Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Back to School - Ready or Not

In a very short time children will be returning to the classrooms. Although most children will be excited about the upcoming year, switching from an easy-going summer schedule to earlier hours and changes in routines can be tough. Also, most children will have at least some concerns about working with a new teacher, a different set of peers, and a tougher curriculum.

Here are a few tips to help ease the strain:

1. Watch Your Attitude
As parents you have a strong influence on how your child views the upcoming school year.
  • Don't express your doubts. If you say, "I hope you don't have trouble with Ms. ______." or "I know that 3rd grade is tougher," you set up worry spots.
  • Play up the positives. Say, "I'll bet there will be a new child for you to befriend," or "I understand there is a unit on dinosaurs this year!' or "I've heard the school menu has really expanded." Now you have your child looking forward to something positive.
2. Start Routine Changes Early
  • Start getting up earlier the week before school starts
  • Have a full breakfast at an earlier time
  • Put together the new backpack and practice walking in the door with it and putting it in its assigned home
  • Develop a new checklist for chores and morning routines
  • Update the family calendar and post it - log in already known school events and deadlines
  • Determine set times for homework, chores, packing lunches, packing up the backpack, and laying out clothes for the next day
3. Set Up a Study Zone
  • Find a consistent location that works for your child
  • Put together a basket or container of all items your child will need in order to complete assignments
  • Set up a file for papers that are going to be kept during this semester or school year
4. Incorporate School Papers Into Your Communication Center
  • Have a folder for each child to place papers that need action - such as a signature or an upcoming event that needs to be logged onto the calendar
  • Add a contact folder for school contacts and special activities for this school year
5. Start a Back to School Tradition
  • Have a cookout the weekend before the first day of school or take a trip to a favorite place to eat where the children can order what they want - talk about the joys and concerns of the upcoming school year
  • Have a prize wrapped up for the children to open when they come home from school on day 1
Ready or not - the school year begins. Let this year be the best one yet!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Zone Plan Coaching Program

In May I started The Zone Plan: A Method for Organizing Your Home. This coaching program is about setting your vision, developing a plan, and implementing that plan so that your home truly becomes a place you love.

The coaching program explores 10 months of two open line calls a month (recorded for your convenience), one personal closed call to each member, motivating content and exercises, a pdf copy of my workbook From Vision To Victory: A Workbook For Finding a Simple Path to an Organized Home, and a secret Facebook page. All of this is designed to set you on your path of living in the home you envision.

The inaugural group has been great! I love their sharing and their enthusiasm. We have worked through 2 zones so far. We took off the month of July ( and will take off the month of December).  You can join this group at any time. Each month I will suggest a zone but the beauty of this program is that the concepts will fit any zone or project that you want to tackle.

The program is powerful, yet affordable. Look at all that you will receive for the investment of only $450 (yes, that is for the year - not for a month). There is even a 2-pay option if you need to spread payments out.

If you want results and are ready to make your home the one of your vision, then join us.
Call Time Space Organization - 404-299-5111 or email jonda@timespaceorg.com  to save your place.

Starting now will help set your home up for the holidays and the new year!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Self Care

"Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel." ~ Eleanor Brownn

Part of taking care of me is going away on vacations. I find that if I am at home, even if I have taken a day off from work, I still am working from the office or around my home. I always like to have a vacation planned to look forward to. Once a year or two, I like to take a long vacation and then scattered in between, I like long weekend trips.

I really reboot during these times away. I get uninterrupted time with my hubby or any family members we are visiting. I rest more. I eat different foods. I usually walk more. I come back with more energy to give to others.

I think of the spiel given by the airline personnel - "Put on our own oxygen mask before helping those around  you." You are good to no one if you are dead - either literally or dead exhausted.

This next week I am going on a trip to Europe to study WWI sites and history. This trip will be headed up by my favorite brother (OK - only brother). Hubby is going with me as well as some other family members, friends, and others. I will not be working during this trip but I will take my IPad to check emails probably once a day. I am really looking forward to this trip and have been excited about it for a while.

When I return I will get back into harness with a renewed spirit.

Bon Voyage!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer