Posts Tagged ‘Changes’

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!

#indiansummer #keepitcoming #parentsarentready

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We are lucky to have the support of a large national company, Bell Canada who is investing in Mental Health Awareness across our country.

I would be surprised if there was one person among us who has NOT been touched by a mental health issue.

Many discussions have started in my days working with clients as to why mental health issues seem to be more “out there”.

Why there seems to be more mental health problems with young adults and teens.

And how can people live and function with so many road blocks and stigmas attached to mental health issues.

I don’t have all the answers, I probably don’t have any! But from personal experience in my own life as well as those clients who were brave and confident enough to reach out, I believe that as a society we are trying to grow and become more compassionate. We are teaching our children to become more understanding and open to discussions.

But, we have a very long way to go. The #BellLetsTalk initiative is a step in the right direction, but we must continue this support year long and in every aspect of our lives.

When you hear a friend, co-worker or family member degrade ,knowingly or not, someone who is struggling – STAND UP! STOP the behaviour. Yes, It’s sometimes not so easy, sometimes you must be brave yourself. But I have to say, I doubt you will feel “bad” after asking the behaviour to stop. I doubt you will feel belittled and ashamed. You might actually feel empowered, strong and full of life and all it took was a few words to re-direct someone’s unkind thoughts and words in a way that gets THEM thinking.

75% of our Organizing clients are dealing with some kind of mental health issues. Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Grief and Shame are all very common feelings when working with someone in their living space.

Asking for help is the first step towards living a calm and peaceful existence. We are so very proud of our clients that do reach out. And we understand the concerns when it is a family member who contacts us initially. Number #1 rule in Professional Organizing? It never works if the client isn’t truly ready.

If you’re thinking of a family member who you feel may need some help, the best bet is to ask first, never assume they’re ready.

I love this clip – please take the time to watch to the end.

It’s a Good Day

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As I work away in my office doing everything that needs to be done to run a small business of my own, it’s been a challenging day to stay on task.

The recent election in the USA has most people in a daze today, I’m finding. I went to bed last night feeling anxious and woke up feeling depressed. I’m happy for those that are happy with the outcome. We are all entitled to our political views. And although I’m Canadian and happy to be one, there is no doubt in my mind that there will be fall out and changes from this very, very stressful election and campaign.

I only wish our neighbours to the south peace and security. I wish those in the world who are living in a state of limbo, a sense of calm.

Remember you cannot control anyone else actions or how they react to a situation. You can only control your own. So, be the person you are proud of. Strive to make your time here as fulfilling and worthwhile as possible.

Look to the future, your future as an adventure where sometimes challenges will arrive and certainly set you back…maybe even knock you down for the count. But that same adventure could very well lead you to the edge of the most beautiful and enriching state of being you would never had noticed.

Project to your family and friends that you believe in them, provide that safe and comforting environment that you, yourself wish for.

There have been many, many difficult things that have occurred in our lifespan, we concurred them all. We grew and learned from our mistakes and we will continue on this journey.

Trust in who you are. Be strong. Hold your face to the sun and breathe deep.

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Yes, That’s what I thought I had read.

Gretchen Rubin writes

“As I had found in January, when I started applying the “one minute Rule” and the “evening tidy-up” small efforts, made consistently, brought significant results. I felt more in control of my workload.”

This made a serious “slap in the face” moment for me. Having my own business and running it efficiently is something that is of the upmost importance to me. I too wanted to know where I could make changes to my workload. To streamline my efforts and have the results right there in my face.

Too often I find myself in the office well after hours and on weekends. My co-worker Rebecca believes it’s because like her, my brain doesn’t shut down. We get soooo excited about our clients and how we can help them that until we get our thoughts down and share with the “team” we don’t rest.

Just In Time Solutions has grown at amazing rate in the last 10 years. But, I think I can do even better.

Rubin states that she noted she was more productive during a 90 minute stent then a three hour long haul.

She accomplished more in a shorter time because she could focus on one maybe two issues – complete them and then was ready to take that 15 minute or 30 minute break before heading back in for round two!

Do you loose concentration after 90 minutes? Have you ever tracked your efforts and noted when you got the best results?

Mornings are always better for me. Without a doubt, I’m fresh and ready to go at 6 am and can definitely handle anything the world throws at me. But as the day wears on is my productivity decreasing?

Maybe I should be “happy” with the results I’m getting between 6-11am and call it a day!

Humph, now there’s a new concept! Dare you! Try it for a week or even three days. Track how your results change from working on a 90  minute schedule to “free-for-all”

Let’s hear what you have to say.

Time Management Tips!Time

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If you’ve taken the chance and picked up a copy of the “Happiness Project” You will have gotten into a bit of the meat of it by now. Interesting isn’t it?

This book to me is obviously applicable to everyday live. Marriage, Careers, Kids etc. But Every now and then I find a distinct connection that makes me think of my clients!

The changes that the Author – Gretchen Rubin was making in her life, she was measuring them. Tracking her results and noting the difference in her “happiness”.

When I start to work with a client I often am privy to many personal problems, insights and dreams. So, more often then not a relationship forms on a greater level then just “organizing”.

Those relationships grow over time and most often do not stop just because the project has been complete.

Do you find yourself in situations when a memory will pop into your head and you’ll be thinking of someone, wondering how they are doing and if they are succeeding in their personal quests?

This happens often to myself and the team I work with. We love our experiences but most of all we love to re-connect with our past clients. If for nothing else but to hear them say “hey! I can still see the floor in my laundry room!”

When we finish a project we hope that our clients can manage the systems we have put in place for them. We hope that as they measure their happiness and begin to notice the changes in their “organized” lives that they too think of us.

Maybe don’t strive to move a mountain…Maybe just tackle that laundry room floor.Cat resting

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