The Secret to Peak Productivity

I don’t recommend books easily.  I know they are an investment of your time and reading them means you are spending time that you could be doing other things.  This is a great investment of your time and well worth it.

The book covers all aspects of organization in your life; email, digital clutter, time management and of course, stuff management.  The book starts out with an assessment and a detailed look at Maslow’s Pyramid.  It’s a great way to evaluate your life.  Then, Tamara talks about the productivity pyramid.  This really helps you determine what you want to accomplish and to view a road map to your destination.

A series of questions are presented to the reader and then your answers are analyzed so that you can assess your current situation and determine where you want to go, how to get there and what chapters to pay special attention to.

Knowing that it’s sometimes hard to implement the advice given in organizing books.  So, she throws in some real life stories, with photos.  She even shows you some product solutions in the book. And, when complicated projects are discussed, she gives you more than one option so you can choose the one that works best for you.

Click to purchase The Secret to Peak Productivity on Amazon

Click to purchase The Secret to Peak Productivity on Amazon

By identifying the tasks you need to accomplish, the priority you need to give each of them and how long they will each take, you can more effectively and efficiently plan your day and accomplish more.  The Secret to Peak Productivity goes into much more detail on all of these topics.  Its conversational style and easy to read format make it something you can read in between drop offs, appointments and even on the treadmill.

The book is available on Amazon and you can find Tamara Myles here.

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Coupon Apps

One of the best things our smart phones can do for us is to help us save money.  I wanted to give you a rundown of some money saving apps so you can pick and choose the ones that best meet your needs.

A woman glancing at a large stack of coupons.Coupons.com gives you access to coupons you can print and take with you to the grocery store.  This is for groceries and household products.  This is a good option if you like brands that rarely go on sale.

SavingStar.com is also for groceries.  However, instead of printing them out, you simply “cut” them digitally and scan them at the store.

Retail Me Not is one of my favorite savings sites.  They have deals on everything from large purchases such as TVs to deals on coffee, clothes and toys.  Always check this site before you purchase something online.  If you enable location settings on this app, it will even notify you when you are close to stores or shopping complexes that are offering deals.

Coupon Sherpa is another one of my favorites.  This app has deals for lots of stores. When I’m in a store and want to buy something, I always check this app.  Common coupons include Michaels, Bath and Body Works and Barnes and Noble.

Coupons

Smart Source not only helps you view the deals but it shows you what’s on sale NEAR you.  This is a great if you’re traveling or you’re looking to stock up for a holiday or party.

Cell Fire allows you the option to choose between printable coupons or digital coupons that you “clip” and add to your store loyalty cards.  This is a great way to make sure you save and can’t forget the coupons at home.

Grocery iq is a little more in depth.  This app works in conjunction with other apps and you can create lists, make shopping plans and even scan barcodes.  It’s a great choices if you’re looking for an all in one solution.

Cartwheel

Cartwheel-Coupon apps have been so popular that stores have started to develop their own branded apps.  Target’s Cartwheel allows users to pick their coupons and then take them to the store digitally to save on their selected products.

Card Star is a lifesaver for me.  This app allows you to digitally add all of your loyalty cards.  No one wants to carry all those around with them.  And when you start using your cards on a regular basis, you’ll be surprised at how quickly your rewards add up.

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Gift Basket Ideas

For a baby shower or a baby's arrival

For a baby shower or a baby’s arrival

For the college grad just getting their first apartment

For the college grad just getting their first apartment

For the work from home mom or dad

For the work from home mom or dad

For teachers

For teachers

 

For the man in your life

For the man in your life

As a hostess gift

As a hostess gift

Get well gift

Get well gift

For a teenager turning 16

For a teenager turning 16

For kids and family

For kids and family

To celebrate summer

To celebrate summer

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Take Our May Organizing Challenge

Want to get organized but don’t know where to start?  During the month of May we will give you one task a day to tackle.  They will be easy to do and they won’t take a lot of time!  However, they will make a big difference!  

Tune into our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thejoyfulorganizer for each day’s task!

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Organizing Saves You Money

Organizing is more than just a neat and tidy home.  It’s a way of life that allows you to find things when you need them, use your time effectively and possibly most importantly, save money.  Here are some ways that getting organized can help you save cash.  Start keeping track of what you save and treat yourself to a day at the spa, or even a mini vacation!

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Know What You Own-By creating a home for everything in your home you will know where things are.  When you need them, you’ll simply grab them and use them.  For example, how many of us know where our flashlights sewing kits or even replacement lightbulbs are?  Many families don’t know where things are and instead of speaking the time and aggravation to locate them, they simply repurchase, spending money they could have saved on the new item, and also on gas to get to the store (plus time).

Found Money-Whenever I organize it’s not uncommon to come across an unwashed check or actually cash. They are small and easy to put in a pock, drawer or pile of paper and never see again, unless you take the time to go through them.  Gift cards are another item that is easily lost.  Start looking around your home and organizing and I bet you’ll find at least one monetary item.

Tax Deductions-When you donate items to places like Goodwill or The Salvation Army they provide you with a tax receipt for your contribution.  This receipt can be used as a tax deduction during that calendar year.  This is a great way to save some money by donating your unused, unwanted and extra items!

Use What You Have-How many times have you gone to store and tried to remember if you had an extra bottle of ketchup?  By creating an using a pantry/fridge and freezer system you will know what you have on hand and what you need to buy.  You will also be able to take advantage of sales and buying in bulk.  Organizing your food also means it’s easier to cook meals at home, which also saves you money.

Avoid Late Fees-If your mail or your finances are disorganized, you could be paying late fees or hurting your credit score.  This is an Doneeasy way to save cash.  Simply set up reminders for yourself to pay the bills and or go digital entirely with your bill paying.  Many companies will den set up an automatic deduction from your account and you simply have to check the bill for accuracy.

FIND Time-I think the most important asset you can gain by getting organized is your time.  By knowing what you have, where it is stored and when you can use it, you will save time.  Getting organized increased your enjoyment of your home.  It decreases stress with your entire family and it can make a big difference for your family’s budget.  Adopt one small change every week and before you know it, you’ll have made great progress!

 

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Reliable Steam Cleaner Review and Giveaway

I’m always looking for ways to make my house cleaner and to keep it that way. If I can spend less time doing it, even better.  I have a large tile service in my mail living space and as you can imagine living in the country, it’s easy to track in a lot of dirt.  (My doggie assists with bringing in dirt as if it’s her job.)

I was able to try out Reliable Corporation’s PRO T3 Steamboy.  The mop is steam based and goes above and beyond what a normal mop and bucket can do.  First of all, you simply load the water “tank” and pop it back on.  It’s as easy as filling a water bottle.

Steamboy-T3
The mp come with three options; a scrubber, a carpet refresher and a hard wood surface option.  The mop heats up very quickly and once you get going, the process is smooth and quick.  The mop really washes away the loose dirt on the floor and the steam loosens ground in dirt. My tile has ridges and of course, grout and it all looked sparkling after I used this mop.

Two things I love about this mop are that the cleaning pad is washable and reusable saving me from buying costly replacements.  Also, the  mop doesn’t require any cleaning chemicals.  This is an environmentally friendly and healthy option for everyone.

The Steamboy is easy to push, small to store and switching from the scrubbing head to the steam cleaning option us fast and easy.  The cord is long so you can reach much farther than you think.  The head also swivels so you can get into tight corners and close to moldings.  Overall, this is easy to use, and very effective.  Steam cleaning my floors once a week keeps them clean and looking great.  And it’s easy and quick.

The PRO T3 was just released this past October.  You can find it here.

Here’s the best part….Reliable Corporation is GIVING ONE AWAY!!

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Ask The Organizer

I’m going to be doing a series of Ask the Organizer questions.  Want to see your questions answered?  Please email them to me at bonnie@Thejoyfulorganizer.com and if you’d like, include some photos.

I recently received this question from a work at home author:

I have just moved and am in great need of organising tips for my new loft
office. I have included pics if that will be helpful. I am a writer who
also draws upon occastion so i need a way to store all my supplies and
notebooks

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The first thing I would suggest is purging out any paperwork or items you no longer use.  If you have no idea what a tote or box contains, chances are the contents are no longer serving their purpose.

I would then look to add storage.  While these photos don’t show every side of the room, I would work to fit in a “cubby unit” such as Ikea’s Expedit.  It comes in a variety of sizes and colors.  The compartments can be used to house books, office supplies, and even decorative items.  I like to add baskets, bins or boxes to come of the cubbies to hide items that you don’t want to see all of the time.

Ikea's Expedit unit

Ikea’s Expedit unit

Storage box that fits in Ikea's Expedit unit

Storage box that fits in Ikea’s Expedit unit

When space is small and you want to keep things where you can see them, small magnetic strips like this one can help you stay organized and keep your work surfaces clear.

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Creating an organized and functional work environment is about finding the balance between what you need to have in the space and creating a beautiful and comfortable place where you can be creative and productive.  Make sure you have no visual clutter.  Put your files away at the end of the day.  Have a space for items and projects that are in progress.  Leave room and space for beautiful and sentimental items.  Look for products that are beautiful and functional.

For example, these filing cabinets are adorable and hold lots of office supplies. Great to keep everything you need on a daily basis such as pens, paper clips, tape and stamps on hand and close by.

Click to purchase the Bissel filing cabinet from The Container Store

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What to Send and When for Graduation Celebrations

Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After twenty-two years of child-raising, they are unemployed. ~Erma Bombeck

OK, so graduation may be a tough time for you parents, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate in style. Why not announce the accomplishment and throw a party?

Tiny Prints can help you do just that. They have more than 300 designs to choose from and you can customize the cards with pictures of your graduate, your own text, and more.

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