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No matter how hard we wish to deny it or change it, life is short. And each of us has so many things we want to do. Yet, there never seems to be enough time. In fact, there is more time than most of us realize; we just waste so much of it.
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Before you even move into your new home, it is important to know what you are getting into. Try to find or create a floor plan of the space, and take accurate measurements of the area. This will help you know what you can fit into your place and what you need to rid yourself of. If it doesn't fit or will take up too much room in your new place, there is no need to keep it. It will also give you an idea of how to organize your space before you've even moved in.
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I absolutely love organizing toys, I find it one of the most satisfying projects. I also absolutely hate organizing toys, because it can be soooo frustrating. I feel like if you're a parent and reading this you know exactly what I'm talking about.
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One of my bigger struggles as a professional organizer is how to translate my routines and processes into sharable tips and advice. So much of how I live my life in terms of my daily routines have become so automated that it can be hard for me to realize its efficiency until I step back and look at it.
It'll take effort and compromise, but it's worth it.
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January is GO Month, as in "Get Organized". Every year the goal of getting organized makes it's way onto the top of resolution lists, so it makes sense that GO Month is the first month of the year. But as the novelty and enthusiasm of everyone's New Year's resolutions slowly begin to fade I wanted to share some simple habits that you can introduce now, that will help you to stay organized all year long.
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Already struggling to keep up with your phone storage this year? It's said that the average smartphone user will snap around 3,600 photos in one year, taking up space and overloading storage. Though it's become second nature to document our lives with photos, but not every photo needs to be kept.
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I'm not making excuses, but between two active kids and their play dates, field trips, and activities I often feel like I'm struggling to keep it all straight. On top of that, I've got my own schedule: I'm in school, writing a book and trying to freelance. My activities come with deadlines of their own. My head is spinning all the time. I'm lucky to know the day of the week.
According to experts, every minute spent in planning saves you 10 minutes in execution. I think that if we have a list and follow it, we are saving substantially more time, and stress as well. If we create and use our Daily List of five tasks, we will save ourselves many hours of frustration just by being disciplined.
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Your inbox is where your email arrives -- it's not where it is supposed to live. Some of those emails are well past their due date. Yet we still keep them in our inbox.
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Packing is something we all tend to put off. It requires careful planning and most importantly a lot of our precious time. Luckily, we've put together a few simple steps you and your family can take to make the process a breeze.
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Back to school season is in full swing. As you pick up pencil cases and backpacks for your kids, consider investing in some technology products, tools and apps that you might need to boost your own productivity as you head into the busy fall season.
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With the low Canadian dollar, families across the country are satisfying their travel itch the old-fashioned way: through the open road. Whether it's driving through the Great White North or heading down south, road trips are a cost-effective solution to a summer getaway.
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Looking to maximize your tiny condo bathroom? Or rejuvenate your bathroom to make it look new? Giving your bathroom a makeover might seem like a daunting task but a few small tweaks could give your bathroom the functional, clutter-free makeover it's been longing for.
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So often as professionals do we end up responding to the loudest voice or the most pressing demands. Sometimes that means we never get caught up, let alone feel in control of our workload. We need to work smarter, not just harder. And while that's easier said than done, it is possible.
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Before kids came along, we were living in an 850-square-foot condo in downtown Toronto. That included my home office. We were not crowded there. Yet here we are, in a 3,000 square foot house, and it seems that "stuff" collects everywhere. It feels more crowded.
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Organizing requires work. No matter how fabulous an organization system you have set up, it isn't going to maintain itself. That super cute new closet system you just installed isn't going to look quite so pretty a week in if you keep leaving your clothes all over the floor.
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It's February, folks, and you know what that means. Taxes... Yeah, yeah, Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, 2016 leap year and all that. But it's also the time of year when people wake up to the fact that, oh crap, tax deadlines are looming, and that they better get their act together to reduce their tax bill -- not to mention their stress level.
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More and more organizations hire entrepreneurs whose purpose it is to either create, build, innovate or restructure and ensure faster organizational development or growth. By using entrepreneurs to take control of and accelerate development, companies whose foundations are based on strong intrapreneurial values attract like magnets candidates with those same values.
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Getting organized doesn't need to be about a complete overhaul of your entire house. Most of us don't have hours to set aside to reorganize an entire room, so try to zone in on a smaller area of the space that is contributing to the larger problem. Here's how to get started.
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More and more executives are required to work with greater independence and/or direct satellite teams. To fulfill these roles, companies increasingly seek intrapreneurs, or entrepreneurs who will perform within a large organization as they would within an independent company in order to establish an entity.
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Two entrepreneurs walk into a meeting and ask, "How was your weekend?" No, this isn't the start of a bad joke -- it's something I encounter working with fellow business owners who work around the clock. The truth is, when the seeds of our labour start to bear fruit, we're hit with a new challenge -- time (or lack thereof).
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My boss is a mess. She is so disorganized, it's driving me crazy! She forgets meetings, leaves things undone and creates more work for me because I have to fix her mistakes. I feel like her mother. It's a huge waste of my time, and it keeps me from doing the other things that need to get done.
Getting organized tends to make the top 10 list for New Year resolutions again and again. Being organized can help simplify your life, de-stress you and free up your time to do the things you really love.
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It's almost time for New Year's resolutions! It's when we engrave our new promised outlooks into our notebooks and minds -- determined to better ourselves in some small manner -- whether it's fitness, health, or even taking the stress out of our work life.
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Black Friday is on November 27 and Cyber Monday is on November 30 this year, and I'm pumping up to win on savings! As you already know, I love me a deal, and I wanted to share with you all of my tips and tricks on getting the best item for the best price. It's a retail battle weekend and you need to be suited up.
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Have some structures in place that help support order and routines and which ultimately teach children how to be self-reliant over time. Remember -- the goal of parenting is to work yourself out of a job, not raise a dependent who is a failure to launch, as the saying goes.
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"But I'm on vacation!" This is just one of the excuses we give ourselves when we decide to forfeit our fitness routines while traveling. But whether you're traveling for fun or for work, it can be one of the best times to change or ramp up your exercise.
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Learn how to make the most of your empty space.
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While this time of year can be overwhelming, Sandi Richard, has expert tips on how she managed back to school with her seven (yup, that's correct) kids! Her advice to parents is simple. You are in the driver's seat and if you commandeer a few little tricks -- you've got this!
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So before you get ahead of yourself with all of your healthy eating plans and goals, take this first step. Throw on some tunes and carve out one hour, really, that's all you need. You'll be so happy you did it. Like anything else it really helps to have a game plan. Here are some tips to get it done.
Just about now you've hit your summer groove: maybe it includes less demanding work days, more relaxing social outings and longer nights spent nurturing your soul with "me" activities. Stress levels tend to drop in the summer months, and overall we have a sunnier outlook (pardon the pun).