Organize for Student Success

Most back to school activity is focused on purchasing the correct supplies because it plays an important role in a student’s ability to successfully complete assignments.  And when the right tools are organized, contained, stored and put back it can make a major difference in a student’s effective use of time. The older the student the more complex managing time and responsibilities become so it’s never too early (or too late) to get students practicing good organizational habits. It can be considered a foundation for a productive life long after school and into their careers and home life. Parents can set a good example of an organized home life by implementing systems to manage parental paperwork, coordination of activities and smart time management. Although systems for organization have some common components, there are some differences between elementary, high school, college students and parental needs.  Here are some tips and techniques for everyone to stay organized, experience less stress and have a successful school year. Elementary School Students Some of us are naturally inclined to order and organization, but most of us must be taught! Providing strategies in the early years can help ease the transition to school.  Without these strategies the simplest of tasks can baffle a disorganized student. They have a hard time keeping track of their materials and using their time efficiently. These students tend to have messy desks and repeatedly forget their homework. Try these tips: Set up and Stick to a Routine. Establishing a daily routine will help disorganized students feel less frustrated and give them a sense of structure. Provide students with a class schedule...

3 Steps to Less Stress

Stress makes us sick! According to the Center for Disease Control, 80% of medical expenditures are stress related. Stress related illnesses cost the nation $300 billion a year in medical costs and lost productivity. Those are staggering statistics! Many of us feel overwhelmed by all the things we feel we need to get done. This causes anxiety and stress. Do you have endless to-do lists and feel like you are running around in circles without getting much accomplished? Most of my clients lead very busy lives. They have demanding work schedules and spend a great deal of time coordinating family member’s schedules. Technology keeps us tethered to our jobs way beyond the normal workday. Multitasking between work, children and aging parents has become the norm. We are trying to solve several different problems at one time. It was noted by the University of Michigan that multitasking decreases productivity by 20-40% more than those who focus on one thing at a time. The time lost switching among tasks increases the complexity of the those tasks. The truth is we put ourselves at risk for stress related illnesses when we are juggling and get overwhelmed. One way to have less stress is by having an organized home and office space along with a place for everything and a system to reduce paper and other items. This saves time, money and provides a structure that eliminates worry and fear. Generally people have a desire to be more organized. They realize that their quality of life could improve and they could spend more time with family when their house and work space is...

7 Tips to Reduce Paper Clutter

Sign up for online banking and online bill pay: Banks, utility services, and credit card companies offer the option to pay your bills online or have them paid automatically through a bank draft. Reduce magazines: Use on-line subscriptions when available and discontinue subscriptions for publications you don’t read. You can buy individual copies of most publications at a store. Reduce credit card offers: To eliminate mailings from the four major credit bureaus call 1-888-567-8688 or visit www.optoutprescreen.com. Reduce catalogs at www.catalogchoice.org where you can manually enter information from a catalog’s mailing label to remove yourself from that catalog’s list. Reduce advertising mail and phone calls at the Mail Preference Service website: www.dmaconsumers.org/consumerassistance.html Reduce junk mail with www.41pounds.org, an organization that will contact the companies that send you junk mail on your behalf. Think twice before printing information from the internet or from your computer. Develop effective systems for filing on the computer and have backup systems to ensure that your files are safe. If you’re drowning in paper and would like help organizing your space, please call us at (337) 296-5506 to schedule an...

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