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10/21/10 5:57 P

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That's a really interesting perspective on categorizing necessities for both budgeting and time-management.
When I can finally be less severe with budgeting money, I'm going to try that.
I'm probably too low on "heart" stuff right now.
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10/21/10 12:22 P

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I had a teleconference with a financial life coach yesterday, and the subject was budgets. Specifically, how to budget with having a budget.

Her system is GOSH:
Growth. Education, coach, business expenses whatever propels me forward
Obligation. Things Im obligated to pay: taxes, interest, etc.
Sustaining. Stuff I need to keep life moving: mortgage, food, utilities
Heart. Stuff that makes my heart go pitty-pat stuff that is joyful to me

But you can also use it for time management. I think if we really looked at how we spend our time -- which of these categories get the largest amount of our time each day -- we might get some real eye openers!

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10/20/10 9:30 A

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We are all so different. I make to-do lists almost daily, but ignore most of the items on them. I do what HAS to be done, then get lazy about the other stuff. emoticon I've been getting emails from FlyLady for probably 5 years now, but I don't have any real improvement. I'm thinking if she had a cool points system the way Spark does, I'd do much better. This is why I've added a few things to my tracker here. emoticon

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10/20/10 9:01 A

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I have used flylady at times as well. I don't like their email reminders, but as others have said, you can go there and read it when you have time.

One of her tips is about keeping a calendar. I have gotten careless with mine, but am working on updating it this month.

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10/19/10 8:45 P

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Flylady.com has already been mentioned here and I discovered her earlier this year. She's helped me get more organized and I've gotten rid of a LOT of clutter - blessing others with it. emoticon There have been a ton of good suggestions for you to consider. Here's a couple that have helped me: a timer and telling yourself you can do anything for 15 minutes. If something is overwhelming and you just can't face it, set a timer for 15 minutes and work on that overwhelming thing until the timer goes off. It probably won't take 15 minutes, sometimes it might, but usually less than that. Those two little things have helped me tackle a lot of disorganization in my house and life. I'm not perfect at any of it, but that is A-OK. I don't need to be perfect nor does my house. emoticon
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10/19/10 7:46 P

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I make to do lists and try to accomplish most chores and if I don't I move it to the next day. I try to pick up around the house at nite before bed so it never looks messy. I give it a good cleaning every 2 weeks. However, do a little bit every day helps make that easy when it comes around.
I make lists of errands that need to be run and plot my course so I can hit 5 or 6 places all in one trip and figure the best way to go to hit them all. Saves on gas and time.

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10/19/10 2:38 P

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This may sound very unconventional to some, but I do not always have a clean house. I leave some tasks for a couple days, even weeks if it is something that can wait. Always being in go mode just gets you on a treadmill of never ending chores. I just do nothing sometime everyday no matter how much something else needs to be done. It will get done another time and in the meantime, I have the energy to keep going forward.

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10/19/10 12:42 P

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I have found a to do list really helps me. I keep a small note book next to my bed that I take with me.

I keep things that I need and list of what needs to be done in it. It helps me in the store, if I see something that we need I write down what it is with the size. I even take a picture of it from my cell so that I can show it to my Hubby.

The note book helps me and my hubby remember what it is we need to do. I have found that sometimes I would think of something then forget. I have a list of things that need to be done for the holidays, Spring, Fall and Winter. It probably sounds nuts but it helps to keep me organized.

I break down the house into sections to clean. Each day is different. Both my hubby and I have allergies so I keep on top of the cleaning. It also helps in keeping the little creatures away too.


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10/19/10 12:00 P

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I have found that flylady.com approach (without all the e-mail reminders) works for me. She breaks things down by room/area, and focuses on one room per week, per month (so 5 areas in total). Start with decluttering, get rid of anything you haven't used in a year (or whatever time you choose), identify storage areas for everything, and work from there. She also promotes using daily routines, which helps a lot too once you get used to them.

I also swear by a to-do list, and identify my non-negociables each day so I know the essential stuff is getting done.

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10/19/10 10:13 A

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Miranda252: I am doing well with my Spark goals (except drinking water), thanks to the handy-dandy trackers. I've even created some goals of my own just to see the streaks pile up!

As far as cleaning my apartment, I need to find the motivation. I've added washing dishes 5 times a week to my other goals here, and I may end up adding a few more. I don't want to add too many at one time, because then I will become overwhelmed and will stop doing all of them (I know this from past experience).

I'm hoping to get some tips from this forum. And maybe - just maybe - I can offer some tips along the way.

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10/19/10 9:07 A

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I really like developing a daily routine with time built in for the different tasks I have to get done. I find I'm much more efficient if I'm following roughly the same schedule every day.

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10/19/10 8:54 A

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Try setting aside a "specific" amount of time (say 5, 10, 15 or even 30 minutes--whatever works for you) and spend that time concentrating on a specific task. It's surprising how much can be accomplished by doing something a little bit at a time--and you won't be overwhelmed thinking you need to do it all at once.

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Some of us have to walk several blocks to the laundromat, so doing a load of laundry every day is out of the question, but I get the idea.

BTW, I've been lightly handwashing shirts and some pants every other day, which turned out not to take a lot of time and cuts down on the laundry I have to carry to the laundromat.
I hang them up to dry and they're usually ready in the morning if the weather isn't too humid.

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When I'm cleaning the house I have plastic grocery bags with me for everyone in the house. As I clean I pick up what shouldn't be in that area. I put the items in the bag for that person and then when I'm done cleaning I give the bag to the person to put their things away.(that includes me also) It relieves the stress and the yelling. Always has worked when the kids were at home.

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10/19/10 7:45 A

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Make a "To-Do" list early in the week.
Even if it is going to the kids soccer game, it is a "To-Do".
Then add the "To-Do" items to the calendar.
It will help prioritize.
Do one load of laundry every day so it doesn't get a head of you.

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10/19/10 7:25 A

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The unexpected answer from someone in NYC:

When there seems to be too much to do, you might be doing too much. So just concentrate on the most important things that need to be taken care of -- and make sure you have time to rest.

I don't always remember to do this. By the time I remember it, it turns out to be something I HAVE TO do because I've worn out or gotten sick -- which is what happened this time.

When you feel better, it does take a while to catch up on certain things like housework (that piles up), but the rest-time may help you think and re-prioritize things.
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Edited by: KURTORTOISE at: 10/19/2010 (07:27)
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The hurried, disorganized way I've been living the past few weeks is REALLY getting to me. I need TIME! How do you stay frugal with your time? My house is a disaster, my "other goals" page is dying, and I'm exhausted. What are your tips for managing it all?

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