Category Archives: Time Management

EP’s Quick Organizing Tip

Contain school paper clutter.

Choose a sturdy container such as a plastic organizing bin.  Place folders in the bin labeled “art” and “classwork.” Teach your child to file the papers away when they bring them home. This system should contain papers from the school year for several years. At the end of each year, you and your child can review all the papers and decide which to keep or discard. Or perhaps, you can pass some of them along to grandmothers.

School papers unorganized

School papers unorganized

School papers organized

School papers organized

“Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections.” –St. Francis de Sales

I’ve heard 100% of my customers apologize for the condition of the space that needs to be decluttered or organized, and 100% of the time, I have responded, “There’s no need to apologize.”

Each one had the courage to acknowledge imperfection when they took the step in the right direction to contact me for help.  Most of the time, a customer has an organizational system that just needs tweaking. Sometimes dramatic life situations have caused complete chaos and we work together to create a new system. Organizing is a process. It doesn’t happen in one day. You must have the mindset to get organized and the will power to continue the process even when things get out of control.

All of us need reassurance sometimes that none of us are perfect.

Never say sorry

Back to School Organizing Tips for “All” Students

Although school has just started, the yelling has started already . “I can’t find my homework!” Now, the reality of having to take care of a household and going back to college has set in. “How am I going to prepare dinner for my family and complete my class assignments?” “How am I going to complete my project at work and my college class project that due at the same time?”

School assignments have a way of disappearing between bedtime and the next morning. Textbooks get lost in your child’s messy clutter.  If you have a child in grade school or high school, school items can be designated to specific spaces such as a  desk, dresser, or  bookshelf. You may have been out of high school for a while now. However, you’re attending college to obtain a degree, complete a degree or change your career path since the economy has been in a downward turn.  As a non-traditional student, time management is very important. You’re probably juggling a part-time or full-time job, and family issues that will contribute to an already hectic life. How do you find time to take care of your household, work, study or have some personal downtime? Time management and organizing skills make it possible.
  • Having a planner in your household is crucial. You should create a calendar (a dry erase board would be ideal) to keep track of school projects, events, extracurricular activities, and appointments.
  • Keep the calendar in a convenient place such as the kitchen, or by the door that you enter and exit daily.
  • All family members should record their schedule and activities on the calendar using different colored markers.
  • It is a good idea for the adult to record the family’s calendar in their personal planner (whether paper or electronic) since you always have it with you.

No matter what type of student you are, the academic year doesn’t have to be stressful or disorganized if you follow these few time management and organizing tips.

At the end of the day, what does a cleared off desk mean?

I remember a past supervisor commenting that my desk was always neat and clean at the end of the day.  She meant this in a positive way. I was very proud that my desk was always neat and cleared off at the end of the day and ready to begin work the next morning.  But just what did my cleared desk mean in terms of my being productive and managing paperwork?  Were the tasks I had put on my “To Do List” completed?  Were there any mismanaged papers?  Were my supervisor’s priorities met?

Having a cleared, neat desk does not mean being organized!  However, the answer to the questions above is “Yes!”  – I was very  organized and finished my daily tasks efficiently – most of the time.  I had a process that worked for me in terms of getting paper from the ‘In Box’ to where it belonged and prioritizing tasks from ‘To Do’ to ‘To Done.’

Most of us have a process to manage our daily work routine, however, when things get out of focus, we can use a little help and learn new techniques to get us back on track.

A new technique for you may be as simple as discarding more of the paper that crosses your desk – (a shredder can be your friend).

Or you may need to set up a tickler file (a tickler file organizer allows time-sensitive documents to be filed according to the future date on which each document needs action).

Or, you may need a full-scale reorganization!

You’re not alone.  I’ve had to reorganize more than once in my lifetime.

 

 

Staying Productive During “The Summer Syndrome!”

Summer is on the way and I just want to play!  Do you feel this way too?  Well, the reality is that, as adults, we have priorities in our lives—we have to work in order to take care of ourselves and our families before we play whether we’re a small business owner or an individual.

When grappling with the summer syndrome—the feeling of wanting to be on vacation and spending time outside instead of being cooped up inside working,  you sometimes become burned out and less productive? How can you stay focused at work? How can you balance work, personal or family responsibilities and vacation time?

The key is Time Management!  Time Management involves monitoring your time. Time Management involves delegation. Time Management is being flexible and creative so that you can adjust your schedule to be able to take time away from your work to enjoy those long, lazy summer days.

 

 

I can offer you insights on how to counteract “The Summer Syndrome” by offering you some key time management tools to help you stay productive and enjoy the long, lazy days of summer.   Contact me to find out how.

Easy Bill Paying 1-2-3

After you’ve created a household budget, it’s time to pay the bills.  I hear the groans but it’s a necessary process of living.

Some of us utilize technology to pay our bills online. However, if you’re more comfortable and still prefer the paper system, following these three easy steps to avoid late fees, credit problems and stress will help you pay your creditors on time:

 1.  Find a location in your home to set up a bill paying station.

2.  Pay your bills regularly by setting up a system.

3.  File the statements, receipts or confirmation of payments.

 

Contact me to help you set up a simple process for bill paying, keeping you credit worthy and your creditors happy.