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Strategies for Avoiding Holiday Stress

The 5 Steps to Organizing process as it applies to your Holiday schedule:
#1 Strategize  List all your holiday activities that you want to do
ACTIVITY                                                                 WHEN 1.______________________________________________ 2.______________________________________________ 3.______________________________________________ 4.______________________________________________ 5.______________________________________________
List everyone that is on your gift list and your budget for each.
NAME                           GIFT IDEAS                      BUDGET 1.______________________________________________ 2.______________________________________________ 3.______________________________________________ 4.______________________________________________ 5.______________________________________________   
#2 Prioritize Work from the above list and eliminate the activities you and your family do not wish to continue.Eliminate the activities that are in your “should” cate…

D.E.C.I.D.E.

A serious contender for why clutter and disorganization occur is an inability to easily make decisions about where to put things and what things to keep.
How do you decide where to put your stuff?What stuff do you not know where to put it away?
If this is a challenge for you, try the D.E.C.I.D.E. model to determine what to do with items that are cluttering your environment: Ddefinewhen and where you use the item. E = establish the criteria for whether or not to keep the item (i.e. do you use it, do you love it, is it beautiful. etc.). C = consider all the alternatives of not keeping the item (i.e. can you borrow it or easily replace it later if you do need it). I = identify the best placement for where to keep the item based on use. D = develop and implement a 

Products I Love - Time Timer

Timers have numerous beneficial uses such as to reduce hyper-focusing (something I do). Or, to set a limit on how long to do something i.e. time spent on the internet.
I use the Time Timer app every morning to focus on my critical task for the day.  It is available as a desktop timer in various sizes http://www.timetimer.com/ and its disappearing red disk is helpful to: Teach children the concept of elapsed time Manage the stress of transitions by showing “how much longer”Make homework and practice time more productive Reduce conflict in family and household routinesIncrease productivity by breaking projects into manageable segments Keep meetings, appointments, and events on time and moving forward
Do you use a timer? If you do, what do you primarily use it for?