Spring rebalancing – update Week 2 and conclusions

Two weeks ago I started a mental-physical-emotional-spiritual Spring Detox. Why, and how I planned to do it, read here. And the update after the first week, here. So what happened this week: Conscious about my goals, I completely refrained from eating meat. That is, until Friday, when I gave in to some beef wrap advertised so much ...

Spring rebalancing – update Week 1

I wrote last week about starting a re-balancing endeavour for myself. I was a mess, physically and mentally, and realized I needed to do something about it. So in last week's post you'll find that I set to make some changes in 4 areas: - Physical - eating healthy, going to bed earlier and exercising - Mental ...

4 steps to regaining balance

I don't know about you, but this early spring has been extremely hectic for me. I've moved to a new house two months ago, and much of my thinking and dreaming revolved around French style furniture and budget lists that were overspent. On top of that, I've recently traversed the best and most consuming period ...

How to choose your 2011 Planner

In about 15 years of using organizers (yes, I started early), I experimented quite a few solutions. And now, the market is more diversified than ever, offering various types of organizers, agendas, planners, notebooks, all colours, shapes, types, sizes, filled with all possible templates for organizing mostly any life. So, out of a large array of choices, ...

The one simple thing that will help you get organized

People tell me I'm structured, analytical and organized. (of course, more often than not, they also tell me I'm strange, moody, and inconsistent). (I think the two sides make quite an interesting combination, and I don't intend to change either of them). Anyways, along time I've experimented (as you can tell by the posts on this blog) with ...

3 Simple Recipes for the Gourmet Yuppie

* author note: A yuppie is a young professional,which means probably between 22 and 30 years old. If you're within this age group, you're more likely to be spending time online looking for food recipes, than actually cooking in the kitchen. You probably don't have much time, but plenty of friends. You're already past the wild young years, ...

Tool: Mini Notepad for To Dos

I've always been looking for the perfect Time Management tool to carry around. Organizers are too big and chunky, end up being stuffed with papers and never fit in small purses. Plus, you buy them for work only. What happens at home, if you remember something? Where do you put it? I tried the electronic version ...

The Ireland Road Trip or how to really enjoy your vacation

"Time doesn't stand still here - it just lingers." This was an inscription on "Joyce's craft shop", above, in Connemara; and it stands true for all Irish countryside. Time is, ultimately, how we perceive it, and that's one thing I experimented through my 12 days - 2000 km - country-tour-coastal route of Ireland. We started off ...

Best Time Management tools – Part 2

As I'm now officially on vacation, I can continue the series of the Best Time Management tools tried and experienced, and recommended further. The part 1 post you can find here. Here are the next few tools/tips that can improve your personal organizing/peace of mind, if used properly and frequently enough. 9. Daily/weekly priorities list An example of a ...

Best Time Management tools – Part 1

As a personal organizing freak, I've laid my hands on almost every time management tool or concept ever invented. Below is a list of the best I've tried - and, for those who want to read more, some recommended books. 1. Forms. By Forms I mean Excel sheets with calculations, colors, formulas and stuff that transform what you ...

The Time Thieves Killer Cocktail

Take one busy summer afternoon at work. Question after question, issue after issue. Someone comes with a request to join a quick meeting, right away. And there's the need to return an urgent call. All while you're trying to think about an important proposal that you need to submit tomorrow. What do you do when you're swamped ...

How to boost energy when you’re tired

Mostly I write about my tries - and failures - to be a better life manager, an organized, single-tasking, focused person. But this period, as I'm organizing (not alone, thank God) my upcoming wedding, I'm starting to feel slightly burned out and very, very tired. How does tiredness show? I don't get rest after one night's sleep Although I'm ...

Slowing Down – How To

This is part 3 of a series of 3 blog posts on how slowing down can actually improve effectiveness and productivity. This focuses on practical aspects. The first one's called "Are you living your life too fast?" and the second is "Benefits of SLOW living". How to slow down? I'm a fairly fast person. Multitasking is my ...