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15-Minute Organizing Ideas -- Waiting Time
One of the biggest roadblocks my clients face in trying to get (and stay) on top of things is scheduling -- finding the time for all the have-to's and want-to's that need attention throughout each day. Big blocks of time are hard to find, so you're better off breaking your activities into tasks that can be completed in 15 minutes or less. Think that's impossible? Let me show you how it's done!
A Better Use Of Down Time
Most people's days are so filled to overflowing with responsibilities, that there's is almost no way to get it all done in the hours available. Some things (like work and school) eat up big chunks of your day, and you have no control over when or how they happen. Others can be squeezed in whenever you've got a few free minutes here or there. And where do you tend to have a lot of available time? While you're waiting! You could be sitting in a medical office, stuck in traffic, caught in a long line at the post office or bank, hoping to have your flight start boarding soon, trapped on a train during an hour-long commute, or early for a scheduled meeting. Instead of bitching about wasted time, use those precious minutes to get something done!
See how easy that was?
- clean out your purse, briefcase, or backpack
- listen to a book on tape or a recording of a seminar you've been wanting to hear
- make a wish list of books to read, movies to see, restaurants to try, etc.
- make a to-do list of things you want and need to get done in the next week
- plan your menu and grocery shopping lists for the week
- read that magazine article or book you haven't had time for
- review and update your calendar
- schedule an appointment you've been putting off
- sort through your incoming mail, separating to-do's from trash
- write a letter to a friend
- make a phone call that you've been procrastinating on
- pay your bills, either online or writing a check to go in the mail
- balance your checkbook
- work on your Christmas gift list
- write and address holiday greeting cards
- work on any sort of report / homework / project with an upcoming deadline
- write in your journal or diary
- file your nails (although I probably would discourage a pedicure in public!)
- just relax and enjoy a moment of silence in the middle of a hectic day
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posted on: 12/8/2011 11:30:00 AM by Ramona Creel
category: General Organizing Tips
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I have been a Professional Organizer for more than 10 years, I am a NAPO Golden Circle member, and I was the original founder of OnlineOrganizing. I have worked one-on-one with scores of clients and have trained dozens of newbie organizers as they got started in the industry. I provide both hands-on and virtual coaching to help clients improve their organizing skills and simplify their lives. I invite you to visit my website at http://www.RamonaCreel.com, and I challenge you to find one new idea that you can put into practice in your life, to help you become better organized, starting TODAY! I am passionate about coaching folks toward a more balanced, productive, and enjoyable life -- and I firmly believe that if I can do it, so can you!
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