Wednesday, September 28 2011
Most recently, my friend and colleague has begun writing a book about making choices. This prompted me to think more about the ability to get organized by making wise choices.
For me personally, I have been provided with numerous offers to write and speak on various topics relating to organization. I am thrilled about these offers, don't get me wrong.
However, I have discovered that since I am now being presented with more and more "opportunities", I need to take some time to decide whether or not saying "yes" to them is in my best interest or just another project that will simply take up my time.
We only have 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week. We want to be able to use our time wisely and make the best choices for ourselves. It is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of activity and forget to focus back on ourselves and what is best for us.
By making wise choices about what you take on and how you spend your time, you will be able to more easily organize your life.
Do yourself a favor and take some time to evaluate how you are spending your time and where. And, don't forget to say "no" sometimes. It's okay. In fact, it's best.
Let me know what choices you have made recently to bring balance back into your life and be more organized.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with the concept of getting organized, contact me. I am glad to help.
In the meantime, have a great week!
Monday, September 19 2011
When working with my clients, I find there is always a need for a way to store "memories". We always come across items that are not currently being used but need to be stored away for another day.
Memories can come in many forms and various categories. They can be memories of your child's school years, your childhood, your parents, a close friend or family member who has passed, etc.
For your children's memories, I suggest creating a School Memory Box (one for each child). This can be as simple as a plastic container or a cardboard banker's box. You can divide it up into 12 sections, one for each year from 1st to 12th grade, using accordion hanging folders with tabs in a file folder container. That is even better!
During the school year, file away any artwork, projects, special memories, creative writing and awards in a separate box for that year. Then, at the end of the school year, go through your file box of completed work with your child and pull out the best and most meaningful. File them away in their School Memory Box in the appropriate year. By the end of high school, you'll have a wonderful, handpicked history of your child's development and accomplishments with very little effort.
For other types of memories, a simple plastic container to hold them in is a great way to keep them together and dust free. Put a label on the box for the particular member of the family and store it in the top of their bedroom closet on the shelf. Then, pull it down from time to time and enjoy going down Memory Lane.
Using these methods, you will contain your memories in one container. The container will help you to set boundaries on the amount of memories you keep, as well.
If you need any more assistance with this or any other form of organization, contact me and I will be glad to help.
In the meantime, have a great week!
Wednesday, September 07 2011
Many of you are women entrepreneurs. This week I want to address a topic that I think would be a great interest to you in particular. It relates to your business card.
I am posting an article written by Kathryn Weber of K Weber Communications on this topic that I found facinating so I thought I would share it with you.
The 3-Inch Killer Sabotaging Your Business --
How to Use Feng Shui to Design a Successful, Income-boosting Business Card
Purists will say you can't feng shui your car, your clothes or your looks, but that's not exactly true. While feng shui is the study of the environment and its effects on the occupants of a building, it can also be used as a method for designing, too.
One of the areas where feng shui can be the most effective is the business card.
A well designed business card is a mini-billboard. It can advertise for you, be carried and referred to, and it also makes an impression.
If someone likes your card, they'll hold onto it longer. If it's unpleasant or cheap-looking, it will often head to the trash.
Today more than ever, businesses and business people need every edge to get ahead.
One of the first steps is to give your business cards a good look.
They could look dated, tired, or maybe they don't have the correct information or there's a typo. There could also be images or colors that are in conflict. If so, this might be a good time to give your cards a redesign.
Use these 7 tips for designing business cards that work for you and provide a good representation of your company -- and help boost your income!
1. Promote your growth. Trees are representative of growth and movement. Most business cards are "felled trees." That is, they're a rectangle (tree) shape, yet they are printed on the horizontal. Try placing your card design on the vertical. This is called the "chai" shape and it's considered to bring money luck and much good fortune and riches. It also represents upward growth.
2. Use complimentary colors. As a rule certain colors and images don't go together, such as black and yellow, yellow and green, red and blue or metallic colors, green and metal colors. Complimentary colors include blue and white, blue and black with metallic colors, red and yellow, green and brown with red, yellow and beige with metal colors.
3. Logos should move forward. Any logo that looks like it's moving right to left will be going backwards. All movement in the logo should appear moving from left to right. This indicates forward growth and not heading backward. Even swirls and spirals should look and spiral to the right.
4. Stick with traditional shapes. Yes, an odd shaped or unusual business card will stand out...but not in a good way. Make sure you stick with traditional sizes because these will be saved and can be referred to again. Odd shaped cards and unique cards are often discarded.
5. Use plenty of white space. Having white space on your card brings yang energy to the card and enlivens it. It also enables you to write in any additional information that you want such as a private email address or phone number.
6. Double check the logo. It's important that if your logo has points that none of the points are aimed at your name as this is harmful poison arrows. A business person had a starburst effect for a logo and had a difficult time attracting business and on top of it was a needling kind of person, much like her logo. Make sure your name isn't directly below your logo or you will be under the weight of your company.
7. Incorporate colors and shapes relevant to your business.
Black, blue, purple - the shape is wave-like and businesses include, musicians, shipping, counseling, driving, marketing, therapist, coach, restaurant, healing.
Green, brown - the shape is rectangular and is good for hotels, health, florists, nurseries, footwear, athletes, dancers
Yellow, beige, orange - the shape is square and relates to mining, real estate, psychics, nursing, education, charities.
Red, burgundy, deep purple - the shape is triangular and relates to feng shui, PR, journalism, photography, eye specialties, heart doctors, restaurants, entertainment, bars and clubs.
White, gray, gold - the shape is circular or arching and relates to jewelry, sales, computers, technology, surgery, medical, dental, insurance, and airlines.
Multicolored - excellent for getting recognition and being noticed!
© K Weber Communications LLC 2002-2011
Kathryn Weber is the publisher of the Red Lotus Letter Feng Shui E-zine and certified feng shui consultant in classical Chinese feng shui. Kathryn helps her readers improve their lives and generate more wealth with feng shui. For more information and to receive her FREE Ebook "The Cash Register at Your Front Door" visit www.redlotusletter.com and learn the fast and fun way how feng shui can make your life more prosperous and abundant!
Gives you some food for thought, doesn't it? Let me know what you think. Let me know if this article inspires you to make changes to your business card.
In the meantime, if you are feeling overwhelmed with the prospect of getting your home-based business organized, let me know. I am more than glad to help you eliminate the clutter and get organized.
*This article has been posted with permission.