Organizing in the Fall

Posted on: September 26th, 2016 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

 

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Professional organizer Ellen Rubin Delap says that “More of us get organized in the Fall than the New Year.” Her Fall Fresh Start blog post provides some ideas to help you get started.
Ask yourself, “How can I be more productive this fall?”

Get Motivated with Brene Brown

Posted on: September 23rd, 2016 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

 

Brene Brown Quote

 

Time Management

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Cathy MendlerIt’s September!

I hope you had some time to relax during the summer. Cooler weather has arrived, and the leaves are starting to change colour.

For many people, fall means getting back into a busy routine. Time management often becomes a juggling exercise!

MANAGING YOUR TIME

What’s Most Important?

One of the critical steps in managing your time is establishing priorities. Set aside some time to think about what’s most important in your life.

Everyone has the same amount of time each day:

  • 24 hours
  • 1,440 minutes or
  • 86,400 seconds

Time is one of your most valuable resources. You can’t store it or get it back once it’s gone. So why is it that some people are able to accomplish so much? The answer is simple. They have a plan.

Plan

In order to come up with a plan, you may need to start with your desired outcome and work backwards. If you take the time to create a plan first, it will pay off in the long run.

Prioritize

Set aside some time first thing in the morning to prioritize what needs to be done. It’s even better if you can do this at the end of the day. You’ll be more focused when you can jump right into the first task on your list.

Schedule

Take control. Set limits. If possible, schedule your most important or difficult tasks at the time of day when your energy levels are at their highest. Be realistic about how much will fit into your schedule. Just because there are 24 hours in a day, doesn’t mean that you have to schedule 18 of those hours. Schedule blocks of time in your planner or calendar for focused work time.

Remember–it’s OK to say NO. If you find yourself always saying YES, ask if you can get back to the person asking for your time. Once you’re away from that moment, you’ll be able to review your schedule and determine if you really do have the time to say yes.

Perfectionism

“Perfectionism is not attempting to be perfect when performing a task; it is the act of spending more time on a task, activity or decision than theresults justify.” Harold Taylor, Canadian Time Management Expert

Procrastination

Emmett’s Law states that “The dread of doing a task uses up more time and energy than doing the task itself.”

Brian Tracy uses ‘“eat that frog” as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day.

Multitasking

How many of you think you’re more productive when you multitask? Numerous studies have proven this to be untrue. It’s next to impossible to completely eliminate multitasking from our busy lives, but being aware that multitasking reduces your productivity is a step in the right direction.

Lateness/Missed Events

Are you on time? Not arriving on time shows that you are not respectful of other person’s time. When scheduling your day, remember to allow sufficient time to get to your destination. Set a timer or the alarm on your phone to remind you.

Do you miss events because you didn’t put them into your calendar? Make an effort to enter them into your calendar as soon as you make the commitment.

To-Do Lists/Planners

“To Do lists are intentions, but scheduled blocks of time in your planner are commitments.” Harold Taylor, Canadian time management expert

Delegate

Can you delegate an item on your to-do list? Ask yourself if YOU must complete the task. Remember—you are only one person, and there are only 24 hours in each day.

“You have the power and responsibility to decide what you do with the time you have, so choose wisely.” Matthew Jones, Contributor, Inc.com

So get started and turn over another leaf!

Until next month,

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MORE… Healthy Summer Recipes!

Posted on: September 9th, 2016 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Check out these amazing recipes!

I plan to try all of these very
soon!

Creamy Cauliflower Dip

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Blueberry Zucchini Cake with Lemon Buttercream

Enjoy all of the fruits and vegetables available at this time of the year. Support your local farmers!

For more recipes, check out our GET HEALTHY archives.

Plan to Attend…

Posted on: September 5th, 2016 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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Plan to attend Cathy’s Time Management presentation at the Kitchener Public Library on September 14. There is no charge to attend, but seating is limited. For more details and to register, click here.

If you have business appropriate clothing, shoes, and accessories you’re no longer using, consider donating them to the Dress for Success Clothing Drive which helps empower local women entering the workforce.

Checklists for University and College!

Posted on: August 30th, 2016 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

 

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Do you have a child heading off to college or university?

Here’s a link to Bed Bath & Beyond’s Campus Checklist and Apartment Checklist.

Here’s a link to Solutions Stores’ Tips to surviving Dorm life 101.

Check out our Homework and Study Area Checklist.

 

Back to School Prep!

Posted on: August 23rd, 2016 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

 

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Check out Good Housekeeping’s 25 Tips to Breeze Through Back-toSchool Prep Like a Boss.

Check out Seana Turner’s tips for Managing Children’s Clothing.

 

Get Motivated with Tom Bodett!

Posted on: August 16th, 2016 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Tom Bodett quote

GETTING ORGANIZED FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Cathy MendlerSCHOOL IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

It’s that time of year again. The relaxing days of summer are almost behind us. We’ve had such a warm summer already!

If you plan ahead, you’ll be ready for the first day of school.

Let’s get started and turn over another leaf! 

GETTING ORGANIZED FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

Planning

  • Don’t wait until the night before school starts to try and get your children into their back-to-school routine. Start a week or two before.
  • The morning routine is under your control. Everyone will have a better day if it starts out calmly.

Clothing

Have your children try on all of their clothing to see what still fits. Make a list of what is needed.

School Supplies

Has the school provided a list of supplies that will be required?

  • First, take inventory of the supplies you currently have. You may not need as many supplies as you think. Check out Katy Wolk-Stanley’s Just Say No to Unnecessary Brand New School Supplies!
  • Stock up during the back-to-school sales. Keep in mind that saving a couple of dollars by running from store to store may not be worth the extra effort involved. Remember–your time is valuable!

If you can, support a School Supply Drive in your area. There are always children in need.

Ensure that backpacks are the correct size for your children.

  • Let them choose one with your help; if they like it, they’ll be more likely to use it and less likely to lose it.

Lunches

Keep your cupboards well stocked with lunch items.

  • Single-serving sizes may be more convenient, but they are more costly. Buying in bulk can cost less—if you have sufficient storage space.
  • Keep a pen and paper handy in or near your pantry to note items that are running low.
  • Reduce the environmental impact of making lunches every day–try to make them litter-less.

Labeling

Don’t forget to label all items your children take to school which need to be brought home each night or week.

Entryway/Mudroom

Have a designated spot for each child’s coat, mittens, boots, backpack and sports equipment.

Homework and Study Area

Make sure that your children have an area to do homework or study that is free from clutter, comfortable, well-lit and as quiet as possible.

  • Pens, pencils, erasers, coloured pencils, markers, paper, glue, stapler, ruler, calculator, tape, scissors, etc. should all have a designated spot. If you’re limited for space, a rolling cart with drawers is great for storing art and school supplies.
  • Keep reference materials handy, so children aren’t distracted by having to look for these items.

Calendar and Scheduling

All activities should be put onto one calendar.

  • Keeping more than one calendar is difficult; it usually results in missed appointments.
  • Label each family member’s activities in a different colour; let your children pick their favourite colour.
  • Limit extra-curricular activities for each child. Try not to overschedule.

Your children need some time to just be kids!

Until next month,

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Healthy Summer Recipes!

Posted on: August 4th, 2016 by Cathy Mendler No Comments


Thanks to Dawn Fletcher for sharing her recipe!

BROCCOLI SALAD

  • 1 bunch fresh broccoli (cut into flowerettes)
  • 1 small red onion
  • 8 strips bacon (fried and crumbled)
  • sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sugar (we use our No-Sugar Sugar)
  • 1 tbsp vinegar

Mix all ingredients and combine approximately 6 hours before serving.

Yummy!

MACKENZIE’S FAVOURITE LEMONADE

Nothing’s better than an ice-cold glass of lemonade to quench your thirst on a hot summer day! This recipe (from our archives) was generously provided by Chef Dierre of Never Enough Thyme Catering.

In a water jug combine:

  • 5 lemons squeezed – 2 lemons sliced
  • agave syrup – 1/4 cup OR sugar – 1/2 cup to taste

First, squeeze the lemons into the water jug. Slice the lemon into wedges and place in the jug. Add 1/2 cup of sugar or the agave syrup. Stir well and place in the sunlight for a few hours. (This is where the anticipation comes!) Pour into a glass filled with ice and enjoy!

For more recipes, check out our GET HEALTHY archives.