Archive for May, 2013

Take Time to Save Time

May 21, 2013

Quite often I hear things like this from my clients: I don’t know where to start; I have so much to do, I don’t know what to do first; I sit around and think of all the things I have to take care of and by the time I’ve decided what to do I don’t have time to do it.

Do any of these phrases sound familiar to you? Do you ever find yourself wondering what task to begin first or having so much to do that you spend all of your time trying to remember all those things and doing none of them. Then, perhaps, you feel a little guilty or unhappy with yourself because so much time has gone by and nothing has been accomplished.

I suggest that you take the time to make a list. Taking the time to write everything down (either on paper or electronically) will free your mind of having to remember all the tasks you want to complete. Then you can take a look at your calendar, review your schedule, and decide which tasks you have enough time to either complete or, at least, start.

When should you make this list? That’s up to you. What day and time makes the most sense to you? I make my master list on Sunday afternoons. I take a look at what I’ve accomplished during the preceding week and think about what I’d like to get done this week. Then I write everything down, recognizing that not everything will get done but if it’s on my list, I know I won’t forget! Every evening, after work, I make a short list for the next day. I first review my master list that I made Sunday afternoon, I look at my calendar see what time I have available to use and schedule my tasks accordingly.

I created the daily habit of doing this every evening because then I don’t worry during the night about what I have to do the next day. Taking the time in the evening saves me time in the morning – I know what I’m doing. I’ve already reviewed my tasks and prioritized them. This is not to say that I can always, everyday stick to my list and complete it – I can not. However, because I have this method and it works for me, when other unexpected things have to be taken care of first I am confident that I can juggle my schedule and manage the top priority tasks.

Inspiration?

May 8, 2013

What inspires you? Sometimes we find inspiration from books, in nature, from something someone has said to us. Recently, I encouraged a client to purchase a small bookcase. She had many books stored in plastic boxes and was eager to get more settled in her home. We looked online and found a great bookcase at The Container Store. I picked up the bookcase for my client and delivered it to her home. Then together we unpacked the boxes. As we unpacked, my client carefully looked at each book. Some she decided she didn’t want any more and was ready to donate them to Goodwill, some we put on the newly installed bookcase, and some she decided could be kept on a shelf in a closet.

When our session was over my client announced that she was going to keep on working. She said that having this bookcase was inspiring her to keep on working to declutter her living space. She found her inspiration in this piece of furniture which added organization to her home. I was very proud of her and told her that she was making tremendous progress towards the organization she craves to achieve in her home.

To see a picture of this bookcase follow the link from #The Container Store.

http://www.containerstore.com/shop?productId=10012950&N=&Ntt=folding+bookcase

http://images.containerstore.com/catalogimages/150896/WhiteStckbleFldngBkcase300.jpg

Sometimes taking a small step, making a small change, will lead you to make bigger changes. It’s easier, for instance, to decide to organize a small space first like a drawer or a shelf. Doing one shelf or drawer – making that the way you really want it to be – can lead you to do another and then another. When you see the change in that one small space that can inspire you to make even more changes in your living environment.

Write me back and let me know what inspires you to make a change in your surroundings!