Brampton - Lately the news is all about global economic uncertainty, government elections and party politics. In our home and work lives pressing personal issues demand our immediate attention and sometimes it can all seem overwhelming.
Professional Organizer Karen Sencich recommends semi-annual personal improvement days called Tackle it Now Days to coincide with the switch to Daylight Savings time each November and March. Twice a year she publishes organizing tips designed to help individuals tackle their priorities and feel more in control of their lives at home and at work.
Once the usual routine of changing the clocks back one hour and testing carbon monoxide and smoke detector batteries is complete, Sencich urges the public to find other tasks to tackle to keep the momentum going. To prevent procrastination, easy to manage tasks such as clearing out one closet or sweeping the garage can are a good first step. The sense of accomplishment experienced from completing several tasks in one afternoon can be invigorating. Getting the whole family involved makes it more fun and helps to transfer essential organizing skills to children.
Getting organized doesn't have to be a chore. It can be fun. For example, tackling a do-it-yourself renovating or decorating project or cooking or baking something never attempted before. Taking time to prioritize what is important can be as simple as connecting with an old friend just to chat or getting outside to experience the fall colours before they blow away. The energy and fulfillment gained from spontaneous activity can motivate action in other important areas that are being avoided.Sencich's newest organizing program is called Disaster-Proof Your Life. On Sunday, November 2, 2008 she is urging everyone to take action to disaster-proof one segment of their lives that they've been ignoring such as service appointments for the car, the furnace or any major appliances. Running regular computer backups will avoid disappointments if the computer fails and important data or beloved photos are lost.Reminders are included to schedule medical screening tests for themselves, their family and pets. Suggestions include developing an emergency plan to determine who will act as an emergency back up when individuals are unable to work or dealing with a family crisis. Creating and updating contingency plans will result in less time missed from work for doctor's appointments or when the kids get sick.