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.

Grocery Store Chronicles: How to Save Time and Money

Grocery Store Chronicles: How to Save Time and Money

Grocery Store Chronicles: How to Save Time and Money

How many grocery store trips do you make in a week?
Within a month, do you make 2 to 3 big trips or several mini trips?

When I first got married I was trying to be Martha Steward, trying new recipes and making elaborate meals for two.

About six months in I noticed the following:
1. There has to be a better way
2. Need to regulate portion sizes to prevent massive leftovers
3. I forgot another ingredient again

I was either ready to try a new recipe, but did not have all the ingredients, too tired to make a big meal but needed something quick and simple or made too much and had a lot of leftovers.

Then, I would head to the store with dinner ideas in mind, but not a formal list. This tactic was short lived because I would over spend, buy things I wanted and forget things needed. Everything changed when we decided to host our first Thanksgiving dinner three years ago.

I was determined to make our dinner full of awesome food, laughter and one to remember. Truth be told, I find cooking and trying new dishes quite therapeutic, however, I just happen to like the 40 minutes or less versions:-). Because I had experience in leaving things at the store, my secret was simple: Write. It. Down.

Since I am a highly visual person, I started to picture what the dinner table would look like. This helped to categorize my list by meats, sides, breads, and desserts. From there I put the power to the PEN.

The Power of the PEN:

Pantry- this is where the magic happens by taking inventory. Inventory is your main ingredient for sticking to a budget and managing your time in the store. Additionally, this process eliminates buying things twice. Check to see what you have and create a meal plan for the week. Write the list out, categorize by breads, meats, snacks, toiletry, and feel good about shopping with a purpose and a plan.

Expiration dates- check for expired labels that need to be thrown out. Bring older items to the front and newest items behind them. This helps to stay current on what is on hand and what needs to be used soon.

Need more- once you have taken inventory, checked expiration dates, now you can check your list to see what you have and what is needed.

This step was huge because I did not waste tyme in an aisle thinking about what to get. Referring to my list made it clear about what I had and what was needed.

We all know how the story goes, “I’m just going to run in and get a few items.” When you get to the car and review your bill, you are still in shock asking yourself “What happen?”

Whether you are running in to get a “few items” or making the weekly haul, never underestimate the power of the PEN.

P.S. don’t forget to grab those coupons!  A dollar saved, is a dollar earned.

How do you stick to your grocery budget? Leave me a comment below.

Ready to add some excitement to your dinner options?  Checkout my favorite recipe sites below:

www.hungry-girl.com
www.allrecipes.com
www.pinterest.com- it all looks good:-)
www.myrecipes.com

Where inspiration meets order!

Abike.