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A few more days and we will be into a new year!! 2013!! If you read last weeks blog, you reflected back on 2012 and figured out how you could make things different in 2013. This week, take a moment to read this blog and write down everything you hope to accomplish in 2013.

Get your pen and pad/electronics or calendar handy and start writing your list.

Who wants to:
*Save money
*Have more free time
*Have less stress
*Have more energy
*Get people to have more confidence in you

The above are just some of the benefits you will reap by becoming organized in 2013.

Think about your home or office. Think about how you will become more efficient and productive once you are organized.

Getting organized is a process. Don't feel you need to tackle every project all at once. Break up projects into small tasks. Have a plan and follow the plan through until it is completed. Spread your projects out over the year and by the end of 2013, you will have become organized! The key to maintaining your organization is having systems in place. The systems have to work for you. You have heard me say this numerous times. Also, focus and try to limit your distractions.

If you need more tips and help getting started, check out the events section here on the website. January is National Get Organized Month. Organizing In RI is presenting 4 workshops in the month of January! Hope to see you there!

Happy New Year!!
Organize! Energize!

Kristin

 
 
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Save this article and refer to it when the holidays are over.

Think about the following and think about how you can make the holidays next year a little less stressful and overwhelming and more enjoyable and relaxing.




Did you:  
Plan ahead
Prepare
Keep to-do lists and follow through
Maintain a calendar
Maintain a clutter free and organized home
Make unnecessary trips to the market or mall
Waste money
Feel at any time stressed and ovewhelmed with eveything you needed to do   

Even if you choose two of the above and work on them next year it will make a difference! Make notes and save this and refer to it next year.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Organize! Energize!!
Kristin

 
 
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Ok, it's the week before Christmas! Are you frazzled? Are you stressed and overwhelmed? Stop, breathe, and relax for a moment and read this blog. I'm going to take you through the process for creating and writing your to-do list for the week ahead. Don't utilize a to-do list? Do you have a crazy busy week ahead? This is a great time to start utilizing a to-do list. Try it this week and see how it works! Take 15 minutes today and write out your to-do list for the week ahead.

What you will need:
    Pen
    7 Pieces of Paper
    Your calendar (assuming you use one)

1.    Write each day of the week on each piece of paper.
2.    Grab your calendar.
3.    Write down on the papers any appointments that are in your calendar.
4.    Write down household chores you want to get done on the day of the week you want them completed. Also right down any early food prepping for the holiday.
5.    Schedule your workouts, write them on the papers.
6.    Now, figure out what errands you have to run during the week, i.e., food shopping, gift shopping, dry cleaners.
7.    Take a look at your to do list and figure out how you can run errands in the areas you will be for appointments.
8.    No appointments for the week? Try to run errands that are in the same vicinity in one day so you aren't running all over the state.
9.    Take the daily list with you everywhere you go that day. Keep it in your car, your pocketbook, or wherever it can remain visible.
10.  Be sure to cross off the list as you go! You will feel a great sense of accomplishment.
11.  If you don't get everything done on the list, carry it over to the next day. Have a goal to have everything completed by the end of the week.

Write down how you feel at the end of the week. Are you less stressed than you thought you would be? Do you have more hours in the day? Try this process and please send me your feedback!

Have a great pre-holiday week!

Organize! Energize!
Kristin


 
 
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We always seem to have a lot on our minds. Very rarely do we have a clear head. This time of year can be mentally draining because there is so much going on and so much to remember. Mental clutter will deplete your energy, make you feel sluggish and non-productive, and will block you from being creative in other areas.

Here are 5 tips to release mental clutter:

1.    You have heard me say this numerous times, but it works: Write everything down. Get it out of your mind and onto paper. It's one less thing you have to think about. Write down ideas, to-do's, appointments. Also journaling can be very therapeutic.

2.    Take an exercise class, go for a silent walk with no music. After you do this, you will feel re-juvenated, you see things clearer and will be more mindful!

3.     Keep a journal and pen by the bed.   Don't go to bed with your mind racing. If you have thoughts that you need to release before bed, write them down. If you wake up in the middle of the night with thoughts on your mind, write them down.

4.     Meditate. Just sit for 20 minutes in a quiet room, relax, and meditate.

5.    Organize your home and/or office and it will help with mental clutter. Disorganization is a distraction and can cause stress, anxiety, and allow you to become overwhelmed. These feelings will all cause mental clutter.

This holiday season practice clearing the mental clutter so you can arrive into 2013 refreshed!

Organize!! Energize!!
Kristin

 
 
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This year have a plan to organize your holiday decorations as you store them for next year. Keep this blog with your box of decorations so you can refer to it when you pack away this year.

As you pack decorations away:

1.    Throw out or donate anything you know you will not use in the future.
2.    Keep like items together and in categories.
3.    Keep lights and string ornaments wrapped and labeled if you have an assortment.
4.    Store in seal tight containers and label.
5.    Make a list now of items you will need for next year and store in a safe place so next year you won't waste money on duplicate items or waste time trying to figure out what you need to buy.

Hope you are having a stress-free holiday season!

Organize!! Energize!!
Kristin