Do You Struggle With Time Management?

Time management, the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about.  Brendon Buchard has a great video that talks about what is really behind our lack of “time management.”

As you can see he talks about needing to know what your big goals are to be able to effectively “manage” your time.  Start by knowing your big yearly goal(s), then make sure at the start of each month you sit down and plan what your goals are and how you will meet those goals.  This is so powerful, just a few minutes at the start of each month can really change your life.

He also touches on making sure to schedule time for you, for your family, for the relationships in your life.  As we get busier and busier, it can be all too easy to let the fun drift right out of our life, so I agree with Brendon that it is so important to make sure you schedule time for what is important in your life and then worry about the deadlines you need to meet in your business.

If you have not read his book “The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive” I strongly encourage you to get a copy and start reading today.

And if you would like learn more about Goal Setting, this post may be helpful.

How to Organize Your Home Office to be Family Friendly

One of the reasons you chose to work from home was to spend more time with your family, am I right? Perhaps you were working outside the home and began to resent those lost hours to the point you were getting jealous and angry. You are not alone. Many people find a work-at-home situation soothes the stress they were feeling and is the ideal solution for their family life.

Creating an organized family friendly home office is one of the tasks you have in front of you. It is a delicate balance to try to achieve. On the one hand, you need to get your work done. On the other hand, you want to enjoy your family. Is there a way to do both? Yes, here are a few options to spark your creativity.

Create a cozy family nook

Nothing says relax like a big comfy sofa or nice oversized loveseat. It also serves as a ‘magnet’ to draw the kids together in one cozy area away from your desk. Have blankets and pillows handy for short naps or cuddling. Invite the family in after school to relax and catch up on their day. For pre-school children, keep a box of toys and books handy to keep them busy while you wrap up loose ends. If your home office isn’t large enough for a sofa or loveseat, throw down a rug with a couple bean bag chairs or nice, big, oversized pillows. The object here is to have an inviting place to welcome your family into your surroundings, but still separated from your work area.

Create a Homework or Busy Area

Put a coffee table or small kitchen table and some good lighting in your office separate from your desk to make a homework spot for your school age kids. Use the same idea for your pre-school children and include lots of art supplies so your young children can ‘work’ while you do. If room isn’t available for a table, get out those old TV tables you have stored and put them to good use, then fold them and store them away again until needed. These can be great items to find at your local thirftstore or neighborhood garage sale.

You get the idea, find a way to create a seperate space for your family in your office, so that they can enjoy your company without causing you stress.

Have Healthy Snacks On Hand

Snacks and beverages are especially important when kids arrive home from school. Children are hungry after a long day, and hunger creates unhappiness. Rather than leave your office to fix them something in the kitchen, have a small supply of snacks and drinks ready in your office space. Consider having a small refrigerator to make it more convenient to have healthy snacks in arms reach. Make it fun by serving snacks picnic style so your kids will know they can relax and enjoy their food in your company.

Create a Clear Set of Office Rules

office rules file folderHaving a family friendly office does not mean there are no rules involved. There will be times when you will need your office to yourself, and this needs to be made clear from the beginning. If you have a set schedule, you can post your hours on the door for all to see. You may want to have a ‘Welcome’ mat to put outside the door when everyone can come in, relax and visit. Save work that doesn’t need a lot of concentration for those ‘family times.’ Be clear about the rules and arrange your work time so you can enjoy your office and family both.

Hopefully, isolating yourself in your office and making it totally off-limits to your family is not what you had in mind when you decided to work at home. So make sure you take the time to create a home office that is, at least at times, open for visiting. Take time to enjoy the reason you decided to work from home – your family!

If you have any great tips that you use to make your home office more organized and family friendly, please share in the comments below.

Organizing Your Mindset

My favorite definition of mindset is “the established set of attitudes held by someone.” Even though your mindset has already been established in the definition, it doesn’t say that your mindset can’t change.  That being said, it makes sense that clearing your mind of clutter goes a long way in helping you get more organized. Let’s face it – when you’re not clear-headed, it’s very difficult to practice organizational skills. There is no reason to put it off organizing your mindset for another day.

Write Down Your Feelings

Mindset for Organization

One of the best ways to clear your mind of clutter is to take the time to write down your feelings. You can either do this in a journal that you keep, or a piece of paper that you throw away once you’re finished. Recent studies indicate that jotting down negative thoughts really does help to clear your mind and make you feel better. If you need proof of this just take a look at the amount of journals for sale on Amazon these days. Read More →

Being Organized Saves You Time and Money

We all want to be able to organize our schedules and have the commitment to maintain them on a day-to-day basis, but how?

Organization is beneficial for everyone and can be easily adapted to suit individual needs. And believe it or not, being organized in your life and business actually saves you time and money.  Time is money. Piggy bank with watches

A Place For Everything

If you keep things organized, you don’t need to spend time looking for them when needed. This is especially handy when you need to locate important yet rarely used items, such as insurance policies or tax time information. And it also keeps you from looking unprepared in front of your clients and colleagues.

The key to keeping things organized is to come up with a place to keep something and stick to it. This really is the key – sticking with it. Read More →

7 Reasons Why You May Be Disorganized

Disorganization can literally cost you money – but even worse it robs you of your most precious resource – time.  The stress that disorganization can cause a person is enormous. Things are often not done on time, you are always late everywhere, and you probably never know where to start and aren’t even ready to start when it’s time to start.

All of this stress caused by disorganization can also affect your health. It’s just not good on any front to live in chronic disorganization aka chronic stress. If you consider yourself disorganized, here are seven reasons why.

1) You Don’t Have a System

Too many people feel that a system must be rigid, that is not true, systems can be flexible and can and should be tailored to your individual needs.  But a lack of systems will keep you disorganized.  If you’ve ever had a job that already had organization and systems in place, it is likely you managed to maintain that organization at least for that job. Everything had a place, and everything had a reason, and there was a set system to do what needed to be done. That’s what you have to set up for your business and your life if you want to be successful long term without stress. Read More →

Organizing and Streamlining Your Digital Files

Computers are designed to store digital files in an organized and efficient manner. However, we humans have the amazing ability to get things disorganized too quickly sometimes.  How many times have you been looking for a particular document – and just give up and recreate it or download it again – if that’s an option. With digital files one of the most common problem is that you didn’t start organizing at the start and now your files are all over the place.  Another common problem is not understanding the technology.  

Don’t Overcomplicate Your Filing System

As you add files to your computer for your business, you want to make sure to label them with a name that will make them easy to identify and easy to find also.  If you have both personal and business items the first folders I would create would be to keep these all separate.  It’s also important to not go overboard with the creation of folders and sub-folders. Too many folders and subfolders just become more digital clutter.

Create folders in a way that is easy for you to navigate and understand. Read More →

Tips For Getting Your Home, Life & Business Organized

Its a new year, and most of us face the task of getting organized once again.  Use these tips to help you get and stay organized.  These tips are for your home, business and life.  Don’t let the size of the task overwhelm you, take small steps and these tips to keep you on track.  If you take the time to organize your home and life, the truth is everything will go much smoother. Read More →

Happy New Year 2018


Have a safe and happy 2018


Ready to Countdown to a New Year?

Today’s post is a bit different, I’m sharing an audio file (that I have permission to share) about using the countdown concept to keep you motivated all year long.

In the audio, he talks about goals, habits and resolutions, all ideas that are talked about a lot at this time of year.  And the biggest reason we are all focused on these ideas is because we have a desire to make a change.  All too often we put change in the bad category, but really change is good.  I have a small cross stitch ornament that I keep on my desk that reminds me ‘Without Change There Would Be No Butterflies” it is a good reminder when things are not going according to my plans.

The audio is only 6 minutes long, so it won’t take much of your time to listen and perhaps make a difference for you in 2018.

The Power of Visualizing Yourself Achieving Your Goals

Visualization can be a powerful tool in helping you to achieve your goals.  The ability to see yourself in the life you dream of can help you get to that lifestyle sooner than you imagined.  

Do you feel confident? If you are like most people, you are feeling less than supremely confident in at least one area of your life. This is normal, especially if your life experiences are taking you out of your comfort zone.  If you have low self-esteem and feelings of low self worth, you may have trouble envisioning a rosy future.

Whether you are experiencing a temporary feeling of lack of self-confidence, or one you experience regularly, there are some steps that can turn low self-confidence into a belief that you can be successful in reaching your goals. Read More →