Time Management: I’ve Heard It All Before – Is It Still Relevant?

Time Management: I’ve Heard It All Before – Is It Still Relevant?

GIT JewelsYou bet it is!

Time management has been written and discussed for years. What can I say that probably already hasn’t been said? Not very much. But I can tell you my story and how I manage my time. I can also share with you tips that I use with my clients to effectively manage their time. Even though a lot has been written on the subject all of the tips and information out there are still effective and useful for everyday use. Just applying one tip can dramatically change how you manage your time.

My Story…

Because I run several businesses and have a children, I must be really on top of my management of time skills. A few things that I use to stay organized is to say NO to things that I am not absolutely passionate about. I used to overbook myself, but learned that by saying no has freed up valuable time to do other things that I enjoy and mean the most to me; like time with family. I also schedule in me time. This is so important because in today’s world it is easy for you to forget to pamper yourself and take time out for yourself. I am big on goal setting and planning. I write down goals that I want to accomplish every year with tasks to reach that goal and deadlines. I put it over my desk and planner so that I can always know where I am headed. I also set aside a day each week to plan out my week. You can do this nightly or weekly or monthly. It just depends on your preference.

I have clients who plan a week and some who plan a month. Personal preference is the key. I also keep a paper calendar and use my smart phone for taking with me on the go. I make sure to sync everything at night. If morning is better for you do that.

Managing your time does not have to be a hassle. Simple steps and changes can free up valuable time to spend with friends and family or with yourself.

6 Time Management Tips To Get Started:

  1. Delegate what you can’t do and do what you can.
  2. Use email and voicemail when possible to relay your message. This saves time from getting into long conversations.
  3. Set a time limit for reading and responding to email, say 15-20 minutes.
  4. Schedule tasks in your planner or smart phone that help you get closer to completing your goals.
  5. Schedule time for yourself!
  6. Say NO!

 

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Organized Children Is Not A Myth! Organize Kids For Success

Organized Children Is Not A Myth! Organize Kids For Success

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Learning how to organize kids does not have to be some big mystery. Organizing children is essential for a parent’s sanity. Better still, teaching our kids to be organized is a reward for us and a gift to them for their future. While knowing that teaching children to pick up after themselves is the first step to organize kids, getting them to the point where this is automatically done without the temper tantrums is another step. If it’s not easy for them, you can be sure they really are not going to make it easy for us.

Organizing children is more than just telling a toddler to pick up their toys and school work. As parents we have to teach them, and train them in the art of organization. The two main areas we focus on in achieving harmony when organizing children are the playroom, or the play area of our home, and organizing the kid’s bedrooms.

The playroom, for example, should begin with making sure that everything has a place, and that place is logical and accessible. This is achievable no matter what sort of playroom or play area your children have. Everything having a place could mean having a basket, storage container or toy box that certain toys are kept in like the corner of the living room, or somewhere in their playroom. I say “certain toys” because books live on a bookshelf, or in a convenient book stack, and Lego or building blocks go together in a container with other toys of its kind. Naturally there are shelf toys where room area allows and these toys live in their own place on that shelf. Toys that your child is allowed to play with by themselves should be on a low shelf that is easy for them to reach. There are some toys that Moms like to supervise when their child plays with them and these can stay on a high shelf.

Organizing a child’s bedroom is usually seen as something the Mother would do, but if you want real results and a system or order that your child will follow, you should do this activity together. You both know that some clothes get hung up and some clothes go into a drawer. This is where you can get creative. All of the drawers don’t have to be the same color; perhaps socks and singlets can go into the drawer with the red handle and pajamas can go into the drawer with blue handles. Then what about the clothes that hang up? Clothes that need to hang do not need to be placed so far up that they can’t be reached. Hang the bar lower for your child’s height.

Keep in mind that children grow up fast. The toys that they loved last month can be “babies stuff” today. Kids grow out of their clothes so fast, but if you think they are far too cute to get rid of then store just a few of your favorites in a clear plastic bin. Once we have our children organized the idea is to keep them organized.This will take a little sorting and purging every now and then. A little done each month saves a whole lot of time at the end of the year. Do not wait for Santa to be near before suddenly realizing you need to make room. Who has the time to do that at Christmas time?

Organizing children is not complicated; in fact with a little help and elbow grease it can be moderately easy. Remember that if you want to organize kids you have to set a good example yourself. Make sure that you are keeping your things organized and your child will want to do the same. I think when you organize kids you help them do better in life.

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Organizing The Bathroom With Simple Tools

Organizing The Bathroom With Simple Tools

Although it’s a small room (unless you have a mansion!) the bathroom can be a very messy, cluttered space. Why not organize the space you spend a good part of your time for maximum efficiency. Let me share with you some tips for organizing the bathroom that I use with my own clients.

  • Group like items together.

 

  • Use clear Ziploc bags under counters to corral like items.

 

The following are some pictures from my bathroom. Living in a small space I need to make the most of what I have and these clever organizing solutions for unconventional items fit the bill.

I use the pantry that was once in my kitchen to organize all of my toiletries in the bathroom. I can also keep towels and other essentials in a closed cabinet that looks good.

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I use this CD Cabinet to help organize my bath products and hair products. It keeps things that would normally hang in the shower.

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These small drawers are great for organizing makeup. You can also put other small items in there like jewelry.
The point is to be creative when organizing the bathroom. A bathroom organizer can help you to group all the little things in a neat way.

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Some of the items that you see used here to help you in organizing your bathroom are also used to help organize the kitchen.

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Filing Systems Rule The World!

Filing Systems Rule The World!

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Okay, not really but they are important. Filing systems are the heartbeat of taming your paper clutter. You don’t need an extravagant system in order to file away your important papers. Anything can be used to start a system. Below are a few of my favorites that I use with my clients. (In no particular order!)

1. Freedom Filer

I have just started to implement this filing system for my personal files. I was turned onto it by another organizer who uses it with all of her clients. I was curious so I bought the deluxe kit and haven’t looked back. I really like that the tabs and labels are already made up for you which we all know is the hardest thing when it’s time to file. All you have to provide are the manilla folders and hanging folders.

This system can be set up in a regular filing cabinet, a file drawer, desktop file or a crate. It comes with helpful cards to let you know the retention period for the items that you are filing.

I also get email reminders to change out my folders and to purge. To learn more about this amazing filing system click the link below.

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This system is perfect for those who like to file the old fashion way and don’t necessarily want a computer based system. This system is totally expandable for whatever your needs are.

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2. Paper Tiger

I personally use this program in my home office and my personal files too. I find it to be a great organizing tool for people who don’t like to file because of having to alphabetize or make new file folders with names.

I have used this system with my clients who have ADD/ADHD. It works great for them because they can file according to number and use the keyword feature to name the file inside the numbers whatever they like. Because of the option of using it on your computer or printing out the file index, filing for anyone who just doesn’t have time has become a whole lot easier.

Paper Tiger can be used to organize just about anything from books to CDs and whatever you might want. Using the numbering system, you can set up files for each project if you wish. The possibilities are endless.

Find anything in your office in 5 SECONDS or less – Guaranteed!

Now they have an online option that links up with Google Docs!

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3. Home File

This is a really neat system. My mother uses this system because she is chronically disorganized and she likes how simple it is to use. The Home File system uses printed divider cards that can be used with hanging file folders and manila folders. Categories are printed right on the divider with instructions for what to file and what not to file in this category. It also tells you how long to retain the information that you file away. Genius! This is great for financial filing and home filing. Filing2

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Business Office Organizing…With All Of These People?!

Business Office Organizing…With All Of These People?!

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Business office organizing is not just about getting your office in order and all paperwork filed. It goes further. When you talk about organizing your business you have to consider and calculate your return on investment (ROI). Your ROI is important in figuring out what tasks and activities you will engage in and how it will help your bottom line.
Organizing your business office can be done just as easily as organizing your home. The same principles still apply. The only difference is that you have more people that the outcome will effect.GIT Jewels 111414

FIRST STEPS IN ORGANIZING THE OFFICE:

• Everyone must be on board
• Systems help keep everyone organized
• Central location for files

Everyone must be on board when you are trying to get the office organized. It will take everyone’s effort to keep the system running smoothly.
Systems are things that help to automate your office. An example of a system would be having a detailed plan that tells anyone who is looking how to handle incoming customer calls. Systems entail setting up tasks that can be ran in your absence. You might have a system for handling delinquent accounts. Whatever your system is you need to have it down on paper and make sure that everyone in your company knows and understands how the system works. With a system you will be able to keep everyone organized.

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If you deal with paperwork I suggest that you keep a central filing system for company files. It is okay if your employees keep files at their desk that pertain to their particular job function, but customer and company paperwork should be kept in a central location. With one filing system in place everyone will be able to put files back where they belong. There will be no more running around looking for a customer file that someone has stashed in their office and forgot to tell anyone.

I also suggest that if you use a central filing system that you implement a check in and check out system in order to keep up with who has what file at any given time. There is nothing worse than someone having to go around the entire office and find out where a file is. That is unproductive and wastes precious time.

If you would like to learn of a system that is perfect for getting your office files organized check out MobilLogic. MobilLogic is great for marrying paper and digital files. Always know where important files are. Learn more here.

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