2017 Readers Choice Awards – Vote for A Simplified Life

November 3, 2017

I’m so excited because my book was just nominated for the 2017 Readers Choice Awards! Please vote for it at www.tckpublishing.com/readers-choice-voting.

The book with the most votes before December 10th wins!!!

In the last month my book A Simplified Life has been download over 400 times on Amazon! Thank you so much for downloading my book! I’m asking for another favor. Please click on the link below, go to page #3, scroll down and click on A Simplified Life.

www.tckpublishing.com/readers-choice-voting

Thank you!

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How to fill in your calendar

September 21, 2017

How To Fill In Your Calendar

 Once you decide on a calendar you like, it’s then time to fill it out starting with the big picture of your year and then diving into the daily details.

Start by filling in the year’s major events, such as holidays, birthdays, and vacations you have already planned.

Once you have your year’s big milestones mapped out, you can move on to filling out your activities month-by-month. Fill out whatever you do on a regular basis and any events for the month that you have on hand.

Start with regular recurring events such as book club or monthly meetings for an organization you belong to. Then schedule your extracurricular activities such as exercise classes, soccer practice, any additional activities with multiple dates attached.

Next add in your appointments, like trips to the doctor, the dentist, or the hair salon.

Once you have mastered your month, it is time to look at your weeks. Break our your weekly schedule for work or school and weekly household errands and tasks.

Finally, you are on to the daily details. Record your day-day routines for work, exercise, chores and more to make your days run more smoothly.

Calendars take regular maintenance to keep you on track. Whenever you get a schedule or make an appointment, it should go on your calendar. Keep your calendar close by, and make it fun and easy to use. The more you use your calendar, the more on top of things you’ll be.

Want more help with your time management? I offer coaching and I have an online course coming in September 2017 called Simply Fabulous. Watch for more information on my Facebook page SimplyOrganizedYou. Not on Facebook? That’s ok, send me an e-mail or call me for more information heather@simplyorganizedyou.com 404-825-2105

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Why should you use a calendar?

September 7, 2017

Why Should You Use a Calendar?

One of the biggest mistakes I see my clients make is they try to keep their schedule in their heads. Pretty soon their brain is full of dates and details, they reach critical mass, and they can’t keep everything straight. They forget appointments, important dates, and critical deadlines.

It’s time to get everything out of your head and onto a calendar.

Calendars Prevent Information Overload

Your brain was not designed to keep track of all of your appointments, deadlines, and commitments. Productivity guru David Allen likens the brain to a computer and warns that we only have so much “Psychic Ram.” Our minds can only process so much information at once.

Calendars are Great Planning Tools

In addition to being a great place to keep important dates and information, a calendar can be a great planning tool as well. Before plotting out what you are going to accomplish for the day or week, you should survey the landscape of your calendar taking into account all of your commitments.

If you have a light calendar day, you can knock out a lot on your to-do list, but if you have a day with back-to-back meetings, appointments and/or errands, that is going to affect how much you can get done.

Calendars Help You Prioritize

Getting items out of your head and onto your calendar also makes it easier to prioritize. When you keep two tasks or activities in your head, your brain gives them equal value. The more you add to your mental calendar and to-do list, the harder it becomes to judge their importance, which can lead to you becoming overcommitted.

When you keep all your commitments on a calendar, you can see what is already on the books before taking on a new appointment, project, or task. You will be able to quickly and easily judge how much time you have and determine which commitments you should keep and which activities you should not agree to in the first place.

Using a calendar will help you prioritize and plan the important aspects of your life letting you make time for what is important to you and allowing you to live life to the fullest. This habit will help you stay cool, calm and collected, and is, in my opinion, the first step to organizational bliss.

Want more help with your time management? I offer coaching and I have an online course coming in September 2017 called Simply Fabulous. Watch for more information on my Facebook page SimplyOrganizedYou. Not on Facebook? That’s ok, send me an e-mail or call me for more information heather@simplyorganizedyou.com 404-825-2105

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Finding the perfect calendar for you

August 27, 2017

Calendars: Finding “The One”

One of my top time management tips is to fall in love with your calendar.

A lot of us neglect our calendars, having an on again off again relationship. Let’s face it. If your calendar were your significant other, they would have kicked you to the curb long ago.

Just like you wouldn’t marry the first person you meet off the street, you need to find a calendar that fits your personality and lifestyle.

If you are currently flying solo there are many options for calendars that will make you say “I do.”

If you are a big picture type, a paper planner or paper wall calendar might be right for you. Paper calendars let you see your whole month or week at once. This option also allows you to express your creative style with colorful pens and stickers.

If you prefer a more high tech solution, a digital calendar may be for you. These come in many forms from online systems to smart phone apps. Digital calendars are great if you need to sync across multiple systems and platforms, such as your smart phone and work computer. Digital calendars also make it easy to set up recurring appointments.

For those of you who are part of a couple or a family, you will want to go with a calendar option that everyone in your household can access.

Dry erase calendars are very popular for families and can be posted in a central location for all to see.

You might prefer a shared digital calendar such as the calendars by Apple and Google, where you can invite others to see what’s on your schedule and multiple people can add events.

Both options can be color-coded for each family member. This let’s you see at a quick glance who has what commitments for the week.

Having a hard time choosing? For you commitment-phobes out there, it’s not considered cheating to see more than one calendar at the same time. For instance, you can use a paper calendar for long-term planning and a digital calendar you can access from your phone for scheduling on the go.

Ultimately the best calendar for you is the one you will use. You won’t know what system is right for you until you play the field and find one with the right chemistry.

So, go ahead and take the plunge. I can guarantee there’s a calendar out there that will be the perfect match.

Want more help with your time management? I offer coaching and I have an online course coming in September 2017 called Simply Fabulous. Watch for more information on my Facebook page SimplyOrganizedYou. Not on Facebook? That’s ok, send me an e-mail or call me for more information heather@simplyorganizedyou.com 404-825-2105

 

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6 ways to print out & organize your photos

July 31, 2017

Do most of your photos stay on your phone or computer? You are not alone!

Smart phones and digital cameras and devices have been a blessing and a curse to those of us who love to take photos. You may share a few on social media but what do you do with the rest?

Here are 6 ways to get your photos out of your phone and into your hands:
1. Groovebook: for $2.99 per month, you get 4×6 book of printed photos that can be used as an album or torn out for a frame. groovebook.com

2. Chatbooks: You get a 30 page book of your favorites from Instagram, Facebook or your camera for $8 per month. chatbooks.com

3. Recently: You choose 50-100 photos and get a monthly magazine (you can edit) for $9.99 per month. getrecently.com

4. Time shel: This is not a book – just prints. You can get 10-30 prints for only $5.95 per month. timeshel.com

5&6: I still love to create my own albums on snapfish or shutterfly. I used two of the books I made myself of our wedding and honeymoon for the photo at the top of this blog post. It’s more time consuming but worth it. Start making an album now to give as a gift for the holidays (you can also make recipe books). snapfish.com and shutterfly.com

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Freedom from clutter

June 29, 2017

Freedom means many different things to each of us. On July 4th, we celebrate Independence Day which is commemorating our freedom from the British Empire in 1776.

Today I want to talk about your freedom from stuff. It’s no secret that most of us have too many material possessions (including yours truly). These things are overwhelming our home, car, work place and time which causes extra stress and worry. Let’s free up some of that time and stress!

Are you overwhelmed with everything you have to get done? Are there more than 3 items on your to-do list? Are you avoiding areas in your home because of clutter?

If you answered yes to at least one of the above questions, this will help!

I want you to spend 15 minutes this week:

1.Set your timer for 5 minutes

2.Pick 1 room that’s driving you crazy

3.Choose 3 items you do not need

4.Put them in a box or bag for donation (or trash if broken)

5.Repeat this process in the same room or 2 other rooms (5 minutes each time)

6. Take your box or bags to a charity (www.donationtown.org will show you drop off and pick up charities in your area)

Congratulations! You have now freed up extra space so you will have more FREE TIME! You will feel better, lighter, and on your way to a clutter-free life.

Need hands-on help? Call us at 404-825-2105 or email heather@simplyorganizedyou.com

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The Viscious Cycle of Laundry and How to Tame It

May 30, 2017

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Do you hate doing laundry? Does it seem never ending? Have you ever done loads more than once because you can’t figure out if they are dirty or clean? If you answered yes to any of those questions then welcome to the club! Most clients I meet hate doing laundry and get so behind on it that it seems an impossible task.

I can’t get rid of your dirty laundry but I can give you some tips that should help lessen the pain:

  1. Buy clothes that do not have to be washed separately or delicately (and doesn’t have to be ironed). I see this as the first road hump in the laundry obstacle course. You have to do 3 loads instead of 1 because of the fragile or special nature of the clothing. Take dry clean only to the dry cleaners and only buy easy-to-wash clothing for you and your family going forward. You can use the mesh bags to easily toss in under garments and then hang them to dry.
  2. You do not have to watch the washing machine or dryer for it to work. Throw a load in before you run errands or have other chores in the house to do. Set a timer on your phone and transfer to the dryer in an hour or more.
  3. Get your family involved! Teach your kids how to do their own laundry. This will not only save you a ton of time and headaches but also give them a valuable life skill they will definitely need (unless they live with you forever).
  4. After it’s dry, either you or your family member should put it away immediately. This is where most of us get stuck. Fold it in front of the TV and bring some hangers to hang up anything that needs it. Put it away in the closet and or dresser or place the clean laundry in the family member’s room where it belongs.
  5. Each person in the home should have at least 1 basket or better yet 2: one for clean and one for dirty. If there are often mix-ups, get 2 different colors for each person. Dirty clothes go into the darker colored and clean go into the white baskets. No more sniff test to see if it’s clean!
  6. Have a set day each person does their laundry so everyone is not fighting for the machines at the same time. Put it on the calendar. If there is a concern about sport stains have a place (separate basket in the laundry room) to put these clothes that get the stain remover treatment immediately.

If you follow these tips, I promise you will be doing less laundry, less often.

 

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The Rainbow Unicorn – The Myth of Reaching Perfection

May 30, 2017

 

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Recently I wrote an article for The Atalanta Woman which was published in their May 2017 issue. They were looking for tips and tools that would help busy women with productivity.

Out of all the many topics I write and speak about such as time management, organizing your home and office and creating a working paper system, the one I am most passionate about is women giving themselves and others a break. I meet people everyday who are trying to have the perfect home, perfect family or perfect job and it’s impossible!

To feel better about yourself and take off some of the pressure, please read my article:
http://simplyorganizedyou.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Heather-Rogers-Atalanta-Woman-Rainbow-Unicorn.pdf

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