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5 minutes | Jul 28, 2019
Adjusting and Expectations
Often times, we have these big, grandiose ideas of what we are going to do and when that large thing doesn’t come to fruition, we get discouraged. These big dreams are great to have – they are often what starts us out on our journey and gives us guidance. I think we often get stuck though when the result doesn’t come in the package we expect. Today I’m going to talk to you about 3 things which I hope will continue to motivate you as you move towards increasing the organization and productivity in your life. These are: Goals are good, Grace is important, and reality is happening.First: Goals are good, don’t think you’re going to get it all done today. Goals drive us, they give us something to look forward to or work toward, but to think that everything will be complete on the day – or even in the week- when you start may not be realistic. It took you months, even years to get to the place you are now in your disorganization, it will take you time to get out. But that’s okay because every step – any little step, even thinking about organization – is important and you are one step closer every day to being that productive, organized person you see in your mind’s eye.This leads me to my next thought – grace is important. Grace is a huge word. What is it? There are all kinds of memes popping up about what grace is or is not, but I’ve really thought a lot about this word lately and ask myself how do I describe grace. You give grace when you are thankful. In order to give grace it cannot be deserved – that there has been an offense of some kind which requires some type of discipline or consequence. Grace allows you to focus less on the thing or the action and more on the person. So if we do this for other people – especially those we love – shouldn’t we be able give a little to ourselves, too? We need to realize our expectations live in our minds and we can fail them without ever voicing them. I’m going to let that sink in. How often are you disappointed in yourself and you are the ONLY person who knew what the expectation is? That you’ve never even voiced the expectation. Start voicing or writing down your expectations somewhere. When you step back and look it does it seem realistic? Give yourself grace when you air quotes “fail” yourself.My 3rd and final thought today is this: Reality is happening. Work with it instead of going against it. Had an appointment cancelled? It can throw your day off a bit – or you can take that hour to do one of two things: invest in yourself or accomplish a small task. I’m working on always having a short list of items I can do – relaxing or productive – so when those opportunities come along, I can just pick off a list instead of spend the entire hour wondering what I should do. For myself this could look like: figuring out how to use Instagram, drive around listening to my music with a quick Starbucks drive through. Productivity related, this could be making a phone call, running to the DMV to get my tabs now instead of in two days. Say I have a kid get sick when and I planned to clean out the garage. My kids are too are too little to leave in the house for hours so this may mean I’ll be deleting photos or emails off my phone as I hold them and watch way too much Daniel Tiger.Goals are good, don’t think you’re going to get it all done today.Grace is important, give it to others and to yourselfReality is happening, let it work for you instead of against you.
9 minutes | Jun 30, 2019
Today we are going to talk about decision making and decision fatigue when declutteringYou are excited. You have all this energy and in your mind you are inspired by those pictures you saw on Pinterest – or your neighbor’s house – or the home renovation show you just watched.You get half way in, there is a mess everywhere and you are quickly loosing motivation and inspiration. What do you do? You suddenly seem unable to make a decision – does this item work? Do I REALLY want to get rid of it – what if I need it next week?Here are a few quick questions you can ask yourself as you are going along to help as you are decluttering:1 – does it work? Does it need batteries? Does it need a replacement part? And the second have of that is – are you actually going to fix it within 7 days? Are you going to order the part, are you going to replace the cover? If the answer to this question is no? get rid of it.2 – am I going to use this item – or have I used this item – within the last two weeks? Now you can change that time frame to fit whatever the item is – such as a waxing product that you use maybe every 6-8 weeks or your turkey roaster you use every November. The real question here is “when it’s time to use that product, are you going to use it?” and a good gage for this is last time it was time to use the product, did you use it? Be realistic with yourself. This includes new recipes. If you have something you want to make, schedule a time to make the new food – put it on you grocery list, and if you can’t find a time, get rid of it. I want you to feel fulfilled, I want you to see those tasks you have and complete them. I do not want a recipe sitting and staring at you giving you mild anxiety because you haven’t made it yet.3 – reframe the question. A dream I’ve always had was to have a home library. I’m talking floor to ceiling bookshelves with a ladder to claim. Think Beauty and the Beast, people. Big windows and comfy chairs. When I moved into our current home I got a little taste of that library as my office came with book shelves lining a wall, floor to ceiling. Of course I have kept so many books it was easy for me to fill thes bookshelves. Guess what? We just took the bookshelves out of the office to redo it for my work and we are not putting all the bookshelves back in. I went through my books and got rid of a majority of them. I have maybe kept 20% of them. This was huge for me because I kept seeing these books as “there is such good information here,” or “I’ve always wanted to read this.” Guess what – some of these books were 20 year old and while I could have said “you haven’t found time to read that book in 20 years, you’re not going to,” that was not the statement that motivated me. What motivated me was saying to myself, “if someone walked in and offered me money for this book, would I give it to them?” when I realized I would easily hand over a book for some cash, that’s when I started tearing through that bookshelf.Does it work?Will you use it in the appropriate time frame?Reframe the question – if someone offered me something for this, would I give it to them?
5 minutes | Jun 16, 2019
Preparing to Run Errands
Create a central location to place items you need to run the errands for – such as returns, etc. This could be a bag.Write down on note cards where you need to go and what you need to do – each errand could be on a separate note card written down throughout the week or all on one note card.Keep a running shopping list in a central location so everyone can contribute. You can take a picture of the list instead of having to take the paper. If everyone in your home is tech savvy use an app you can all sync up.
9 minutes | Jun 3, 2019
Automating Systems: Services
We now have so many services available to us: ordering meals in a box, pick up services, delivery services, but when should we be using them? I'll tell you about the services you can use to make your errands be a little simpler and even a bonus thought - how you might be able to create these services if you don't live in a delivery area or don't have the funds to do so.
10 minutes | May 26, 2019
Automating Systems: Food
How can you get the items in your home to work for you? Part 2 of a 3 part series challenges you to think about preparing food and using the "set it and forget it" features of appliances like crock pots and ovens.
8 minutes | May 5, 2019
Automating Systems: Cleaning
We have so many systems available to us and yet, we may not use them or don’t use them to our advantage. Over the next 3 episodes we will talk about using these systems to get you thinking about how you can use them to your advantage. In this episode, we’ll cover cleaning related appliances.
3 minutes | Apr 28, 2019
Recognizing Opportunities in Your Day
1) Done is better than perfect. (I love this quote!) We often are worried about not only doing the task but doing it perfectly. Accomplish the task – even if it’s imperfect – and see how you feel after. After it’s done assess, how much does it matter that it’s not perfect?2) Try spending time with kids while accomplishing tasks. We have tasks we have to do all the time – which ones do your kids enjoy doing, too? Some days it’s hard to balance spending time with them and doing #allthethings. Find out what your kids enjoy doing with you and invite them to help. It may make the task take a little longer but really you’re building a stronger foundation with them.3) Get rid of the things in your way. As you go through items everyday in your home, look at them with a different eye. If you have an item that you are constantly pushing around but don’t use, take a moment to stop and think – do I really need this? Is it causing me pain, frustration, etc.? Get rid of it if the answer is "no, I don't need it" and see how much better you feel about freeing up space.
10 minutes | Apr 20, 2019
Organizing Your Daily Activities
Welcome to the show!Listen for 3 tips on organizing your day to be at your most productive.
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