Category Archives: Time Management

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.

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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.

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.

Get Ready for the Spring Thaw – Regain your Refrigerator

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Here’s a different sort of spring thaw and one you can do yourself. Get prepared to clean out your fridge and freezer. This process is a hot idea with refrigerator rules that will save you money and time.

1. Start now by making a commitment to buy fewer grocery items and eat as much as possible of what is already in your fridge and freezer. Schedule a date as the day you will clean your refrigerator and try not to purchase too much before then. Look at your calendar and find a day and time that you have nothing else planned, preferably the day before garbage pick-up day. Make sure you allow enough time on the day you have picked, to complete your project.

2. Be prepared. Have plenty of extra large, heavy-duty trash bags on hand and have your recycling and composting containers nearby.

3. Let things go. When you start to clean out the refrigerator you may be left with food that is too old to eat or that you haven’t chosen to eat. Maybe it’s just time to let it go. If your poultry is petrified, your sauces are science projects, or if you can’t remember when you bought it—toss it. Check the expiration dates. Pay attention to foods and condiments that weren’t eaten, and consider this when grocery shopping for these items in the future.

4. Take everything out for a good cleaning and use a cooler to store while you clean. It’s spring and you will need to get those coolers out anyway.

5. Get rid of the old ice in the ice trays and give the trays a good washing.

6. Put like things together. Create sections for different types of foods — beverages, veggies, fruit, cheese and deli meats, dairy, other meats.

7. Think proper storage. Meat and poultry should be stored in the center back where it stays the coolest. Condiments are fine in the door where temperature fluctuates. Vegetables are best in the crisper with higher levels of humidity. Use clear containers for leftovers, or repackaged items, and label with the date so you know what it is and when it was put there. Square containers are better than round, as they waste less space.

8. Know what you actually eat and when. We may not notice it but we often eat seasonally. So, just like switching over our closet, we need to change over our refrigerator contents as well. Our spring and summer eating styles tends to change to more fresh produce and barbecue items and there may also be some adjustments when the kids get out of school.

9. Take out the trash. Immediately put that trash bag outside for the collection.

This spring thaw will give you a clean refrigerator with foods that can be easily found, last longer through proper storage techniques, and create more room for easy access.

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.

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