Archive for January, 2012

Choices

January 18, 2012

Choices… we all make countless choices everyday. Some choices we make without even realizing that we are, in fact, doing so. Are you scratching your head trying to figure out what I might be referring to? I am talking about the unconscious choice a person makes when she walks past something that really should be either thrown out (recycled), put away, or dealt with in some fashion. When this happens it’s as if she has blinders on and really does not see these things that are out of place. Since this is the eighth year that NAPO (the National Association of Professional Organizers) has promoted January as the month to ‘Get Organized’ some people have made the choice to take a more active role in making that happen in their offices and homes. One choice you can make is to open your eyes and take a good look at what you have around you. Let’s say there are a few things in the kitchen that don’t belong. Maybe there are some papers to be filed, a book that should be returned to the library, and a pair of shoes. As you go on your way through the kitchen move the papers near the filing cabinet, put the book in a tote bag and leave it near the door so that you take it with you when you next leave the house (don’t forget to schedule a stop at the library), and deposit the shoes in the bedroom closet. You don’t have to do it all at once! In fact, you could have a basket in which you collect things that don’t belong. Then, when you have a few free minutes each day, make a choice to deal with the things in the basket. Decide to add organizing to your daily routine! Every little bit helps. Part of my routine is to take a few minutes at the end of everyday to organize my desk. I file loose papers, put away information I have pulled during my day and leave my desk tidy – ready for the next day. This really helps me stay on top of all the things I  have to do.Think about the choices you make each day, will you make some different choices in an effort to be more organized this year?

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Thank You Notes?

January 9, 2012

I finished writing my Thank You notes for gifts I received for Christmas over the weekend. I enjoy the process and take my time writing these notes because I want to recipient of the note to know that I appreciate the time, effort and thought they put into my gift. I also write notes to thank people for having me over for dinner or for helping me with a volunteer project. I think that this (the art of writing a thank you note) is something that should happen more regularly. Too often, we send notes via e-mail or text. I know it’s fast and easy. There is certainly something to be said for checking that item off your ‘to-do’ list. However; when someone takes time to find a perfect gift, or they take time out of their busy schedule to volunteer for a project, or they take the time to host a lovely meal I believe they deserve a small hanwritten note in return.

So, my question to you is: do you write thank you notes?

Here are my guidelines for writing a great note.

1. Thank the person for the gift (include a detailed description), the time they volunteered, or (fill in the balnk)

2. Say something about how you will use (fill in the blank) or about the event

3. Include a sentence or two about something you are doing – a new endeavor, perhaps

4. Close with something like ‘Thank you so much for your genorosity’

Keep in mind that this is a note, not a letter, so it should be brief. Also, this is a wonderful way to really show appreciation to someone who cares for you!

Happy New Year

January 2, 2012

On this first Monday of the New Year I am hard at work keeping my resolution for 2012. I am so happy that I decided to make this change in my routine! I have been in busness as a professional organizer for 7 years now. It came to my attention last year that I really HAD to change the way I was attending to the details of running my business. Everything that needed to happen did happen but I was taking time from other things (hobbies) that I enjoy in order to take care of the business details. Are you wondering what changed? My colleague, Julie Bestry, has often posted on facebook about taking care of her business ‘to-do’ list during her administrative Monday. During this past year I thought to myself could I take a day to attend to my business ‘to-do’ list? In December, I decided that I would make Monday my administrative day. I have promised myself that I will not run errands (that includes grocery shopping) or take clients on this administrative day. I will work on adding content to my blog and my website, take care of business details,make follow-up phone calls, and work on other business related projects like marketing my book! It’s tempting to schedule errands etc. when there is a wide open day in the planner. To combat this temptation I have scheduled every Monday as an administrative day. It’s there, in my calendar, and the entire day is labeled as busy.  I am positive that this change in my routine will have a big impact on me! I think that by setting aside the time to really focus on the administrative tasks which (I admit) are not as much fun for me as working with my clients I will feel more on top of my game.

If you have made a resolution what are you changing in your routine to facilitate keeping your promise to yourself?