What’s your Best Season?

What’s Your Best Season for Goal Planning? Most people think the time to set goals is New Year’s.  “What’s your goals for the new year?” everyone asks you.  January 1st is Winter time.  And for many people they assume that January is the time to plan goals because that’s the calendar year start. How do you see the Winter season? Do you picture it as cold, dreary, freezing temps and icy?  Does shoveling snow off your sidewalks and cars just seem like a miserable task that needs to be done whether you want to or not? Or do you see…

Holiday Planner: How to Relax and Reduce Stress during the Holidays

Holiday Planner: How to Relax and Reduce Stress during the Holidays It’s holiday time. The biggest holidays of the year are upon us. Whether you celebrate Chanukah, Christmas or Kwanzaa, do you always spend them stressed out and frustrated? Do you forget to do things for the holiday gathering like make the carrots? Did you forget how many people are coming over and don’t have enough chairs? Do you plan out your serving pieces and utensils, or even a seating chart? Do you know what time relatives need airport or hotel pickups? Do you have your card list ready to…

House Routines

Routines are something you do repetitively.  Some routines are daily, some are weekly, and some are monthly. Whenever you establish a routine, you save time. For House Routines, let’s start with cleaning.  Do you have a regular cleaning day?  The same day each week?  My mother didn’t work, and her cleaning day was Mondays.  I happen to think it’s good to clean the house on Saturday mornings, in case we have weekend company.   My mother went to the beauty shop every Friday for the same reason – to look good on the weekend.  So I never understood her Monday cleaning…

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Be Prepared!

We don’t know how long we might be wearing masks and social distancing. Who knows if masks will be the new normal for another 6 months or a year, or more. The news seems to predict a bad fall with both the flu and Covid variants. Will that extend into the winter and spring too? So what can you do? I was a girl Scout Leader. And the Girl Scout motto is simple: Be prepared! It’s nothing different than I have practiced all the time. So how do you prepare? It means having the supplies you need, whether it’s for…

Plan Projects with WBS and PERT Chart

Plan Projects with WBS and PERT Chart

Plan Projects with Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) and PERT Charts Do you plan projects? Does it overwhelm you to plan your projects? Are your projects late because you forgot a step? If multiple people work on the project, does everyone know who is working on what step so they know who will complete the information they need before they can do their part? Do you want to learn some methods to make sure you have planned your project so it will be done on time?   If you answered yes to any of those questions, two important methods will help…

Unusual organizing/money tip

Unusual organizing / money saving tip Onto my unusual tip – We got our 3rd booster shot last week and we got it at Safeway (also known as Albertsons in other cities).  I knew they gave a discount coupon for flu, pneumonia, and shingles shots, but apparently also for the covid vaccine shots.  We get all our shots there because they keep a digital record and give you a little card with the dates of all your shots (the covid booster vaccine goes on your original vaccine card. so don’t forget to bring it with you.) Back to the coupons. They…

Kitchen Organization

Kitchen Organization

Kitchen Tips Below are some tips for organizing your kitchen: Instead of buying silverware organizers shaped for forks and spoons, buy ones that have rectangular sections, Now you can hold two items in one section, i.e. small and large forks together or small fs with small spoons in one section.  Also consider the expandable trays. This one expands to the left for large serving pieces.     Freezer drawer                                    Make sure the freezer section of your refrigerator has several divided sections so it’s…

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Did it Expire?

Did It Expire? One day I realized that I never checked my condiments. How long were they good? Did they have an expiration date on them.? In particular I was reaching for the Worcestershire Sauce bottle.  You see I never use it.  So why do I have it?  My husband uses it. And he takes it out when he wants to use it.  So I don’t even remember what he uses it on, but it’s rare. This particular day I was getting it for him because he had rotator cuff surgery and couldn’t use his right arm.  That’s when it…

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It’s New Year’s Resolutions time!

It’s New Year’s Resolutions time! It’s that time of year.  New Year’s Eve is here. This year you are probably celebrating at home sitting in front of a fireplace, and watching a movie.  Covid has pretty much dampened any group celebrations. Usually you’re at a party celebrating with friends and everyone is asking each other “What’s your New Year’s Resolution?”  This, of course, is probably the worst time to decide – in the moment without any real thought to it. So this year, since you will probably be home, how about spending some real concentrated time deciding what goals you…