Nov 20, 2013
The size of families varies and the number of gifts we buy varies as well. This may be a great tip for you or it may just be a little bit over the top. If it is, apologies; however, our organising community is varied, so it is important to help and support everyone.
I have a friend who likes to wrap all her presents Christmas Eve so this may not apply to you at all. I prefer to get my sleep Christmas Eve, so I like to have my gifts wrapped early.
I have created what I refer to as a “gift wrapping zone” in our house. It is all set up and ready this time of year with sticky tape, wrapping paper, bags, ribbons, pens and gift cards.
Having the gift...
Nov 13, 2013
This week, it is time to finalise the Christmas menu or menus. That depends on how many Christmas functions you have to hold or attend.
Designing the Menu
Designing the menu provides you the opportunity to actually give someone an item or items to bring along when they ask “What can I bring?” When people offer, they are genuine about helping and it is important to allow them to feel that they are contributing to the day.
I do this all the time. We have dinner parties with friends a number of times a year and we all bring something which makes it so much easier for the person who is holding the event. Someone brings entrée, another one brings salad’s, someone else a fruit platter and someone else chocolates. Easy to...
Nov 6, 2013
November is here. We are approaching the end of the year and as we know Christmas is just around the corner.
What is amazing is, at this time of year, we start to put deadlines on ourselves. For some reason, many tasks, projects and plans have to be completed by the end of the year. These deadlines can create an increase in stress and tension that can leave us exhausted before we even get to the end of the year.
Take a moment to think about what your true deadlines are. That can bring things back into perspective for some people, not everyone of course. Are there any of these goals that you want to complete by Christmas that you could perhaps move the completion date to mid-January? If so, then...
Oct 30, 2013
It is time to think about Christmas catch up with the family. There are so many versions of “family” in this modern era that Christmas Day can involve more co-ordination than a military mission.
So take time now to get the conversation started about where Christmas breakfast, lunch and dinner will be held. Who will be there? What to bring? How does that work in with everyone’s extended family?
Then of course Christmas planning has to consider some family issues (or problems) like Uncle George’s drinking problem. Maybe have a brunch rather than a dinner where fresh juice and tea and coffee and the drinks on the menu. If one of your relatives is negative, perhaps this year give everyone a card that has a conversation starter on it. Making sure...
Oct 23, 2013
I am big on reducing clutter as many of my newsletter community would be aware of. It seems that we are drowning in clutter. Our children have too many toys, we have too many things. Did you know that we live in bigger houses with less people and we are still overflowing?
I mentioned about clutter-free shopping a couple of weeks ago. I would love it if we could focus on giving memories and experiences rather than clutter this Christmas.
The thing about always giving tactile (or physical) gifts is that we have to store them. Many attendees at my “DeClutter and Take Back Control” Workshops talk about how they can’t get rid of (insert item here) because it was a gift.
I honestly believe that when we give a gift, we...
Oct 16, 2013
For some reason, there are so many people we need to catch up with at the end of the year. Why we have this logic, I don’t know. It is something that seems to be part of the festive season traditions that have been established.
Take some time this week to think about who you want to spend your time with in the lead up to Christmas. Then make the calls (emails or SMS) to book the dates, preferably in October and November rather than cramming it all into December.
You will find that catching up with your friends earlier means you are all more relaxed and can enjoy the occasion. You are not overloading yourself with too much food and will actually enjoy the catch up.
Some other considerations for your...
Oct 9, 2013
Gifts are a big part of Christmas for many families, although not so much for others. There is no right or wrong; however, this article will focus on elements of gift giving.
If you are crafty and you like to make your Christmas gifts, now is the time to start thinking about what you are going to make, the materials you need and start shopping for them. Some gifts may have to be made closer to the gift giving date; however, for the other gifts, it may be wise to start making them now.
Many people set a budget for their Christmas spending. If you do, then it is time to plan what your Christmas budget is going to be. There are a number of ways to set a Christmas budget....
Oct 2, 2013
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, so it should be enjoyed. Instead, so many people I meet feel overwhelmed and exhausted by the time we get to Christmas Day.
My videos, articles, Twitter and Facebook updates for the next three months are going to relate to steps we can take to enjoy Christmas. If you have any additional advice and tips that I miss, it would be fantastic to email me and let me know so that we can spread the ripple effect of helping our community enjoy the festive season.
For many of you that have attended my “Systematise Yourself to a Productive Day” would have heard about the term “chunking”. Chunking is when you take a big task and break it down into smaller steps.
That is what...
Sep 25, 2013
Have you ever had a problem that you were unsure how to solve? You know there has to be a solution somewhere; however, the more you think about it, the further away the best answer seems to be.
There is one saying that is useful in this situation and that is “sleep on it”. It is a fantastic idea! It means just let your unconscious thoughts work away at finding a solution.
Another great idea that I love is when I have a problem and I just don’t have the time or shouldn’t be investing the time in trying to solve that problem immediately. I may have a presentation to give or an important meeting to attend to.
When this occurs and I am unable to give a problem or situation the...
Sep 18, 2013
“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, and no regrets.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
There are basically two big excuses we all utilise:
The first one is: I can’t really help the way I am; after all, people can’t change their DNA.
What a great excuse this is. It easily excuses you from your behaviour. When you use these kind of excuses, you can place blame onto so many other people like your parents, your siblings, your grandparents, your teachers, your coaches.
However, guess what? It’s not that good an excuse after all. Research has shown that we actually do change and that approximately 95 percent of us do not have genetic reasons for illness, depression, fear, and many other conditions.
The second excuse is...