Posts Tagged ‘small business’

Safeguard your identity when purging paper

July 8, 2011

Whether you deal with your paper on a daily or weekly basis, as you sort and purge items, be mindful of protecting your identity! This is a must-have tool for me from The Container Store. You can safeguard your personal information from prying eyes with this self-inking ID Guard Stamp. The unique pattern masks your name and address on discarded credit card offers, junk mail or magazines. Use it to cover up account numbers, telephone numbers or other identifiable information you don’t want others to access.

Safeguard your identity. Then, RECYCLE all that paper!

Kespon Guard Your ID Stamp

Happy Organizing ~ Kat Jacoby

In this crazy busy world, what do you outsource?

February 14, 2011

I was watching Good Morning America early this Valentine’s Morning and was surprised to see that some folks are SO busy they are even hiring services such as EFlirt to outsource crafting their flirtatious emails to potential on-line dating suitors. I was laughing to myself, thinking, “…if you don’t have time to craft an email to a potential suitor, do you think you are going to have the actual time it takes to do the work of making a relationship work?” Seriously! But I suppose it is a symptom of the frenetically busy lives we all lead.

That said, dear readers, in our crazy busy world, besides child care (which is a given that all parents need a break now and then), what all do YOU outsource or seek outside help with? I would love your feedback!

Housekeeper / Interior Decorator / Lawn Services / Personal Trainer / Personal Coach / Image Consultant / Pet Walker or Sitter

In your business:  Business Coach / Public Relations Services / Website Consultant / Social Media Expert / Virtual Assistant

NAPO San Antonio’s Clear Your Clutter Day 01/22/11

January 13, 2011

Are you ready for an instant weight loss? Then get ready to lighten your load of paper and clutter and feel the pounds of stuff just fall right off – for free.  

Join the professional organizers of NAPO San Antonio Saturday, January 22nd from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at the Goodwill located at 281 & Bitters.

Bring one box of documents to be shredded. Shredding provided FREE by Pinnacle Shredding.

Or, bring a whole carload of unwanted items. It’s time to drop the extra clutter weight!

Check it out at  http://www.naposanantonio.com/

 

 
 

NAPO GO Month Banner

NAPO Get Organized Banner

 

Everyday Strategy: Start Your Morning with a Fast Start

November 3, 2010

If you want to start your morning being the MOST effective and productive, TAKE 10 to 15 minutes at the end of the prior day updating your master list, grouping like projects / items (I like using clear Project Files from The Container Store), and putting away unnecessary files.

When you walk into your office and it looks like The Tasmanian Devil (cartoon) has made a pass by your desk, it’s not a good way to start your day. By spending those valuable minutes the day before, it now helps to set the tone for the new, productive day, which you now control.

An additional bonus to this 10 to 15 minutes spent? It allows you to help establish priorities and clear your mind of the day’s tasks. Knowing you have taken this time will allow you to decompress on the trip home and at least, mentally, leave work at the office, until tomorrow.

Tools for Time Management

September 18, 2010

When our kiddos were in middle school, the house we lived in only had 2 bathrooms. Grooming had become a VERY important part of the morning routine for our daughter and son, then in middle school. Many a morning dispute arose over who had been in the bathroom too long. I quickly found a simple solution!  

Egg Timer

Egg Timer

 

A few weeks later, my sister was visiting. I was in the kitchen when I heard her laughing and calling to me from the hallway. “Sis, please tell me what an egg timer is doing in your bathroom!” I explained that when that timer “dinged,” each child knew their time was up: no arguing with one another; no arguing with me; the timer helped by giving an AUDIBLE BOUNDARY

More than ever today, people get lost in the amount of time they spend on projects. Clients and colleagues as well, admit they intended only to check their email, ended up logging onto FaceBook, which then led to someone’s (then) interesting blog, and suddenly, they find they wasted almost their entire morning. 

At National Conference this spring in Ohio, one of my product favs was the Time Timer. Their tag line is “Make Every Moment Count.” The abstract concept of elapsed time is easy to see and understand with their graphic depiction. This tool allows users to manage time more effectively in meetings, classrooms, therapy sessions, testing venues, at home and any other activities which require limits be set. There are different types of tools to fit any type of user: Some the size of a small alarm clock, large visuals for education, wrist watches, software apps for your computer and iphone — endless possibilities. 

Time Timer

 

Whether you choose a simple egg or kitchen timer or one of the many options that Time Timer has to offer, I challenge you to use a timer for just 1 week. SEE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY SOAR! 

Own Your Time

August 27, 2010

One of my favorite books on time management and productivity isn’t the newest one on the market. It was re-written in 2005 after its original writing in 1996 for the Hertz Corporation and its then struggling employees.  In “Organizing for Success, author Ken Ziegler includes a fantastic quote that I often share with my audiences: “From time waste there can be no salvage. It is the easiest of all waste and the hardest to correct because it does not litter the floor.”   — Henry Ford.

With that, I usually hear some dreadful groans and then the room grows dimly silent — as the truth of that statement is sobering, given the frenetic way in which we live our lives today. “However,” I go on to encourage my audience, “Time CAN BE the great equalizer.” It is simply a series of CHOICES. Your time IS truly your own.

Whether you are seeking to gain control of your time for purposes of time management, efficiency, achieving goals or  improving your quality of life, make good and wise choices each day, my friends. Then reap the rewards of owning your time.

Book Review – Greatest Book on Coaching for Small Business

June 4, 2010

I just completed an audible book from www.audible.com.  It is called “The Greatest Book on Coaching for Small Business,” by Terry Ostrowiak. This audible book, 2 hrs. 25 min., was packed with so many positive gems. If you are a small business or a small business coach, it’s a keeper. But don’t shy away if you don’t fit into those categories – there are tips throughout for encouraging others in our daily walk of life (and who doesn’t need that!). ~ Kat Jacoby

Information from his website www.quantumleapcatalyst.com

Terry Ostrowiak is a Business Catalyst who assists open-minded executives, in small businesses, to achieve Quantum Leap Results, targets and goals, faster and more easily than they could do it on their own.

A featured speaker at international conferences, Terry has shared the platform with Earl Nightingale, one of the world’s foremost experts on “success”, and Og Mandino, the renowned motivational speaker and leading author on “success” with sales of more than 30 million books.