Tips to Help Get Organized…

If you’re like me, you need to write something down or else you’ll forget to do it.  Trying to get everything done during the day is hard.  Forgetting to do something puts you in a panic once you realize you forgot to do it!

I have some tips that I learned along the way to help me stay focused and organized.  First rule:  only touch something once.  For example, once you open that piece of mail, file it immediately if no action is required.  This will prevent your piles from becoming even bigger.

Second, have your bills sent electronically.  Going paperless is great for the environment and it will help make spare room in your filing cabinets.

Third, shred any old bills that are more than 3 years old.  (Check your state statute of limitations since each state varies).  While preparing for filing my taxes this year, I found I was holding on to water and gas bills from the year we bought out house!

Fourth, try to set a goal to complete one task at a time.  Instead of getting overwhelmed and not completing any of your tasks, just checking off one item on your list can give you a boost of confidence to push on to the next item.

And, lastly, set aside an hour to file that large pile of papers sitting on your desk, or floor, if the case may be!   Once you start filing, you’ll find that once the hour is up, you’re in such a groove to finish, that  you’ll complete the filing in one sitting.

I know, I know, it all sounds simple to do “on paper”.  However, getting things checked off your to do list will leave more room for relaxing in the evening and spending your weekends doing fun things with your friends and family.

Now, if only I could remember where I put my list?




My New Year’s Resolution… a little late

So it’s been a couple of weeks since the year 2011 began…. okay, 19 days.  I had planned to blog about my new year’s resolutions on the First but was caught up in the day-to-day stuff.  Isn’t it always that other stuff that keeps us distracted?  I am trying something new this year for 2011:  focusing on one thing at a time. That is my resolution.  You see, I’m a serial multi-tasker.  I am always doing two or three things at once.  But not this year.  I think multi-tasking is overrated.  It may feel like you are accomplishing a lot, but I’m unsure if the results prove that.   

The first weekend of the new year, I printed mailers for my clients; nothing else, just printing.  The second weekend of the new year I spent creating scrapbooks.  This weekend was one day of cleaning and rearranging furniture with my daughter and one day on the computer answering e-mails.  And that’s all I did.    I know, not very exciting — but a great feeling of accomplishment.   I will continue to load my dishwasher or fold laundry when I talk on the phone.  But that will be the extent of my multi-tasking. 

 Now is the ultimate multi-tasker on its own!  It simplifies gift giving for your family and friends.  It provides a place for you to write details about your special occasion or event.  It tells your family & friends about what your child wants for their occasion.  It helps you with acknowledging the gifts.  It keeps all the information and gifts in one place.  Spend 5 minutes on our website, then add a line to your e-mail invitation or printed invitation with your registry number and that’s it!   A great use of your time and a great use of everyone else’s time. 

 Let’s cheer to efficiency in 2011! 

-Leisa S.