If you’re like me you work hard and love it, yet one day plan to downsize your to-do list and possessions so that you can enjoy more time doing the things that you enjoy as you move into your golden years. I feel it is important to avoid stress in retirement and although retirement solutions are not necessarily a topic I focus on in this blog, I have this helpful article to share with you which offers some very helpful advice for a more enjoyable and stress free retirement…
Avoid stress in your retirement
In particular, consideration should be given to living arrangements post-retirement. An option to consider is living in a retirement community. Not only does such a community provide the type of support and security that seniors require, but it can also save them money, which, in itself, is an important consideration to factor into retirement planning.
Planning properly for retirement well in advance affords people the opportunity to think through what they will need and to discuss the options with other family members.
When it comes to choosing a retirement community, visit as many as possible to see what is available and to compare one facility to the next.
A key factor in moving into a retirement community is safety and security, so asking about specific safety and security arrangements is vital.
To get a feel for what a retirement community will be like to live in, ask current and former residents and families about their opinions and the experiences they have had.
The benefits that come from living in a retirement community are plentiful, both in terms of finance and health. In general, the cost of maintaining an independent home will be greater than the cost of moving to a retirement community. Indeed, the cost of maintaining a home can become increasingly burdensome as people age and those jobs that seniors were once able to do themselves have to be done by hired help. In a retirement community environment, the costs associated with maintenance and repairs are split between the residents. Utility costs can also fall significantly, as the retirement community can obtain a bulk plan for utility purchases.
1. Set time to work and avoid distractions. If you work from home set office hours and talk to any family about respecting this time. Allowing oneself to get distracted by household chores or passing conversations can really take a bite at productivity.
2. Prioritize your tasks and make a 'To Do" list everyday. Break your tasks down based on their Value and Deadline so you can easier gage what your top priorities are. As well as having this To-Do list, take time to schedule your tasks into the calendar or planner. Getting real about time and when you will do it makes it more likely that you will get it done on time.
3. Plan your week on Sunday. When making your plan for the week, try to group 'like' tasks together. If you have errands and tasks that can be grouped together you can save a lot of time. Take up to a 1/2 hour on Sunday to review on paper what your obligations are for the week ahead, this is one of the best organizing strategies.
4. Create filing systems (Paper and Electronic) that suit your needs. Everyone is a little different in they way the process information. When it comes to file systems, although for the most part they can be similar, there are lots of variations in setting them up. There are even choices to be made when it comes to what you keep as 'paper' and what you keep 'electronically.' Regardless of the system you use, it must be easy to maintain and allow you to find what you need quickly.
5. Dedicate space for your business. If you have an actual office, a converted closet, a spare bedroom or an office nook in the kitchen, the space needs to be dedicated to business. A place where you can work on your tasks and have what you need close at hand, avoiding distractions.
6. Become a student of Organization. If you don't already have a file or a 'favorites' folder on organizing, maybe now is a good time to start one. Read articles and books on time management and organization. Attend seminars, telecasts and try to get your hands on as much good material on this subject as you can. To ingrain the material into your subconscious you should go over the materials 6-8 times.
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It's summer time and really hot here on the west coast of Canada. No doubt it's hard to think about the school year starting again when we're just trying to stay cool and make the best of this heat wave!
'Back to school' will be right around the corner, soon enough however, and there are lots of things parents can do ahead of time to reduce the stress that is sure to bubble up as the first day of school approaches.
Here are my top 11 picks for this years 'Back to School' Pre-Planning Checklist.
1. Update Your Calendar
Get a copy of the school calendar and note all days off, early release dates, meet-the-teacher nights and any sport event dates of interest. Put everything in one calendar for yourself (or shared family calendar) that shows your work, events, holidays, school dates, etc. Build in your vacations and time off. Make a note of the dates you'll need off and send in your time-off requests. Do this asap so you can be first in line to get the time you need as much as possible.
2. Think Back to Plan Ahead.
Did things go perfectly according to plan last year? I doubt it, as what they say about "Life is what happens when we are busy making other plans" tends to hold true for most of us. While making your plans for the year ahead consider what you could do differently this year to make things go smoother.
3. Arrange for Sunday Night Planning Sessions
You have your calendar, yet things change and it's good to be flexible. Before your busy weeks starts sit down as family and discuss your plans for the week ahead. Consider timing and logistics of events coming up and plan to prepare for things as far ahead as possible. (For example: if you have an exceptionally busy day coming, see if you can prepare meals, wardrobe and other things the night before, then build this time into your schedule too.)
5. Make a Sick-Day Game Plan
If you use a sitter, plan ahead and book time with them. If you’re using an after-school program, make sure you’ve paid all necessary deposits, arranged transportation if applicable and know the process for the first day of after-school care. It’s also important to know the program policies on early release days, snow days, school closings.
4. Plan Care and After-school Services
Working parents know the challenges of getting a call from the school nurse when they can’t get away from their work. First, get to know the schools policy as there may be forms to fill out ahead of time. Line up a trusted care provider, another trusted parent, or babysitter that could help you in a pinch
6. Stock Up Supplies
Some schools will provide a list of school supplies your child may need. Take a copy and create your list of what you will need. Take an inventory of what you have before buying more and put your list in your smart phone or write it out, yet be sure to get it ready in time to shop. (Check out this great little planner from ListPlanIt to get you started)
7. Create a Homework Centre
8. Create a Morning Launch Pad
Some of the best advise I've heard includes thoughts on teaching children how they can be more responsible. Create a designated spot where school things like backpacks and lunch boxes always go, so you can avoid last-minute scrambles in the morning.
Click back to this post to "Create a Central Station to Conquer the Morning Mayhem"
9. Back Up the Lunch Money
If your school offers a school lunch account, put some money in it before school starts.
10. Clear Closet Clutter
Pull out all of the clothing your child no longer fits into, or no longer likes and donate them. Having extra space makes putting clothes and shoes away allot easier.
Go through what's left and make a list of what you'll need to shop for.
11. Stock the Freezer
If you have meals you can make and freeze in advance, do so, especially if you want to save yourself some unnecessary stress later. I've heard you can even freeze some types of sandwiches in advance too. I am sure a Google search can provide you with some creative ideas, if you are so inclined.
If you have any back-to-school tips that have worked for you, I'd love to hear them. Good luck all of you in the new school year!
by Ella Andrews
Did you recently move house and you cannot stand the look of that dull bathroom? Or are you just sick of looking at the same old stale bathroom at your old place? Either way, the room needs some serious refreshing done. And there can be as many ideas to do so as your imagination allows. You simply need to sit down and sift through the different options and ideas to make the perfect bathroom for you and your family. Here are some tips on how to do just that.
Start applying ideas after you have a clean bathroom. You might even want to clean it up before the ideas start – the need for repairs may arise as well after all is clean and shiny, and all the flaws become obvious. Gear up, equip yourself with a mop, sponge, wipe, and cloth, and some cleaning products and wipe away at the dirt and grease. If you do not have the patience or time to do it, there is a simpler solution – hire a trustworthy house cleaning company to do it for you. Professional household cleaners will do the job faster than you, though it will cost you. While at it, think about doing a whole house cleaning as well. Domestic cleaning is a tough job, so why not let somebody else do it.
Now think about what goes where. Since this is the bathroom, you have a limited amount of options – sponges and shampoos go near the bathtub or near shower stands or racks, toothbrushes and paste go on the sink or in the cabinet above it; mirrors go above the sink; and toilet paper goes near the toilet bowl. Basic and simple.
This is where the ideas come in. You might be an eccentric that wants more mirrors for a more spacey feel for the room. Or why not a different-colored bathroom than the usual white/gray/blue ones. The options for variety are many.
You may think practical as well. Add a small cabinet near the toilet bowl to store more paper in case somebody forgets to place a new roll after finishing the last one. Have more space in the cabinet for toothpaste so that you can store more tubes and spare yourself the time and effort of going to the convenience store or supermarket. Place a curtain around your showering area to prevent the splashes of water to wet your whole bathroom while showering. Add a colorful curtain as well. Make the place more vibrant.
If you want to make the bathroom a safer place, put some handles around the areas that get easily wet – mostly around the shower or bathtub. A small handle on the wall can be the difference between a clumsy recovery and a nasty spill to the floor.
It is generally a good idea to have a cabinet where you can store all the bathroom-related items: bars of soap and shampoos, toiler paper, cleaning products, etc. Have a separate corner for the cleaning gear, too: rubber gloves, mops, brushes, and so on.
Use your imagination to make the most practical bathroom you can have. Just make sure everything is safe and at arm’s length, and all is fine.
Time to get last year's tax documents processed. If the thought overwhelms you just follow this brief checklist and keep it simple.
Please enjoy these ideas gathered from 'The Disorganized Mind. Coaching your ADHD brian to take control of your time, tasks, and talents' by Nancy A. Ratey. Forward by John J. Ratey, co-author of 'Driven to Distraction'
This truly informative and inspiring book has a lot of great insights and strategies to share. Today I would like to share some great strategies taken from Nancy's chapter on 'Time Mismanagement'. I encourage everyone to check this book out soon to learn more on time and task management and to share it with others.
Hear the Passing of Time
Try wearing a sports watch that is set to beep every hour. You can also use a PDA and consider the vibrating feature if you like a silent alarm instead. This technique will help you become more conscious of time and the length of an hour.
Divide your day into 'Quadrants'
Sometimes too much detailed schedule planning is not the answer. If you don't react well to detailed time management systems try dividing up your day into sections and then plug in a list of a few goals to acomplish in each. For example, these blocks could be 9-11, 11-2 and 2-5.
See both the big and little pictures
Keep a monthly and a weekly calendar. This way you will see the larger picture while still having a view of your more pressing weekly commintments.
& Reward yourself along the way!