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Real Simple magazine came up with this “2011 get-it-together handbook” that I thought was a lot of fun.

The idea is to stop procrastinating. Even if we only have five minutes there is a lot we can do, so pick a task, any task! These mini chores will give you that juicy accomplishment buzz while making the most of sudden downtime.

Call you dad;

Floss your teeth;

Sew on a button;

Test pens and toss the dead ones;

Put to-be-donated clothes in a bag by the door;

Arrange your hangers so they all face the same way;

Write a thank-you note that you’ve been putting off;

Remove gum wrappers, receipts and ATM slips from your purse;

Throw out all expired coupons;

Check your stack of magazine and eliminate half;

Look in your shower stall. Ditch any shampoos or body washes you haven’t used in forever;

Neat up the freezer;

Scan your sock drawer and put away any one-offs.

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We still have a couple of months before the heat is over and I thought it was a good idea to give some tips on how to pack light for your next summer trip. One carry on piece is probably more than enough and it will save you money, time and avoid headaches caused by lost luggage.

Remember that less is more when packing, especially if you are flying and/or going to several destinations . As long as you have a credit card for emergencies, you hardly will find your self in need of something you didn’t pack.

Take a look at my tips:

And here is what else you can do:

1-      Check out the Universal Packing List, and see what is necessary for your trip;

2-      Always bring a little bag that makes a big tote. You might need it for extra shopping, dirty laundry or other emergencies;

From The Container Store

3-      Pack two pairs of shoes and a pair of flip-flops. One pair of comfortable walking shoes and another that you can use in a special occasion. If you must bring boots, wear them when traveling;

4-      Same goes with heavy jackets. Always wear the bulkiest item, they weight your luggage but not you :);

5-    If you wear eye glasses, make sure to pack a spare pair in case you break or lose it;

6-    “There’s no question: overpacking tops the list of biggest travel mistakes”. Check out detailed tips and learn how to lighten your load in this great website.

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A very common complaint that I hear from different people is that nothing seems to get done by the end of the day. Ok, maybe something, but never everything. I think it’s important to have a system that will allow you to be more organized and stop procrastinating, especially with activities that don’t seem to be too pleasant to you.

Let’s start by getting used to make a “TO DO LIST”. I’ve been doing a daily list of activities since I can recall, and trust me, it never let me down.

Get a little notebook and keep it with you all the time. Choose a light one so it won’t be a burden to carry in your purse. Now write everything down! And I mean even things that you might consider obvious, like doing the dishes.

So it goes like this, for example:

–          laundry;

–          book a dentist appointment;

–          write a thank you note to Amanda;

–          reply emails;

–          work out!!

–          cook some healthy food;

–          add Nine to my queue on Netflix.

These are a few things that crossed my mind during the day and at the moment I thought about it I wrote it down in my notebook.

At night it’s time to organize the list in order of priorities and to take a couple of minutes to think of anything else you might have forgotten. The list should now be numbered and you should not move to the next item before finishing the previous.

Start by doing what’s harder for you, so you don’t have to think about it anymore during the day, it’s done!

The TO DO LIST for tomorrow is:

1-      work out!! For at least 30 minutes.

2-      Have a healthy breakfast (make a natural apple juice).

3-      Do dishes and laundry;

4-      book a dentist appointment for Tuesday;

5-      write a thank you note to Amanda;

6-      reply emails from Carlos (have credit card number with me) and Lucia (tell her I can’t make it before 2pm);

7-      add Nine to my queue on Netflix.

Don’t forget to cross the item off your list as you complete it. By the end of the day, tear the page off and start a blank new one for the next day.

Here, I’m talking about a personal agenda, if you can manage to separate it from your professional tasks. At your office or work you should have another one with a list of activities due to that day. Keep it on your desk at the same place and take a look at it first thing. It might seem too much to consider, but trust me, once you get used to it nothing is left behind anymore.

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Spring is around the corner and we are getting ready for that annual clean. Since only a few privileged have some help in this task, the great majority (us!) have to do it on our own. For me it’s a great pleasure to work on it, especially to see the results when everything is clean and neat, but for some people it can be a nightmare just to start thinking about it.

Martha Stewart is a great source for home cleaning tips and her team designed a very helpful printable checklist. Just remember to tailor the list to your home and create a realistic schedule. It won’t take long; try to get your family, roommates and friends together and it will be much more fun.

Don’t forget to share the results with us!

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