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Productivity and Sleep

Posted by on May 1, 2020

Would it surprise you to know that your sleep health is related to your overall daily productivity? That’s right. Being productive each day begins with a good night’s sleep.     The National Sleep Foundation provides these recommended guidelines for sleep:   Age Recommended hours of sleep 6-13 9-11 hours 14-17 8-10 hours 18-25 7-9 hours 26-64 7-9 hours     If you are consistently missing the mark on your required sleep it can negatively impact your energy level, memory retention, mood, muscle growth and tissue repair.   Much like when we were children, a regular...

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Everyone is Home! Making it Work.

Posted by on Apr 14, 2020

Our Lead Organizer at Organization Lane, has some first-hand insights to share with those of you who are working from home with young kids. She is deep in the trenches too and these strategies have been useful to her family.   Get dressed every morning. Walk around the block to get in the mind set of “going to work” Have an official start and end of workday time. Communicate those to your employer. Prioritize your work day by what is most important to get done. Do those tasks early and when your children are most predictably occupied; perhaps nap time or during a scheduled...

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Maintain Your Focus

Posted by on Mar 2, 2020

We live a world of distractions and stimulation that make constant demands for our attention. We may earnestly want to work on laundry, read a book or write an email but we are consistently interrupted by notification pings from our smart phone, computer, visits from family members or co-workers as well as our own procrastination diverting us from our daily goals. Research indicates that our brain will perform more effectively when we focus on only one task at a time. When we divide our attention between multiple tasks we are not giving either task 100% attention. This is the reason texting...

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Life Simplified

Posted by on Feb 1, 2020

In my organized opinion, living a simple life means less. Owning less stuff. Scheduling less on the calendar. Having less debt.   When you have less to distract you, your life and space become more open to the opportunity to focus on what matters most to you.   In last 5 years, I’ve had the privilege of working with Certified Life Coach, Maripat Abbott. She is the founder of More Peace Life Coaching and shares a consistent message of living a life with more peace, clarity and simplicity. She regularly inspires me to maintain a peaceful stance even when unpredictable issues may be...

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Gift Giving with Intention

Posted by on Dec 2, 2019

A few years ago, my husband and I were ready to make some changes to our gift giving traditions. We were interested in giving our kids experiences instead of things so we skipped the gifts under the tree and instead we took a family trip. We went on a 3-day cruise to the Bahamas. My kids tell us “it was the best Christmas ever!” The memories we made on that trip will last us a lifetime. So far, we’ve had the blessing of traveling to Las Vegas, Universal Studios, and we’ve even kept it local with a hotel stay in Pittsburgh on New Year’s Eve. However, we found that the trips can be expensive...

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Junk Drawer S.O.S.

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019

We all have one, two or three. In the kitchen, office, garage, anywhere. The proverbial junk drawer.   That drawer which can store everything from measuring tape to chewing gum and lots of other miscellaneous necessities that never seem to go together but are critical to helping you accomplish tasks in that particular room where the junk drawer is located.     Let’s take a closer look at cleaning out and setting up a successful office junk drawer.   Empty the Contents Random items can get tossed into junk drawer which do not belong but somehow find their way in this...

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