Using Time Management Tips to Gain 6 More Weeks Back!

February 3, 2016
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So today was Groundhog Day and I presented my time management tips and tools to a group at the East Cobb Library. For those of you unable to attend, I’m giving you the handout my audience received. I will also be posting a link to the presentation video soon. Please contact me for any questions or help 404-825-2105.

TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS & TOOLS:

Drop Zone:

  1. Create a space near the entry of your home for your family calendar, keys, hooks for backpacks, charging station for cell phones and iPad, baskets for shoes and a mail center.
  2. Every night before bed, make sure all homework is in backpacks and all items in drop zone for the next morning. You can also lay out clothes, prep snacks & lunches night before.

Calendar:

  1. Have a family calendar (monthly or quarterly) displayed somewhere so everyone can see it easily.
  2. Color code it for each family member and put everyone’s activities on it each day (try to pick one day per month for the family to sit down and fill out the calendar for the next month). Make sure the bus schedule, school activities, permission deadlines and all after school appointments are on the calendar.
  3. If you prefer electronic, use a system that can sync with your spouse or kids and update it regularly.

Routine:

  1. Set up a weekly routine for yourself and your family.
  2. Try to keep a set meal time, homework time, bath time, bed time and play time. Even if it doesn’t happen every night, if you try to keep to a schedule, it makes your evenings and your mornings easier.

Cooking:

1.Weekly meal plan and grocery list

2.Cook several meals and freeze

More Tips:

  1. Stop procrastinating: Set a timer to do 20 minutes at a time & Start with most difficult
  2. One task at a time and complete
  3. Multi-tasking (if you must: one physical and one mental at a time)

While pumping gas:

Clean out purse/ wallet/ car

Check e-mails and texts (return and delete)

While talking on the phone:

Fold laundry

Unload dishwasher

Clean out a drawer

  1. Learn to say NO
    1. When you say yes – you say no to something else

Time Saving Websites and Apps

www.ThredUp.com (10-80% / clean-up bag)

www.Unroll.me (unsubscribe to all sites or get one e-mail per day)

www.parents.com (chore charts and meal planners)

Doctor on Demand APP (24/7 access to physician)

Groove Book ($2.99 for 100 4×6 photos printed)

TIME SAVED USING TIME MANAGEMENT TOOLS:

Getting organized = 7.5 hours/ week not looking for stuff

Planning (make a list, menu)= 10 hours/ week not wasting time (1 hour of planning saves 10 hours of doing)

Outsourcing & Delegating = 20 hours/ week spent on items you want to do

Websites & APPs = 18 hours/ week not couponing, re-reading junk e-mail or going to the doctor

TOTAL = 55.5/ week = 2886/ year = 8/ day

 

 

 

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To Sell or Not To Sell

May 31, 2014
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So many of my clients want to sell their unwanted items.  Everything from clothes, china, furniture and collectibles is “very valuable” to the people who spent a lot of their hard-earned money on it or received it from a loved one.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but these days nothing is selling for as much as you would hope.  Instead of discouraging you from trying to sell your belongings, I’m going to give you some advice I’ve received from professional re-sellers and estate sale experts: If it’s not worth more than $50, think twice! It will cost you hours of time in posting, screening buyers and or shipping your items.

Here’s some advice if you want to sell or consign:

If your thinking about consigning clothes, plan on getting $2 per piece of clothing no matter what you paid for it and how good condition it’s in. I spent an entire day this week contacting numerous children’s clothing consignment stores. Many of them weren’t taking any new clothes right now and the ones that were required an appointment and only accepted 20 items per day. I found a lovely place called Once Upon a Child who was very easy to work with and bought over 100 items of clothing from my client. We were able to get on average $2 per item.

If your considering a garage sale, have an estate sale instead or neighborhood-wide sale. With a garage sale, you can’t control the weather on the day of your sale or the buyers who come so you may wind up spending lots of time and not making very much money. However, neighborhood- wide sales and estate sales are advertised to a larger group of people so they bring in more buyers and hopefully more money.

If your time is more valuable than money, consider donating.

If you would like to hire someone to sell or donate your items for you, see my blog:

http://simplyorganizedyou.com/resources-selling-items-donating/

Happy selling and or donating!

Call or e-mail me for questions or help: 404-825-2105 Heather@SimplyOrganizedYou.com

 

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Helpful time-saving websites and apps

March 19, 2013
Helpful time-saving websites and apps
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Here are a few of my favorite websites and apps for de-cluttering, donating and time saving:

Websites and Apps:

Donations: www.donationtown.org

Recycling: www.georgiarecycles.org

E-mail:Unroll.me (unsubscribe to all sites or get one e-mail per day)

Back-Up files: Carbonite.com (back up computer)

Apps: Hoot Suite (all social media in one place)

For more organizing tips, visit my blog: www.simplyorganizedyou.com/blog

Organizing photos site:https://pinterest.com/simplyorgyou

 

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