A Mini New Year

For many of us, September is a “Mini New Year”.  Summer is over and now we are refocused on our business and personal To-Do Lists.

Here are ways to get a jump-start!

1.  Clutter-free & Organized will come in and work with you to quickly cross projects off your To-Do List.

2.  Need a plan?  Schedule a few phone coaching calls to help you plan a productive and stress-free September through January.

Get started today!  Grab a pen and write down the three things in your business and personal life that keep you awake at night.

Business                                               Personal

1.                                                         1.

2.                                                         2.

3.                                                         3.

Call me today to talk about your goals for the “Mini New Year”.

My Weeds May Equal Your Clutter

Clutter and weeds have a lot in common.  Consider:

1.  Think before you pay for something – where will it go and do I have room for it?  If I am not careful, I bring home pretty plants that sometimes die because I do not know where to put them.

2.  Plants are a lot like collections – a few are nice but too many become clutter.

3.  It is a lot easier to pull small weeds, just as it is a lot easier to tackle small areas of clutter.

4.  Even when you have room for things, it may be more than you want to take care of.  I live on a farm,so my yard can grow in any direction, but at this point, I have too many flowerbeds!

5.  Humor makes life easier.  One of my flowerbeds has a sign that says: Weeds For Sale, Pick Your Own!

Is weeding out your clutter on your To-Do List?  That’s my specialty.  Call me – I can help.

Conquer That Overwhelmed Feeling

Does your To-Do List make you feel overwhelmed?

If so, make a list of what you need to do.  Then for each item, ask yourself: “What is the Next Step?”

We can usually conquer the “Next Step” without being overwhelmed.  It is when we think of all the steps to be done on a project that we get paralyzed and then do nothing.

Doing the Next Step will get you started.  A very appropriate quote puts it nicely: “A job begun is a job half done.”

What is the Next Step?

Often when we think of a project, we think of all the steps, get overwhelmed and then do nothing.

When I ask my coaching clients: “What is the next step?”, that frees them up to move forward.  The next step is usually do-able.  It is when we think of the next 20 steps involved that we get stuck.

That is how I am tacking my yard this spring – one step at a time.

It Is Closet Organizing Time

I am going to take my own advice and do one section at a time.  In fact, I recently did my shoes, and next I will be getting out my lightweight jackets.  I am also working hard to eliminate the excess.

When I am not sure whether to keep something or not, I ask myself the Golden Question: “If I saw it in a store today, would I buy it?”  When I work with clients organizing their closets, 90% of the time I get an instant “NO”.

Remember to WOW yourself after you complete each section of your closet!

Conquering Your Mail

Clutter Collecting Thinking Trap: I’ll just quickly glance at my mail and deal with it later.

Organizing One-Liner:  Don’t touch your mail until you can process it!

Processing your mail means making decisions:

1.  Am I really going to order out of this catalog?

2.  I will put this bill with the other bills to be paid.

3.  These items are critical so they need to be filed.

4.  Magazines go where I read them.

5.  These items were not requested so out they go!

Tip: Process your mail standing and you will be more efficient!

Reduce End of Year Stress

Feel like you are on overload?

Give yourself permission to cross some items off your list, or at least say, “Not this year”.  One of my clients used an expression that I love.  When she was working on one area and became concerned about another, she just said to that area, “It’s not your turn!”

Writer and linguist Lin Yutang says, “Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the nobler art of leaving things undone.”

A pile of junk mail

Tips for Managing Mail

Clutter Collecting Thinking Trap: I’ll just quickly glance at my mail and deal with it later.

 

Organizing One-Liner:  Don’t touch your mail until you can process it!

Processing your mail means making decisions:

1.  Am I really going to order out of this catalog?
2.  I will put this bill with the other bills to be paid.
3.  These items are critical so they need to be filed.
4.  Magazines go where I read them.
5.  These items were not requested so out they go!

Tip: Process your mail standing and you will be more efficient!