After spending the afternoon in a workshop about setting up successful strategies for kids that have difficulty functioning in an organized manor, I’m here to tell you. Where there’s a will there’s a way.

Common complaints are ” I have everything set up for him , but he just doesn’t use it.”

or “I have to hound my son so much to do homework and it’s creating problems in our family”

Most younger children today will require your time and energy. Creating a system and not engaging with them while they work through it is a set up for failure. As a parent our children learn from what they see and hear. So show them and work with them for the first few weeks on how this system of getting their homework done works!

Be realistic. You are not going to get a student who has refused to come home and start the homework right away into a organized system right off the bat.

Space changes out. Allow for the system to integrate into their lives and they will find it less cumbersome.  Try this:

Home from School

Snack 15 minutes

Empty out the bags and lunches and you ask them to pull out ONE piece of homework.

Look it over with them.

Ask if they have any questions? Or better yet – ask them to explain it to you! and LISTEN.

Give them a timeline. Work on it together if necessary for 15 minutes and if there’s been significant attempts, let them get outside and get some air for 15 minutes.

Help pace them, you’ll find that they are able to get the work completed with less then two breaks.

Written agendas don’t always work for students. Lots of teachers now set up mass text messaging to parents outlining homework due.

I for one, would take that text write it on the “to do list” on the fridge and address each item individually  as they are completed.

Teaching time management now, will truly help in the years to come.

#chaostocalm

#timemanagementforkids

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Spring is here and with that there are bound to be birthdays and weddings and showers. AND…never ending gifts and wrapping paper!

If you’re not lucky enough to have a permanent “wrapping station” in your home then these tips might be just what you’re looking for to manage your gift giving season!

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Have you ever really thought about what it would be like to be alone, and have to make some pretty big life changing decisions?

We are so lucky to have the opportunity to help people when they need it most. There comes a time in everyones’ lives where our living arrangements must change. Whether it be from being single to married, or the kids have moved out and it’s time to downsize.

Any and all of these changes cause stress and anxiety. If you disagree, I’m calling your bluff. Being in the organizing business for 18 years I have organized peoples major and minor moves several times over. One thing that stands out is that in the month before the move date everyone involved starts to get a little more nervous, a little more “scattered”. How can you not?! Moving is one of the 4 top stressful things you can go through in your life. We’re not here to tell you we can make it all better, but I do have some “don’t do it!” tips!

DONT’ DO IT!

#1 Throw stuff in a box, just to get it done. This will cause some serious grief at the other end. Purge People!!!

#2 Use Liqour Store boxes to pack your whole house. That’s just down right painful for those packing the moving van!

#3 Think that you will get it all done in a day. Rome wasn’t built in a day. No matter how many people you have helping, you are going to have to call it a day after 24 hrs.

#4 Try to do it alone. This is a big thing. We know that, you need to accept that. Now ask for help, from friends, family or professionals if need be.

There are many people out there who have no family and their social circle is not large enough or able bodied enough to help.So ask. Ask at your church, Ask your neighbours or Google! Don’t try this alone, it will cause heart ache and negativity to a move that should be as positive as possible.

I’ve never met a person yet who regrets asking the team at Just In Time Solutions to help them prior, during and after a move. Call us, we’ll help you learn from all our mistakes!

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Brain Dump or Mind Dumping is what the team at Just In Time Solutions calls a weekly exercise.

Over the course of a week you can easily take on millions of thoughts and tasks without really understanding what this condensed information is doing to your health and how you are functioning.

A weekly “Mind Dump” is pretty much a necessity in our lives at this point. We have families, careers, lifestyles that require us to move at a pace that sometimes feels supernatural. By stopping and allowing the information and tasks to flow out of our brains and unto paper or a digital form, we are slowly decompressing and reducing the stress associated with a lack of mindfulness.

Anxiety, depression and a feeling of being overwhelmed are all symptoms of Brain Overload!

A brain dump is simply the act of dumping all the contents of your mind onto paper as one might dump the contents of a purse onto a table. You are spilling out stressors, your nagging thoughts, your pesky annoyances. Simply open up a valve in your mind and let all those thoughts flow out of your hand and onto some paper. Write until you feel like the pressure inside of you is lessened and you can take a deep breath. Then you will have achieved a brain dump. Littlecoffeefox

You see, once you’ve written or typed that thought down it can’t get away from you. It can’t hide  in the corner of your mind, nagging at you. It’s become a “truth” for all intense and purposes. It has become real and it’s something you can tackle.

The release of a Mind Dump can literally be felt as you’re writing. You can start feeling the stress levels decrease within your brain. Now, the secret to a successful “Mind Dump” is to really sit there and let it all go. Every thought that crosses your mind, whether it’s a quick flash or a lingering moment, they all need to be written down and “dumped”.

Now you may be feeling that you have to get on top of this list of things that you’ve regurgitated. You might start feeling overwhelmed looking at this paper that has just spilled from your brain. DON”T…Wait it out.

Take 10 minutes and walk away. Trust me, ten minutes is not going to hurt you in any way.

Now, you’re back and your ready to look at this list with a purpose in mind. Prioritize the most pressing 10 things on this list. 1 though to 10. Numbered?

Ok….start with #1

#yougotthis

#chaostocalm

#minddump

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You’ve probably seen “House of Bryan” or “Leave it to Bryan” on HGTV. Well, Bryan is putting his expertise and quality assurance behind his name!

What is Baeumler Approved?

Our goal at Baeumler Approved is to help homeowners connect with contractors, trades and home service providers from all across Canada. We help homeowners know what to look for, seek out and vouch for a history of good service by speaking with previous clients and collaborators. All Baeumler Approved members are required to make a commitment to honesty, integrity, and quality service by signing our code of conduct. If a member is found to broken their commitment, they can be removed from our database.

And you guessed right! Just In Time Solutions has been “BAEUMLER APPROVED”!

We’re just waiting for Bryan to pop in with our certificate, but I’m sure it’s on his “To Do” list.

We are proud to be a part of this and believe it’s a long time coming for small businesses and skilled trades in Canada. We love the “watchdog” and approval coming from Bryan Baeumler.

Baeumler Approved

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If you have several areas in your home you want to get under control, start with just one.

You decide which one to start with — is it the area that gives you the biggest headache, or the area that guests to your home most easily see? Whatever your priorities, select one area and stick to it.

Many attempts at organization fail when the task of cleaning up the entire house seems daunting and folks give up. When you complete one area, celebrate and then move on to the next.

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You Only FAIL if you FAIL to try.

Life seems to be going by on “fastforward” mode. It’s like every time I get a chance to catch-up on one thing there are 10 other things that fall by the way side. It’s never been easy to do anything alone. Really, there’s probably not much out there that you can say is better when you’re alone. Having someone “there” I truly believe makes the battle and the struggle less. Sometimes they don’t even have to say anything. Sometimes it’s the knowledge that there is a person standing along side you, a human being who refuses to judge and only support. Someone who lets you face your battle head on, but quietly lets you know “I’m here. I’m right here”.

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a little or a lot of support. You, by allowing others to help you, are the courageous. You are the one who is willing to take this on and by saying “I can’t do it alone” you are, your very own hero. You may have a war to win, an issue to address or a mountain to climb…but asking someone to be your “wing man”, your sounding board or your anchor…that’s where you’ve already won.

#40days – A challenge, someone to help you stay accountable. Stay on task and never give up. You only fail if you FAIL to try.

#40days – We commit to being there for you. #40days we WILL be your anchor, your wingman, your sounding board.

#40days – Day 1 Remove 40 unnecessary items from your space. Walk into the most overwhelming room in your home ( with a bag) and put 40 things in it that do not bring you joy. Now here’s the hard part. Take the bag – right now!- and put it in your car. Now! Donate this bag to a charity of your choice tomorrow.

#40days – Day 2 Remove 39 items from your space that do NOT bring you joy.

Repeat.Repeat.Repeat

Now here’s the EASY part. My Contact number is 519-227-2241 My email is pauline@justintimesolutions

Call me anytime. I’m here. I’m right here.