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POC Conference 2017 and more!

Posted on: December 4th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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In early November, I was in Toronto to attend the annual Professional Organizers in Canada conference. It was filled with learning, networking, catching up with organizing colleagues I hadn’t seen in a year or two, meeting new professional organizers and enjoying great food!

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I felt overwhelmed…

Posted on: December 1st, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

“I felt overwhelmed until Cathy of ‘A New Leaf’ came to my rescue. I had lived in my house for 26 years and wanted to put it up for sale. Every nook and cranny was filled with stuff. I didn’t know how to begin.

Cathy is extremely well organized and meticulous. She came promptly each day with a smile on her face. Together, and with Cathy’s resourcefulness, we were able to separate things into piles for keeping, donating, recycling with little left for garbage. I was finally able to put my house on the market.

I would highly recommend ‘A New Leaf’ if you are looking for some professional assistance organizing.”

Martine

Thanks for reading…
Cathy Mendler

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Introducing Georgina Forrest from Smartworks!

Posted on: November 27th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

The Super Simple Secret To Getting Stuff Done!

When you look around, do you see evidence of incomplete commitments, projects, tasks and “I’ll deal with that later” piles?

Do you wonder how on earth you are EVER going to get it all done?

If you answered yes to these questions, you’re not alone.

Now, let me ask you this: are you as tired as I am about hearing from the ‘experts’ on how to get this stuff done? You know … write down your goals, prioritize them, set dates and schedule them in your planner … yadda yadda blahdey blah.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Boooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiinnnng!

Not that this isn’t good advice, and there’s no denying we wouldn’t ALL benefit from following these practices, but for some people this is the stopping point in the whole process of getting stuff done.

It may just be too complicated and structured for some of you … right now.

We live and work in a time where there’s much more to do than we have time to do it. It’s the reason it’s more critical today, than ever before, to find simpler ways to stay on top of our ever-expanding workloads.

Want to know my super simple secret to getting stuff done?

I set time limits and I limit the amount of stuff I can reasonably do.

Yup. It’s that easy.

Before you toss this idea out, think about it for a moment.

If you knew you had a set amount of time to work on something, how likely is it you’d get down to the crux of the work and eliminate the superfluous stuff?

For example, how ruthless are you the day before you leave for vacation? Suddenly many tasks and commitments don’t appear to be nearly as important as you thought when it seemed you had time available to do it.

And if you limited the amount of commitments and stuff to do, wouldn’t your workload get a bit lighter? Thereby giving you more time to work on the REALLY important stuff?

I think so.

Time management doesn’t need to be a complicated, step-by-step process. It can be as easy as setting time limits and limiting how much you can reasonably get done.

It’s time to GET REAL!!

You are not Superhuman – you cannot get it all done at the pace you’re currently working at. And an endless amount of ‘time’ is NOT going to suddenly drop down into your life.

You need to start doing something – anything – to get that stuff done quickly.

So, what can you limit today? Do it. Get more done.

Now, get on with your day!

Georgina Forrest owns and operates Smartworks! in Red Deer, Alberta. Smartworks! specializes in helping people learn the principles of organizing and developing good work practices, so they can work in the kind of stress-free environment that they’ve always dreamed of. Additional services include getting your office and computer organized and functional, enhancing your productivity and time management through coaching, and process improvement and/or development.



How Long is YOUR Morning Routine?

Posted on: November 24th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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“Manage your time as if your life depended on it…because it does.” Dr. Robert S. Eliot

 

If you’ve been thinking about improving your morning routine, check out Julian Hayes’ 4 Simple Morning Habits That Will Improve Your Day (and Each Takes Only 5 Minutes).

Ask yourself, “How can I be more productive?”



A Quote from Jennifer Morrison!

Posted on: November 21st, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments



I Recommend… Fenigo!

Posted on: November 6th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Do you use disposable items when you make lunches? Try saving the environment, and check out Fenigo. Everything you need for a litter-less lunch is available online or at their Waterloo, ON retail location.



Holiday help…

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

If organizing your home before the holidays is on your to-do list, take advantage of this month’s offer.

Contact A New Leaf by November 15, 2017 and let us help you get ready.

Pay for 3 hours and receive a 4th hour at no charge!
 



What habits can you improve?

Posted on: September 22nd, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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Start fresh now that it’s September! What habits can you improve? 

Belle B. Cooper of RescueTime shares her Tips for organizing your calendar.

Check out Tom Popomaronis’ 4 Toxic Habits That Are Poisoning Your Productivity (And How to Break Them).

 

Ask yourself, “How can I be more productive?”

 



Mud Rooms

Posted on: September 13th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Cathy MendlerIt’s September already!

As I’m putting together this edition, it is 23C (73F) and I’m out on my deck–even though we’ve already had frost a number of times. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t want summer to end, make sure you get outside and enjoy everything that fall has to offer.

I’m excited that I have become a grandmother! Congratulations to Jason and Amber on the birth of Nash Carter Blaxall on the morning of August 20. He’s adorable! Spending time with Nash has definitely been added to my list of priorities. I just wish they lived closer!

MUD ROOMS 

Let’s talk about mud rooms. This topic piggybacks nicely on last month’s topic of laundry areas. While writing this article, I realized a separate discussion about front/main entryways is needed. Stay tuned!

When I Googled “mud room”, I found over 21,000,000 results–just a few more than expected!

Perhaps you’re one of the many people who wants a “to die for” mud room you’ve seen on Pinterest. Unless you’re building a new home or renovating, it may not be realistic. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find some great ideas and inspiration which can be adapted to your home.

While a mud room isn’t usually the main entrance to your home, it’s likely a very high traffic area. If you have a garage, often the door from the garage into the house leads to a mud room.

If you’re thinking about renovating to add/create a mud room, there are many things to consider. What are your expectations?

Take the time to plan your space. Make it as functional as possible. Yes, you want it to look nice, but it needs to function on a day-to-day basis. Nowadays, a main floor laundry is often located in this area. I frequently see clients who find it’s difficult to do laundry in a mud room when there is nowhere to store 15 pairs of shoes. Piles of dirty laundry on the floor often make the entrance impassable.

Unless you’re a designer, consulting a professional for his/her expert advice will be worth the investment.

Make a list of everything you would like to store in your mud room.

  • Outerwear – Sweaters, coats, hats, scarves, mittens/gloves
  • Footwear – Shoes, boots, sandals, flip flops
  • Sports Equipment
  • Backpacks
  • Laundry Supplies – Detergent, fabric softener, stain remover, hamper, laundry basket(s), hangers – (if your laundry is located there)
  • Pet Supplies – Food, water dish, leashes

Unless you have a large room, you will need to limit the number of items that can be stored there. Otherwise, disorganization can still occur.

REMEMBER – No amount of storage space will satisfy you if the people using the space don’t put things away. Designate homes–with LABELS–for everything! If your children don’t hang coats or jackets on hangers, consider adding some hooks. Hooks generally work better for young children. Just remember to hang them at a height they can reach!

Until next month,


Cathy Mendler



6 Summer Productivity Tips!

Posted on: August 21st, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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Ste
phanie Vozza of Fast Company shares some great ideas in Six Productivity Experts Share How To Actually Get Work Done During The Summer.

Check out this summer reading list from 40+ TED speakers.

 

Ask yourself, “How can I be more productive?”