How To Find More Time In The Week And Have Less Stress

How To Find More Time In The Week And Have Less Stress

​What are the top tips to having more time in your week and less stress? Is that even
possible? Combine starting with determination, planning to be intentional, have a plan
then working the plan will all lead you toward being more productive and profitable like
nothing else! Allow me to show you how the Plan works with the help the weekly
calendar I developed (Private Message Me to get a copy you can use to plan each
week)

Start with a PLAN

Have more time for your passion in life by using this tool. It lets know where and how
much time to devote to each goal. Each week the goals you set may vary but they are:

Spiritual (meditation, reading, prayer),

Physical (so I don’t forget to set time aside to exercise),

Daily routines (morning hygiene, breakfast, dress, meal prep for day, commute),

Professional (meetings, training)

Relational (time children & grandchildren). Intellectual (reading each day, class),

Recreational (have fun and get out and laugh/can be combined with Relational),

Appointment (doctor, professional)

Chores (laundry, cleaning, gardening, pet care/exercise)

To Bed routine and lights out for the restorative sleep.

Each week varies and I decide where to devote blocks of my time. My goal is to set
aside 90-minute blocks to work in uninterrupted segments to get a project done or
articles written. I set a time and limit my online time, that way I don’t get carried away
and waste precious time.

Decide

The Top Tip is for you to take charge. Only then can steps be taken to be more
productive time in each week to increase your productivity profitability.

Be Intentional

Once the decision is made to capture more time each week, the intention to put habits
back in place regularly, some daily, which will help increase more calm in your life. For
instance, be consistent with your morning routine by getting in bed on time and the
move through the morning with each part being strategic in avoiding overwhelm to come
crashing down on you. For instance, it might help to start a load of laundry each night
before bed then move it to the dryer in the morning and fold and put it away each night.
That way you don’t run out of clean clothes. Same goes with a routine for trips to the
dry cleaner if that is something you do.

Be mindful of your habits, it is healthy to have those habits and move through them
during the day especially in the morning and evening. Skipping the habits leads to the
buildup of dirty dishes, dirty laundry, nothing to eat in the cupboards or refrigerator.
Build in regular trips to the gas station to fill up avoid seeing the big ‘E’ for the gas tank
as you get into your car.

Best Self-Measure for Being Organized

Honestly answer the question of “If you had to list your home for sale in 30 days could
you say, “Yes” without much stress? That means all the piles stacked along the
floorboards in halls and rooms are all addressed and put away. Items no longer needed
or used have been passed along to thrift stores that have a mission that aligns with your
heart. Your ‘stuff’ now is on the shelves in the thrift store to be sold or is sold already,
providing profit for the mission of the thrift store that warms your heart.

Years or decades of stuff that has accumulated has been edited down to make a move
less stressful for everyone.

Edit Years of Accumulated Stuff

Be intentional to move through each room of the home including the garage, attic and
basement to go through every drawer, cupboard, closet, shelf and stored box to
determine what can now be let go of to make any move less stressful. Keep only those
things truly needed and used. It takes time and commitment to move through that
process, so make an appointment with yourself for an hour or two as often as you can,
treat it just like a doctor’s appointment and do it. Whether it takes 2-4-6 months, or
longer you will get to the point where you can quickly answer, “Yes, I could list my home
in 30 days if something came up and I had to list my home”. Continue throughout your
life to continually let go of things no longer needed or used to avoid being a burden on
those charges with taking care of your possessions after your last breath.

Be Free

Feel the ‘load’ of overwhelm evaporate when the editing is done and you have less stuff
and better order in your week; be free and be ready for what shows up next in life,
because there is always something new coming. We can’t stop change.

Elisa Hawkinson
Professional Organizer | Author Calming Your Chaos | Leader of the Smooth Organizer Community
www.elisahawkinson.com

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Since 2000 Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson, author of Calming Your Chaos, has been teaching and training businesses and individuals to support anyone who is not naturally organized on a consistent basis to be just that. Her HOW2GetOrganized seminars, workshops, and speaking along with hands-on coaching and coaching by phone has evolved from her natural genetic bent for order. Efficiency, calm, productivity and profitability are increased with the help of HOW2 and Elisa.

 

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How Did you Learn to Navigate Life

How Did you Learn to Navigate Life

Have you realized by now as an adult, possibly a spouse and parent along with running
your own home and business that you were never taught the skills you needed to know to
succeed in each area, let along juggle all that?

Successful Adulting Areas

Are you sensing your own personal care could use some attention? Are organizational
skills challenging to you in your personal and business life? Are those lapses in
communication skills showing some rough edges? Then there are questions that include
how well you are balancing or juggling your personal time.

Often life just seems to crash in on us and we want or do curl up in a fetal position full of
stress. Fortunately, there is more help available to us for support and coaching in each
area as we recognize and admit we could use some help. But it comes as a cost of
investing time in ourselves.

What Did Your Parents Teach You?

Think about what your parents taught you. Most likely it was what they were taught by their
parents and it continues to go even farther back generationally. For instance, you may
have learned to cut the turkey’s tail off before roasting and it comes out years later that
great grandma did that because the pan she always used was too small and the tail had to
be cut so that is what she taught her daughter so do.

Yesterday and Now

As a grandmother today I am learning about new vegetables to prepare and eat that never
graced a table I sat down to nor did I ever learn to grow them, let alone pronounce them. .
And the list goes on. Disposable diapers were new to my generation, so we were taught to
wait to potty train until the child was ready. Now I learn that we consumers were
conditioned to continue buying the diapers much longer than needed but now pediatricians
recommend starting to potty training at 18 months. The same goes with feeding a baby.
Teaching baby self-feeding blew me away. My grandson was served pieces of fruit and
vegetables and chicken well before I could believe it. I served mashed food, that I
prepared, not store bought in bottles, one spoon at a time while he sat in a highchair. My
little grandson eats all varieties of food beautifully by himself. The changes blow my mind!

We won’t even go into the plethora of new items at baby showers that are needed for
raising a baby.

Now What Do I Do?

Today there are so many business coaches, speaking coaches, sales coaches and books
so the endless resources area available to succeed with target of contentment in life and
profit in business.

  • Decide to invest time in yourself and set the Intention and Goal to reach the target
    you are shooting for. Did you set your target when making your decision? That is
    important or you don’t know what to aim for.
  • Establish new habits for yourself and your household and regularly stay in habit
    mode to reach your targets (in the areas of spiritual goals, physical goals,
    professional, relational, intellectual and recreational goals). That is a lot to juggle.
    But that is life now in the 21st century.
  • Investing your valuable time to reach these goals is what it takes to successfully
    adult. Investing much of your time online won’t help you as much in successful
    adulting as the resources I am encouraging you to take advantage of.
  • Be content and at peace in your life today and well into the future by deciding to
    learn to adult well.

If you would like to experience your own personal life navigation coaching through tools,
exercises with new habits to propel you toward calm, peace and success, I invite you to
contact me at elisahawkinson.com

Elisa Hawkinson
Professional Organizer | Author Calming Your Chaos | Leader of the Smooth Organizer Community
www.elisahawkinson.com

about

Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson

 

 

Since 2000 Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson, author of Calming Your Chaos, has been teaching and training businesses and individuals to support anyone who is not naturally organized on a consistent basis to be just that. Her HOW2GetOrganized seminars, workshops, and speaking along with hands-on coaching and coaching by phone has evolved from her natural genetic bent for order. Efficiency, calm, productivity and profitability are increased with the help of HOW2 and Elisa.

 

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Important Piece for the New Empty Nester

Important Piece for the New Empty Nester

Inevitably the season or quarter of life [2nd (26yrs-50 yrs) or 3rd (51yrs-75yrs)] arrives when the children as young adults move out, or at least part of them moves out. Teaching and helping them become successful adults, or adulting, as it is now being referred to, remains in play. The job of the adult parent is to set the boundaries for how much and for how long their stuff can continue to reside or be stored in your home or garage, attic or basement.

Have you had the experience of your grown children’s stuff still in your garage and you are growing tired of it? Consider if it is reasonable to keep their cabbage patch doll in your garage when the man child is 39 years old and not yet married. Would he really want to show Miss Right his doll that is in the mom’s garage? Doubt if she would be impressed. Or what about the 36-year-old single woman with 7 storage units in various cities around the county. Would that excite Mr. Right? Can you imagine introducing him to each unit? The woman’s parents guilted her into hanging on to all the deceased relative’s things because she might need or want it one day and she made all the monthly payments.

Their stuff is their stuff and they need to learn how to sort through what they want, will use and feel they need in their home (even if an apartment). They may really want to hold on to something and determine if it is worth storing in a unit they pay for and are responsible for; that is what successful adults do. They are responsible for their stuff up until their own last breath. They can decide when to let go of it and bless others that may need what they no longer need or use so resist storing their stuff for years or decades.

Like most of us, we tend to move a few times in our lives and there are things to do to help prepare for it and that is especially true with elder parents. Teresa Barthol’s article may be of help to you working through those challenging conversations at https://www.favelifestyles.com/conversations-with-parents

As a professional organizer since 2000 who describes herself as a Life Navigator, I’ve seen many no longer used or needed items in 80-year-old adults’ basements and garages that belonged to their own grown children along with things they kept themselves since their own early teen years. We all need to grow up and be honest about where we are and in which quarter we now experiencing life. Certainly, into our sixties we need to be paying close attention to our accumulation of stuff. Personally, I want to be a blessing to my grown children and not burden them with a lot of stuff to wade through and determine where or to whom items should go. I know one family that was able to remove all their elder mother’s things the day following her death since editing what was needed and used continued to the last days of her life.

Elisa Hawkinson
Professional Organizer | Author Calming Your Chaos | Leader of the Smooth Organizer Community
www.elisahawkinson.com

about

Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson

 

 

Since 2000 Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson, author of Calming Your Chaos, has been teaching and training businesses and individuals to support anyone who is not naturally organized on a consistent basis to be just that. Her HOW2GetOrganized seminars, workshops, and speaking along with hands-on coaching and coaching by phone has evolved from her natural genetic bent for order. Efficiency, calm, productivity and profitability are increased with the help of HOW2 and Elisa.

 

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Loving Where You Live as an Empty Nester

Loving Where You Live as an Empty Nester

Those sudden unexpected events that too often fall upon us happed to me, and as a new widow, I needed to drastically downsize or right size for my new normal as a single woman with and empty nester and move into an apartment until I could decide where to live. Wanting to love where I lived regardless of whether it was an apartment or condo, with less square footage, I knew I needed a theme to help me let go of some of the things collected over the years on travels and from experiences. I wanted that theme to run throughout each room. I decided to focus on sailing since my husband and I had a lot of memorable sailing experiences throughout our marriage.

Knowing my theme helped me let go of many things like mementos from trips to Russia and Australia. Things given to me over the years became of less interest to hang on to knowing I wanted sailing to breeze through my home. It truly helped me in editing through things that I kept because before his passing we had so much space and like many women, I had attachments to handmade items from my children’s school projects. There simply was not enough room. I had to grow up and realize I could not take it all with me and that is true for each of us right up to our last breath.

I could not love where I lived if I felt crammed or jammed or packed into it and I wanted to be content and happy in my new place wherever that would be. When I walked into the ‘home’ after being gone for a period of time whether that was in hours or days, I wanted to feel happy that I walked in the door and sense the peace and calm. I wanted my guests to feel that way too.

I felt the joy in giving things from our home and even the children’s rooms like beds and dressers to people that needed or could use those items. I needed to let go of Christmas decorations and ornaments collected over the 36 years since I would not be needing all of them and giving them to my children as young married adults for their own Christmas tree blessed me tremendously. I treated myself to a whole new small collection of snowman themed ornaments purchased on sale after Christmas that were uniquely designed. I thought of grandchildren that would one day come and I wanted them to love my tree. Now when I visit my children and grandchildren at the holidays, I can enjoy seeing those old ornaments on their trees. My heart sings with happiness. Plus, my grandchildren enjoy seeing and counting all my silly snowmen.

Elisa Hawkinson
Professional Organizer | Author Calming Your Chaos | Leader of the Smooth Organizer Community
www.elisahawkinson.com

about

Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson

 

 

Since 2000 Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson, author of Calming Your Chaos, has been teaching and training businesses and individuals to support anyone who is not naturally organized on a consistent basis to be just that. Her HOW2GetOrganized seminars, workshops, and speaking along with hands-on coaching and coaching by phone has evolved from her natural genetic bent for order. Efficiency, calm, productivity and profitability are increased with the help of HOW2 and Elisa.

 

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Are You Ready?

Are You Ready?

Clients want to know where to start when they are looking at moving or downsizing in the next year or sooner.  A good question for each of us to ask ourselves is, if there was a serious need to move to a new residence, could the current home be listed for sale in 30 days?  If not, then it is time to get to work and get to that place and be ready.  Life has a way of throwing surprises at us that cause a move and it can be stressful to say the least.  Regardless your age or circumstance, having your home ready to list in 30 days is a smart way to live.  Why let the baggage that accumulated stuff over time with families and hobbies and recreation to pile up and cause chaos which impacts our overall health?

 For the men, I suggest we see how much paint they have in the garage or shop.  If they have several or many cans, then we talk about starting there.  That is one way to get the process moving.  For the women we often start with the closets.  It is time to get serious and real about what fits; consider how long is has been in the closet and when was it worn last?  Asking if is still within the realm of possibility that the clothing will fit again is key to keeping it or letting go. One client found maternity clothes she had not worn in 24 years.

From there we do a walk through the entire home and identify what would be taken to the next residence.  All the closets and drawers are sorted through for what is still needed and used and worthy of keeping and taking up space.  Fortunately for those of us in the Puget Sound area, we have the Big Blue truck.  They will pick up at the curb up to 30 bags and boxes of items to be donated.  It just takes scheduling them to pick up on the day of the week they are in the neighborhood. 

Keep asking yourself if you could list in 30 days and what would you need to do to be ready?  Is there a garage to finally declutter or a storage unit that with monthly payments?   Is there an old car sitting on the property?  Are there games that no one plays any longer?  Is there recreational equipment that is no longer used?  What about musical instruments that could be passed along?

Think seriously about donating every item no longer needed or used to a thrift store that aligns with your heart. When an item you donate is sold it supports a mission that moves your heart.  That way you want to keep giving items no longer needed or used in your home along to someone that needs and wants what was once stored in your home.  Be generous, be a blessing in your community, in the world.

Elisa Hawkinson
Professional Organizer | Author Calming Your Chaos | Leader of the Smooth Organizer Community
www.elisahawkinson.com

about

Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson

 

 

Since 2000 Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson, author of Calming Your Chaos, has been teaching and training businesses and individuals to support anyone who is not naturally organized on a consistent basis to be just that. Her HOW2GetOrganized seminars, workshops, and speaking along with hands-on coaching and coaching by phone has evolved from her natural genetic bent for order. Efficiency, calm, productivity and profitability are increased with the help of HOW2 and Elisa.

 

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