Stuck? Try the Pomodoro Technique

June 20th was National Productivity Day.  How productive have you been?   The best way to get things done is to plan.  Create a schedule that works for you.  If children are home, you need to double plan –  plan for the kids and yourself.  If the kids are under school age, it’s a little harder. My suggestion is to find some time when the kids can be busy and you can do some work without interruption: A) the kids are old enough to play together or do a craft by themselves B) the kids can watch a TV show,…

Fun Activities to do at Home

I hope you’re all sheltering at home.  I know it’s hard not to have the freedom to come and go as you please. I’ve kept my husband home.  He’s only allowed in the backyard due to health issues.   It took me 2 weeks and at least 6 stores to be able to get extra toilet paper!  And now I feel like a bank robber with my red bandanna across my face and blue gloves on my hands to shop for food! I try to watch myself at stores, and always have my face mask on.  I like cloth masks because…

What’s your Secret Remedy?

Between my hip bursitis pain and my husband’s stroke, we’ve had 8 therapy appointments a week since December, 4 each.   Next week my husband starts vision therapy to correct his missing left visual field.  If it helps, he might be able to drive again in 3-4 months. With driving back and forth to therapy appointments, I’ve turned to listening to audio books.  My husband’s choice would be more along Clive Cussler who writes adventure novels.  I heard some, but once he explained waterboarding, and I heard too much.  I was way too emotionally involved = TENSE as all get out, listening…

Remove Knick Knack Distractions from your Desk

Remove Knick Knack Distractions from your Desk

The second group of distractions to remove from your desk are items that fall into three different groups. Knick Knacks There really is no reason to have knick knacks on your desk.  They are a true distraction because you look at them and several thoughts probably come into your mind in seconds: I love that little stuffed animal doggie. I remember that David bought it for me. I remember where we were when I got it. I remember why I got that stuffed doggie.   All of those thoughts just took you totally off your project and into a story…

National Clean Off Your Desk Day

National Clean Off Your Desk Day

Monday is National Clean Off Your Desk Day.  You may not know it, but the first book published on unique days was Chase’s Calendar of Events.  Mr. Chase had a messy desk.  His daughter decided he needed a special day to clean off his own desk.  So the second Monday in January is dedicated to National Clean Off Your Desk Day.   Technically, every day should be National Clean Off Your Desk Day for everyone! Part of cleaning off your desk is to remove items from your desk that might take your attention away from your work, or your phone call….

First and Easiest Way to Simplify Your Life

The first week of August is Simplify your Life Week.   The first and simplest thing you can do is  –Get rid of the visible piles.   Piles can occur in any room of the house.  The most common areas are:               Kitchen counters               Dining room table               Family room tables and couches               Master Bedroom               Guest bedroom                Spare bedroom               Bathrooms               Home office               Front entryway               Just removing the piles from your eyesight will dramatically improve your stress.   However, if you just toss items into a drawer…

2 Mistakes that Keep you Disorganized

  Graphic:  Not putting things away as soon as done using them.   The obvious first mistake that keeps you disorganized is that you don’t put things away. Instead you put something down, thinking you will take care of it later. That’s the start of a possible pile. Something not in the right place. Next thing you know, something goes on top of the first piece. – There’s your pile. It starts with just 2 items. And by the end of the day something else is added to it. Now there’s 3 pieces. It’s definitely a pile! And later something else goes on top…

Why should you Spring or Fall clean your house?       

 Spring or fall cleaning is doing all the things you don’t do on a regular basis. That means it’s usually items that rarely get cleaned, mostly just a couple of times a year.   There’s a few items like dusting lamps or cleaning the oven that are probably part of your regular cleaning,  but I included them for those that don’t do them in their normal cleaning. Most items listed in these checklists are not done as part of a normal routine.    Not cleaning your dryer vent hose could cost you in longer drying times  as well as problems…

National Clean Out Your Computer Day

  Time to Clean out the Computer Most people need a specific day to get things done. Well today is the day. It’s National Clean Out Your Computer Day – always the second Monday in February. If you haven’t cleaned out your computer or reviewed your files for some time, you may want to do it today. McDonald’s corporate sets aside a day a year for their employees to clean out their files. What about you?  Your excuse might be: “It’s too much; I need more than a day. “ That’s okay. I get it. It could be very overwhelming to tackle this all at once.  So don’t …  Don’t…

Snowman

Last weekend we had 32 degrees and 7.5 inches of snow in north Scottsdale AZ. My husband actually measured how much snow was on top of a low dividing wall.  I felt like I was back in Chicago looking at a white winter wonderland as the large flakes fell softly to the ground.  In the 14 years I’ve been in this house, it’s been our fourth snow, but this one was the most and lasted more than overnight.  If you drove just 8 blocks south, there wasn’t even a drop of snow on the ground!  You could only see it…