Travel Hacks

If you travel a lot, or even a few times a year, you will appreciate these travel hacks I found.

Having had my luggage lost and delivered a day late, twice; I have always followed the advice of packing an extra set of clothes.

I would add to that a jacket. You never know when you will have weather changes, cold airplanes, or even night weather drops. If it’s in your luggage and it’s lost or late, you’ll be happy to have it with you!


Read more tips here:  travel hacks

How to Know what Product to Create

 Something I am going through right now, paper file organization course or just digital organization? One of the things my mentor, Jeff Herring, says is Ask. So I have started asking. I haven’t had great results yet, but I am still asking. If you want to know what product to create, read Jeff Herring’s blog.


BIG Product Creation Mistake (Do THIS Instead!)

Naps can Rejuvenate you

Should you take a nap during work days?  Good question.

You wouldn’t want visitors, or even your boss, coming into the office and seeing you with your head down.

So your choices would be an empty conference room or private office. Or your car if it’s not too cold outside.

If you’re a home-based business, then it’s easy to go into your bedroom.  In either case, you might want to set an alarm on your phone to wake you at a certain time so you don’t nap too long.

Personally, I do work better in the morning and at night.  My downtime is the afternoon.  I feel rather slow and sluggish  in the afternoon and find it harder to concentrate which is why I try to do something routine like data entry in the afternoon.  Focusing and thinking are better for me in the morning or evening times.

So it would seem that I might want to nap in the afternoon and re-energize, but I haven’t really tried it.  The few times I’ve napped in the daytime it was because I had a bad night the night before or I was sick.

Michael Hyatt  references some major people who were nappers:  Edison, daVinci, Einstein, and JF Kennedy.

Maybe next time I’m tired in the afternoon, I should try a short nap.  It just might rejuvenate me to make better use of my afternoons.  Do you nap?  If so, how long?



Read Michael Hyatt’s nap article here:    Naps are Rejuvenating


Here’s to sleeping –  I mean napping!!









Regrets After Decluttering

When my mother passed, and my father cleaned out the house, there were 2 items I didn’t think to ask him to save.

  1. One was a picture I had made for my mother.  It was just a paint by number, but it was a picture of a woman celebrating the Sabbath on velvet and she had framed it and kept it on our living room wall.

    Thinking about regrets

    Thinking back

  2. The second regret was sheet music I had since I was around 12 or 13 when I was taking piano lessons.  They were all popular songs. I never could get the left-hand notes right or coordinate it with the right hand, so the piano teacher taught me guitar chords on the piano for the left hand.  I had all this sheet music from popular songs of the day, and my Dad pitched them.  Now, I did get the actual piano when he moved to Florida, but I wish I had that sheet music to go along with it!





Here’s an article of items other people regretted losing.  It appeared in a blog called SpareFoot.

You might to check it out:   decluttering regrets


Have you ever tossed something when you were decluttering that you wish you still had?

Comment below.

Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day!




Two Reasons your New Year’s Resolutions didn’t work

If you set New Year’s Resolutions and they did not work, it is probably because of two reasons you haven’t considered:

Hint:  One of them is probably the wrong time of year for you.

Watch below.



Wrong Time or Right Time to Set Goals?

It’s holiday time and while that means going to family gatherings and holiday parties.

It’s a great time to relax and enjoy yourself.

It can also be a great time or the wrong time to do any type of real planning.


The wrong time:

Many people make New Year’s Eve Resolutions.  Do you?  Does this situation sound familiar?

You’re having a casual conversation with someone at the party and suddenly they ask you,

“What are your New Year’s Resolutions?”

Without anything pre-planned, you answer with something off the top of your head like

“Lose 10 pounds this year.”  or  “Grow my business.”


There was no real thought to the sudden announcement of your goal.  It just came out of your mouth.  The fact that you said it, means it’s probably a goal you have been consciously, or subconsciously, thinking about.  Unless….  you heard someone else say it and you were just looking for an easy answer—especially if you had no goals in mind.


Goals at New Year's Eve Party

New Year’s Eve Resolutions are the worst idea for 90% of the people.


The right time:

 Eric Lofholm, a sales expert, does his yearly planning and even teaches free marketing and sales planning sessions in December of every year.

Either the days just before New Year’s Eve, or the first week after New Year’s Eve, are a great time to set your goals than on New Year’s Eve.   As long as you are thinking about your goals with some serious thought, it can be the right time for you. That means you take a piece of paper and write your goals down, seriously weighing them in your mind.  Or you can weigh them on paper by giving them a score of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest.  This can tell you whether a goal is something you really want to achieve this year.  If you are seriously thinking about your goals, then this might be the right time for you to plan your goals.

goals, New Year's Eve 2018


So if you like to plan in January, when will you choose to plan your real goals–

Before or after New Year’s Eve?

Let me know in the comments below.


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Control Your Mail

It was our second Sunday meeting.  When I first saw her office, I was amazed at the banks and banks of 4-drawer lateral file cabinets on every wall.  I was used to a company having banks and banks of file cabinets, but not one person’s office.


I don’t know why I didn’t expect it.  After all I knew she was research scientist.

(So we will call her Marie after Marie Curie. I like to keep client names confidential.)  Marie was a Ph.D.  She already had several patents, but she was a paper warehouse.


Even after our third meeting, when she admitted she had stashed away 16 boxes full of mail, I didn’t flinch.  We just had to move to a conference room with a large table and dig through the boxes.


Hopefully you don’t have 16 banker boxes of mail, but one of the fastest ways to control your mail, is to eliminate what you don’t need in the first place – both paper and electronic mail.


Getting mail you either don’t want wastes your time.  So you need to get off mailing lists that you really don’t care about or aren’t reading.  Digitally, you can unsubscribe.  Just be careful not to unsubscribe from someone from whom you bought a program.  If you do, you will lose access to that program.


If you aren’t reading mail you’re getting, stop getting it. Most magazines or catalog companies will be happy to take you off their list — It saves them both printing and postage costs.  Just call them.  It’s worth 2 minutes of your time, and it comes off faster if you give them the information they put on your mailing label, like your customer account number.


Here’s some places you can go online to stop direct mail offers and get off some lists:

  1. To stop direct mail of magazine subscriptions, credit offers, catalogs, bank offers, and retail promotions– complete the form at the Direct Marketing association,
  2. For unwanted credit or insurance offers, see OptOut
  3. For unwanted advertising, complete the National Do Not Mail

Your own email service may have a spam folder as well.   (Always check- some things get marked as spam that are not.)

How’s your mail situation?




Fall Organizing

It’s fall.  When it cools off, it’s time to refresh.  The summer heat is gone.  The cool, crisp air of Autumn gives you a chance to think clearer.  The colorful nature of the leaves reminds you of change.  Plus you don’t have that freezing  cold feeling of winter or feel closed in.  Instead you have that open feeling  and might even notice that you move quicker than you did in the summer.  That’s why I recommend this time of year to get organized.


This is a time to consider organizing:

  • organizing your office,
  • organizing your home,
  • organizing your time.

I don’t recommend tackling all 3 of these at once.  Choose one at a time.

Which one is more important for you to organize?

Office Organizing

Organizing your office may be more important than organizing your home so you can leave your work at the office, and go home and relax.  You’ll be more pleasant to your family if you’re less stressed from a day at work when you arrive home. And you’ll be more refreshed to return to work the next day if you have taken time to relax at home and enjoy your family.


Home Organizing

Or you may be someone to whom organizing your home is more important so you can go to work without being stressed out first thing in the morning.  You can get dressed faster by organizing your closet, and feel better walking through your home if it’s not cluttered.  You will arrive happier at work rather than starting the day with stress due to your home clutter.   Plus when you arrive home after work, the state of a messy home may strain family relationships, which in turn might affect a good night’s sleep and snowball into a stressed work day.


Time Organizing

Or you might be someone whose stress level rises as more and more items pile on your plate and you need to organize your time.  Planning a better schedule for what you need to do both at work and at home may be more important than physical organization for you.  Learning to set priorities and focus on the important items can relieve your mental stress and make you happier.


Which of these areas is the most important for you to work on now?

Are you Prepared?

Sorry for your losses and speedy recovery physically and emotionally to all the people who have gone through the hurricanes recently.

Think about it.  You might not have been a hurricane victim, but are you prepared if you are ever in an emergency?

Whether it would be due an earthquake, tornado, hurricane, forest fire or flood and you were going to have to evacuate your residence that might not be there when you returned, what would you take?  Seriously think about it.


In an emergency, what items would you take?

If you were in an emergency situation, what would you take?

What are the 5 most important items you would grab if you were in an immediate hurry?







What are the most important items that would fit in your car trunk if you had more time?







Are you prepared to sit out anything for any length of time?

Do you have extra canned food?

Do you have a non-electric can opener?

Do you have food that doesn’t need refrigeration or electric or gas cooking?


I know I’d grab my purse with IDs and credit cards and if time permitted more important documents from a safe.

I’d also want key electronics:   cell phone, laptop, hard drive and USB sticks that have some data not on the laptop and cords for all of those.

And I’d certainly grab some clothes and jackets as well as water bottles.

Our cars always have flashlights, but that’s as prepared as we are if we weren’t home.

It’s one reason my father taught me from the day I was 16 and drove a car:

  • Never go below ¼ tank of gas
  • Always keep a spare $20 in my wallet in a separate section for emergencies.

You may think it will never happen to you, but you just don’t know.

The Girl Scout and Boy Scout mottos are:     Be Prepared. 

Are you?




When is the Last Time you Took a Break?

“Summer time, and the living is easy”.         ( Sung by Ella Fitzgerald)

          “Summer time, and the living is slow. “       (my words)


Summer time.

It is hot outside in the US.  A time when we’re lazier because of the heat, and a time we considered “break time” from age 5-22.      (no school = play time)


With the advent of technology, you would think we would have more time.  However, our To Do Lists just keep getting longer,  and    l  o  n  g  e  r

and  ….    l      o      n     g     e      r.


We can’t just keep pushing and pushing.  Our minds need a mental break during the day, and our a complete break once in awhile to really recharge.  In fact studies show we can be more productive when we take breaks.  That’s why there are new “break” techniques like the Pomodoro method:  Session: Work 25 minutes, break 5 minutes.  Repeat.   After 4 of these work sessions take a longer break of 15-30 minutes. The whole point is to break up the work day by taking a break.


We need longer breaks to really recharge.  It’s something we rarely do.  This could be anything from a week’s vacation to a weekend getaway to just an hour bike ride.




Can’t get away?  So here’s some ideas for you, even if you can’t take a vacation.  And some of these you can even accomplish during your workday.  Take your pick, but recharge yourself!


Change Your Scenery.

If you can’t take a long vacation, at least go somewhere that isn’t a store – preferably in nature, even a park or a historic site.  Relax and enjoy the change of scenery.



Read a novel.   

You don’t have to read it all at once; you can break it up over the course of a week or two.  I often carry a paper book with me (or read an electronic  book on my cell phone) while waiting anywhere:  doctor’s offices, riding as a passenger in our car, or while my husband shops at hardware stores!!!


Play your favorite game.

If you don’t have someone to play with you, try a game of Solitaire or even Boggle against a timer.


Keep a puzzle book handy. 

I love Word Searches.  I’m not so good at Crosswords or Sudoku, but maybe you are.

I keep a Word Search book in the car at all times; I never know when a few errands with my husband turns into 3-4 hours I didn’t know about.


Color or Paint.

Coloring books are now for adults too.  Try one!  And if you don’t want to buy one, pick up a kid’s coloring book.  Or maybe you like to paint – even if it’s paint by numbers or water color. (The joy of being a grandma and having kid’s art activities.)


Go for a walk or a hike.

When’s the last time you paid attention to the birds or flowers in your area? Take a walk or hike and consciously use your 5 senses to see the world around you.


Be sporty.

Jog, run, swim, golf, play tennis, shoot some basketballs, ride a bike, skate, ski, play baseball or football or soccer, or go canoeing.  (What do you say for Archery – shoot an arrow?)


Work on a hobby.  (Somehow that sounds like an oxymoron —  Play at your hobby.)

Do you like to draw, paint, knit, sew, write poems, garden, do woodworking, build models?  When’s the last time you played at your hobby?  (The picture below is my hobby.)


Take a nap!!


Whatever you choose to do,

take a Break Today —

maybe even 2 or 3 breaks!


Comment and tell me what you did to Take A Break today!

And I hope you took some breaks for the 4th of July Holiday weekend!

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