Right now it is hard to “Think Spring” in Michigan. However, with Easter right around the corner, I can’t help it! I enjoy spring. I mean, I enjoy all seasons (yes, even dreaded winter!) but there is just something about spring that makes light at the end of the winter tunnel seem a little closer.
Even though March has gotten a little bit of a snowy feel (we just received a lovely snow storm earlier this week), I am trying my best to find some motivation to spring clean my home.
You know what I mean, when everyone spring cleans their homes, that is when we tend to find the “there that went” and “why am I still holding on to this” things. With that, there are also a few areas that I seem to forget to go through when I am binging. This year, I am selecting the areas below that I want to be sure to purge.
I am really excited to purge my house like it has never been purged before. What areas do you seem to always miss in your house that you will focus on this year?!
When a new year approaches, we often will make personal changes, such as, rearranging the house to make the space appear different, buy new clothes to help us feel different, or sort through our cabinets to rid of the old. Often times, though, we skip over our work stations or family filing system because it is an out of sight, out of mind kind of thing. Below are some great organizational tips to help 2017 move smoother. These can both be applied to those, like myself, who work a full time gig and have household responsibilities that I need to consistently be organized for.
GET NEW SUPPLIES: I will admit. I am an office supply junkie so really, this is just an excuse to get more. BUT, truth be told, getting rid of those pencils and pens that you never really were in love with anyway, and replacing them with pretty designs or a smooth writing tip can be a game changer. Target has some really gorgeous office supplies, not that I am enabling (or am I?!)!
REVAMP YOUR ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEM: I am notorious for sliding papers into my “need to file” box and never really touching it again. Now, what this should scream at me is to recycle it and move on with my life BUT some of those things are legally related so, I should probably file them, and then move on with my life. Anyway, creating an organizational system that suits your needs can be overwhelming BUT searching on interest for ideas of www.strangecharmed.com can help give a good base to start.
TAKE CARE OF NEW BUSINESS, THEN CHIP AWAY AT THE OLD: So, that file sitting on my desk that things are piling up on? Yes, those things should be taken care of first. Then we can move on to dealing with old business that is in the so-called current “filing system” I have.
CONTINUE TO TWEAK: As household needs change (kids getting old, more insurance and things acquired), so will your filing needs. Thus, I would make it a hefty habit that once a month, circle back around to the filing system and make sure that it is still current with your lifestyle. From there, you can adjust and revamp it, if needed.
I hope these tips and tricks found you with a new revival for your office and filing needs. Sometimes, we all just get caught up into our everyday routine that when we are propositioned to finding that paper, we can’t. It is then generally because we haven’t filed it properly. Moving forward and developing a good system will be worth while.
Now that I have a longer commute, I often struggle on fitting everything that I would like to fit in during my day. With my previous position, I was able to read more, spend more time in my notebook making my beloved lists, etc. When I first starting commuting, I would often say that it was kind of boring, until I reawakened my senses and starting using some of those handy ways of being more productive in my commute, while still remaining a safe driver.
Audible is a great way for me to get in my book club “reading” and still feel like I am involved in a book. Recently, I haven’t been able to read at night or during the day, as before, so this is a wonderful alternative.
The notes section on my phone has really gotten some use. I am able to talk to text within that app, so it makes it a wonderful tool for me to be able to brain dump. This is also a bonus because it helps to clear my mind and it really has become a little journal for me. When I get home, I am able to read back through to delegate and filter what needs immediate attention that I have thought of during my commute.
Making those phone calls getting in appointments for Daniella, the husband or myself, has also become a favorite task of my morning commute.
Podcasts are a close second to my audible. They have some really good content loaded on there and if I would otherwise take notes while listening, I just simply pause and talk to text into my notes app. Of course, while still continuing to be safe on the road.
I have a total of two hours in the car Monday – Friday and let me tell you, I feel like I am more productive in those two hours than when I get home at night. Commuting doesn’t have to be a daunting task; it can actually still be very productive while remaining safe to your surroundings!
This month I gave myself permission to use the start of this year to relax and really reflect on the 2016 findings to help me bring 2017 into the direction I wanted it to go. While being a little relaxed in some areas, I continued to be tenacious in others.
THINGS I DID DO!
I hope that you found the first month of 2017 treating you well, or you have channeled this things you have or have not done and thing you have learned to make progress this next month!
I have to say that it has been a hot-minute since I have found the time to dig around for new blog reading material. Thankfully, I have a subscription to BlogLovin’ so in a pinch I can get some reading done.
The first blog that really I have just recently come back to is Corporate Catwalk. I had followed her and her style when I first developed myself in the corporate world and just naturally fell away from it. Lately though, her reading material is peaking my interest. She is a new mom who is trying to find the balance, left the corporate world, and is finding the urge to return. She is openly honest and provides some good tips, especially if you are anew mom.
Nehar Fonooni fell into my lap. I can’t remember for the life of me where I stumbled upon her but she provides me with great reading on things such as tips for being your own personal warrior, getting back into journaling and other life things that I think are valuable to have a refresher on. Her blog is a breath of fresh air.
If you have been following me on Instagram, then you will know that I am participating in the 30 day simplified challenge. If you don’t participate in it, it isn’t too late and it really allowed me to get my binge game on and start going through my house to get rid of stuff that just mindlessly accumulates. Well, since I was already on this binge –worthy game with things around the house, I stumbled upon iheart organizing and she really is a beneficial staple that has come into my life.
I hope that you found some inspiration of something you can relate to in this month’s edition of blogs I have been loving. What is your current read?
It has been a few months that I did a productivity check - in, so here is one to round off the 2016 year!
What I did!
I hope that you came into 2017 with a peaceful mind and heart in order to find out what you truly need to fulfill those areas. Here is to doing, not doing, and learning so much more! Happy New Year loves!
When we take a look at New Year’s Resolutions, we often think less of ourselves if we don’t hit the mark, or often times they are so far outside of the box and unattainable that it comes as no surprise when we don’t accomplish them. However, setting realistic expectations or elaborating on the goals that you are already doing, to make them better, are met by the sense of accomplishment.
I have been spending the past few days really trying to think about the personal goals that I want to achieve for 2017. Realizing that contentment has taken over me is often over shadowed by the thoughts of “but you always need to be better, do better, know more, so just quit being a whine ass and make some goals.” So, here I am. Making goals, errr accomplishments, errrr whatever this is.
17 for 2017!
What are your 17 for 2017?
Welcome to the 2106 last minute gift guide!
The last few days are upon us for holiday parties, work gatherings and trying to remember who we could possibly be leaving off the list, more importantly, what to get the person who seems to have everything! The next few posts will be categorized for those you may find it hard to come up with ideas for or need something small for the stocking. The first Last Minute Gift Guide will feature The Adventurer! This will include gift ideas for the recipient who adores the outdoors. The second Last Minute Gift Guide will feature The Gym Buddy! This will include gift ideas for the recipient who you can generally find at the gym. The final Last Minute Gift Guide will feature The Office Commander! This will include gift ideas for the recipient who loves to spruce up their desk with gadgets! I will include links (some include affiliate) to all the adoring items making it easy for shopping. I hope you are excited for this mini series!
Today's Last Minute Gift Guide is for the Adventurer!
Let's see what gifts will out do the outdoors!
WHAT MADE THE LIST!
1. Like A Boss Travel Mug
2. 5-Compartment Desktop File Organizers
3. Mini Think Bonsai Grass Doll Hair Man Potted Plant
4. My Mind's Eye Trend Mini Notebook
I hope this Last Minute Gift Guide gives you some inspiration for the office commander in your life. Feel free to leave other suggestions below to add to the gift giving season!
A morning routine can set the mood and the success for the entire day. If you find yourself waking up and already full of anxiety about getting out of the house on time then this list may be just what you need to appreciate the morning just a little more.
-Wake up Earlier. Now, call me a genius but if you are always fighting out the door and peeling out of the drive, wouldn’t waking up earlier be a good solution? Just a thought.
-Get out of bed to turn off the alarm. It is easy to hit the snooze when you are in bed, and stay in bed. However, if you have to get out of bed and feel the cool air, it may be inclined to wake you a little and help you re-think the decision to crawl under the covers.
-Stretch/meditate. Giving a big stretch after you have stood up and just being in silence for even just two minutes can help the mind remain calm and positive.
-Eat breakfast. In accompaniment with breakfast, drink a large glass of water. Breakfast and water are wonderful ways to help your body stay full and boosts the metabolism to help get you through lunch. After all, no one likes the hangry person in the lunch room.
-Make your bed. Even if you have had a terrible no good, very bad day. There is something refreshing coming home to a perfectly made bed. Sometimes I feel like when all goes wrong, I still know I have my life together when my bed is made.
-Positive affirmations. Stand in front of the mirror when you are brushing your teeth and think positive thoughts. Remind yourself that you are loved, human and a beautiful soul.
-Journal. If only for two minutes. Write down your thoughts, dreams, wishes and hopes. Journaling is a wonderful morning and night recap.
If you are doing all of these, or none of these things, they are valuable. They provide a positive mind and promote a generous morning. And if nothing else, you did life this morning and knocked it out of the ball park. Nobody can tell you otherwise.