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Monday, November 7, 2011

HOLIDAY CONTROLLED SHOPPING

posted by Taxcell at  13:23 || under General Organizing Tips
 
 

Make a List

CheckIt Twice

Then Shop Online
 
Most Americans spend 3 times what theyplanned when they shopwithout a plan and a list. As a naturally disorganized but functionally organized person, I struggle with emotional purchases. In order to battle the desire to buy, I've found that it's easier if I keep a list of gift ideas throughout the year.
 

If you want to control shopping this year, make a list of everyone you for whom youwant to purchase a gift. Brainstorm ideas of what theymight like. Then, calculate how much you can reasonably spend.

Now try to find the best deal online. It will take much less time as well as saving you money because you won't be tempted by all the "deals" in the stores.
 
I have shopped this way in recent years and it is the reason why I enjoy ...

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Friday, October 7, 2011

MEMORY MAKING MOMENTS

posted by Taxcell at  13:38 || under General Organizing Tips
 
 
Don't waste memory making moments
 
I was "busy" working on my laptop when my hubby asked me to come join him on the porch. I resisted at first. Then my own words echoed in my head, "don't waste memory making moments!" So, I turned off the laptop and joined him. Within a few moments I noticed a beautiful butterfly floating around us. He settled on our Lilac bush. Awww, memory making moment in the making! We oowed and awwed at how strangly beautiful it was. I grabbed my camera and got a great shot of him.
 
When my schedule begins to overwhelm me, I take a deep breath and re-focus on the world around me. Too often, as a naturally disorganized business owner/wife/mom, I get caught up ...

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Monday, February 14, 2011

HELP DURING A DISASTER

posted by Taxcell at  10:39 || under General Organizing Tips
 
 

February 28, 2011

Helping during a disaster


Having lived through a devastating earthquake as well as the affects of a Volcano and even a small Flood I feel like I at least have an emotional handle on the issues that arise after a natural disaster. And, can you believe I now live in Tornado Alley and have never actually seen a tornado?
 
My recommendations:
 

1. Realize they aren't thinking very rationally. They can hyper-focus on what may seem silly (a Christmas décor, a childhood doll etc).

You'll need to very gently help them think of the bigger picture and the immediate, ex: furniture removal, restoration services can pack up and restore damaged items and provide a list for insurance, itemizing (if possible) the missing/damaged beyond repair items.
 
2. Speak quietly and choose gentle, soothing words. Believe it or not, the ...

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

HOLIDAY PREP BY THE PROS

posted by Taxcell at  13:43 || under General Organizing Tips
 
 

Preparation is always worth it

...at least that's what the Pros say
 
  Sometimes I feel like Alicia in this picture, "Why am I not understanding what everyone else does?"
 
Preparation for an event is a struggle when you're naturally disorganized. We get caught up with the wrong list of "to-do's". We daydream about others perfect events. We spend countless hours reading up on how to make ours the "world's best". Yet in the end, we feel disappointed and even depressed because we failed to pull it off.
 
So, this season I want to suggest a new goal for you:
 
"Prepare for your celebration by looking in, not out"
 
1. Recall your most favorite celebration.
 
What did you enjoy? What created the positive emotions you remember? List what you saw, ate, heard, felt. No, I'm not a Psychologist, but I do understand ...

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Friday, August 7, 2009

GET "TO-DO'S" DONE!

posted by Taxcell at  13:19 || under General Organizing Tips
 
 

LISTS!

 
Creating Effective "To-Do" Lists

There are thousands of programs, apps and opinions on how to handle your list of to-do's. Many are good,some are justtoo detailedanda fewactually work for those of us who are naturally disorganized.

I want to show you how I've worked through this issue in my life and hope that it will help you tocomplete your list of to-do's.

 
First off, I don't have an actual to-do list. For many naturally disorganized people, "to-do's never get ta-done!" If I need to do something, it must be an appointment on my calendar with a specific amount of time or it will never get accomplished; no matter how small or large, it's an appointment, not a to-do.

EX: I wake up and realize I need to accomplish a couple of thingsin addition to the client I already have scheduled. ...


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