Are you overwhelmed by paper junk mail and want to make it stop? If so, you’re not alone. Junk mail is a huge waste of our natural resources.
Earlier this year, Worcester Envelope Company shared some fascinating junk mail statistics:
Junk mail isn’t good for anyone. In addition to the startling stats above, it’s also a huge time-waster. How many of you simply stack your incoming daily mail in a pile to go through “later”. (Not a habit I recommend but that’s a topic for a future post!). Perhaps you end up going through that pile several times dealing only with the urgent bills/mail as necessary and leaving the rest behind? The result forces you to go through that pile time and time again until you finally take action with every piece of mail… if you ever do! The time has finally come to put an end to junk mail so it never makes it into your mailbox in the first place. Below are some great tips found on usa.gov:
There’s also another popular option called Catalog Choice. They are passionate about helping protect natural resources and helping people simplify their lives. Use their service to cancel specific catalogs and other types of paper mail you no longer wish to receive. In fact, they recommend that users also sign up for DMA choice in tandem with their service to take their name off of prospecting lists because many catalog merchants share lists of personal information with other merchants. And best of all? Catalog Choice service is free!
I hope you take a few minutes to take action on some of these suggestions. By doing so, you’ll save time on the other end by not having junk mail to review and act on down the road.
“Imagine never having to sort through stacks of mail again… What would you do with your extra time?” ~ Author Unknown ~
Brenda Tringali, HR, Organizing & Productivity Specialist
At YourFingertips Organizing (www.AtYourFingertipsOrganizing.com)
Serving MA, NH, or "virtually" anywhere (via phone/video)
Did you know that the third full week in April (April 16-22, 2017) is National Organize Your Files Week. And I’m also willing to bet that you have some files at work and/or home that need organization and possibly purging?
What makes it even more special is the fact that Earth Day falls on Saturday, April 22 of the same week. So you’re probably asking yourself “what’s the connection?”. The connection is this… you can complete just 1 activity yet cross 2 things off your To Do list. The activity offers individuals the opportunity to empty file drawers AND fill recycling bins both at work and at home. THIS is how you can lose 10+ pounds in a week! :)
I started out as a Residential Organizer but then added Workplace Productivity to my portfolio of services. As a result, a large part of my business is paper management. I spend countless hours helping individuals sort through their paper and then figure out what to do with it.
Most often people let it accumulate for a number of reasons:
Here are a few easy tips to clean out your file systems at work and/or home:
“Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.” Barbara Hemphill
Brenda Tringali, HR, Organizing & Productivity Specialist for your Home or Workplace
At YourFingertips Organizing
Serving MA, NH, or "virtually" anywhere (via video)
Did you know that March is National Procrastination Month? Or did you know it and just put off doing anything about it?
According to Miriam Webster, to procrastinate is to put something off intentionally and habitually. The definition is so simple and to the point yet procrastination causes us much stress and anxiety in our daily lives. Many of us spend more time making up reasons/excuses to procrastinate the completion of a task/project than it would probably take to complete that same dreaded task/project. So the first question is why do we do it? And the second, possibly more challenging question is… how can we overcome it?
They say we procrastinate for a number of reasons. Here are just a couple of the popular culprits:
Though I could go on and on with more reasons why we do it, I think it’s more important to focus instead on “the fix”. While there’s no cure for procrastination, I think the fix is a process that can be applied to anything you want or need to accomplish. As with anything, the more you practice, these steps, the better you’ll become:
1. Pick just one project you want/need to get done but haven’t yet accomplished. Think about the end result and visualize the positives that you will experience once you complete the project. For example, if you feel overwhelmed by the large number of emails in your inbox and your goal is to take action on them once and for all (file, delete, delegate, etc.), I want you to visualize your inbox at 0 and the peace you’ll feel once accomplished and knowing that your important emails are "at your fingertips"! :)
2. Before you do anything else, make a list of the “Whys” and “Hows” you’ve procrastinated on this project in the past and then take it a step further and make a list of What You Plan To Do not if, but when these arise going forward: Here's just 1 example:
3. Make a list of each of the small tasks/steps needed to accomplish this project, training you could benefit from, supplies you need to purchase, etc. to make it happen. Arrange the list in priority order so you do the first task list first and tackle/complete the rest sequentially.
4. Estimate how long you think each of these steps will take and schedule time on calendar to complete each one… whether daily, weekly, etc. (I suggest daily if possible in order to gain traction, momentum and to finally get that damn project off your To Do list. I also suggest first thing in the morning to get it over with)!
5. Last but not least, as our friends at Nike say… “just do it”! Start w/ task #1 no matter how painful it is and once completed, move on to task #2 in accordance with your list and schedule on your calendar.
My hope is that this process becomes integrated into your life and becomes a habit. Also, I hope that the overwhelm that procrastination has caused you in the past is replaced by the feelings of empowerment and the confidence that you can accomplish just about anything!
Quote: “You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.” ~ Gordon Hinckley ~
Brenda Tringali, Organizing & Productivity Specialist for your Home or Workplace
At YourFingertips Organizing
Serving MA, NH, or "virtually" anywhere (via video)
Did you know that the 2nd Monday in February is National Clean Out Your Computer Day? As a result, I want to pass along 5 things you should do to honor this day AND your computer! If you’re anything like me, everything is stored in there (important documents, memorabilia, photos, contacts, etc.) so let’s show it the respect it deserves!
Before we start, I want you to think about a few things…
Here are my suggestions...
“I am thankful the most important key in history was invented. It’s not the key to your house, your car, your boat, your safety deposit box, your bike lock or your private community. It’s the key to order, sanity, and peace of mind. The key is ‘Delete’.” – Blayne Boosler
NAPOCares needs your help! As a Professional Home/Office Organizer, I belong to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). I’m also on their Social Responsibility Committee called NAPOCares!
Starting 09/01/16, the NAPOCares Committee kicked off a two (2) month Social Media campaign whose goal is to raise awareness about giving back to the community by donating the items people no longer want/need once they have decluttered/re-organized.
We're in need of folks to help us spread the word about this Fall Donation Drive called #NAPOCaresChallenge which takes place between 09/01/16 and 10/31/16!
What can you do between 9/01/16 and 10/31/16? It's as easy as 1-2-3!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!
Brenda Tringali, Professional Home/Office Organizer
At YourFingertips Organizing
Did you know that last Saturday was National Garage Sale Day? It falls on the 2nd Saturday of August each year! If you haven’t decluttered your garage/home/office, don’t worry… there’s still time. The good news is that it didn't have to be done by last Saturday and that you don’t have to have a garage sale. But the decluttering process has to be done. To me, having a garage sale is symbolic of freeing yourself of the physical and psychological things holding you back in life.
What I’ve learned from clients is that decluttering is one of these projects that’s overwhelming and as a result, it only gets done as a last resort. I’ve also learned that it stands in the way of so many things. Don’t let that happen to you. The goal of my blog is to inform you, motivate you and empower you to set goals and declutter the stuff that’s keeping you from achieving your goals.
They say we only use 20% of things we own… clothes, gadgets, appliances, technology, etc. I want you to think about all the valuable real estate in your garage/home/office that is being taken up by the remaining 80% of the stuff you no longer want/need/use. Now let’s take it one step further but I have to forewarn you… this could be painful. I want you to think about all the goals you've wanted to achieve but haven’t yet because your stuff is in the way. Let me give you a few “before" client examples before they hired me:
Instead of continuing to be victims, I educated and empowered these clients to take control of their lives. And I want to help you to do the same by offering a few suggestions:
1. Define 1-2 top SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) goals you want to attain, setting realistic deadlines to achieve them
2. Determine what physical items are standing in your way of you achieving those goals and start the decluttering process.. even if it’s just 15 minutes a day. As you declutter, decide what you’ll do with these items and group them together according to their future outcome (gift, sell, consign, donate, swap, upcycle, repurpose, yard/garage sale, etc.)
3. When you’re done decluttering, take the final step and remove these items from your garage/home/office to their final destination. Free up that valuable physical and emotional real estate. I can’t even begin to describe how freeing this is!
Start today! I don’t want you to lay your head on your pillow tonight feeling aggravated that yet another day went by without you moving one step closer to achieving your goal(s). Life is too short for self-loathing so let’s take this journey together. What goal do YOU want to achieve and what’s standing in YOUR way?
“A goal is a dream without a deadline.” Napoleon Hill
Quote of the Week:
“Get rid of clutter and you may find it was blocking the door you’ve been looking for.” ~ Katrina Mayer ~
I spent 30 years of my life in Human Resources, the last 15 of which were spent placing people in their dream jobs and helping clients find their dream employees. Was it satisfying? Yes! Was I successful? Wildly! Was it my passion? Yes.. for a while. But things change and people change. So a few years ago I took control of my life, decluttered it of what no longer brought me joy and focused on creating the new and improved Brenda Tringali, Professional Home/Office Organizer & Productivity Nerd. I discovered and opened a new door in my life!
Even though I’ve been doing this a while, I’m still learning, absorbing and growing. But I’m finally pursuing one of the things I was meant to do in life. I don’t consider myself an “expert” Organizer yet and I’m not sure when that switch will flip in my own mind. Will it be another 5, 10 or 15 years? I don’t know. But this I do know. Although I may not consider myself an expert due to the extremely high bar I set for myself, I do know that my clients consider me to be an expert. Why? Because I know a lot about organizing. Because they value and appreciate the fact that I can walk into their home and/or office, look at their stuff and help them figure out what to do with it so they can achieve their goals. Because I help them get “unstuck.”
There are various categories of people/stuff out there. Those who:
What category do YOU fall into? Let’s figure it out together. This is the first in a series of articles I’ll be writing about decluttering and productivity. I hope you’ll join me in my mission to help people simplify their lives and open new doors! But I need your help! PLEASE help me spread the word, educate and inspire by subscribing, following, sharing and/or liking me!