I recently had the unfortunate experience of an email meltdown, which took many hours to fix. My inbox was filled with thousands of emails and their duplicates. Computer viruses were partly to blame but my own negligence was also a factor. Long story short – I cleaned up the mess and vowed to keep it under control. Here’s how I decluttered thousands of messages and instituted a management system for the future. Could your emails use some decluttering too? (Click on Read More)
Get it Together - emergency papers that is. This post is NOT about creating an emergency Grab and Go Binder in case of fire or natural disaster, full of original documents and proofs of ownership. Rather, this is about being prepared for another kind of emergency – if you should become incapacitated due to accident or illness. How would someone else handle your affairs? Think about it a minute. Seriously, what if something happened to you? Who would step in and how would they know where to find your lawyer, pay your bills, access your computer, or find your insurance information? Even for a short period of time this contact person would need a road map to efficiently navigate your affairs! (click on Read More to continue)
Do you struggle with too much stuff? Are you overwhelmed by too many commitments? Do you feel like your mind is running away with itself? It’s really not difficult to simplify your life. Focus on these seven areas for simplicity and enjoyment.
1. PAPERS Reduce snail mail that comes into the home. Declutter files and boxes of paper. Establish a filing system to eliminate unsightly paper piles.
2. CLOTHES Go through closets, drawers and storage bins. Cull the pieces that have not been worn or are no longer wanted.
3. SHOES Handle each pair of shoes and boots. Be realistic about what you wear or expect to wear some day. Get rid of the rest.
4. ACTIVITIES Re-evaluate why you are involved in each activity. Cut back on those that are no longer enjoyable or do not support personal goals.
5. PURCHASES Delay new purchases for a couple days. Be honest about whether the purchase is a need or a want. Remember, the less you have the less you have to maintain.
6. EMAILS Take time to go through the inbox. Delete unneeded emails. Unsubscribe from email lists. Set up rules that separate emails into folders automatically.
7. EXPECTATIONS Release ideas of perfectionism. Be grateful for what you have.
As we contemplate a new year, who doesn’t dream to make our lives better, eliminate bad habits or just take more responsibility for our lives? As I’ve blogged in the past, the New Year is a wonderfully energetic time to make resolutions. However, this year I’m approaching resolutions from a broader perspective. Simplicity - the state of being uncomplicated. What about intentionally working on simplicity as a way to bring about positive changes? Here’s my thought process:
Simplify > Focus > Achieve goals
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Do you love the holiday season or do you dread it? No matter how we feel there is simply no option but to make the best of this time of year. We are each responsible for making celebratory choices that minimize stress but still nurture the magic of the season. After all this is truly a special time of year regardless of our religious or spiritual beliefs. Here are two survival tips to follow as we experience the holiday bustle: keep the season simple and give freely (not what you think). (click on Read More)
According to nationaldaycalendar.com the home economists at Whirlpool Home Appliances established the Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day in 1999 to encourage families to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday. Indeed, autumn is a good time to freshen up the fridge and make room for fresh seasonal foods. There are three parts to cleaning a refrigerator: decluttering the contents, washing the inside and cleaning the outside. If your time and energy are limited it might be more manageable to focus on just one aspect at a time by breaking the job down into three or more sessions.
Declutter the inside to remove old and unused food. Work shelf by shelf. Remove the contents and decide whether each item is still good and/or wanted. Get rid of the old stuff and replace the keepers. (Click on Read More ...)
Want to learn more about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
BLOGS & VIDEOS:
www.brownadhdclinic.com Blog by Dr. Thomas Brown, author of Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults
http://adhdhomestead.net/ Written by a woman who has ADHD, it offers advice and support
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IO6zqIm88s Youtube video contains interviews comparing a child with ADHD and a child without
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t32CK5t8d2Q Youtube video that shows a teenager’s perception of life with ADHD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouZrZa5pLXk Youtube video by Dr. Thomas Brown describing the symptoms of ADHD
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Most people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) struggle with chronic disorganization in their day to day lives. Do these challenges sound familiar? Inability to: find things when they are needed, make decisions about what to throw/give away, start and/or finish a decluttering project, sort/organize belongings. Fear not – there is hope. Organizing solutions for people with ADHD must be simple, creative and deliberate. Try the tips below that speak to you – it’s worth taking the time now in order to save time later. Your future self (and your loved ones) will thank you.
We focus on the topic of ADHD this month since October is ADHD Awareness Month. Many of our clients have been diagnosed with ADHD, a frustrating brain disorder that impacts the ability to be organized. People with ADHD experience significant problems getting started on organizing tasks, following through on these tasks, and maintaining organizational systems. They struggle with organizing things or with managing time. In many cases they struggle with both. What exactly is ADHD and how does it affect organization?
Embarking on self-improvement? Organization will follow!
In this month of Self-Improvement, we encourage you to think about self-improvement as the foundation for getting organized. Work on these common self-improvement goals: exercise, eat better, change habits, set goals, be mindful, be thankful, learn new skill, stop wasting time, and accept change. Then you will find that organization naturally follows. That’s because disorganization is often rooted in poor time management, lack of goals, living mindlessly and, yes, lack of exercise and poor eating habits. Once the mind is trained and properly nourished then it can function effortlessly to clear the environment. Why not work on self-improvement this month and reap the added benefit of organization?
See the previous post for self-improvement ideas.
Carol Martin-Ward, encouraging practical ideas for easy organizing