Thursday Thoughts: National Preparedness month is wrapping up. Have you done something to be a little more prepared in case of an emergency? 🚨 Any day is a good day to help future you! FEMA is a great resource for getting started. https://www.ready.gov/. The high priority tasks that I recommend include...
• 1. Creating an emergency kit for your home and vehicle. I can help with that! 🙋♀️
• 2. Making a plan with your family for where you will meet up and have a phone number for an out-of-state contact if possible.
• 3. Training your family (and yourself!) on how to turn off utilities.
• 4. Preparing supplies for any pets you have.
• 5. Keeping at least a half tank of gas in your car in case of evacuation.
Have you done any of these tasks? Do you have another one to share? Let’s help each other to be prepared! ✅
What’s keeping you from achieving your goals? Perhaps it’s a simple obstacle that can be avoided. For me, locating and choosing my workout gear each day was taking long enough that I would delay my workout and sometimes skip it entirely. I know, that sounds like a dumb excuse, right? Yep, you’re exactly right. But, it was enough of a barrier that I was using it to procrastinate doing the thing I already didn’t want to do.
So what is the solution? In this case batching the decision-making was the answer! I wanted to get in some type of workout each day so I laid out 7 outfits and literally bundled them together. Now they live in a dedicated drawer in my dresser. It’s super simple to grab a bundle and get dressed in the morning. Then I’m ready to go! This process only needs to be done 1X/week. Guess I’ve outsmarted myself for the moment. 😜
What decisions could you batch together to save yourself time and get your home or schedule organized? Please share in the comments!
Happy Tuesday! Here’s a quick technology tip...try Google Keep!
This app is your new best friend. One place to “keep” 😉all that info that’s in your head Happy Tuesday! I think of it as post-it notes on your phone. I love the visibility of everything together, and that you can color-code your notes! 📝 This is available on iOS, Android and the web. Let me know in the comments if you use Google Keep and what is your favorite thing about it!
I do this one regularly, but realized I’ve never shared it. After you are done taking notes in your paper notebook, save them into Evernote! Now they can be searched later. You don’t have to choose one or the other...paper or electronic. You can have the benefits of both!! 👍😊
Day 2 of Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred happened. When do those endorphins kick in?? I’m still waiting...
Meanwhile, I need the accountability, so I’m embarking on what I’m calling the Trifecta of Awesome for the next 30 days. I’m obviously not a fan of waiting until the 1st to begin. 😉 Check out the July Clutter Independence Challenge for more inspiration. Let’s get our whole lives organized together! In the next 30 days I’ll be sharing what I’m doing to keep all the stuff, nutrition and fitness organized. Because life is too short for it to be anything but Awesome! Who’s with me?? 😀👍
Do you have any routines in your life? Maybe it is a morning routine, before-bed routine, or cleaning routine that you do every day? Kids thrive on them, but adults need them too. Call them what you like, do you actually carry out these routines? I excel at creating and planning routines for my life. The HAVING routines part is nailed down. I believe 100% that they can save you time and the mental stress of trying to remember what you need to do. The execution is where things can fall apart...the DOING the routine part. This is definitely not the the fun part. Anybody else struggle with this? Luckily, every day is a new chance to start over fresh. So, that is what I am doing this morning!
Write down what you need to do on a piece of paper, keep it in your phone, on your calendar, wherever you will see it and be reminded. What are some of the tasks in your routine? Do you like to write them down? Please share for inspiration!
It's that time of year again...the dreaded tax season. Why must we call it a season, that word should be reserved for happier times, like Christmas! So, are you ready? If not, don't stress, you can get started right now with just a few steps. You've got this!
1. Decide - Choose whether you will meet with a tax preparer, or file your taxes yourself.
2. Schedule - If you will be meeting with someone, now is a great time to schedule that appointment. Or, if filing yourself, set aside time on your calendar.
3. Gather - Grab an empty folder or a large paper clip will do, and begin gathering all of those important papers and receipts to keep them together. Now, when it is time to meet with your tax accountant, or file yourself, you will be ready.
This may sound incredibly strict and cumbersome. But, wait! It doesn't need to be complicated. Perhaps the notion of being locked into eating what you wrote down on a particular day is holding you back. One solution is to make your meal plan adjustable. All you need are post-it notes on a sheet of paper. Place it somewhere that is visible for you and your family so everyone can see the plan. With this simple strategy, your dinner/meals plan for the day can be changed by simply moving a post-it! Below is a 6-day example, which works for my family. Saturdays are a wild-card. Feel free to use 7 post-its if that's best for you.
How do you plan your meals? Dinner only, 3 meals a day with snacks, or do you "wing-it?" Please share in the comments below!
Do you ever feel like a Family Circus cartoon at the grocery store? Zigzagging up and down the aisles, crisscrossing the store as you discover items on your list that you already passed? There is a better way! Have you ever tried sorting your grocery list based on the area, or aisle of the store? This process does require some work up front. But, it will save you time and money on all your future shopping trips. No need to retrace your steps, and maybe impulsively purchase unnecessary things. Here are a few steps to try the next time you sit down to write out your list.
- Choose which store you will be using.
- Think about the layout of the store as you physically walk through it. I like to think of this as "virtual shopping".
- Write down the sections of the store as you come upon them. Some categories could include:
*Produce, Frozen, Dairy, Meat, Canned/Dry Goods, Baking, Snacks, Beverages
- Leave some room beneath each category for your needed items to be filled in. Pen and paper works great here. Or, there are also a multitude of apps which can make this a snap. A couple of my favorite list-making apps are Cozi and Wunderlist.
- Write down your needed grocery items beneath each category.
- Head to the store!
- As you shop the store, take note of any additional categories (and their location) that you may have forgotten. You can add these to your master list.
- Voila! You now have a customized grocery list laid out by location. Use this for future shopping trips and save yourself time, money and frustration.
December is the time of year that I choose my new calendar/planner for the upcoming year. I'm sure you will not be surprised to hear that I get really happy looking through all the options and selecting a fresh, new planner. I love the potential and world of possibilities waiting inside them. Am I alone here? Does anyone else out there love choosing a calendar/planner for the new year? Or, maybe this is the year that you would like to give a paper calendar a try for the first time. I can help with that. 😃
Simply Organized NW is having its first giveaway!!! I found a beautiful 2018 Recollections Creative Year 12 Month Spiral Planner that I would like to give away to one interested reader. It ticks many boxes that I look for in a calendar/planner...functional, fun decoration, and small enough in size to be portable. Check out the photos below!
If you would like to be entered into the drawing to win this lovely planner, take ONE or more of the following actions, and let me know in the comments that you're interested!
1), share this post
2), tag a friend
3) comment with what you look for in a paper calendar
The winner's name will be randomly chosen on Friday, December 15th at 11am and notified via Facebook message. I will happily mail this planner out to the lucky winner next Monday!
I'm looking forward to hearing from YOU!