It’s been a while since I have put together Seana’s Sampler: a roundup of tips, thoughts, strategies, and resources to enhance daily life. This post feels like a conversation around the dinner table where I get to share some of my latest discoveries. Who doesn’t love a good find, right? I hope you’ll enjoy perusing this content and come away with something you like!
A fun watch…
At the summer social event for NAPO-CT (The National Association for Productivity and Organizing Professionals, CT Chapter), one of the members and I were talking about innovative organizing solutions. He suggested I watch the Netflix series “Hack my Home.” In this show, four professionals come together to implement creative solutions for various families’ organizing and storage challenges.
I rarely binge watch TV shows, but this one was right up my alley. There is only one season so far, but I hope it will be renewed for more. The episode where the child was sleeping in an alcove of the living room was my favorite. The solution they came up with blew me away. This is a light and fun way to get inspired.
A great perspective…
Fellow Professional Organizer and Author Regina Lark wrote a book a few years back entitled, “Emotional Labor: Why A Woman’s Work is Never Done and What To Do About It.” Recently, she had a chance to record a TEDx Talk on this topic, and it is well worth 13 minutes of your time. If you want your household to be as productive as possible, this perspective will help. Regina examines long-standing – and sometimes unhelpful – beliefs around gender and household tasks, and provides insight for how to better establish systems that leverage individual strengths for the benefit of all involved.
A helpful tool…
Habits are powerful tools. In a way, they are patterns of behavior that we teach our brain to anticipate and perform with minimal intentional thought. Habits can be good, bad, or even neutral. Once they are formed, they can be challenging to break. When we form desirable habits, their “staying power” can be a true asset. At the same time, forming a good habit can feel daunting.
If you want to form a new habit, you might want to try using a habit tracking app. These apps help hold you accountable and keep a record of your progress. They can even send reminders. As I often say, progress is motivating, and seeing your progress can be very helpful.
One that I’ve recently learned about is Habit Hub (above). You can see that these apps allow you to set goals and frequencies, and provide visual incentives to keep on going. This is just one of many habit tracking apps to consider. If this idea appeals, you may want to look at few and see what feels best. Other habit tracking apps include Streaks (iOs, Apple Watch, macOS), HabitNow (Android), and Habitify.
A simple approach…
A space that is full of stuff can feel overwhelming. Where do you even begin? I love this approach from KC Davis, licensed professional counselor and author of How to Keep House While Drowning. KC helps you get started by boiling everything down into five categories:
- Things that have a place
- Things that don’t have a place
To avoid getting derailed by any given item, KC’s “five things method” begins with getting the “mess” separated into these categories – disentangling disparate belongings and getting them into actionable groupings.
KC says, “Once you have your five messes contained, then you can go back and deal with them. You don’t have to do all of this in one day, though. Start by dealing with things in the same order you picked them up: trash, then dishes, followed by laundry, then things that have a place, and finally things that don’t have a place.”
Two tips for mornings…
As summer fades, the need to get back into a smooth morning routine returns. Getting everybody ‘up and out’ on time and with everything they need can be stressful. To help ease the tension, I’ve got two quick tips you can implement tomorrow.
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I love sharing good ideas and resources. Do any of these resonate with you? What might you try to help you be more organized and productive in the coming months?