Back to School Planning

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It’s no surprise that parents start to feel an extra sense of urgency come August every year.  Summer is coming to a close, back to school shopping is inevitable and then school begins.  If you are a parent this post is definitely for you.

Below is a quick checklist and a few tips to help you START…

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The 5 Web Apps You Need to Get Organized and Increase Productivity

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These web apps work on all your computer, smartphone and tablets to help you be super productive and take your performance to a whole new level of productivity!

Check to see if you are using these awesome…

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How to Make a Gingerbread House

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Watch Gingerbread Video Here

 

Here’s how to make a gingerbread house to decorate with your kids or give as a gift as I love to do each year.

Gingerbread competition is on! Guys verses Girls. Check out this step-by-step video on how you can make and assemble a gingerbread house FAST using the best icing…

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One Day, Someday

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Have you ever said, “someday I’m going to get my closet organized?” Or, “one day I’m going to do something about all the piles of paper?”  

Have you every noticed that your someday or one day projects rarely get accomplished?  Could it be that procrastination is a form of putting it off for someday?…

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7 Ways to Organize Your Home & Workspace

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Today’s the day to start decluttering your life, your office and your home. Someday has arrived!

Learn how these 7 must have systems are key to your success, sanity and calmness. Having systematic easy to manage, easy to follow ssytems will give you more time and freedom to enjoy life. Click here to download…

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How to Stay Motivated to Organize Anything

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Are you tired of reorganizing your closet, kitchen or desk again?  Not sure where to begin with your closet organization? Or did you have good intentions of finishing an organizing project but life got busy and you’re just too tired at the end of the day to even think about it?

Here’s the thing, you don’t…

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International Women’s Day 2014 & Staples Canada

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In celebration of International Women’s Day
Staples is offering 10% off your entire purchase today only!

Click here to get your Staples Coupon!

International Women’s Day started back in the early 1900’s.  Every year on March 8, events around the world are held to inspire women and celebrate achievements.  Many global corporations…

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Stylish Desk Accessories

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Getting organized doesn’t mean you have to de-style and squash your creativity!  Organizing desktop clutter and stacks of paper with stylish desk accessories to suite your personal style.  Add a pop of color and beautiful accessories to any blah and boring office.

Stylish and functional desk accessories make it fun to keep your desk organized.  It may…

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Going Paperless is a Process

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Is going paperless a realistic goal for you?  What’s the reason you want a paperless office?  To be more mobile, get rid of the stacks of papers or have information at your fingertips on your computer? Whatever it is for you, take a few minutes to decide what going paperless is going to look like…

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3 Day Clutter Free Challenge – 2014

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Welcome to 2014!

I know how much I want to clear clutter and get organized at work and at home at the BEGINNING of the year.

There’s nothing more wonderful than feeling the serenity of having a more zen-like space … all year round.

Since I’m going to begin in about two weeks I thought I’d…

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Merry Christmas

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Wishing you and your families all the best and an amazing 2014!

Check out these 1.4 million lights that make up this spectacular Festival of Lights in Vancouver http://bit.ly/1lgiCne

 

 

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Organizing Your Closet Twice a Year Can Help Your Favorite Charity!

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Closet organization is best done in the fall and spring time.  When the weather is changing you naturally want to switch over your clothes plus it’s the best time to purge and reorganize your closets.  You’ll stress less each morning when your closet is beautifully organized and key items are at your fingertips!

Before you begin…

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Top 10 Tips to Beat Procrastination (Part 1 of 3)

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As I’m writing this article the stopwatch on my iPhone is set for 30 minutes to complete this article.  Then I’ll take a 5 minute break, come back and set the stopwatch for another 30 minutes to upload on my blog, send to my S.O.S. Newsletter community and post this to my…

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Best Clutter Busters for Home Organization

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One of the best ways to eliminate clutter is to use the “one-in, one-out rule.”  If you want to get and stay organized, this best practice is one of the best clutter busters for home organization that can change your life, free up more space and that you can implement immediately!

What Does This Rule Mean?

The…

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Gym Bag Essentials Checklist

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Have you ever gone to the gym, worked out, showered and realized you forget to bring your towel?  Ooops, that’s no fun trying to dry yourself off with your sweaty workout clothes or sweaty gym towel.  Yuk!  Or have you ever forgot to bring body wash, realize your shampoo bottle is empty, forgot your flip…

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Ways to Help Your Teenager Get Organized

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The teenage years can be challenging – no doubt about that.  How to help your teenager get organized for school, college or university requires asking questions and considering what works for them, what doesn’t work, when their high energy cycles are and understanding how they work best.  For some teens dealing with all the change…

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Tips for Organizing Your Cubicle Office Space

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Every weekday, like many people in the corporate world, you work in a cubicle.  From the outside, these grey, politically correct drab walls might look bare and uninteresting, but from where you are, you know the importance of keeping things unique, simple, and your own.  Here are a few tips to get you started.

Tip #…

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Organizing Your Family Room- Keeping Things Fun and Simple

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Just about every parent has been there.  It’s been a long day, and the last thing you want to see is your family room in total disarray.  It can be exhausting, overwhelming, and yes, it can make you throw up your hands in frustration.  One person can’t do everything alone.  However, there are ways that…

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Take Control of The Dreaded Hall Closet!

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If you were to pick one area of your home that you know is completely disorganized, and that you have put off tackling, chances are it would be the dreaded hall closet.  This small, cramped, and often over-used space is filled with any number of things – from bulky winter coats and boots to sporting…

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Easy Organizing Tips for a Cramped Kitchen

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Whether it’s your first place or your downsizing after the kids have grown, dealing with a cramped kitchen is one way to get your creative juices flowing.  If you’re faced with a kitchen that needs to serve a small family, but has the capacity of little more than a walk in closet, here are a…

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3 Simple Ways to Help You File Correctly

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Misfiling:  It is the bane of the home business owner.  How many minutes or hours are wasted each day frantically searching for that one document, that one letter that has been misfiled?  How many gray hairs have been created as the office personnel searches frantically for the missing folder while you try to placate an…

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Keeping Things Organized in Your Bathroom

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Quick – think of the room that gets the most use in your home.  Everyone uses it at one time or another during the day, and just about everyone living in the house has stuff stored there.  Did you say the bathroom?  If you did, you know just how important it is to keep this…

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3 Tips for Making the Most of Your Time

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While having an organized office is essential for keeping things running smoothly, making sure how you spend your time is also vital to a successful work day.  Here are a few hints and tricks to help you make sure that your time is spent wisely.

Tip # 1:  Start Your Day with a Plan

One of the…

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Keeping Your Online Business Organized

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When you run an online business, you quickly realize that time and money goes hand in hand.  The more efficiently you use your time, the more profit you make.  Therefore, staying organized and on top of your online business is not only a good idea, it really is vital to your business survival.  Here are…

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Work From Home Mom? 4 Tips To Get Your Home Office Organized

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You’ve taken the big step and you’ve decided to work from home.  Whether you are telecommuting or starting your own business, having an organized place to work is essential for success.  Here are the vital steps that you need to take to make sure your home office, and your home business operates smoothly.   Don’t worry;…

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Family Gingerbread House Contest

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Last night we set a time limit of 45 minutes to decorate two Gingerbread Houses.  It’s a contest between Guys and Gals.  Well, we were having so much fun that we were up till midnight decorating and coming up with design ideas – lots of fun had by everyone.

The guys team…

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Home for the holidays

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Is your home ready for the holidays?  The time is upon us now, there is absolutely no denying that. We must tie up all the loose ends.  Here is a simple holiday checklist to help you do that.

 

  1. Declutter your guest areas.  From the living room, dining room, kitchen and den to the bathrooms and guest…

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Conquer Your Paper Chaos When You Business Travel

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business travelHas this ever happened to you? You’ve just returned from a business trip and your briefcase is bulging with receipts, meeting notes, business cards, travel documents and other essential paperwork. You’ll probably spend your first day back in the office just sorting through…

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Home Organizing: Going on an Information Diet

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home organizingOur day sets us up for information overload. Social media, Magazines, T.V., Online Subscriptions, Newspapers, the list goes on. If we don’t learn how to regulate our information you can become overwhelmed. Your home and mind become cluttered. Business and home organizing suffer….

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How to Organize Your Desk Drawers

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how to organize your deskThis past year I have been making it my goal to go increasingly paperless. If you’ve been following along you know the process is ongoing! While you may first think of your paper files when you think…

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Get Rid of Those Pesky Moths Naturally

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MothsI know I’m not the only person to noticed the unruly increase of moths making an appearance lately. Right? They’re not uncommon at this time of year by any means but in British Columbia, myself, my clients, and many of our colleagues have certainly seen…

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Going Paperless is a Process

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Going Paperless

 

Making the decision to go paperless is a great step in the right direction in any home or business.

But it isn’t a single step, going paperless is a process. even after I thought I had cleared everything…

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Organizing – One of Life’s Goals – Part 4

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You did it!  You are finally here.  You have an organized life…

{At least you should be well on your way if you have been following our Organizing One’s Life Goals Series}

But now what?  Does it stay this way forever.  Absolutely not.  You can only stay organized if you work at it and…

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Organizing – One of Life’s Goals – Part 3

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Have you been following the previous blog posts in this Organizing Ones Life Series?  If not, please take a moment to preview them as they do lead up to this one and the certainly get the ball rolling.

But lets talk for a moment about motivation.  Why do you want to get organized?  Are…

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How to Stay Productive on a Friday Workday

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You’ve put in the time, gotten over the hump and have finally reached the end of the week. But as the clock is slowing ticking the seconds away on a Friday, it can be extremely difficult to motivate yourself. However, don’t let…

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Organizing – One Of Life’s Goals – Part 2

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Last entry we addressed how to start organizing your life.  It was a very simple start to what could be for some a very overwhelming process.  Today (now that you are a little more prepared) we are going through 5 specific steps to take things to the next level.

Organizing – Outlining the Steps

With…

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Organizing – One of Life’s Goals – Part 1

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Okay, so it’s time for some real life organization.

Not the most fun job in the world, although some people really relish it and throw themselves into the process with a joy that leaves the rest of us bewildered.

However, whether you like organizing or not, be it your office, your closet, your garage or…

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Do You Nap at Work? 9 Reasons You Should.

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I did! Napping at work is not commonly viewed in a positive light. But what if it was shown that catching quick catnaps could actually benefit your employer?

Sound to good to be true? This article was…

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Before and After School Checklists

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Making a list and checking it twice starts at Back to School!

Last post we released on Back To School Planning  was a bit of on introduction on Back…

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Does a Messy Desk Make You More Productive?

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messy deskWell, the verdict is still out on this one and I’m not sure that having piles of paper and stacks of stuff around makes you more productive.  I know for me, that a clean desk is a calm mind and I’m less distracted…

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Conquering Office Clutter

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Feeling overwhelmed by increasing clutter?

 

Oh Clutter….  So quickly it builds up.  So often it distracts.  So difficult it is to get rid of.  It is a rampant problem in our paper driven economy.  It can be found in just about any office.

Why is clutter such a problem?  For starters, just consider the…

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Simple Tips for Closet Organization

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Don’t Get Hung Up On Closet Clutter!

 

Most closets contain a variety of very important items. Despite this, these spaces often get overlooked when it comes to organization. This can lead to serious frustrations when trying to find specific items in cluttered closets. By following a few simple steps you can quickly turn a disorganized closet…

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Garage Organizing Simple Tips and Tricks

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Don’t let your garage be your secret place to hoard clutter.  Let it be your organizing oasis instead!

organizing a garageGarage organization presents a number of very unique challenges. This is because these spaces often become the designated dumping…

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Efficient Storage For Organizing a Small Apartment

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Getting more out of your small space = more out of life!

While there are numerous advantages to living within a city centre, many apartment and condo dwellers are forced to compromise square footage for a convenient location. This makes efficient…

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How To Flatten A Mountain Of Paperwork

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Are you living your own personal nightmare buried under mounds and mounds of unfiled paperwork?

You don’t have to work in an office to feel like you are drowning in paperwork. A typical household must keep track of bills, receipts, memos, forms and records. This can become overwhelming for anybody. However, this nightmare…

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Office Organization Made Simple

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Keep Your Stress Levels Down At Work with Simple Office Organization

Your work days are hectic enough whether you love your job or not…why let your cluttered workspace make that worse?  There is simply no need.

You just have to make the time…

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HGTV Home Makeover Wish

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HGTV home makeoverThere are unique experience that stand out in your career, this HGTV Home Makeover Wish was one of them for me! What a great experience.  I want to share this clip with you so you can see for yourself that:

1.) I…

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Organizing Your Computer Files

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Essential Tips for Organizing Your Computer Files

File management is essential for anyone who regularly uses a computer either at home or at work, as it allows you to categorize and easily find data that has been stored. Failure to maintain a good file management system can cause problems if important documents become…

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My Favorite Apps- The Grocery IQ Application

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One of my favorite app.s is the Grocery IQ app.  I am very particular about the app’s I use.  The have to truly simplify the way I run my life and business. This app does just that! Before I decide to share a recommendation with you rest assured I have tested and used it in…

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Filing Cabinet – Must Know Tips to Stay Organized & Productive

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Most offices and homes still have a lot of paper. Going completely paperless is not for everyone, and there are some papers you must keep in original format.  Papers can often pile up because your filing cabinet or file system doesn’t function properly.  Poorly functional, inexpensive file cabinets can cause more frustration and stress, and…

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Vacation Planning- A Checklist Template to Make it Easy

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For over 15 years my family has been going to the same time-share vacation where we relax by the pool reading books, golfing, bike rides, tennis, and having fun playing card games with the kids.  Our family shares a tradition of daily ice-cream buffet after…

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The Effect of Decluttering – An Interview

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declutteringDeclutter time again? After a recent  Clear Out Your Clutter Day event I’ve kept in touch with some of the participants, followed their organizing stories and watched as their lives have become increasingly more exciting for them.  Among these…

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How to Declutter After Life Transitions Part 2

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how to declutterNow that you know you are not alone- what do you do? What is the first step learning how to declutter?

 

How to Declutter- Change Habits One at a Time

 

One example of making an internal change that affects the external environment is…

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How to Declutter After Life Transitions

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how to declutterIs your environment peaceful, organized and easy to find things?  Do you dream of your home and office being more organized and less chaotic?  Have you recently been through a transition in your life?  Rest assured that where ever you are in the organizing…

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The True Cost of Paperwork in Business Life

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Guest Post by: Robert Dean

 

paperworkThere is a reason that companies are constantly sending out emails in an attempt to get customers to go green. The concept of paperwork and postal mail is doing much more than killing trees. Paperwork is also costing companies millions of pounds….

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SPEAK To Transform with Good Communication Skills

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2-Day FREE Virtual Course

Learn Good Communication Skills for Your Business

 

good communication skillsMy friend Lisa Vanderkwaak, Speaking Coach and President of REAL U Institute is putting on this amazing virtual event and

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A Peak Inside My Home Office

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Our offices are important spaces.  They often set the tone of our work day.  If you have struggled getting your home office, or office in general, organized and laid out in a way that is effective for you then I invite you to check out my home office.

In this quick walk through I’ll show you…

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Sherry’s Book Recommendation- “The Charge”

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Last night I finished reading Brendon Burchard’s #1 New York Times bestseller The Millionaire Messenger, a must read book recommendation for every entrepreneur and anyone wanting to make a difference in the world. Brendon opened my eyes to see how important it is to share my life experiences and expertise with others and…

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Organizing Closets 101

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Organizing closets can seem like a never ending battle.  You rearrange, jam things in, debate hanging space vs folded, or maybe you simply close the closet door (if you can) and call it a day. I’m going to help you walk through the basic steps of organizing closets so you can win this…

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My Project Planning Tools to Stop Organizing Paralysis

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Project Planning ToolsAt some point, you may have started organizing your office or a room in your home then you freeze up and walk away because it was just too overwhelming, you feel exhausted by the process, don’t feel like the project planning…

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Counter Intuitive Approach to Productivity- The Power Nap

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power napNapping helps beat fatigue and a quick power nap can have many benefits when it comes to your performance and level of productivity.  Studies show that a short power nap can have both physiologically and psychologically benefits and help refresh the mind, increase…

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My Secret to Taming the Paper Tiger

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Tame the Paper Tiger!

Want to know the secret I have been using for almost 10 years to keep my business organized? It’s The Tiger Paper filing system.  This Paper Tiger system has simplified my life, office, and filing systems.  I get the…

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Eliminate Piles of Business Cards in a Snap

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Do you have piles of business cards laying around on your desk, counters and in desk drawers?  You exchange business cards with others and they end up in your purse, briefcase or stuffed inside a drawer and can never find…

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How to Decoratively Organize Your Home Office

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home office organizationCreate a classy, comfortable workspace on the cheap

Guest Post by Angela of Krystal Glass Writing Boards

Nobody needs to see your home office but you—but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be a clean, attractive place to be. Keeping a professional atmosphere, even…

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5 Steps to Organizing Your Desk

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organizing your deskOrganizing your desk can be the first step that gets you to higher productivity, lower stress, and more success. You’ll get started in these 5 easy steps that will help you get and maintain a clear desk top. Here is a…

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Live Clutter Free

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clutter freeWant to live clutter free?  We live in a world where we all tend to accumulate more and more STUFF. It happens in both our home and office.  We bring more and more things in and get frustrated because we feel unorganized. How…

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A Time Management Tip You Need

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time managementThink about your day today.  Do you feel like you used your time well?  Maybe your time management was lacking? Did you start working on a project and suddenly find that is was 2 hours later and you hadn’t got anything done? Multitasking…

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Exciting webinar this Thursday – you don’t want to miss this one!

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It has been said that readers are leaders.  Is your list of “books I should read someday” a mile long?  Ever just wished you had more time to read?  Do you avoid your bookshelf because it’s un-inspiring, disorganized and chaotic?

 

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I have got exciting news to share…

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How to Clear Out Your Unfinished Projects

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unfinished projectsAre you harboring emotional clutter?  Look around your home and office.  Is it full of unfinished projects?  Then the answer is yes.

The unfinished projects tucked on shelves, in cabinets, and the bottom of your drawers are pulling you down and stopping you from…

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The Death by Money Report

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The Death by Money ReportAre you Dead or Alive with Money?

There is no doubt that with, or without money, it’s a topic that causes uncertainty today. In many cases, money anxiety can lead to divorce, illness, investment loss, business…

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Your Tax Preparation Checklist

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checklistIt’s that time of year again…tax time.  It always feels so great when I send my tax papers off to my accountant.  The first few years I was in business, this was a time-consuming and frustrating process.  I procrastinated till the last minute because I…

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Get Your Personal Productivity to a New Level

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personal productivityIf you are surrounded by stacks of paper, unanswered emails, and half finished projects than what I’m about to tell you will not come as a shock. All of that STUFF is weighing you down. It is amping up your…

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Stop Being Held Back from Clutter Control

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clutter controlWhat Type of Clutter Control Do You Need?  

 

Are you buried in treasures?  Have you tried many times to get organized but you end up right back where you started?  Identifying what type of clutter may be holding you back in your business,…

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How to Use a Planner to Organize Your Life Monthly

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Life can get crazy busy and before you know it, another month has slipped by and you didn’t get your new product launched.  Every day, things creep into your schedule and typically the most pressing issues or emergencies get dealt with and suck up your time.  Your schedule is jammed packed, you have a business…

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Organizing Microsoft Outlook: How Categories Save You Time

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organizing Microsoft OutlookSending and organizing emails is not how we want to spend big chunks of our business day.  The problem is email communication is essential to most businesses.  So how do you save time with this task?  Use the categories feature with…

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How to Organize Office Supplies

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Every office has office supplies and typically the supplies are all over the place.  I know this, because I see this in almost every office that I’ve organized.  Very few know how to organize office supplies. How many times have you gone looking for the printer cartridges, couldn’t find them, even…

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Reclaim Shelf Space and Organize Your Books with a Kindle!

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Are you tripping over piles of books on the floor?   Is your bookcase bulging at the seams with no room for all your new books?   How much time and money are you wasting finding a book or on duplicate purchases?…

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The Best Tips to Organizing Microsoft Outlook

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organizing Microsoft OutlookHow many emails do you have in your Inbox?  100, 1500, 5000, or 20,000+?  The larger the number the more time you waste and increased stress.  Although many dream of getting to ground zero and only processing today’s emails, the reality…

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Organizing & Time Management Statistics

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I’ve gathered some interesting statistics on the cost of clutter and disorganization in time, money and quality of life.  Seriously consider what clutter and chaos is costing you in your home and/or business.  It can be a real eye opener.   If you need some help, we have many videos and organizing bootcamps to…

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Special Offer: Home Office Interior Design

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Grab Your FREE Home Office
Interior Design Styles Below

My friend Jan, the interior designer extraordinaire, is giving all of YOU (readers of Simple Organizing Solutions) her secret design tips on how to design your home office space after you de-clutter it. You will discover her secrets to de-clutter, not de-style. Below…

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Interesting Facts About Why You Should De-clutter Stuff

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de-clutter stuffWhy is that we set boundaries around so many areas in our life but let our stuff take over our space and effect our quality of life?  How many times do you trip over the same pile of shoes at…

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Reclaim the Tangled Cable Mess Under Your Desk with Organized Cables

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organized cablesEvery office needs to have their organized cables.  They are typically a tangled mess under the desk and on top of the desk.  Then there are all the wires and cables for charging your iPads, iPods, iPhones, cameras and so on. …

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Eliminate Your Junk Mail and Gain 70 Extra Hours a Year!

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How much time do you think you waste shuffling junk mail and flyers around your home or office?  How often do you pick up your mail and put it aside for later?  But later never comes.  Before you know it last month’s mail is still piled on the kitchen counter and the In Tray on…

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Organizing Your Action Files

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action filesSometimes paper piles up all over the kitchen counters and the top of the desk.  Have you every found yourself in a panic searching for your hotel or flight information at the last minute?  You know it is there somewhere in the piles…

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Organizing Your Bathroom

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Getting ready in the morning can be stressful when getting yourself ready and kids off to school. If you think about it, when your closet, bathroom and kitchen is organized and you can easily find what you need when you need it and you’ll have less stress getting ready in the morning. On…

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Record Keeping for Canadians

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Do you know what your retention policies are for documents and electronic files for your business?  Knowing what you are required to keep for income tax purposes is critical to your records management system for your business.

One of…

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The Perfect Garage Organizing Solution

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Can you park your car in your garage?  Do you have a shed that is in total chaos?  Well, I have the perfect garage organizing solution for you.

First, hire one of our handy-dandy IABO Organizers, then install the Handiwall System. My
clients love this…

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Organizing Microsoft Outlook: How to Never Miss an Important Deadline or Appointment Again

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Microsoft Outlook is a great organizing tool.  Are you using this powerful tool to the best of its potential? This article is part of a series of articles that will help you as begin organizing your Microsoft Outlook.

The Problem

You need to record to-dos on to your calendar, but you end up collecting scraps of paper everywhere…

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Seven Things To-Do Today to Become a More Effective Employee or Business Owner

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On the cusp of a new year we all want to be the most effective employee we can be.  Having effective business organizing skills is a great place to start.  So what are the tricks and tips of business organizing?  What do all highly effective people have in common?  If you can incorporate these seven…

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My favorite things that keep me organized and my life simple

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Don’t know what to get your boss, friend, or even yourself for the holidays? I am going to share my secrets with you on how I stay organized and enjoy a less hectic holiday season!

Below is my list of favorite apps, gadgets, and gifts that keep me organized and help keep my life simple.

Favorite iPhone…

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Be Your Own Superwoman: Learn How to Name Computer Files and Get Organized

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how to name computer filesMore and more we are expected to be superwoman in our everyday lives. Super wives and mothers, with ours homes and families organized and running well. And great employees or business owners with everything under control! If…

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Organizing Holiday Card Addresses

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organizedThis time of year mailboxes overflow with greeting from friends, family, and people we have done business with in the past year.  Sending out personalized season’s greetings to your clients is a great way to impress on…

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Organizing Tips for Your Winter Vacation

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“Analyze your life in terms of its environment.
Are the things around you helping you toward success
or are they holding you back?”

W. Clement Stone

I remember my very first client and the day we were planning out her hectic family schedule.  The kids were young and involved in a…

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“Organize for Success”: Conquer Your Paper Chaos! On the Road & In the Office

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 “Organize for Success”

Conquer Your Paper Chaos!

On the Road & In the Office

organizeWhen you’re on the road for work, do you have a system to keep you organized? If your current system involves stuffing your briefcase full of expense receipts,…

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The One-in, One-Out Rule

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organizingIs your closet so jammed packed that you can’t see what you have or you can’t squeeze another item into it?

Are your filing cabinets bulging to capacity and you struggle to get files in and out?  How many appliances do…

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Know the Most Important Elements of Writing an Effective Email

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Email communication is an integral part of our day, if you want to be successful and effective you need to write effective emails.  If you need to know how to be organized at work writing and receiving fewer emails can go a long way to get you there.  Of course this doesn’t mean…

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Download the RAM from Your Brain

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Is it time for a brain dump?

Feeling like you have too much to do and not enough time?  Well, you’re not alone and I’m here to help you. Listen to the audio below and you’ll increase your productivity and be more focused.   Also included below is an exercise to…

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Organizing Microsoft Outlook by Emptying Your Inbox

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Microsoft Outlook is a great tool to use for organizing your email and time. Outlook has many functions that will give you great advantages in staying organized.  This article is part of a series of articles that will help you as begin organizing your Microsoft Outlook.

Maybe you’ve been using Outlook for awhile now…

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The Five Steps to Creating a Weekly Plan

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Business organizing starts with a weekly plan. When you want to be organized at work you should make certain that you are creating a weekly plan as well as reviewing your previous weeks’ plans. Don’t know where to start? I can help you get an effective plan in place in only five steps.

Step One: Read…

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Back to School Organizing Tips

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No matter how chaotic it gets at home, having a system for keeping track of kids’ things is essential. There’s sports schedules and phone lists, papers to sign, health records, music books, report cards, and precious keepsakes that tend to pile up around the house.

Then there’s the sports equipment, jackets, shoes, backpacks, lunch containers, homework,…

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Smart Women’s Institute Virtual Expo

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Attention

Leaders, Creators, Big Thinkers, Coaches, Professional Organizers, Interior Designers, Home Stagers, Emerging Entrepreneurs, and Successful Entrepreneurs

Sheri  McConnell 2009

Join me, along with Sheri McConnell of Smart Women’s Institute and women from all over the world as we reconstruct what it means to live on…

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Raving Fans

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Tammy called to get a copy of the Paper Tiger filing system software this summer.  We sent her the download link and she immediately installed it.  I followed up a couple days later to see if she had any questions.  Her response was “I’m already using it and LOVE IT!”

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Sherry Recommends

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Getting Your Home Organized
for Back to School
or
Back to Work in September!

We just completed our first Calm Your Home Chaos online training and many across Canada, US and Europe are busy getting their homes organized and ready for September!  Join in and get started today!

Don’t miss this
Back to School and Back…

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Simple Organizing Tip of the Week

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Travel Supplies

If you are a frequent traveller, then it pays to buy a second set of travel cords and accessories.  Keep them in a small compact carry case so it’s easy to grab and carry on the plane with you, your purse or in the car.

Check out these cool…

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Vacation Planning

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Welcome to all the new Members this week!  We are thrilled and excited to have you as part of our community.

I hope you are enjoying the summer so far.  I was visiting a friend in Washington, DC and we had the time of our life.  I love that city and all it’s beautiful architecture.  We…

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Vacation Planning Made Easy! (Part 2)

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“Organizing is what you do before you do something,
so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.”
A.A. Milne

“Life is what happens to you while
you’re busy making other plans”
John Lennon

Did you forget something? You know the story…you all pile into the car, you’re trying to…

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How to Get Organized at Work With a Tickler System

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Are you looking for a tool that will show you how to get organized at work?  The paperwork surrounding your day to day activities and follow ups can be a serious impediment to getting organized.  A tickler system reminds you of your important follow-ups and other things that will require your attention at…

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Overcoming Work Filing Problems

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Many people struggle with how to be organized at work.  A great deal of frustration, stress, and lost time surrounds bad filing habits.  Or for that matter no filing habits!  Filing is a low priority for a lot of people.  It is a common struggle that the papers piling up around you simply…

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The Secrets to Organizing Microsoft Outlook- Rules Wizard

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Microsoft Outlook can be an extremely useful productivity tool when it comes to prioritizing the time you spend on email. However if you are unfamiliar with Outlook’s functions you may not be getting any of the benefits it has to offer to you.  This article is part of a series of articles that will help…

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Business Organizing Tip – Sharing Reference Files Increases Morale and Efficiency

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Sometimes filing can seem like an overwhelming job. Many people find it complicated and time consuming to find a home for all their files. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Once you establish a filing system, filing can become nearly automatic, almost effortless.
Did you know that in actuality there are only three types…

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Keep Stress at Bay by Learning How to Get Organized at Work

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Stress is quickly becoming an epidemic in North America. Today, 75 – 90 percent of all doctor visits are stress related! Conditions like high blood pressure, allergies, migraines, ulcers, bowel and skin problems and more have all been related to stress. That’s not to mention the fact that stress has been linked to all the…

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The Secrets to Organizing Microsoft Outlook – Contact Categories

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Microsoft Outlook is a powerful productivity tool, when used correctly. When you aren’t sure how or why to use Outlook, it can be a source of frustration and anxiety! This article is part of a series of articles that will help you on your journey to organizing your Microsoft Outlook.

Categories are a way…

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How to be Organized at Work – The FAST Way!

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Paper clutter is one of the biggest complaints people have about their workspaces.  Reports to read, junk mail to sort, bills to pay, it can get absolutely overwhelming!  This article outlines a proven method for tacking your paper clutter once and for all.

There are only FOUR things you should do with paper: File, Act, Schedule…

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Do You Have the Most Important Element of Business Organizing?

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A functional workspace is the foundation of business organizing. From high-powered executives to the assistants that keep things running smoothly, everyone needs a workstation that works for them. Fortunately, having an efficient workspace isn’t as complicated as it sounds. With just a little bit of forethought and a few business organizing tips, you can turn…

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Simple Organizing Tip of the Week

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Travel Memorabilia

Is your travel memorabilia piling up around your home or office?  When you are organizing your keepsakes and travel memorabilia consider the following:

Sherry Recommends – Grand & Toy and OfficeMax

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Exclusive Savings on Office Supplies

for You and Your Company!

We have an exciting new program for you! Over the last few months I have been working closely with Grand & Toy and OfficeMax to put together a specialized pricing program that is exclusive to…

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Happy Father’s Day

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Dear Simply Productive Community,

Welcome to all the new Members this week!  Great to have you as part of our Simply Productive community.

Happy Father’s Day to all you amazing Dad’s out there who work so hard to provide for your family and then juggling work and family priorties.  Take the day off and enjoy!  You deserve it. …

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Vacation Planning Made Easy! (Part 1)

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“Analyze your life in terms of its environment.
Are the things around you helping you toward success
or are they holding you back?”

W. Clement Stone

 

I remember my very first client and the day we were planning out her hectic family schedule.  The kids were young and involved…

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1 to 31 Organizing System

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Do You Need a Tickler File?

 

tickler file***Listen to the FREE audio below***

Q.  Do you find yourself constantly behind on paying your bills?

Q. Are you having trouble finding a special place to put the papers you need regularly?

Q. Is…

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Simple Organizing Tips – Create a Year End Tax Checklist

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checklist

Create a Checklist!

Every year you gather the same papers to get ready for preparation of your tax return.  Simplify your life and dramatically reduce stress by creating a simple checklist of the papers you need to gather together and any info that you need to have at your…

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Organizing Your Tax Files

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tax filesOrganize Your Tax Files

It’s almost that time of year again– tax time. As the clock counts down, it’s apparent that the only way to tackle this unavoidable task is by taking an organized approach.

If you haven’t already developed a strategy to eliminate last…

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An Organized Closet Reduces Morning Stress

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Your Trip to an Organized Closet

We are consumer driven and media is constant telling us to buy more.  As a result our closets are filled with more than we can possibly wear and sometimes bulging at the seams.  Do you have an organized closet? Do you find it stressful getting ready in the morning?

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Event: Clear Out Your Clutter Day- Time to Clear Clutter!

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clear clutterIs your desk and kitchen counters
covered with papers and stuff?

Tired of looking at piles
of stuff everywhere?

Want to Clear Clutter? Feeling overwhelmed
and not sure where to begin?

 

Contest…

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Paper Tiger Filing System Solves Records Management Issues

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I’ve been using The Paper Tiger filing system for over a decade and it has completely simplified my life, my office filing system and given me peace of mind that I’ll be able to find what I need when I need it.  Paper Tiger filing systems saves me so much time.

My clients love how…

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Sherry’s 2011 Mastermind Group

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Dear IABO Members,

Welcome to all the new IABO Members this week!  So happy to have you as part of the IABO Family.

I had such an amazing time in San Antonio with my Smart Women Mastermind for two days and then with other business consultants. (Pictures below)

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Desk Organization Tips: 5 Days to an Uncluttered Desk

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Desk Organization Tips-Clear the Top of your Desk!

It’s that time of year when we begin to move more outdoors, taking in the crisp fresh air and feeling a sense of renewal. Getting your office and home organized helps to bring that wonderful fresh feeling back into your life. It’s also the…

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Office Organization Tips: One-in, One-out Rule

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Home Office Organization Tips

Looking for great office organization tips? This one will have you off to a great start. Apply this rule to things in your office, home and calendar.  When you bring something new into your office or home, remove something to make room for the new item.  Office organization tips should help you…

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Batching Like Tasks Together Saves You Time

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organizing tips

Want great organizing tips?  Try this- when you batch like tasks together and schedule a block of time to do them, it will take you less time to complete those tasks.  For example, checking email all day long wastes more time than checking…

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What Does Your Stuff Say About You (Part 2): The Cost of No Clutter Control

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The Fight for Clutter Control

When a space is filled with too much stuff and no clutter control it causes the person to be distracted and unfocused. Drilling down to the real reason the piles are there is critical to uncovering why you do what you do.  Sometimes it’s just a simple little thing…

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Valentine’s Special!

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organizing bootcamp

We’re Sharing the Love This Week

30% Off Organizing Bootcamp Sale!

 

Use Code: VAL30
(Offer ends on Organizing Bootcamp Feb 14, 2011 at…

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Simple Organizing Tips Each Week – Goals

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organizing tipsEach week we will share with you simple organizing tips for your office, home and life.  By the end of 2011, you will be amazed at all your accomplishments by following these simple organizing tips!

 To ensure success in achieving your goals this year and…

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What Does Your Stuff and Unfinished Projects Say About You? (Part 1)

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What Do Your Unfinished Projects Say About You?

Have you noticed all the fancy new storage facilities that have been going up in your area over the last few years?  I sure have and I’m not surprised when I think of all the stuff people have accumulated over the years with quick fixes and disposable gadgets. …

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Contest – Create an Inspiring and Organized Office!

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Win a Brother P-Touch 2700 Label Maker!  Read on…

How many times have you said to yourself, today’s the day to get an organized office?  If you are waiting for someday to come, you’re in for a big surprise.  So here’s my weekly challenge for you.

organized office

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Raising the Personal Productivity Bar

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For some, fall is a time to review personal and professional goals. The kids are back in school, summer holidays are over, your company begins their third quarter; whatever it is, this is a time to renew or revisit your goals. And, getting back to work not only means getting back into a comfortable work…

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Using Outlook Categories When Organizing Microsoft Outlook

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organizing Microsoft OutlookCategories are a way to group certain Contacts together.

Using categories makes it easier to find, sort and filter your Contacts. For example, you receive a new email from someone you want to add to your Contact List. Typically, you would add…

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