences. Engage with others and deepen your understandings with conversation.
When you follow stagnant routines and engage in the same experiences you limit your potential and stunt your intellectual and emotional growth.
Planning A Meeting?
Communicate with key participants in advance alerting them to your expectations. If you want them to weigh in on a topic, share anticipated impact of a project, address viable timeline, etc. prior communication will increase achievement of expected outcomes and a realistic action plan for moving forward.
Have you been tapped to present to a new audience or new content? Run your material past someone with experience with that area or audience. Ask questions that will allow you to anticipate the questions or push back you may receive. Going into a presentation well prepped prepares you to shine.
Running A Meeting?
Pay attention to your meeting space. Reserve a meeting room that can accommodate all participants comfortably, including adequate seating at the table and elbow room. If your meeting involves only a few people and an intense topic, consider meeting in your office space rather than a larger conference room.
Cleaning suede shoes
Restore your favorite pair of suede clogs with carefully applied vinegar. Even after months of inaction, salt/water stains can be removed with good results. Dab small amounts of vinegar on a clean cloth and carefully wipe stains away.
Make Time for Someone Else
Organizing strategies tend to have a very internal focus. Make time for yourself, Reduce your stress...
One of the best payoffs to being organized is having the time to support someone else. Streamline your morning so you have time to hold the door from the person behind you carrying a heavy load. Plan your commute so you can ease up and allow a fellow driver to merge easily. The opportunities are endless and small considerations make everyone's day better. Focus on thoughtful!
Public Speaking: Test Your Sound
Sound checks are not just for bands at a live music venue, any time you are speaking in public you need a plan for making sure you can be heard. Two easy strategies: arrive early and test the space and sound system with the event planner and/or arrange with a colleague/friend in attendance to signal you if sound adjustments are needed. Having an audience is only beneficial if they hear your message.
Go ahead and Ask
Do you watch longingly as colleagues attend conferences and workshops? You can learn how they are find these opportunities and the resources experience them. Likely they are volunteering on a board or committee. Perhaps they applied to present. Might be they are paying for the opportunities themselves to further their own learning?
If you would like to follow a similar path, ask those colleagues how you can begin to design your own journey.
What Will You Learn?
The kids are headed back to school, what about you? What is your plan for expanding your knowledge and understanding of your industry or the world?
Continuing education offerings abound, many companies provide learning opportunities. Hoping to relax and gain a new skill? Check out programming at your local public library. You will find a diverse schedule of learning opportunities designed for adults.
Capture that Recipe!
Don't miss a chance to get a friend's trusty and tasty recipe. Snap a pic of the recipe card using your phone. No time spend rewriting, no forgetting to share later. Tasty treats and fond memories of the source ahead! Thanks @robin for sharing your family banana bread recipe!!
Networking comes naturally when you are meeting people to support a common cause. Volunteer opportunities abound whether for community groups, social action committees, or professional organizations. You are guaranteed to connect with like minded people in your area.
Streamlining means Problem Solving
When time is tight and tasks are being dropped, success is dependent on good problem solving strategies. Prediction, questioning, trial & error are all pieces of the puzzle. Invest time in careful testing, reflection and evaluation to arrive at a streamlined routine that is optimal for you.
Color code containers
Make packing and storage easier by using color-coded containers for specific types of items. Ex. containters for dog toys are red, bike gear goes in blue, outdoor shoe containers are green, etc. This visual cue makes locating the correct container a breeze and items are neatly packed in no time.
Don't Meal Plan on the Fly
Mentally planning a week of meals while in the grocery store is a recipe for frustration, unbalanced meals and wasted food & money. Taking as little as 15 minutes prior to arrival to calculate # of nights eating at home, accessing breakfast/lunch staple needs, etc saves money and results in quality meals with minimal prep.
Do you daydream about changing one or ore aspects of your life? Are you overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin? Move forward with strategic organizing support from @p2gconsulting. With skilled questioning and a deft touch, we can have you on your way to a more balanced and rewarding life.
Information Gathering Meetings
When you schedule an informational interview identifying your learning objectives and prepping questions in advance is key. Arriving with your initial list of questions in hand will demonstrate your respect for everyone's time and interest in the topic. Leave room to follow up on intriguing responses. Your questions are a guide and not carved in stone. Be led by the conversation.
Wrap Up that Call
Lingering awkwardly on the phone is not only uncomfortable it can leave the conversation outcomes feeling uncertain. Go with a straightforward conclusion. "I think that was everything we needed to cover. Thank you so much for you time. Have a great day." 'click'
Clear Your Desktop
Open to interpretation, you may get to work on the physical desk in front of you or your computer desktop/monitor display. Cluttered surfaces in either space can be distracting and make vital documents difficult to locate. Employ the same strategies used for your email inbox and other types of clutter: trash, file, use. Maintain for a work space that allows you to prioritize and execute your most critical projects.
Face the Future
Even without a crystal ball some aspects of our future can be predicted. Plan and prepare to ensure that you have the experiences you desire. Downsize, host family & friends, prioritize work objectives and find your balanced life.
Create unique, artistic home decor by exhibiting your collectible items. Anything from spoons to salt shakers and shot glasses can be displayed on surfaces around your home or on their own designated shelving. Think outside the box for using these items in creative ways.
As August winds down, reflect on your 2018 goals. Have you maintained new habits? At P2G, we are excited to continue our unbroken streak of daily organizing tips with #Organized365.
This is post #240 and admittedly there were times when we were ready to throw in the towel. Taking the 1st step and then continuing on is the hard work necessary to making changes for a more balanced life. Join us on the journey!
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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