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This past week in South Western Ontario parents, educators and the general public have been sitting on pins and needles waiting to hear is the “Work to rule” for all CUPE members will turn into a full blown strike.

Now, this may not seem to most as a “Crisis” but to many families who have children with special needs just the talk of a strike sends them into “MayDay…Mayday” zone. And this got me thinking, are you ready for a crisis?

There are plenty of things that we have control over in our lives, but there are many we don’t. Emergencies, tragedies and unforeseen crisis are all things that we would rather NOT think about, much less prepare for. But as we get older we realize that we have family who depend on us. Whether it’s our aging parents or our growing kids there are people in our lives that depend on us. And what would happen if you couldn’t take care of those commitments? Could anyone of your family or friends step into a most likely stressful situation and take over? Would they know where to begin?

Our goal when organizing someone’s home or space is to make their lives as simple and stress free as possible. Whether that means moving the dishes from one cupboard to another so that you’re taking less steps to empty the dishwasher or if it means that we set up a system with all your important documents and communications so that it can be found in a moments notice by anyone.

Don’t take the fact that “you know” where everything is for granted, because there could be a time when you’re not available and things need to be done. The last thing anyone needs is to be rooting around trying to find the details of your everyday life and the information that is necessary for your dependants to continue with their schedules.

Just In Time Solutions can throw you a life line.

Get organized. Bring all of your schedules together in one place. Whether it’s a google calendar where every person has a different colour code, or it’s a daytime that sits on the counter for everyone to see and contribute to.

Get Organized. Important documents including wills, power of attorneys and contact sheets with Doctor, Lawyer, Insurance and/or child care should be accessible and well labeled within a filing system.

Get Organized. On your mobile devices everyone should have a contact listed under the name “In Emergency”. This is a go to for any bystander or emergency personnel helping during a tragic event.

Trust us….we’ve been doing this for 18 years! There is a weight lifted knowing that in a crisis situation your loved ones will be looked after and you can focus on what’s important.

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Relearning Day to Day Living after a TBI

1. How to function in your Day to Day life living and working in your new ‘reality’ at this time and how to move forward as you heal. 

2.  Understanding why systems and organization in your environment will assist you in doing what you need to do and enjoy what you want to do, all the while preserving your energy to heal and move forward. 

3.  Work with your professional team and your support around you to assist you in simplifying your life. 

June 13, 2012 – I was hit by a van on my bicycle, he turned into me, I was thrown onto the van and thrown back and hit the pavement.   God was with me and sent angels. In seconds there was a volunteer firefighter who yelled “don’t move” and seconds later a nurse stopped.   After an ambulance ride to Exeter Hospital, many tests and x-rays I was on my way home to my bed to recover. 

Following a brain injury one of the most difficult hurdles is teaching friends and  family how your life is changed. Most people can relate and understand the limitations when you receive a physical injury, for example, a broken leg.  With that physical injury, your will experience some short term inconveniences.  Day to day tasks will take longer to reach and slower to accomplish. This seemly minor inconvenience will lead to feelings of inadequacy and frustration.  When the cast is removed you are taught exercises to get your strength back and told to walk on it as much as you can.  While at the end of the day you might be tired and sore — Can you sit and read a book, get caught up on paperwork or have a visit with your family? — Of course you can.   Now think about having a TBI, you have started to heal and do a bit more but it is midday and you are mentally exhausted so you are also physically exhausted.  Your eyes and head hurt and you can not think, your brain has literally shut off. —but to the average person you look fine  —- to those that know you well they can see the eyes tiring, the slowness in responding and the overall fatigue  — What can you do?   REST — close your eyes – sleep.  

Are you ready today if something was to take you out of your normal today? 

When someone has a TBI, understanding and accepting the new reality today is so important.  Knowing this may not be your new ‘normal’ but it is today’s new normal.  Understanding that simplifications, systems and having organization to assist you and your people around you will conserve the energy you need to heal.   And finally knowing that your team of physical and mental health providers around you are your team members.

Get help to get systems in place are so important.


WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO THINK SOME DAYS!

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Busy families of 2018 are constantly trying to get on top of all that “busy-ness” that continually crowds our head space.

There’s seems to be struggles with Who’s taking the kids where, Why aren’t the household chores split 50/50, When does it all stop?

I don’t have an answer for those questions. Sorry.

You’ve heard it all before – Life will hit you so hard at different stages. But is there anything out there that can lessen the blow?

Yes, there is. I’ve been organizing lives for a long time and I can tell you that being organized, prepared and managing your time really DOES help.

I know, you’re saying you’ve heard it all before. But, you still struggle and THAT’S not ok!

Look… do you have a mechanic look at your car when it’s broke? Do you go to a dentist when there’s something a miss in your mouth?

Can I ask you something then???

WHY?

Why don’t you ask for help to get organized, prepared and nail down your time management skills?

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I don’t know why?

Because when something isn’t working in my life I take it to someone who knows their stuff. End of story.

The team at Just In Time Solutions, can be as hard core or as gentle as you need them to be. But they’re going to get the job done and they’re going to teach you a few things along the way.

We are all moms, we ALL have been through that thought process ” I can’t keep doing this, I’m not going to make it”

I’m here to tell you today….YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE! You are doing an incredible job treading water. You are running a household, going in ten different directions and you are STILL going to MAKE IT!

But, if you’d let us….we’d like to help so that you can take that breather you’re hoping for.

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There are so many busy parents out there. One a had a chance to talk to about how her long weekend went. This was her response:

” We worked so hard Saturday and Sunday. Laundry, gardening, repairs and running kids every which way. We fell onto the couch each night completely and utterly wasted from our efforts of the two days. Both my husband and I said – THAT’s IT! Tomorrow, we’re doing nothing! No one thing!

And then I added, well I just want to cut the grass around the pool and make a lasagna, but that’s it!

Yup, my husband said. I’m just going to move some raspberry bushes and do a quick vacuum of the pool and that’s it!

Well, let me tell you at 2 pm we happen to pass each other with tools and items in our hands and I asked him how his “do nothing day” was going? and he responded – Same as every other day! ”

It is so difficult to take that time out when there seems to be so much to do. I’m not here to tell you that being organized will make it so you can have every weekend off to “do nothing” . However, having systems in place, knowing that everything has a home and putting things away and not DOWN. helps. It helps in a big way.

I understand the busy family lifestyles, I also have worked with so many families that have taken that step and claimed their extra time as their own.  Tired of spending your weekends “picking up” after everyone else? We know how it is.

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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

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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.

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Yes, Summer is going to come to and end. Don’t shoot the messenger!

We love our summer days, but there’s something about fall that makes us feel like we’re in for a new start. It’s like the “New Year” for us.
We push ourselves all summer, entertaining, travelling and living the good life. Back to school hits and all of a sudden we get that tight feeling in our chests. Moms and Dads get overwhlemed at the thought of pulling their schedules together and making everyone happy.

Then you glance back over your shoulder at your home and realize that the summer blew through it like a tornado. Putting systems in place during September does help in many areas. Your kids start school back knowing where everything is, what is expected of them when they go to “Drop” their stuff in the hallway.

Remember to try small areas of change first. It might actually help if you get a few “guidelines” in place now before all the rush in September. Give the backpacks, lunchpails and notes from school a HOME. You know the first week back you’ll be flooded with slips and requests from school so make sure nothing gets lost in the chaos by having a home for all those incoming papers before school starts.

A few well prepared meals ahead of time will help with the first week back as well.
There’s nothing like getting back into the “runnning” and knowing that the family will have a healthy meal waiting for them atleast once or twice that first week back.

We can help with organizing your September and we also know a thing or two about meal preparation!

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