What I Learned On My Summer Vacation

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Simplify, Women

I know I’m dating myself, but I vividly remember returning to school, after a 10-week break, and writing an essay on what I did on my summer vacation.

My girls just wrapped up a week long Spring Break “staycation” where I was able to play catch up on some long overdue household projects, spend some quality time with my kids, and function in a sense of calm rather then chaos.Fortunately, sBo is on fire. My residential business is booming, my corporate speaking and seminars are in high demand and people come up to me in random places saying: “I know you, you’re that organizer!”However, with growth, comes an increased demand of time and energy. I’m not going to lie, I often don’t know how much more of either I have to spare.

When I speak to my corporate clients, I talk about the downside to multi-tasking, the importance of completing one task at a time, and not overcommitting.  Yet I look at my calendar (all color-coded of course) and feel my anxiety rising as I wonder how on earth I am going to get it all done.

Which brings me back to my original point “what I learned on my summer vacation” (or in this case, my kids’ Spring Break).

1.    Be Present. I learned that I am a calmer mother when I am not running a thousand miles an hour.  Prioritizing the 3 top things that are most important is better than trying to do 20 things at once.

2.    Be Honest. This is especially important as my business is growing. It’s ok to say “no” or “not right now”.  As much as I want to please everyone with a sense of urgency, there is only 1 of me (thank goodness!). I would rather be honest and explain to someone that I am overextended, rather then overcommit. If they are willing to wait, I can give them the one-on-one attention that I pride myself on; not to mention that I am calmer and more focused. In the long run, everyone wins.

3.    Be Proactive. The average person receives an average of 100 emails per day, and only 20 are truly relevant.  Instead of reacting every time your email refreshes, dedicate specific times during the day to check, respond, and most importantly, delete emails.  It is significantly more efficient as opposed to having your head buried in your phone all day (which my kids often accuse me of doing!).

Life is short; time is precious. Take time to organize your day. Knowing your limits allows you to function at your best.
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Laurie Palau

Laurie Palau is the founder of simply B organized and host of the weekly podcast, This ORGANIZED Life. She is a go-to Organizing Expert whose advice has been featured in The New York Times Parenting Section, Family Circle, and Home + Table Magazine. Laurie can also be seen sharing tips on the CBS Philadelphia’s Morning Show & WFMZ. She lives in Bucks County, PA with her husband, 2 daughters, and 2 dogs.

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