The ABC’s of Getting Organized

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Summer has ended and fall is in. From the comfy clothes, to the beautiful trees, and preparation for the holidays, this is my second favorite season. (Summer will always have first place)

Anywho, this week I wanted to do something different and give you a quick reference guide to getting organized 365 and not just the day before friends or family come to visit. Because, I know that is so not you :-)

In 2012, I created this list when I really began to understand the concepts of being organized and how it impacts all areas of your life.

I hope you find this A to Z guide helpful, as it was my breakthrough for creating a space of inspiration, beauty and fun.

A-Appreciate your Space
B– Believe you can have a home that reflects the life you love
C-Containers are your friends
D-Don’t relocate, donate (the cure to clutter)
E– Expect you will reach your desired goals
F– Finance all projects responsibly
G– Get Started. Get Started. Get Started.
H– Healthy Habits = Healthy Lifestyle
I -Inventory is a necessity
J– Just one project a day will do
K-Keep your priorities in perspective
L– Let it Go
M– Mindset is everything
N– Never. Never. Never. Buy on impulse.
O– Order + Balance = Harmony
P– Positivity is an Accessory. Wear it well!
Q-Quiet tyme is mandatory, not optional
R– Relax, and have fun with the process
S– Search for the root of why you consume things, not a reason to buy more
T– Tackle projects in chunks (1 Day. 1 Project. 1 Hour.)
U– Under the bed is NOT storage. I repeat, under the bed is NOT storage.
V– Value tyme with your family and friends…often
W– What purpose does this ______________ serve in my divine space?  It must serve a purpose or else…toss!
X– Examine things that take up space in your home and your life
Y– Why am I purchasing this? Have a why, before you buy.
Z– Zest in your beautiful place of peace, love, and harmony.

Print this list and post it at your desk or home to be a part of your organizing journey!

Have you heard?
Tyme2Organize is now on YouTUBE under Abike Anoka. First Video is Nail Polish Organization and the next one is coming next week.  I would love to hear from you. Check it out and let me know your thoughts.

Until next tyme,
Be Happy.  Be Organized.  Be Awesome.

Why Your Routine Matters

Hey Friend!

Spring is in and this organizer is having some closet fun! From the kid’s room, basement and home office, people
are ready to make space for the life they love. I was recently helping a client organize her
home office and walk-in closet. After we sorted through and shredded old documents, we
moved on to her closet space.

About five minutes in she said, “I hate feeling so rushed in the mornings. I feel like I am
always rushing and never have time to even grab breakfast.”

My immediate response was Awesome! The look on her face said, what? I always tell clients
that part of the organizing journey is identifying the problem. Once you know what the problem
is, we can work together to establish systems to solve them.

You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily.
The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.
–John C. Maxwell

I asked my client if she had a routine and to list three to five things she would like to do in the morning before starting her day. After she created her list, she noticed that three out of the five could easily be done the night before. By ironing her clothes, laying out accessories, and having lunches packed, that was an additional 10 minutes saved. Exercise was another important part of her day. She enjoys staring her day feeling energized, but the conflict with time was becoming a real issue. Lastly, makeup and breakfast. I explained that in order to command your mornings, you must first be aware of how long each activity takes. This helps to manage your expectations, taking your to-do list from an idea, to a habit, until it becomes a routine.

Your Routine matters because:

Regular schedule
Order
Utilize time wisely
Trust yourself
Investment in your well-being
Nourish your mind
Energy to be effective

This list is my motivational reminder when I need to get it done. Remember, take action first, feel second. Once you get going, 9 times out of 10 you will want to finish. When you decide to give those things most important to you a tyme, date and place to get done, you cancel out someday and turn it into mission accomplished. Being proactive requires constant motion.

Which do you check first your to-do list or your calendar? Before you commit to anything you check your calendar first right?

The same rules apply to your workout schedule, date night, play date for the kids and so on. If you want to see results, put it on the calendar and show up!

Take a few moments to reflect on what is working and then write down what needs to be tweaked. There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to your routine, but it MUST add value to your day.

Until next Tyme,
Be Happy. Be Organized. Be Awesome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi, I’m an Email

 

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Hi, I’m an Email

Before you open, then close me, I promise this will only take a few minutes.

I’m a bit concerned about our relationship. There used to be a time when we would start the mornings with coffee and our favorite blogs. Then, just before arriving to work we would review the to-do list, follow-up on action items before meetings, arrange play dates or confirm travel plans. Now, I rarely see you.

Where is the love?

Not to mention, it is getting a little crowded in here.  Maybe the January crew can find a new home?

Now I know, my friends and I have a way of showing up by the numbers, especially after you have worked so hard to get your inbox down to a reasonable number.  Listen, I will talk to them if you promise I get to see you more often?

Well. I think I have found a solution, to see you more and cure the inbox overload.

During your lunch hour, I came across a professional organizer. I believe her name was… oh yes, Abike Anoka.  I told her about our “issue” and she left a few tips to get us back to happy!

Here is what she had to share:

You control your inbox, not the other way around. Instead of responding to emails as they come in, pick a specific time either once an hour, before lunch or just before the work day ends to read, respond, delegate or delete.

Take five minutes to create folders for emails that come daily. For example, Money, DIY Projects, Travel, etc. Once they come to your inbox, transfer them immediately. If you know it is trash or spam, delete right away. Try this approach to stay ahead of the email game:

E–  Easy response

M– Move to categorized folder

A – Action required

I–   Interested, but not sure

L–  Last in, first out

S–  Select to unsubscribe

For emails that require a quick response, take a second or two to rsvp to the birthday party or gradation dinner. If you know the location and time, delete that email. If you need to keep it until the event, do so. Once the event is over, delete that email. For all those blog sites that you subscribe to weekly, move them to their categorized folder to read in your spare time weekly. Once you have read it, send it to the trash bin. You can always visit the original website, if you want to read it again.

For those action emails, decided if you have enough information to respond. If you do, reply and save until the overall task is complete. This typically applies to work emails, itinerary for travel, or any important emails you may need to refer back to.

When you get an email offering promotions, deals or attending an event, give it 48 hours. Usually, by the end of the email you know if you are really interested or not. Go with your first mind, then respond or delete.

Lastly, address them as they come in or unsubscribe all together. If possible, check your inbox daily especially if you have multiple accounts. Be diligent and reserve tyme to read, respond, and delete. Having a regular schedule to check your emails, lightens the worry about email overload.

Set a magic number for your inbox. Once it gets close or passes that number, emails MUST GO!

If you are tired of the same emails coming to your inbox, check out the websites below to have them permanently removed or consolidated into one email:

www.otherinbox.com

www.unroll.me

Until next tyme,

Be Happy. Be Awesome. Be Organized.

Abike.