Relationships struggle, sometimes dissolve, employees and co-workers have issues, sports teams struggle to work together, coaches quit, friends get sick, the washing machine breaks - you know that moment when you just want to shut down and not be an adult? Yeah, I thought so - me, too!
I'm a fixer. When a challenge presents itself my first instinct is to fix it. As I've gotten older (and hopefully wiser) I've come to realize that some issues can't be fixed - at least by me. The best thing I can do is just listen and be there. That comes with a personal price - sometimes there is so much listening going on that I feel like I'm suffering from Drama Trauma! That's my sign that the mental clutter is too much and it's time to check out! Here are my top 3 ways to take care of me so I can be there for others:
1. Literally "check out" from electronics for at least an hour - no phone, computer, tablet - nothing that dings, whistles, vibrates, or otherwise indicates that there is possibly a need that needs fixing!
2. Practice some self care - a good cup of coffee, a pedicure, a massage (now that's a LOVELY indulgence) - we are SO worth it!
3. Listen....to myself! What is my mind and body telling me? I write it down, get it out of my head, and then try to take action to meet my own needs.
Do you suffer from Drama Trauma? Please feel free to comment - I'd love to hear what you do to combat it - and maybe we can support and learn from each other!
Are you ready to say goodbye to 2015 for good? You have your taxes filed, with copies and back up documentation neatly filed away.....or is it? Between the paperwork for taxes and the hodgepodge of other documents we tend to hibernate in our offices and on our desks, it can be challenging to know what to do to tame the piles.
One of the most frequent questions I hear is, "What papers do I need to keep?" I've developed a downloadable "How Long Do I Need This?" paperwork guideline just for you! Get your copy HERE. It's helpful to keep the guidelines near your filing system. And if you're still looking for a system to tame the papers, check out my other posts or give me a call!
As always, if you have specific questions about the necessity of keeping certain papers please check with your accountant and/or legal counsel.
The U.S. income tax filing deadline is looming - are you ready? April 15th (or this year April 18th) is a date that strikes dread in the hearts of Americans. Even the carrot of a possible refund isn’t enough to motivate most of us to proactively tackle the paperwork in a timely fashion.
If you haven’t started your tax preparation, START NOW! Clear a space on the table or floor (one that doesn’t need to be used for a few days), grab a recycling container (or garbage can), a timer, and your pile/bin/box of papers. Set the timer for 15 minutes and proceed to do a quick sort of as much paper as you can on your flat space, being sure to weed out any non-essential papers.
If you are still gaining ground when the timer goes off, continue! If you are spinning your wheels then walk away and come back later – set the timer and continue where you left off in the last round. And when you're ready to get more organized so next year doesn't feel like such a rush, then give me a call and we'll get your paper-trail on the right track!
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Tammy Schotzko is a Certified Professional Organizer who