I like knowing what happens once things are donated or recycled and this is a great video on the battery recycling process.
- Call2Recycle Named First Battery Recycling Plan Approved by NY State (environmentalleader.com)
The next time you begin to download that super cool new app to help you “get organized” ask yourself what isn’t working within your existing system that’s inspired you to spend time downloading and learning a new app.
It might be easier to tweak what you already use instead of spending time learning something new. Maybe you’re downloading the new app to avoid doing what needs to be done or you simply want the rush of something fun and new. I get it, I really do because those feelings are way more fun and satisfying (short-term) I think you’ll agree though that taking the upper hand on something that you’ve been avoiding is more satisfying (long-term) than any app could ever be!
If you are still looking for some awesome apps – here is an awesome list of home improvement apps and here the ‘best apps for getting organized’ list of all lists – good luck pulling yourself away from this one….the best apps to keep you organized
- How To Organize Your Day For Success (lifehack.org)
- Please Stop Complaining About How Busy You Are (blogs.hbr.org)
Maintaining accountability can be a challenging task if you don’t have an effective follow-up system in place.
Imagine that you ask assign a team member a task and they are to get back to you in one week. If YOU don’t have a follow-up mechanism in place the likely hood of you forgetting what you’ve asked them to do is fairly high, unless you have a good memory. If THEY don’t have a system in place to allocate the time to complete the task and then send you the information you’ve requested by the time specified then you have a team member who is stressing out to meet a deadline ….or because they’ve missed a deadline.
And even worse (yes it can get worse), is when you forget and they forget – In the future they won’t feel a strong desire to be accountable to you and your trust begins to decrease. The lack of systems can quite literally interfere with your overall productivity and employee satisfaction.
With a system in place – let’s call it a ‘delegation process’ for you and ‘calendar and task management management’ for them – you can both trust each other!
If parts of this sound familiar to your work flow then it’s a perfect time to sit down and have a conversation with your team member(s) about implementing executive skills into your daily workflow: delegating tasks and tracking them plus calendar and time management.
Go ahead and strengthen the team around you!
- 5 Task Apps for Visual Thinkers (lifehack.org)
- Do I need a Task Management System? (marketingblog101.wordpress.com)
- Forget Time Management: Why You Should Practice Choice Management Instead (news.terra.com)
- 10 Ways to Improve Your Time Management Skills (lifehack.org)
- We know certain things need to be done but we procrastinate, hoping to avoid the inevitable.
Some common things we avoid ‘cleaning up’ are our eating habits, working late, or perhaps having a difficult conversation with a friend. It could be letting a friend go, or letting go of some emotional baggage.
2. The things that set off the alarms are usually the things that make us uncomfortable. So, instead of dealing with it, we avoid it altogether.
Those of you who eat toast with honey late at night understand why I was using the toaster oven at 11pm. For those of you who don’t understand, ask your friends. Inevitably one of them has a similar late night “feel-good food fix” that they will share with you.
As we get our kids set for school and psych ourselves up for another fall season, there’s no better time than now for a closet make-over. So, before you head out on a shopping trip for new clothes check out what you ‘need’.
If you’ve already shopped (because really, who hasn’t :)) Then still consider following our handy checklist to help whip that closet into shape to make getting dressed easier each day :
- Examine every single thing in your closet – remove items and lay them out on your bed if it makes it easier to sort
- Only put back items you are sure you want to keep, if you are unsure, hang it backwards and if you don’t wear it by next year, discard
- As you return items to the closet, divide them into “current” and “out of season” giving the current items up front space with out of season items in the back
- Group your items by type, i.e. pants, skirts, dresses, long-sleeve tops, short-sleeve tops
- Optimize space with belt hangers, scarf organizers and door hooks
- Door hanging shoe bags can hold socks, tights, hair accessories, and any assortment of dolls or ninja warriors 🙂
- For items that you no longer want – place into 3 labeled bags: donate, garbage, and consignment
- If you still have too many items for the space, consider storing out of season items elsewhere
- perhaps an available closet in another room or
- or pack some items up in storage boxes or under the bed bags that you remove the air from
- or think about installing a customizable closet system for your next make-over
Here’s a young lady’s narrow closet that we maximized the space in – I wish I was a better photographer but I think you’ll get the idea.
Before pic includes: ceramics on the top shelf, art kits on the bottom shelf and those custom metal cubes that seemed like a good idea at one time. So, we gave her two drawers for her undergarments, two basket drawers plus gave her some floor space back….who can say they have floor space in their closet? Added in all new hangers, a couple of baskets, lighting and only put back the clothes she will wear!
- Closet 101: Tips for Making Over Your Closet (kaosgroup.wordpress.com)
- Closet Tips: Hanger dividers (zipstyleseattle.com)
- How to organize kids closet (besthousejo.blogspot.com)
- Start seeing style: 3 things will make your closet lighting better (bellacor.com)
I was at the Canadian Association of Women Executive and Entrepreneurs (CAWEE) Annual General Meeting in June and Irina Photography was taking head shots of all the guests. I have a great deal of respect for entrepreneurs who go out on a limb to expose (no pun intended) themselves in unconventional ways.
Thanks for making me look great in the a picture that took you all of 5 minutes Irina!
The least I can do is pass your information along to my community!
- 9 Common Myths About Entrepreneurs (grasshopper.com)
- Roundup: 20 Reads for Women Entrepreneurs, Part I (grasshopper.com)
- EYVoice: 5 Ways To Scale Up Your Business (forbes.com)
- 50 Moving Forward Seminar (coalcreekymca.wordpress.com)