Monday, March 24, 2008

Extreme Disorganization - It's Time to Get Organized!

There are many factors that contribute to extreme disorganization.
Physical, mental and emotional challenges , health issues, life changes, AD/HD, Traumatic Brain Injury, memory issues, and many more.
Living in today's world is so fast paced with modern technology at our fingertips - cell phones, laptops and the internet ongoing 24x7.
There's no down time. Gone are the 8am to 5pm working hours. People are busy all the time and their children are in many activities that they are busy too.
Who has time to organize when they are on the go all the time.
It's time to take a deep breathe and slow down!
Make a plan and set realistic goals.
Start getting organized in small steps, break it down into small sections.
Sort and categorize your stuff, paperwork and other items. It's a good way to see what is being accumulated.
Set up "homes" for everything, and everything needs a "home".
When you use items put them back immediately in their home. It takes seconds now to put away, if you wait until later then it takes minutes.
Have an ongoing donation box - put items in here daily and take once a week to your favorite charity.
Stop buying stuff and bringing stuff into your home. You make a decision every time something comes into the house. For everything that comes into the house, make sure the same amount goes out (new jeans come in, then donate an old pair).
Don't let stuff contol you - you need to control the stuff!
It's time to live your very best life - without all the clutter!

Student Study Methods

It's time to get organized by studying on a regular basis (vs a one-night cram session). Here's some helpful tips:
1. Flash cards. For vocabulary, math formulas and more.
2. Write and re-write your notes. Just keep rewriting your notes. It might seem redundant but before you know it, you will instantly remember most of the information.
3. The Internet. Go online and search for the topic that will be on the test. Most of the time (after some research) you will actually understand the topice more.
4. With a Group. You can learn from friends (and better understand it). It will also be great if you study with friends who want to get down to business of studying too.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

10 Organizing Tips for Travel

1. Make a master list of items to be packed
2. Now remove 30-50% of the clothes/shoes (you generally wear 20% of what you bring)
3. Pack liquids or items that may leak in ziploc bags
4. Pack a few extra ziploc bags, they are always handy and you can easily see what is in them
5. Do not pack medicines and important items in suitcases that will be checked (carry them with you)
6. Use a poly translucent file folder (see through) to hold your ticket, hotel, car and other registration information.
7. Make sure your suitcase has your name and cell phone # on it at least twice, plus inside the suitcase
8. Every suitcase looks the same - put something unique on yours so someone else doesn't accidentally pick it up by mistake. Use colored straps, bright ribbons, stickers, be creative!
9. Do your ears get plugged up when flying? Use "Ear Planes" - these are ear plugs for airplanes and they work great. It filters the noise (but you can still hear the attendants/pilot), plus it prevents your ears from popping and getting plugged up. They are available at most drug stores, general stores and grocery stores.
10. Remember to bring all your medicines and vitamins with you.