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mondayWhy do Mondays get a bad rap? It appears that many people struggle with getting up and getting moving on this first day of their work week. They wish to still be relaxing on Sunday, doing what makes them happy.

Not too long ago I struggled with Mondays as well. It was difficult for me to go from ‘lounging’ to ‘rushing’ overnight. I would wake up on Monday morning excited about the new day. However, I felt overwhelmed that I had to get two children under 5 yrs. old dressed, feed, and make sure all hair, teeth, and bodies were clean, my darling Dave’s lunch made, and that I looked professional and pulled together by 9:00am. My Monday’s ‘to-do’ list was filled with deadlines, appointments, and projects that set me up for failure at the end of the day. I didn’t like starting the work week off this way. I needed change!

After making minor changes to my schedule and Monday’s ‘to-do’ list, I started enjoying Mondays more. With the simple alterations to my Mondays, I was able to reduce stress and create a less-hectic work week. Everyone in my life benefited from these changes…my children, spouse, business clients, family and friends. Here are a few steps I took to escape from my Manic Mondays.

  • No appointments for myself or the kids are schedule before noon
  • I don’t meet with clients on Mondays
  • I make sure to sleep in (I get up at 8am as oppose to the usual 6:30am)
  • Prepare what I can the night before to ease Monday morning routines
  • Simplify my Monday ‘to-do’ list to only include easy-to-do tasks that only take minutes to complete
  • Use my children’s nap time to get small business projects completed
  • Make sure to do something fun for myself and my children 

It is amazing how altering my Monday’s schedule to eliminate or minimize what overwhelmed me has greatly improved my productivity for the rest of the work week. I encourage you to take a good look at your Monday schedule and ‘to-do’ list and see what steps you can take to simplify & thrive. It will lead to a happier, more efficient YOU!

For more tips and ideas on simplifying your world, visit my website at www.YourEfficiencySpecialist.com. While there, I encourage you to sign up and gain access to my ‘Organizer’s Tool Bag’ which is filled with even more great ideas for simplifying your life.

Simply Yours,

Grace

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Happy Organizing!

Grace

Do you ever have the need to jot down a note to yourself while enjoying the Sunday paper and find yourself without a scratch piece of paper? How about the times when you are enjoying a cup of coffee at a co-worker’s workstation and realize you might be forgetting to do something? Always losing your to-do list, but never your coffee?

There is a silly yet smart solution to these problems! It is called the Write-On Mug by FredFlare.com. Schedule as you sip with the Write-On Mug. You can keep your daily tasks and appointments in sight (right under your nose) while sipping your favorite cup of coffee or tea. Use a ballpoint pen or pencil to add your daily to-do list and urgent tasks. When done, simply wipe them off with a eraser.

No need for that fancy PDA! 🙂

These days it is convenient to purchase necessities and luxuries right from the comfort of your own computer/desk/home. Some websites make it even more convenient and save your credit card information right on their secured site. For the websites that don’t save your information (or if you prefer it not to be saved) and the times when you need to renew your membership, update account information, or purchase more organizing supplies, keep a copy of your credit card right at your workstation.

I use to have to get up from my desk, walk into the other room, and get my credit card from my wallet. I was always feeling annoyed that I had to stop what I was doing, get up, and retrieve my card information. It was more of a hassle. One day (years ago), it dawned on me. Make a copy!

I now have a copy of each of my credit cards stored (securely) at my desk. Don’t forget to make a copy of the backside as well. You often need the 3-digit code to make a purchase. By simply making a copy of my credit cards and keeping them conveniently stored at my desk, I can be more efficient and eliminate the interruption of having to leave my desk. It is a simple tip, but can make a big impact in your efficiency and moving forward with a task.

It is also wise to keep a copy of your credit cards in a file or fire-proof safe in case of emergency or if they are stolen.

These days I don’t watch much TV and therefore, I have done away with cable. However, I saw via email that Oprah was having a show on ‘simplifying your life’. I had to watch! Off to mom’s I went…

Oprah’s guest, Mary Carlomagno spoke about how “she started to take stock of her life and identify areas that seemed off balance. As an experiment, she began giving up one thing—like alcohol, elevators or shopping—each month. ‘When you make these subtle changes, and you practice it every day, it really opens up space,'” she says. When you create space in your life, something new can come in.

Mary also went on to say, “You shouldn’t think of the process (simplifying) as a punishment. ‘It can’t be, ‘Oh, you’re taking this away from me,’ she says. ‘It’s: ‘What am I opening up? What am I going to gain from this experience?’ And with this experience, you gain the appreciation for the things in life you are so blessed to have.”

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What does your space say about you? How does it FEEL? What does it look like? Are you spending too much of your time and money on things that don’t add value or quality (spiritual) to your life? Cutting back on unneccessary stuff and eliminating wasteful spending will allow space for new joys in your life. It gives you the opportunity to spend more time with loved ones, start a new hobby that you have been putting off due to lack of time, and moments where you can just ‘be’. Simplifying your life is about adding more love, peace, and joy and eliminating the chaos, stress, and feelings of being overwhelmed. It shouldn’t be a punishment.

What can you do today that will take you one step closer to a simplified life? View what Oprah’s audience had to say.

My motto is, “Say Y.E.S. to a simplified life!”