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Monday, February 13, 2017

Work/Life Balance - Is There Really Such a Thing?


Everyone talks about "Work/Life Balance" - but the question is - "is there really such a thing?".

In today's world everyone is so busy it's hard to find enough time for your family and all of their activities, much less yourself.

Then we throw in the reality of today's world - where everyone is connected all of the time and we never get any "down time".  Facebook, Twitter, email, messaging ....and the rest of the internet keeps interrupting us 24/7.

Be honest - our cell phones are never out of our hand. We constantly check it. It keeps interrupting our life. And we allow it!  We would be lost without it!

Or would we?

What did people ever do before cell phones and the internet?

They talked to each other in person. They shared their life with people they actually knew - not strangers they meet online. Strangers, or acquaintances they call "friends".

Social media is everywhere. We are inundated with it. It might have it's place - but so does out family and our friends.

Throw in our jobs - which in many cases - due to cell phones - keeps us "working" 24/7. We are never far out of the reach of our jobs and our bosses. We constantly answer work related questions even after we come home. There is never any "down" time. Our "family time" is constantly being interrupted by outside forces.

It might be the "reality" of today - but it affects us in many ways. And most people really aren't aware of it.

Paying attention to people when they are speaking to you. Being "present" when they are speaking to you - doesn't happen very often anymore - because someone is messaging us and we are reading the messages - or we are reading our emails on our cell phone.

It might be the "norm" - but it shows a lack of respect for the other person.

It might be "important" that you answer your emails from work 24/7 - or so you think. It might just "make you feel important". Are you getting paid extra for working 24/7? Is it really going to make or break your job/career?

It has been shown that people need a break. They need down time from their jobs. They need to take "real" vacations - without the disruption of their jobs. They need to refresh, regroup, recharge!

It's hard!  But if we don't allow ourselves to get recharged - if we don't allow ourselves to be "present" for our family and friends - we won't really be our best. We will miss a lot of the special moments in our family's life - because we aren't focusing on the moment because our minds are elsewhere.

Take a step back - be realistic on how your work, your family and your life interact with each other.

Make time for yourself. Make time for your family and friends. Make time for your job. 

Organize your life - organize your priorities. Yes - family and friends can and should be scheduled activities - just like you schedule your meetings at work. They are just as important.

Your health depends on having balance in your life.

Figure out what's working and what's not. You don't have to be in every single activity and on every single board. You might want to - but you don't have to.

Work/Life Balance is not always balanced. But you can adjust it - and you should - every so often.





Take our Work/Life Balance Assessment to see how well you are doing.


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Monday, February 6, 2017

How Organized Are You? Take A Quiz And Find Out....


Being ORGANIZED is a way of life. It's not a "one time, fix it up and be done with it" process. It's an ongoing event.  Some people might be organized in one part of their life and not in another. They might be organized at work and unorganized at home. It's perfectly normal and very common.

Just because you have an organized desk doesn't mean that you are an organized person.

Do you process your mail in a timely manner? Do you pay your bills on time? Do you drive all over town from one end to another? Do you realize that if you planned and consolidated your trips your could be saving time and money?

Being organized affects every part of your life. From when you wake up in the morning and have your clothes laid out for the day and your lunch made ahead of time....until you are ready to go to bed at night and have your tomorrow all planned out.

Do you have routines in place for sorting through your closet and getting rid of things that you never wear? Does your family know what you expect of them? Do they know where to put things? Do they even know that you have a plan?

When it comes to families - everyone should be on the same page - at least they should know there is a page. By coming together as a family and having a common goal you will be able to eliminate some of the stress that daily life brings.

Start by teaching your kids that you have expectations. You will be helping them grow into a better and more organized adult!

Take our  Personal Organizational Assessment   and see how organized you really are.



Less Clutter = Less Stress SM     in your home, your business and your life 

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Calculate the Cost of Disorganization. How much money is your business losing?



Disorganization costs your company money. When you waste part of your day looking for reports or files because you did not put them where you could easily find them - you are wasting time and time is money.

When you are not ready for your meeting or you are late for your meeting because you are disorganized - you are wasting other people's time and money.

When you waste part of your day doing things - other than the job you were paid for - you are wasting your employers time and money.


Being disorganized is epidemic.

According to the NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) database you will find research showing parents spend an estimated 23 percent of their time outside of work coordinating their children’s and family’s schedules.  Being organized is crucial.  Yet, it's a problem that a lot of people can't get a handle on.

A few thing that can help:

1) Put your appointments on a calendar (paper or electronic) - and check it daily.
2) Give yourself extra time to get to your appointments.
3) Get ready for meetings the day before - to allow for any complications.
4) Get yourself & your family ready for work/school the night before.
5) Find a filing system that works for you - and use it!
6) Try to understand why you are so disorganized and let someone help you become more organized.


Calculate the Cost of Disorganization



Read this great article from Forbes on 
 Wasting Time At Work





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Monday, January 23, 2017

Keep Your Family Organized


In today's world everyone is so busy it's hard to keep up with what's going on in your own life much less everyone in your family. Trying to juggle your work schedule, your personal schedule, doctors appointments and more - is well - hard. Add in your spouse's schedule and your kids schedule and it's a managing nightmare.

Gone are the days when a family sits down to a family dinner every night and the kids are playing in the backyard. Today's kids are in multiple activities and it's rare that everyone is in one place at the same time.

Keeping track of schedules and commitments requires a lot of planning and coordinating. One great option is Cozi.

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It's an online family organizer that not only allows multiple people to share a calendar - but it also lets you create to do lists, plan meals, shopping, send messages, journal - and a whole lot more.

And it's FREE !  It's a great organizing app!

Check it out - and see if your family can become more organized - and you don't forget any more important appointments.






Less Clutter = Less Stress SM     in your home, your business and your life 

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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Cost of Disorganization - Some Interesting Statistics



Lost something already today? Misplaced items cost us ten minutes a day.

We spend ten minutes every day rummaging for lost items, from books and phones to car keys and even the cars themselves, a survey has found. And a total of 3,680 hours or 153 days is spent searching for stuff, over our lifetimes.

The research found we also lose up to nine items every day - or 198,743 in a lifetime. The daily loss calculated over a year means an incredible 3,285 items are misplaced every 12 months - or just under 200,000 bits and bobs over the course of 60.5 adult years.

The research found we also lose up to nine items every day - or 198,743 in a lifetime. The daily loss calculated over a year means an incredible 3,285 items are misplaced every 12 months - or just under 200,000 bits and bobs over the course of 60.5 adult years.

TOP MOST LOST ITEMS
1. Mobile / smartphone
2. House keys
3. Car Keys
4. Paperwork
5. Sunglasses / spectacles
6. Purse / wallet
7. Lip balm
8. Hair brush
9. Gloves
10. Clothing
11. Umbrella
12. Book
13. Bank card
14. Train / bus ticket
15. Coat
16. Diary / personal organiser
17. Sun hat
18. Laptop
19. Car
20. Tablet / e-reader

(03/20/2012 - Esure Home Insurance Study of 3000 adults. By the Daily Mail Reporter)

These are some interesting statistics from our NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) statistical database.

Being disorganized costs you time and money. And a lot of stress when you are constantly searching for things. By having a more organized home and a more organized life - you could be doing a lot of things that are a lot more fun than searching for your car keys!

Having a "place for everything - and everything in its' place" will make your life a lot easier and a lot less stressed.

Now go and find your missing car keys! 

Less Clutter = Less Stress SM     in your home, your business and your life 

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Paper Managment Filing System - Another Great Option - Freedom Filer



Paper management is a never ending nightmare for most people. We get inundated with paper every day. What do we do with it all?  Where do we put it? How do we find it?

Being organized - with paper - is a challenge for a lot of people. Having some type of system in place - whether it's a filing cabinet and file folders or an electronic filing system - really makes a difference in being able to find the papers and information we need - in a timely manner.

Not being able to find a document causes frustration and stress. Especially if you wait until the last minute to find that important document that you need.


Another great system that can really save you time and frustration is the  Freedom Filer  system. It is a self purging system that is easy to use and easy to set up.



Company Info:
 FreedomFiler™ provides state-of-the-art, maintenance-free paper organizing solutions for the home and office. Created by an award winning development team, our flagship product is a self-purging home filing system that forever eliminates the need to clean out and reorganize files, while dramatically reducing the time and energy required to file and retrieve papers.







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Thursday, January 5, 2017

JANUARY 2017 - GO MONTH: GET ORGANIZED MONTH

















 
January is GO Month! This month-long campaign by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) promotes the benefits of working with an organizing or productivity professional and highlights the educational opportunities for individuals looking to build a career in the profession. NAPO professional organizers and productivity specialists across the country host events in their communities to empower individuals, families and businesses to regain control over their surroundings, time and possessions.

GO Month 2017 will promote the benefits of working with a NAPO organizing or productivity professional who is committed to professional development. The 2017 campaign will also highlight the opportunities NAPO offers for those new to the profession and for those seasoned professionals seeking advanced educational opportunities.

GO Month History
In 2003, NAPO established the “Get Organized Week” Community Service Project Program, where NAPO members held events to help promote organizing in their communities. The success of the program led NAPO to officially proclaim January as Get Organized (GO) Month in 2005, and develop a public awareness campaign to focus national attention on how getting organized empowers people to regain control over their time, possessions, inboxes, and surroundings.

NAPO professional organizers and productivity specialists across the country once again will host community events to help individuals, families, businesses and organizations bring time management, organization, storage solutions and productivity into their lives, and start the year with systems and solutions to improve efficiency long-term.
 
About NAPO
The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) was founded in 1985 as a nonprofit professional educational association for professional organizers. Today, NAPO has approximately 4,000 members worldwide, representing the full spectrum of the global industry: professional organizers, productivity specialists, authors, educators, trainers, manufacturers, service providers and more. NAPO’s mission is to be the leading source for organizing and productivity professionals by providing exceptional education, enhancing business connections, advancing industry research, and increasing public awareness.

NAPO is headquartered in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, and is on the web at www.NAPO.net.

Get ORGANIZED in 2017 with a Professional Organizer!

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