Time Management for the Holidays

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It’s never too late to make time management your friend during the holidays!

USE TIME ESTIMATES TO HELP YOUR BRAIN RELAX

I want to introduce you to “Time Estimates” as a long-range focusing method to keep your schedule, balance and mind throughout the holidays.

Have you ever heard yourself say, “I can’t get it all done, it will take forever?” In reality, each project or task may take 10 – 30 minutes, maybe an hour or so. Time estimates will help you stop the overwhelm and use the clock to chip and chunk each item off your list.

1) Get out a nice big wall calendar for the next 3-4 weeks. Don’t have one?

Click here to print FREE CALENDAR SHEETS as many pages as you need!

Write in the events, activities, parties, school activities, work and family events that you know you will be going to. If you have kids, make sure to put all of their activities in too of course (holiday and everyday), especially if you have to drive them or go to their activities.

2) Now, write next to each event the time you estimate it will take for the scheduled event.

3) And, during the holidays if you have to take food, dress up, clean the car, takes gifts, wash the dog, clean and organize the guest bedrooms and closets, shop for those gifts, etc., you need to estimate in more time “around” the said event.

Time Estimates will help you to pre-plan and your brain to relax into the plan to get you ahead of things like

  • clothes that need repair
  • dry cleaning
  • shining and buffing
  • carpets that need to be cleaned
  • silver polished
  • invitations sent
  • shopping
  • gifts purchased and wrapped
  • food prepared
  • house-sitter
  • child-sitter
  • pet-sitter
  • etc.

Organizing your time around your events and activities will make organizing your events and activities less time consuming!

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Do You Have Senior Moments? – My Article Published in Miss Kitty’s (Red Hatters) Journal

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What a joy to write Miss Kitty’s Journal again.

WINTER 2012 EDITION

My article, Forgetfulness and Brain Health: Is this really a Senior Moment? is the second of four articles in the Winter 2012 edition out now. This is the Colorado Edition. She has them in many other states too.

If you’re a Red Hatter, check out Miss Kitty’s site and magazine today!

Where Are My Keys? – My Article Published in Miss Kitty’s (Red Hatters) Journal

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It’s always a joy to write articles for magazine, papers and journals.

I’ve enjoyed speaking to many Red Hat groups and conferences over the past decade. I had the great pleasure of meeting “Miss Kitty,” publisher, editor and more of Miss Kitty’s Journal for Red Hatters several years ago. She’s created a  lovely magazine helping to keep Red Hatters informed and entertained around the world.

FALL 2012 EDITION

My article,  Where Are My Keys? Don’t confuse “senior moments” with disorganization is the first of four articles in the Fall 2012 edition out now . This is the Colorado Edition. She has them in many other states too.

If you’re a Red Hatter, check out Miss Kitty’s site and magazine today!

 

 

 

Organize Your Pantry With These Cool Labels – Free to Download

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How lovely to have a pantry organized and all containers labeled.

Stop wasting time and getting stressed because you can’t find what you want when you want it.

CLICK HERE to find these lovely labels and print to use for yourself!

American Family’s Free DreamVault Home Inventory Tool

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A new, very cool new e-tool from American Family Insurance — DreamVault.

With DreamVault, American Family’s Web-based home inventory tool, securely documenting your belongings has never been easier.

This no-cost resource from American Family Insurance enables you to upload pictures of your belongings, add descriptions and organize everything in a way that makes sense to you.

Then, should you ever have a claim or need to report something stolen, the information is right at your fingertips – accessible any time, from your computer, iPhone or Android device.

Find out more here.

Save Money Using Online Dot Com Shopping Coupons

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There are lots of ways to save money today using online coupon sites.

Want a manicure for $5.00, or a massage for $19?

Here are a couple of them that will offer you daily and weekly savings. Some very BIG savings on everything you can think of!

Link in from your computer or your mobile phone device.

Opt-in and get offers often!

Here are just a few (more being added ‘out there’ constantly!)

http://www.couponsherpa.com/

http://www.groupon.com/ (put in your city)

http://www.weeklyplus.com/

http://www.restaurant.com/ 

Local: http://www.longmontdailydeals.com/  or http://www.bocodeals.com/ and find your city.

http://greenlightcoupons.com/

ColoradosBest.tv/deals

Keep Your Tools Sharp – Hair Scissors are a Must

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“For the first time ever I was taking the family on the road.
We stayed with my in-laws,
which on life’s list of experiences ranks right below
sitting in a tub full of scissors.”
~ Jeff Foxworthy   

Dull scissors are the pits! Dull hair scissors are a disaster for your finely clipped do!

I confess, I cut my own hair. I have most of my life. I get it reshaped by at a salon about twice a year, then, as it grows out, usually unevenly anyway, I trim it up. I started doing this out of frustration at paying for a cut and coming home to find it uneven already! Having to trim it up to get it even all around made me just do it myself on an ongoing basis.

So, if you do this too, and I know many, many do . . . make sure you have a very sharp pair of good hair scissors. I bought mine at Sally’s Beauty Supply years ago here in Longmont.

I just recently had them sharpened (waited way past necessary) at Johnson Sharpening. They have a table at the Farmer’s Market each summer. They take your shears and bring them back the next week for pick up. They also have a store front, find out more at JohnsonSharpening.com.

Boy, it’s SO nice to have them all sharp again!

If you have any kind of scissors that need sharpening, Search online “scizzor sharpening + your city”. It’s really worth it.

Most shops do other items as well like knives, saws, blades, mowers and tools.

Stop Junk Mail, Block Unsolicited Mail, Opt-Out of Unwanted Mail, Catalogs and Phone Books with Catalog Choice

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I’ve heard it a million times in my workshops and on-the-job with my organizing clients, “I hate all this junk mail! How can I stop it?”

Organizing around heaps and piles and stacks, no matter what the size, will never end up with a nice, clean space and surface if you continually have junk mail, and unwanted catalogs, phone books and such that keep coming in.

How do you get off of them?

Go to Catalog Choice and FOR FREE (YEA!) sign up and get to keying in your unwanted mailers and see the clutter start to lessen sooner than later!

Plus, just think what a great “Green” idea this is! The more unwanted paper you stop from coming into your home, the less of those items will be printed! That’s my wish! 😉

How and Where to Recycle Computers and Other E-Waste

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Did you know that it’s against the law to throw electronics in the trash? It is in many states.  But, and this will be a “duh!” . . . we shouldn’t need laws to tell us to do what is common sense and important to help keep the soil, air, water and ultimately, all living beings (us) to stay healthy in the first place by keeping our environment clean and healthy.

We all know that “throwing” our computers and monitors, and for that matter, any tech gadgets into the trash is not only a bad idea, but don’t always take the time to do the right thing to recycle them correctly. I’ve been in many a house and business where there are small to tall stacks of e-waste – computers, printers, monitors, phones and other electronic gadgets and parts – waiting for somewhere to go. My clients are trying to do the right thing, but it’s also sucking up a percentage of their living, working or storage space in the mean time.

Recyclers recover more than 100 million pounds of materials from electronics each year. It’s still only a drop in the bucket of all the electronics that need to be recycled correctly.

So, how and where to dispose of them? I’m going to lead you to a few sites that give you lots of information, not just my area, as every state is different. But for those in the Longmont, Colorado area where I live, I want to tell you that I just found out last week where you can take your computer towers  to be recycled and reused FOR FREE!

Longmont area:

1.  Computer Specialists of Longmont These awesome folks have a local gadget guy that takes them repurposes them. YEA! Give them a call first and ask about taking your flat screen and laptop too. Just no big old montors (like the one I’m looking at while typing right now! (I love my big, old T-REX monitor!!)

And, of course, don’t see Computer Specialists as just a dumping ground! Take time to shop; see their in-store products and give them your real business too – I just had a computer fixed – they’re the “specialists!”, really nice and EZPZ to work with.

2. G&S Mountain Recyclers – This is another Longmont business where they also destroy your harddrive and refurbish computers for local non-profits. Watch their video, which not only shows what they do to recycle computers, but how great that they’re making a difference in our community by creating jobs, linking up with the local LaborForce. Great job G&S! 

And what about all your other egadgets? G&S can take care of all the e-waste you can’t just donate, but for a fee can let it go! I know we hate paying to get rid of these things, but really, you’ve enjoyed it, it’s served you for months, years, decades! . . . pay a small fee and let it go. This fee constitutes your taking care of us all, and yourself in the long run.

Denver: BuyMyTronics 

How and where to dispose of computers and other electronics:

First place to start is to go online to search for your local e-cycle, eco-cycle and recycle centers.

Most larger towns have one for paper, plastic, glass, etc. and will have their electronics recycle plan for the greater community or region or can lead you to where it is. Here’s Longmont’s as an example which includes Shred Events! Yea again! Don’t miss my article on how to shred too.

Plug-In To eCycling Partners

Earth911  Great ideas for lots of things that need recycling.

DigitalTips

Thank you for loving our planet!

Chemotherapy Patients Get Help from “Cleaning for a Reason,” Free Housecleaning Service

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Pass this to anyone you know that is undergoing chemotherapy.

Cleaning for a Reason — http://www.cleaningforareason.org/

If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy, please pass the word to her that there is
a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning – once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment.

All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment.

Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service.

This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women.

It’s our job to pass the word and let them know that there are people out there that care.

Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along.

You may not know someone going through chemo, but someone on your email list might. Please forward this link!

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