Nothing motivates me like a to-do list. Those empty check boxes just call to me until I complete each task. I love making each checkmark and I feel so productive when the list is complete. So what better way to start the day than with a checklist and if I prepare it the night before, I actually sleep better too! I wake up already energized, knowing that I have a plan for the day.
Each night before bed, just like brushing my teeth, I create my to-do list. I transfer all the things I didn’t finish that day and add the tasks for the next one. I number the items in order of importance. Now my day has some sort of direction and purpose. This is a simple nighttime task which takes so little time, but makes my work day so much more efficient.
Download my free to-do list or check out my Things to Do notepad under products and begin creating your list tonight!
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Our closets are a convenient way to hoard stuff. After all, we can keep shoving stuff in there and then we close the door, hiding all the clutter. Because we don’t have to look at it, we avoid dealing with it. No one likes to clean out a closet! It can be uncomfortable because sometimes we don’t even know what is in there! But have no fear, this blog is just about dealing with your clothes. If you have other stuff in your closet that needs sorting, be sure to read my post about how to sort stuff (Tip #2).
Our clothes . . . are not just ordinary stuff. We wear them and form attachments to them. We either love the way they feel or look on us. We have favorites and our comfies. We have the must-haves or the formals. We hang on to more than we need because in the back of our minds we want to have just the right outfit for a special event. We also change sizes throughout the year, or at least most of us do, and so we are afraid to get rid of anything.
Years ago, I read an article about organizing clothes and it said if you haven’t worn an item within the last year, you probably aren’t going to wear it at all. I even extended this to two years. Now you are probably thinking, “Oh that’s not me! I wear everything in my closet.” I thought that too, until I started going through piece-by-piece. Every time I found something I hadn’t worn, I realized it was something that didn’t feel good on me, so I would choose something else to wear instead.
Go through your closet and eliminate the clothes that you don’t feel good wearing. Easy right? You will be left with your favorites and getting dressed in the morning will become easier because you won’t have to weed through all the stuff you don’t like. Thin your wardrobe. Make your life simpler. And you will be happier.
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As a kid, my favorite thing to do was doodle. In fact, I doodled through school, high school, and college. Those long lectures and note taking were only tolerable because I doodled all around the margins. And I am still a doodler! I prefer doodling to using a coloring book where you have a predetermined drawing to fill in. There is such a movement now to color as a means to helping someone relax and clear their head, but coloring is actually more stressful for me. I prefer the good old-fashioned doodle anytime.
Take a white piece of paper and your favorite coloring tool – crayons, markers, pastels, or pencils. Then just start doing what you feel like. Make a circle or any shape or no shape at all. Just play. At first it might be difficult but I guarantee that if you let go and just add color, you will reignite that creative spirit within.
If this is difficult for you to do, remind yourself that you can throw your paper away when you are done. Do this exercise several days in a row and see if it helps to inspire your creativity or to just relax and put a smile on your face!
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Our lives are so busy. We hurry around jumping from one task to the next that sometimes we forget to take time for ourselves to just sit. It is no wonder some cultures have a siesta or afternoon break. More of us could learn from this practice and probably should incorporate our own quieting event into our day. For me, I like to pour myself a cup of tea. A cup of tea is an inviting way to say, “Let’s relax and take a seat.” Whether your cup of tea is a quiet moment for yourself or a shared experience with a friend, put the tea kettle on. Enjoy the quiet and allow yourself the opportunity to breathe.
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