Organizing Pitfalls #13: Trying to “Get Organized” in a weekend

It’s summer time, and you might have some organizing projects that you’d love to get done while there’s bright light and warm weather. Particularly in these early summer days before it starts getting abominably hot.  However, allow me to offer a thought to help you avoid one of the common organizing pitfalls that I see […]

Want to increase your productivity? Learn to touch type

When I was a child, my mother worked as a word processor for a title insurance company. The first time I witnessed her typing up a record on the computer, I was amazed at how quickly her hands flew over the keys and how she could type without ever needing to look at the keyboard. […]

Stressful Summer Schedules for Kids

While we think of summer as relaxed and care-free, it is still a change in routine and can cause stress in both children and adults. The following is an excerpt from an article called “What Your Child Wants You to Know About Stress” from the Early Experiences Last a Lifetime website. Did you know that […]

Time Management: Start at the TOP of Your To Do List

There are lots of things you start at the top, for example: Ice cream cones Writing letters Washing windows And when the To Do list just looks too daunting, that’s where I start – at the top. It’s tempting to look at the To Do list like a buffet menu. Which would be good to […]

Healthy Productivity: Take a Quick “Green Break” to Refresh

Green, especially in nature, is calming. All the early spring green which is emerging outside reminds me of one of my favorite ideas for regaining productivity during a busy day: “green breaks.”  Judith Kohlberg and Kathleen Nadeau describe them in their book ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life. Try this refreshing productivity technique when you’re […]

Increasing Productivity: Is your well of energy dry?

Recently, I was privileged to hear Carrie Stack M.Ed., founder of the Say Yes Institute, speak to a large group of early childhood educators. One of her main messages was: You can’t give what you don’t have. This is true about many things: money, food, time… But Carrie was talking about energy and enthusiasm – […]

Time Management – Seeing Where the Time Goes

No matter how well I’ve organized myself, I’m still stuck with the same 24 hours in a day I’ve always had. I can’t manage a day into 25 hours, but I can manage how I spend those 24.  Keep a Simple Log This is the first step I take whenever I feel squeezed from all directions. […]

If you want to be more productive, take a break

For whatever reason, most of us think that the key to productivity is to manage your time, keep focused, and have self-discipline. Sounds right.  But the good news is that it’s not. And I’m glad it’s not because, honestly, I’m pooped.  I’ve got a lot on my plate these days and I find myself running […]

Using Small Chunks of Time to Complete Large Tasks

When I was in college, I preferred to write ten-page papers in one night.  It wasn’t because the paper was due the next day (often, I’d finish it before the due date), but I liked submerging myself into the task at hand and seeing it through to completion.  It’s just the way I’m wired.  Nowadays, […]

Keep a Dryer Sheet in your Luggage

I love when I learn tips and tricks from my clients!  A client recently showed me how she keeps dryer sheets in suitcases and luggage.  This simple trick keeps the bags smelling fresh while in storage.  There’s nothing worse than putting clean clothes into a bag that smells musty- and what smells better than clean […]