Why Hire a Coach? Removing Blocks

It can be daunting deciding if you need to bring in professional help – whether you need a life coach, a business coach or just some friendly help to get through a rough patch.  Join us for a series of quick tips and advice from Colette on Why You Should Hire a Coach.

A great reason to hire a coach? A coach helps you identify and remove obstacles in your path.

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Relationship Byte – Eye Contact

Does the idea of networking make your palms sweat? Don’t let nerves or inexperience keep you from meeting and connecting with potential clients and suppliers!

Join Colette for a Relationship Byte – and why eye contact is critical to networking success.

Lost and Found: Keep Tabs on Your Loved Ones

Group Safety Tips for Crowds 

Summer is upon us and it’s time to soak in the sun, see the sights and enjoy everything summer has to offer – like concerts, street fairs, festivals and more. However taking in the local culture can turn into a stressful time when corralling the family and traveling in a group. Whether it’s your two-year-old wandering off in a crowd, or your husband of 20 years, it’s important to have a plan in case you’re separated.

Organize Anything has put together six great tips to help you stay connected with your group as you enjoy summer activities.

1. Colour Coordinate. Taking the kids to the fair, or attending this summer’s “must-see” concert? Consider colour-coordinating your t-shirts, or dressing the little ones in bright colours so they’re easy to spot in a crowd. This tip is popular at large amusement parks like Disneyworld where you’ll often see whole families decked out in neon.

2. ICE it. Traveling with a group of friends to see a concert or enjoying a festival? Make sure everyone’s got everyone else’s cell phone numbers programmed into their phones. Label the numbers with “ICE” which stands for In Case of Emergencies.  Taking smaller children out to enjoy performance? Safety pin your cell phone number, home phone number and address to the inside of a pocket or coat so they have it case of emergencies. Remember at large events you can’t always hear the phone ringing vibrate may help.

3. Plan ahead. In the event you do get separated from your group, you should have a plan in place of where you’ll meet them. Before leaving the house or when you have arrived at the venue, decide on a spot where everyone will meet at the end of the day if you get separated. Everyone knowing the plan will save you headaches and heartaches later.

4. Talk it out. When travelling with small children, be sure to tell them early and often how important it is to stick together. Cover the ground rules before leaving the house in the morning and then review them on the ride there and before you get out of the car. Make a game out of remembering the information.

5. Get Technical. For grownups, there are apps for your smart phone that let you share your location via GPS with friends. Perfect for that crowded concert, group members can go for snacks and bathroom breaks without losing you in the crowd. For younger children you can purchase small GPS trackers that tie onto shoe laces or backpacks. At the press of a button the tracker will start to chirp, alerting parents to their child’s location.

6. Light it Up. Heading out to watch the fireworks? Go to the Dollar Store and grab coordinated glow sticks or funky flashing lights to pass out to the family. Turn them on when the sun goes down so you can track the members of your party.

Armed with this handy information, you and your family and friends are ready to hit the streets and the beach this summer worry free. A little planning for safety can ensure lots of fun at any gathering this summer.

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Summer is a great opportunity to organize the Garage – Professional Organizers Canada

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You can be outdoors but remain shaded at the same time!

The garage and storage areas are typically dumping grounds for the whole family. While it might seem like this no man’s land usually gets to a point of no return, there is hope for returning it to its original state of glory.

Here are some tips on how to transform your garage into an organized and – most importantly – functional space. Perhaps a space in which you could even fit your car? Imagine that…

Join Forces. Blast the music and ask your partner, kids or consider a work exchange with a neighbour or friend.

Collect Supplies. Gather trash bags, gloves, tape, containers, cleaners, paper towels, rags, labeller, vacuum, broom and dustpan. Lay them out and have them at the ready before you start, so that you don’t lose momentum.

Collate Items. Tackle one section at a time and organize like with like.

Purge. Decide and divide items into further categories: what needs to be kept, donated, sold, trashed, returned, repaired or recycled. If you need a dumpster, get one or share one with a neighbour.

Create Zones
. Form general areas: sports, garden, tools, seasonal, travel, home, electronics, etc. Create a flow in your garage, keeping the most commonly used items easily accessible.

Make a Path
. Always ensure there is a safe and clear path to get what you need. This rule applies to any organizing project. Consider marking out ‘clear’ zones with painter’s tape on the floor.

Get Vertical
. Your walls are a great way to store your items so that they’re easy to see and take up less space. Use pegboards, good quality shelving and aim to keep things off the floor to make sweeping a breeze.

Look up. Use the ceiling to store ladders, skis or bikes.

Label Like Crazy. The secret to staying organized is to label—especially if you expect others to put things back.

Make It Easy. For those who seem to ignore labels, clear containers are your friend. They help folks find what they need quickly and put it away easily. Spend a little extra on quality, stackable containers. Add adequate lighting or sensor lighting.

Move It out. Complete the job and get rid of everything that needs to be removed.

Make a Profit. If you’ve got a lot of useable items left over, set up a yard sale so you can make some cash fromyour old goods! Consider Craigslist, Kijiji, eBay or Etsy to reap a little reward for your efforts from saleable items. Set a deadline for selling, after which you’ll donate any unsold items.

Avoid Hijacking
. Set up an area for donations, so you can practice the one in, one out rule to prevent a garage hijack from occurring again. Post and communicate house rules to keep it organized.

Top Five Investing Mistakes

  1. Putting all your money in one place.
    Don’t put all of your money in one type of investment. A mix helps even things out. If one loses, another may gain. Remember, some businesses have cycles. Some may do well in the summer, some in winter. Some will react to world events, some may not. If you spread them out, at least some of your investments will be doing well. If you put all your money in a single investment (no matter how promising it seems) and something happens to that investment, you could lose all your money.
  2. Investing in things you don’t understand.
    Remember ‘dot coms’? They were the hot thing to invest in for a while. But many had no customers or profits. A lot of people didn’t understand what they were getting into and lost money on them.
  3. Not setting clear goals.
    Are you saving for retirement? A house? A car? Will you need to use your money in five, ten or 25 years? You need to know these things before you invest.
  4. Taking chances you can’t live with.
    If you invest in something that makes you lose sleep at night from worry, you’ve chosen the wrong thing. Don’t choose something that you need to watch every day. Smart people pick investments that are good for the longer term. And if
    you’re going to take chances, make sure you only invest money you can afford to lose.
  5. Following hot tips or rumours.
    What looks like great information may just be noise. Make sure you know and trust the source. If you’re looking for advice,
    get it from an expert. That’s doing your homework.

Relationship Byte – Arriving Early

Does the idea of networking make your palms sweat? Don’t let nerves or inexperience keep you from meeting and connecting with potential clients and suppliers!

Join Colette for a Relationship Byte – and the importance of arriving on time.

Why Hire a Coach? Somone in Your Corner

It can be daunting deciding if you need to bring in professional help – whether you need a life coach, a business coach or just some friendly help to get through a rough patch.  Join us for a series of quick tips and advice from Colette on Why You Should Hire a Coach.

A great reason to hire a coach? So you always know there’s someone in your corner.

Relationship Byte – Hosting at Networking Events

Does the idea of networking make your palms sweat? Don’t let nerves or inexperience keep you from meeting and connecting with potential clients and suppliers!

Join Colette for a Relationship Byte – and how to host at a networking event.

Relationship Byte – Bad At Small Talk?

Does the idea of networking make your palms sweat? Don’t let nerves or inexperience keep you from meeting and connecting with potential clients and suppliers!

Join Colette for a Relationship Byte – and how to overcome being bad at small talk.

Why Hire a Coach? Accountability

It can be daunting deciding if you need to bring in professional help – whether you need a life coach, a business coach or just some friendly help to get through a rough patch.  Join us for a series of quick tips and advice from Colette on Why You Should Hire a Coach.

A great reason to hire a coach? Accountability.

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