Where does the time go? It is already August, kids are prepping for fall sports, and parents are scrambling to have a few last adventures in summer and still get the family ready for school. Get the school year off to a smooth and smart start - and keep it that way - with a few tips and tricks from my article over at Smead Organomics. And while you are there, check out all the other cool organizing stuff they have - it's a great resource!
It's back to school time....even for me! I love the fall, I love the feel of the turn of the seasons, I love the freshness and optimism of a new school year....and office supplies....I love office supplies! So even though I might not be boarding the yellow bus, I'm off to learn as much as I can!
What does back to school mean for me? I'm excited to be attending the Institute for Challenging Disorganization's 2016 annual conference this month. Although I've been a member for 4 years this is only my second time attending the conference. Our sessions are intense and packed full of information to support organizers moving their clients forward. Sessions I'll be attending include:
* Reclaiming Space and Life - Engaging and Working Collaboratively with Individuals with Hoarding Issues
* The Science of Being Happy and Productive at Work
* What else could it be? The role of mental illness in clients with disorganized lives
See? This isn't fluffy stuff, my friends!
Not familiar with the Institute for Challenging Disorganization? Check them out - they have wonderful publications and resources like tele-classes and the clutter hoarding scale for the public, as well as specialized training for their members.
Have something you'd like me to look into for you? A question I can answer? Please share below and I'll get back to you!
School doors are opening once again and soon parents everywhere will be asking questions such as:
Student Learning Styles – And How They Affect Student Organization Skills
We all have unique learning styles, and for students these can be even more pronounced. The way we learn affects our abilities to take in and retain information, as well as organize our thoughts. There are three major learning styles – and lots of ways we can encourage our kids to use their styles to their advantages.
Visual Learners – This learning style represents the largest portion of learners. Students who thrive on visual learning benefit from seeing information and making visual connections.
Auditory Learners – These students retain information best when they hear it presented, such as listening to someone read, give a lecture, or by having a conversation.
Kinesthetic Learners – These are the kids who might seem fidgety in their seats or be prone to wander around when you’re begging them to “focus”. However, their brains are wired to benefit from movement – and for them learning and focus require a body in motion.
For more information about how to identify your child’s learning style – and how to turn that into an asset for their organization skills when heading back to school, be sure to listen to this great Smead podcast by Kathy Jenkins! What are your tips for helping your kids get organized for school and homework?
Welcome to August....and National Immunization Awareness Month - which goes hand in hand with back to school readiness! Now, I don't want to debate whether immunizations are necessary or not - each camp has its right to its opinion. For those who do choose to immunize, keeping records of immunizations shouldn't be just a shot in the dark.
Whether we're talking about your toddler or you are tracking your own healthcare (yep - adults get immunizations, too!), knowing where to find those records is important. Schools and sport teams need access to this information. Adults have their own lists of immunizations, too, for the shingles vaccine and more, and you never know when you're going to need access to this information on short notice.
When my kids were younger we got little booklets to record the type and date of immunizations, as well as the name of the Dr. who gave them. I kept them in the file cabinet under each of their names, along with other medical information.
In the digital age, we have a plethora of options! Parents can use the little booklet the Drs are still handing out, or use an online printable like the ones provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - they can be printed out or saved as a PDF and filed as such. And, of course, there are many apps for tracking immunizations, such as Shots (love the logo with the needle - NOT!). The Shots app has the complete set of vaccine schedules from the CDC, along with up to date information about risks, adverse reactions, contraindications, etc.
No matter how you choose to record immunizations, remember WHERE you keep them, and keep them up to date. Healthcare record keeping shouldn't be a shot in the dark!
These past few months I've been surrounded by inspiring, reliable, hard working, detailed oriented, creative women helping provide eco-friendly cleaning for the Bemidji area. Unfortunately for us, working with We Love Messes was a summer gig for some of them - the classroom and their students are their true calling.
Please indulge me while I give them a shout out, and a huge THANK YOU! Lisa M not only got married this summer (so is no longer Lisa M but Lisa G) but is working with the MN Reading Corp program at Central Elementary. Lisa O (the "other Lisa" as she is sometimes affectionately referred to) returns to the Blackduck School District, as does our Justine. And Krista returns to her dance studio, Fusion Dance and Fitness Center, where her students await her.
Each one of these women have an incredible gift for imparting knowledge in a caring way to their students. If you are a parent with one (or more) of these ladies in your child's life consider yourself, and your child, very lucky!
Ladies - Lisa M, Lisa O, Justine and Krista - I humbly thank you for your rockstar performances this summer, and look forward to having you back next summer!
YESSSSSSS....you can almost hear the collective exhalation of parental relief as the kids head off to the start of another school year. Don't miss my article at Smead Organomics on how to get the year off to a smooth start, and how to keep it that way. And while you are there, check out all the other cool organizing stuff they have - it's a great resource!
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Tammy Schotzko is a Certified Professional Organizer who