Holly's micro-blog posts are musings: smaller than a real blog, but bigger than an Instagram caption can easily capture. :) I would love to hear your thoughts if you want to DM me or connect via email - Contact me today!
Organization Is Self-Care
There is a huge point that most people miss when thinking about self-care. Most people think of getting a massage occasionally, or doing nails or a face mask treatment. My definition of self-care is more expansive than that. Self-care definition: Paying attention & listening to my own needs as a person, in this particular moment, then attending to those needs. This is important because it means that my self-care looks different from your self-care, and my self-care I need NOW looks different in this phase of life than when I was in a different phase (i.e. now as a work-from-home mom, vs. when I was in the office full time, vs. when I was on maternity leave).
Work-Life Balance --> Work-Life Harmony
"Work-Life Balance" is an unattainable goal. Can we really be completely 50-50? Most people spend the majority of their time working. And would we even want a schedule where our waking leisure time is exactly equal to our work hours? We might have to choose to give up sleeping if we thought it had to be 50-50 at all times. I think we should flip this idea on its head, and obtain "work-life harmony" instead. That could mean a bit of imbalance one way or another at various times. However, I choose to hold this as a possibility too: work is harmoniously included in my life such that it can be enjoyable, aligned with my values, and contribute to a larger aim. Also, I can also make enough time to do things that I'm passionate about, whether it's on the paid clock or not.
For me, I'm planning my week holistically, so that I have an interesting mix or "harmony" that integrates my work and personal aspects of my life. So, there are instances like: social time (virtual coffee dates, water cooler chats) at work, writing down goals/ideas for my job while I'm on the couch watching mindless TV, in the bath watching webinars, on walks listening to a self-improvement/career/lean podcast, an enneagram & money webinar sponsored by my company, engaging with employee resource group communities at work, taking a nap mid-day if I need it, reading Brene Brown in bed as I get ready to fall asleep, etc. etc. This, infused with healthy boundaries (I don't have work email on my phone, for instance), seems to be a formula for great fulfillment in my work and life, that I highly recommend.
How about you? What do you think about this idea of work-life harmony? What are your tips and tricks that you have tried, or would try, for obtaining it?
You've probably already made a habit of unsubscribing to junk email, but what about snail mail? Do these easy, inexpensive, and preventative steps to take care of paper clutter before it even enters your home. Especially if you own a house or have kids, then your paper clutter is out of control! I have personally used these three things, and it makes it so I don't get mail every day, and the mail I get, is mostly wanted or welcome.
Note: It takes several weeks after opting out before you won't see the mail arriving any longer.
Use Opt Out Pre-screen to stop credit card offers + home loan offers from showing up in your mail. Go here for some more details, instructions, and links from the FTC. Note: Providing your SSN when submitting your application is actually not required. I did, and it was legit and okay.
To opt out of the mass coupon mailers, go to save.com or whatever website is listed on the mailer.
Paper Karma - This is a paid service (a few dollars per month) that's easy to use, and basically you snap a photo of a piece of unwanted mail, submit in the app, and they unsubscribe you with the sender. I just did their free trial and it made a big difference. It will help to do #1 and #2 first, wait, and see what else you get that you don't want.
Hope these tips are helpful! I always tell clients to "stop the bleeding", and slowly but surely, the paper clutter will get under control!
Prevent mail from coming in, then your future-self will thank you - you don't need to organize what's not there!
Use a Sunday Basket to GTD (Get Things Done)
I always think of David Allen's quote "Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them". This is a concept that is so simple, but so impactful. To reduce the mental load we carry around all the time, we have to get it all out on paper. But then how do we keep track of the paper???
Where in your home are you claiming for your things that are important to you? Let's keep it simple - if you don't have one, this is your priority! For what lights you up, for what gives you energy because you get into a flow state, for the thing you feel is your purpose in this lifetime. Mine is this home office. I have my Sunday Basket, workboxes for my corporate manager role and my side organizing coach business, my binders, my books, my supplies/tools, and yes, my kitty who likes to hang with me.
The space needs to be functional, have enough space for the supplies AND have enough space for YOU to do the activity in it!
Examples from my friends and clients include:
A cozy chair with rolling cart with the supplies needed to create organized binders
A hutch with her own things to be happy and productive (and out of reach of her toddler)
An off-bedroom room with a door to sit, drink tea, read, and join zoom calls on the topic of self-care
A table in her office, recently cleared of clutter, to do scrapbooking
A studio to teach virtual Zumba classes and have photoshoots
Your turn! If you have a space like this, let me know on Instagram! If not, I can help with a 1:1 appointment. Feel free to schedule a Get Unstuck Coaching call here, or if in my area, for a free in-home consultation. :)
A place for everything, and everything in its place...
You know how I mentioned you can set up a space for your passion projects? Well, typically "projects" are always in flight in most homes, and sometimes it takes a while to actually finish them. If you're like me, starting things is somewhat easy, but finishing it is a problem...and as a result, all of the clutter involved in the project is out, in process, not put away (i.e. not organized). It may motivate you to know that finishing the project counts as a decluttering and/or an organizing project. Think about that, when you look around, and there is a puzzle that you're working on, a craft that is partially done, pictures (with the wall mounting supplies) that haven't been hung yet, or a webinar with a workbook still open to the page you were when you got distracted (it seems as though I'm speaking from experience, huh)? It's helpful for me to think of each "unfinished" task" as clutter and that if I *finish* it and put it away, that counts as decluttering.
Time blocking will help you reserve a spot for the project on the calendar, during your Sunday Basket time. Of course, be very mindful about knowing what capacity you have, when you consider the non-negotiable appointments and meetings you already have planned. Each project deserves dedicated time to complete it.
What about you? What projects are lying around in your home, let me know on Instagram! If you need assistance, I can help with a 1:1 appointment. Feel free to schedule a Get Unstuck Coaching call here.