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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?”

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.


The Ultimate Summer Reading List for Entrepreneurs!

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by Cathy Mendler No Comments


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If you’re a person who feels guilty taking a break away from the office in the summer, feel less guilty and check out William Vanderbloemen’s The Ultimate Summer Reading List for Entrepreneurs.

How to Plan for a PRODUCTIVE DAY!

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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If you’re itching to get outside to enjoy a beautiful day, check out “How to plan for a productive day.”

The sooner you get your work done, the sooner you can head outside!


23 Productivity Hacks

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

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Did you procrastinate when it came to completing your income tax return this year because you were overwhelmed? What steps can you take NOW to make filing next year’s return less stressful? You’ll be glad you did!


Larry Kim’s “23 Best Productivity Hacks of the Year” article is definitely worth the read. You most likely already implement some of these ideas on a regular basis. During the next month I’m challenging you to try three new ideas to improve your productivity. 

Tax Time Procrastination

Posted on: April 25th, 2016 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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One of the top reasons that we procrastinate is because we feel overwhelmed and the thought of filing our yearly taxes certainly fits the bill. Despite being aware of the consequences of failing to file, as many as 45% of us cite procrastination as the reason why we delay to file or even let the deadline pass us by.

Here are our favourite suggestions for helping our clients overcome tax-time procrastination:

1.    Find a tax buddy who will keep tabs on you and encourage you to file your personal taxes on time. If you have your business taxes prepared by a professional, ask them to send you reminders.

2.    Make up your OWN tax deadline which is ahead of the traditional date. Mark your calendar accordingly and imagine how GREAT it will feel to have your taxes filed sooner rather than later. Remember that you only need to pay the bill by the traditional April 30th (or later for business) date.

3.    Break it all down into smaller pieces. If you have an intimidating amount of work associated with preparing to file your taxes, try to work on one section (income, for example) at a time and spread the process over several days.

Do YOU have a suggestion about how to overcome tax-time procrastination? Comment on our BLOG or FACEBOOK PAGE.

Do I Toss or Do I Keep?

Posted on: March 15th, 2016 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, right? Here’s a quick list of things to toss from your home office TODAY! Some of them are a bit TOO obvious!

•    Pens and markers that don’t work
•    Bent paper clips
•    Old newspapers and magazines
•    Old equipment like phones, computer components and printers
•    Old documents

Please remember to be kind to the environment and RECYCLE! Check out the WHERE TO RECYCLE resource page on our website to learn more about how to recycle markers, electronics and much more!

Do you wonder when is the right time to shred documents? Here’s a quick guide:

•    Pay stubs for one year, until you receive your new T4 (or W2) receipt
•    Credit card statements until the next one is received (remember to check for accuracy)
•    Tax returns and receipts after seven years – Check with your accountant and/or Canada Revenue.
•    Bank and investment statements for one year – Check with your accountant, financial planner and/or Canada Revenue.
•    Medical bills and benefits statements for one year – unless required for income tax purposes – Check with your accountant and/or Canada Revenue.
•    Newspapers and magazines ideally after you’ve read them

If you follow these simple rules to rid your home office of excess clutter, you’ll find that you have more energy to GET PRODUCTIVE!

Do you agree with our list? Comment on our BLOG or FACEBOOK PAGE, and share your opinion with our readers!


5 Rules to Manage Your Schedule

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

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         IT’S ABOUT TIME!

Professional organizers can help with time management. Here are our five favourite rules to manage your schedule, tame your to-do list and GET PRODUCTIVE.

1-    Write it down. Trying to keep it all in your head contributes to chaos and causes headaches!

2-    Prepare the night before. We waste SO much time running around every morning! Gather necessary items, lay out your clothes, and set the timer on your coffeepot before you go to bed.

3-    Remind yourself.
If note-making is not your style, record verbal notes on your phone or leave yourself a voice mail message.

4-    Make allowances. Some tasks that you THINK will take fewer than five minutes will probably take twice as long. It is also a good idea to plan for an alternate route to appointments in case of traffic delays. Always allow yourself extra time!

5-    Just say NO! Don’t say YES to everyone asking for something. If you find it almost impossible to say NO, set aside time each week for these extra requests. Say NO once that slot of time is filled.

Do YOU have a favourite time management idea? Comment on our BLOG or FACEBOOK PAGE.


Help for the Arm-Long To-Do List!

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

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..You may be making THESE mistakes!

Is YOUR To Do list as long as your right arm? Whether it’s on paper, stored on our phones or stuck in our heads, we all have a long list of things undone that are with us constantly. We also tend to make two major mistakes with our lists that could make a HUGE different to our productivity if we could just overcome them!

First, we are often guilty of confusing quantity with quality. Don’t associate your self-worth with the number of things that you check off your list. Accomplishing tasks move us forward, but make sure that you are not working at smaller, urgent yet less important tasks instead of allotting time to complete what is most important first. Review your list again and set some new priorities.

The other huge mistake that we see people make is to use our to-do lists as a form of torture! We create lists that are so long that it is virtually impossible to complete them. Then we feel badly when we don’t accomplish everything that we had set out to do. Negative thoughts take far too much energy and often cause us to be less productive. Reduce the size of your list, reward yourself and feel better about your accomplishments. We wish you all the best in the New Year and hope that these ideas will help you to turn over a new leaf and make 2016 your most organized year yet!

Try these two small suggestions for yourself, and let us know how you did on our BLOG or FACEBOOK PAGE.


Get Ready to Get Productive!

Posted on: December 17th, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments


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  Here are our TOP 5 time-saving ideas for

MAKE A LIST, CHECK IT TWICE.  In addition to making a list before you head out, ask family members to provide you with their wish list in advance of the Holidays. Take advantage of online wish lists and store registries.

PLAN BACKWARDS. Look at your calendar in terms of deadlines. For instance, if you want your cards in the mail by December 10th, plan for all of the related tasks, such as writing a newsletter and getting stamps, and schedule enough time to complete them prior to your deadline. Do the same to plan for your gifts, meal planning, decorating and all the myriad tasks on your list.

STREAMLINE YOUR GIFT GIVING. Unless you REALLY enjoy them, avoid buying marathons by purchasing gifts online and even outsourcing to an assistant or family member. Having a list and a set budget can help reduce time lost to decision making and retracing your steps. Consider a gift exchange instead of giving a gift to all extended family members individually.

STRATEGIZE YOUR GIFT WRAPPING. Have a dedicated (and well-stocked) location in your home which everyone is expected to use. Encourage your family (and yourself!) to “wrap as you go” and NOT leave it all until the last minute. Another good idea is to purchase a number of the same gifts to give to teachers, hosts/hostesses, bosses, etc. Have a couple of these wrapped and on hand in case guests show up with an unexpected gift.

SIMPLIFY FOOD AND DECORATIONS. Stock your pantry with staples, so that you are well supplied for baking and food preparation. Not every dish and treat needs to be homemade–and neither does every meal! Consider a potluck dinner or giving out assignments. Have decorations like your tree and other greenery delivered.

These are just our TOP FIVE suggestions and you, no doubt, have many more. If you can think of some that we’ve missed, add your comments on our blog or FACEBOOK PAGE.