Monday, January 4, 2016

New Year's Resolution Alternatives & the Two Questions

It's that time of year when people create new year's resolutions and then brag or feel guilty about breaking them before the month of January ends.Years ago, I let go of resolutions because they made me sad and guilty that I could never be successful at keeping them. 

In the last few years, I have discovered alternatives to the good ole new year's resolution that make me happy and that actually create change:

Alternative 1 - Create a Theme
This is not my fabulous idea. I learned about creating a new year's theme last year from my amazing mentor, Caroline Leach (you can read her blog here: CarolineLeach). Instead of resolving to do something. Create a theme to shape all of your decisions and actions. 
Here is a great article from Grechen Ruben (author of The Happiness Project) A Fun Way to Make a New Year's Resolution: Chose a One-Word Theme.

Alternative 2 - Create a SMART Goal - Start Small
Don't do the "lose 25 pounds in a month" or "workout 2 hours everyday" goals. You are only setting yourself up for frustration and failure. Create a SMART goal instead. 

A SMART goal is:

Create ONE and only ONE SMART goal. Once it is accomplished, then create a second one. And then more as you build this muscle and your confidence.

There are loads of resources online to help you create your SMART goal. A simple Google search for "SMART Goals" will give you worksheets, videos and more. Find the one that "sings" to you.

Does it Make You Happy?
Whatever you chose, make sure it lights you up. Follow these steps to determine if your theme/goal makes you happy:

  1. Stand in front of a mirror
  2. Tell yourself your theme/goal
  3. Are you smiling?

The Two Questions
Taking on something new is hard no matter how small. Your success will be much higher if you can answer "yes" to BOTH of the questions below.

If you answer "no" to either one, stop!!! Wait until you are ready for the change AND you believe you can do it.

Good luck and most importantly, have fun. Yes, have FUN!!!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

FINAL CALL - 2015 Donations to Charities - Last 2 Days

Today and tomorrow are the LAST TWO DAYS to get your donations made to charities for 2015.

Don't have time to write up an inventory of donated items? Don't worry, take pictures, drop off your items, get your receipt and inventory later.

Don't have a charity selected to gift your items? Check out this article from Forbes magazine: How to Evaluate a Charity

Selecting a charity a personal decision. Do your research but do it FAST!!! You only have two days left for your 2015 donations.

Good luck and good giving!!!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ginger Beer - Pre-New Year's Body Break

We have a few days until the new year  and we can give our bodies a break from all of the "extra-curricular" eating and drinking before the final celebration of the 2015 holiday season.

Grab yourself a ginger beer (non-alcoholic, of course). Pour it in a beer glass or drink straight from the bottle.

Ginger beer is not only tasty but also good for you.
Check out this great article: Livestrong Benefits of Ginger Beer.

Get some rest, reflect on an awesome 2015 and get ready to bring in 2016.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Getting Organized Episode of The Warrior Life Podcast

Today the Getting Organized episode of The Warrior Life Podcast launched on iTunes. I was so very honored to have been invited to contribute to this podcast.

The Warrior Life Podcast was created by my friend and coach, Michelle of Michelle Rose Fit. The podcast features topics that empower you to "Overcome the Mental and Physical Battles of Life."

In this episode, I share how to get organized to support your warrior way of life and to make room for the amazing.

Listen to this and all of the podcast episodes here: Getting Organized on The Warrior Life

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Jaxtastic Life Organized October Challenge 2015 - Week 2 - Organize Your Health

Welcome to week 2 of the Jaxtastic Life Organized October 2015 Challenge.

How did last week go planning for the holidays? Did you take on the challenge? Did you put your hands to your ears yelling "La, la, la....I can't hear you"? Share in the comments how it went. 

Let's get started with week #2, organizing your health. I'm going to say it again. You are going to organize your health.

Mammograms and Self-Exams
Since this is Breast Cancer Awareness month, ladies we will start with you. If you are "of age" have you scheduled your 2015 mammogram? Get it scheduled and get it done!

Do you regularly perform self-exams? If not, get it scheduled and DO IT !!!

How many hours of sleep do you get? Most folks will respond with "not enough." NOW is the time to actually start planning and scheduling sleep. 

Play the 15-Minute Game
Let's say that you get 5 hours of sleep each night. 
Each night, schedule your bed time for only 15 minutes earlier so you get 5 hours and 15 minutes of sleep. 
After getting 15 more minutes of sleep for one week, add 15 more minutes for the next 7 days.
Continue until you reach 8 hours.

Travel Prep
Will you be traveling for the holiday season? Prepare and organize NOW

Health Pack: Start today creating a travel "health" pack. Have these items now so that when you are on the road, and the inevitable happens, you will have your favorites on hand and that could help make your recover that much faster.

Ideas for your health pack:

  • cold/congestion products
  • pain relievers
  • digestion "assistance"
  • place holder for your regular meds
Additional items to locate and gather NOW are:
  • Your medical insurance card
  • Knowledge of your health plan's out-of-territory policies regarding urgent care and ER visits.
    • look this up so you know whether or not you need to get clearance before going to an out-of-territory urgent care.
    • ALWAYS go to the ER for an emergency!!! 
      • Never wait to call your medical group.
      • Be sure to know how soon you need to contact your medical group AFTER going to the ER.
Exercise - Schedule It!!!

Last week you scheduled all of your holiday events. Now it is time to schedule your exercise around your holiday schedule. Do it now.

You don't exercise? First, check with your doctor to see if you are healthy enough to exercise. Then schedule your exercise of choice. More importantly...DO IT!!!!

Healthy End to 2015 & Start of 2016
Organize for your health NOW so that you finish 2015 beautifully and kick off 2016 from healthy happy place.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Organized October Challenge 2015 - Week 1 - Holiday Planning & Prep

Holiday planning? Yes, holiday planning kicks off the Organized October Challenge 2015.

I know. I know. Everyone is freaking out about "how quickly October showed up" and you just aren't ready and you want to, as my friend, Sherry, playfully says, "Go in the backyard, swing on the swing and eat candy."

For this week, your focus is to get ready for the holidays. 

Calendar - Plot It!!!
Look at your 2014 schedule. Odds are, the same events will show up this year. Put all of the holiday events you can imagine in your calendar.

Time Off - Schedule it!!!
Taking time off from work this holiday season? Submit it at work do it now or you might not be able to take your days off due to others already scheduling it. 

Preparation Time - Schedule It!!!
Don't forget the prep work involved with parties, events, travel and more. Use the 2.5 rule. If you think it will take 1 hour, multiply that by 2.5 and book 2.5 hours in your schedule.

Travel - Book it!!!
If you are traveling in the next 3 months and you haven't booked your travel, DO IT NOW!!!
A few weeks ago we booked a trip and found prices high even at that time. 

BONUS CONTENT - Organized Christmas

This is an excellent resource for those who celebrate Christmas. If you think this post was early to talk about holiday planning, this Organized Christmas plan started August 30th.

Future Weeks
Keep following for new challenges each week as well as bonus challenges for your Organized October Challenge.

FREE Organizing Coaching in PIlot Program - 2 spots open
There are still 2 spots open for FREE organizing coaching during October to pilot a new organizing coaching program. Send an email to Jax to get things started.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Virtual Organizing Pilot - FREE Coaching for Two People (updated 9/28, 3:41pm)

UPDATE (9/28/15, 3:41pm): One spot for the pilot program has been taken. Only 2 more open spots available.

In the month of October, I am testing a virtual organizing coaching model and I need your help.

The pilot launches October 1, 2015.

The first two three people who respond, will receive FREE virtual organizing coaching from me via text, email and Facebook/Skype for an area of your choosing (ie home office, garage, kitchen, closet, etc). We will also be using Google Docs or Dropbox to share any documents.

At the end of the pilot, you will receive a copy of the world-wide best-selling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo as a thank you gift for participating in this pilot.

Want to participate? Send an email to Jax right away. Only the first 3 people who send an email will be included in the pilot.