Category Archives: Productivity

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.

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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.

Professional Organizers in Canada Guest Post – School’s Almost Out for the Summer!

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Keep Your Cool during the Summer Sizzle

Are your kids talking about the summer yet? Are they getting excited?  Chances are they don’t know how much more work it is for parents during the summer than it is during the rest of the year. To keep the kids busy with little effort, consider putting advance planning in place so that the rest of the summer can be more spontaneously enjoyed. Here are some ideas you can use to improve the summer months:

Create an activity list or an “I’m Bored Jar” 

Get a large jar for the whole family to add ideas when one strikes. Have all family members write their ideas on notes and put them in the jar. Need some inspiration for summer activities? Organize a picnic dinner, swimming at a local pool, or camping in the backyard. If your kids are acting like wild animals, you might even plan a visit to the zoo.

Install a wall calendar and put the activity ideas on it. 

Use some sticky notes and a marker and start by indicating the important dates, such as the first day of school or camp, or time that will be spent away on a vacation. Colour code the sticky notes by category which could make the board look more kid-friendly. Potential categories can include theme days, playdates, planned outings, and activities done at home.

Stick to a normal routine as much as possible.

To make life easier for yourself, make sure you write out sticky notes for your own well-being and apply them to the wall calendar. Write down your date nights, dinner menu plans and babysitter arrangements.

Pre-sort supplies for Grab and Go Bags

Pre-pack backpacks before an activity day. This will help you avoid the hour of preparation time before being able to leave the house. Some ideas for Grab and Go Bags are:

  • Theme park bags
  • Walking/hiking bags
  • Playdate bags, picnic bags
  • Library bags
  • Pool days

If you’re going to the pool, have water excursion supplies pre-packed in a tote bag. Pack swimsuits and towels, as well as sun safety essentials including sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. Don’t forget to bring a plastic bag for wet bathing suits!

  • Road trip essentials

Be sure to pack items that will keep you and your family comfortable and entertained while away from home. Include essentials such as diapers, water bottles, snacks, and sunscreen. To avoid the inevitable cries of “Are we there yet?” don’t forget books, colouring books or clipboards with blank paper, and zippered pouches of crayons for each child along with the electronic device preloaded with learning games and movies.

There is nothing wrong with kids getting bored from time to time, as some ingenious and unique activities can result from that.  Keep art supplies within reach in the craft cabinet, a few outdoor toys in the backyard, and fruit and sugar-free drinks in the fridge.

Why Hire a Coach? A Competitive Advantage

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 will guide you to that competitive advantage you’re looking for.

Why Hire a Coach? Talk, Dream, Plan

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 will help you talk out your dreams and start making them a reality.

Why Hire a Coach? Make Decisions

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 will help you make the tough choices.

Why Hire a Coach? A Guided Plan

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? Coaches will guide you through your success plan.

Spring Into Organizing – Professional Organizer’s of Canada Guest Post

Ready, Set…Spring!

Who is ready to shake off the cobwebs of a dark, chilly winter season and welcome Spring into our spaces?

Now is the perfect time to identify your Spring organizing projects and schedule them into your calendar.

What is on your list this year? Here are our Top 5 Spring Organizing Projects to help get you inspired:

  1. Wardrobe Switch: Swap out your fall/winter wardrobe for lighter shades and fabrics. Portable racks make this task a breeze. Think seriously about donating items you didn’t wear last season!
  2. Under the Bed De-Clutter: Who doesn’t like a clean & clear space under the bed? Pull out all of the items lurking, and be sure to chase away the dust bunnies! Re-locate items to the place where they belong and let go of anything not needed anymore.
  3. Garage Changeover: Time to get ready for outdoor activities! Put up the sleds & shovels and bring down the bikes. Sports equipment storage products keep your garage well organized.
  4. Garden Planning: There are many tasks associated with getting your Spring garden ready. Mark key ones into your calendar: clear debris; rake lawn; start indoor seeds; plan flower/vegetable locations, etc.
  5. Spring Cleaning Tote:Make this task a breeze by putting together a Spring cleaning tote to take to each room as you go. We recommend including gloves, dusting cloths, paper towels, your favourite cleaning products, toothbrush, scissors, and a labeller of course

Happy Organizing!

Why Hire a Coach? Confidence and Authority!

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? They’ll help you find confidence and authority.

Get Organized for Finals NOW

Students live in a world of endless opportunities to learn, socialize, volunteer, work, and travel among a long list of things. Good study skills and time management are key to learning how to balance priorities and opportunities in your life as a student. With all these options and new found freedom, a student might become dissatisfied with how they are managing their time. Perhaps they have developed a bad habit of procrastinating or maybe they have too many activities on the go. Changing behaviours is a difficult task but following the recommendations below will help any student improve their time management skills.

 A student can start by doing a self assessment. Do I skip class? Do I set goals for myself? Am I easily distracted from school work? Own up to your short comings and bad habits. Set goals you would like to achieve this semester, this year, and in life. This will help you determine what is most important to you and help set your priorities.

1) Starting to plan. Plan each day. You can do this the night before or first thing in the morning. Set out what you would like to accomplish today and prioritize the items on your “To Do” list. The best tool is a day planner. Keeping all your appointments and assignments in one place will prevent you from forgetting anything. If you are behind in your school work, schedule in time to catch up. Flag start dates for major assignments so they won’t be left until the last minute. Be sure you allow for relaxation time as well as social and extra-curricular activities in your schedule. Allow for flexibility in your schedule. This will reduce stress in case something comes up (parents visiting, illness, etc..).

2) Scheduling Time. Going to class should be a top priority. Even if you haven’t done the assigned readings, missing class will put you further behind and waste time. Getting notes from someone else is never as efficient as writing your own and someone else may have missed an important point. Attending class will make studying easier later. Block off small amounts of time for studying. You can devote your focus to the task for a shorter period of time and will remember more of what you read. Subdivide larger tasks into smaller ones. This is helpful when scheduling things in your day planner and will make that big project easier to tackle. If you come up against a task that is unpleasant or difficult commit to trying it for five minutes. You may end up getting into it and spending more time, but if not that’s fine. Try to come back to it again later for another five minutes.

3) Finding a Study Space. The first task is to determine your best study time. Some people are most alert and do their best work after midnight; others work best in the morning when they are still fresh. Know your study preference. Some people like a bit a noise or music; others are distracted by the presence of others. It is your responsibility to guard against distractions. If you know your roommate is having friends over or that people often stop by your room to chat, go to the library. If you are tempted by instant messaging and email get away from your computer.

4) Reviewing your Efforts. At the end of each week, evaluate how you did. How many things remain undone on your schedule? Did your schedule work well for you? What obstacles and distractions did you encounter? Each week set out a reward for completing your most important tasks. Maybe it’s a night out, an ice cream cone, or buying a new shirt. Choose whatever is in your budget and will motivate you the best.

Isn’t it time you started practicing some of these time management techniques? Change your behaviours and you will change your results. These results not only include your grades, but your free time as well.

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