With everything going on in the world today it makes us wonder how prepared we really are. Even if an emergency isn’t constantly at our doorstep, our lives will run a lot smoother and we will feel a little more in control with some proper planning.
Make sure you have a back up system that is in place and check it sporadically
Be aware of evacuation procedures
Keep a first aid kit in your office
Be able to quickly find documents of ownership and entitlement to property
Have access to your bank records and account numbers
If possible let employees know where and when they can be contacted
Does your family have a plan for abnormal situations?
Can you quickly put your hands on all vital documents?
Do you have cash on hand in your home in case you need to leave?
Make sure you have a full tank of gas and put together a small bag of supplies in the corner of the trunk for emergencies:
Warm hat and mitts
Flashlight with spare batteries
First Aid Kit
Salt or Sand
When you only have a few minutes before going to lunch, attending a meeting, or leaving for an appointment, it often seems useless to start any important or involved task. But those few minutes could be a great start to getting yourself organized or chipping away at a larger project.
Instead of wasting this time, take the 10 minute challenge! Try some of the following suggestions when you have a few minutes to kill. You can even get the kids involved by setting a timer and making it a game.
- Make a list of the first few steps you need to take for a large project and, if you have time, you can start the first step. This could be making a list of materials you need or notes on who you need to call. You can take a few minutes to gather everything you will need so that the next time you have another few minutes you can dig right in and start another step with ease.
- Make an appointment with the dentist, doctor or other practitioner.
- Sort through the mail, open everything and discard all the envelopes and non essentials to recycling.
- Tidy up your email- deleting and filing.
- Straighten your desk.
- Look at your schedule for the next month and find a good time that you could see a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Make a quick call or email to see if they are available.
- Decide your meals for next week and make a grocery list.
- Organize your briefcase, purse, book bag, or gym bag.
- Grab a donation bag or box and look around the room or in a closet for a quick pick of some things you no longer use or love and pass them along.
Waiting time can also be used to further your life goals. For example you can use commuting time to read a book or learn a new language (on audio for those who are driving). Research a topic of interest on the internet, start the plans for your next vacation or check schedules for a recreational activity you were only pondering.
The ten minute challenge is a great way to squeeze a little more activity into your busy schedule!