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5 Tips tp Tackle Your To-Do List!

Bay Area Professional Organizer

De-Clutter to De-Stress with Kiera Rain

“Rename your “To-Do” list to your “Opportunities” list. Each day is a treasure chest filled with limitless opportunities; take joy in checking many off your list.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

5 Tips to Tackle Your To-Do List!

1) Do you REALLY need or want to do it? Or can you delete it from your list altogether or at least delegate it to someone else? For an example, I'm so glad I have a landscaper who can take care of my yard for me, especially in this California heat. You may consider hiring a personal assistant if your work load is overloaded. You may want to hire a cleaning service or the neighborhood teen to help out with personal assisting, childcare, lawn care, etc. But even better, is sometimes just completely deleting it from your list! No one is Super Human--we can't do it all. Nor should we.

2) Overwhelmed? Set a Timer for 30 Minutes. When it dings, pat yourself on the back and go back to your regular day. Repeat each day for a week. Or one day a week, same day every week. 

3) Use the "Snowball Method." The Snowball Method is a visually depicted metaphor that keeps you focused and the momentum building to reach completed success! This is a wonderful way to approach your debt, your to-do list, scheduling, or anything else you need motivation with. Picture yourself in the snow, making a snowball--it's small, it's the size of your hands. If you want to make it bigger, you place it in the snow and start rolling it, and you watch it as it gets bigger and bigger, picking up more and more snow as it travels along. For your work projects, it's the same thing: take the smallest task at hand (returning a phone call, scheduling that dr's appt, mailing out the wedding RSVP). Completing each small thing, one at a time, will make you feel immediately accomplished, taking weight off your shoulders. You'll be amazed at how quickly your to-do list is whittled down smaller and smaller, and you'll gain momentum with the energy you create by getting more stuff done, faster! You save the biggest, hardest, most time-consuming projects for last, and tackle the smallest tasks first.

4) Do things ONE AT A TIME. Don't overwhelm yourself more by trying to multi-task like a superhero in the ending of the world. Pick up ONE THING at a time, and don't pick up another to-do until you've completed it. You WILL get more done this way, I promise. This concept is especially hard for ADHD clients, but it's a bad habit needing to be broken because it's counterproductive. ONE THING AT A TIME--slow and steady wins the race. :-)

5) Make it Fun! Turn on the lights, play some upbeat music, pour a glass of wine, open your windows for fresh fair and more light, leave behind all the distractions (have Grandma come pick up the kids!) Make a Game out of it. Make a Race out of it. Reward yourself with ice cream once you've finished your goal.

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Hi, Ya'll! Hope your week is going well. As your Bay Area Professional Organizer, I wanted to share some wonderful and helpful resources for you to help you tackle your long to-do list (it's never-ending, isn't it?) If you're not in the Bay Area, the below list still gives you a great platform to do a local search for a service professional in your area.

Have an Organized Day!
Kiera Rain
Bay Area Professional Organizer

Need to Sell Some Things?

Have things you need to sell? When you're de-cluttering and you come across things you want to sell, or have yet to make time for that garage sale, or for years you have been meaning to sell your collection, Debbie DeSousa is the gal to call! She's also a perfect contact for anyone going through an estate case. She has decades of experience and has her own business. I refer her to all of my clients, and she also sells my things. I personally hate selling things--it's time consuming and a pain in the neck to figure out proper pricing, answering calls/emails about the item(s) and handling everything that comes with selling something. Debbie is better than a thrift store or pawn shop who charge 60-70%, because she just does an even 50/50 split of the profits, and she sends you your money straight to your PayPal account. She sells things online, in-person, at flea markets and her regular garage sales. And she's the queen of research to make sure she's got the best price possible for the item and at a price that it will actually sell at. HIGHLY recommend her services!

Debbie DeSousa  925-672-9598 barterbucks1@yahoo.com

Have Junk You Need Hauled Off?

This company is phenomenal! Excellent customer service, on time, helpful, great prices--best of the best! They have 5 Stars on Yelp! They offer recycling, and will take anything and everything practically besides hazardous waste--including furniture, mattresses, stoves, refrigerators, trash, etc. Give them a call now to get it off your to-do list!

Ivan, Junk Hauler, 510-648-7890


Need Floors Replaced?

You can't beat the above floor cleaning service prices, but sometimes cleaning just won't cut it--sometimes they just need to be replaced. I HIGHLY recommend Reggie Keding with Floor Coverings International at 1000 Detroit Ave Suite F in Concord, CA. And yes, they travel to your home or office, too!


Anderson Bros Movers is a Family Owned and Operated Business since 1976! They have great reviews, licensed and insured, and will help eliminate some stress that moving causes o so much of!

Empty Picture Frames Laying Around?

Most of my clients have an abundance of outdated pictures hanging up, or even better--stacks of empty picture frames laying around. If you need some pictures for your wall, I can't say enough about the talented Mr. Eric James Photography based out of Walnut Creek, or his amazing prices that he should be charging much, much more for! Take advantage of his prices and beyond creative artistic talent! He has taken my own family pictures, and his niche is engagements and weddings. You can see from the 3 I've chosen that he's definitely not a cookie-cutter photographer!

See more of his photo art here >>

Eric James Photography

Talk About De-Stressing!

Yep, you can De-Clutter to De-Stress, but getting a Massage is even better! I've been to a lot of massage therapists, and I have never been to a better one than Franz Ruliva of 4 Therapeutic Kneads in Pleasant Hill, CA! Whether you "knead" deep tissue or soft and relaxing, he's your guy. De-Stress so you can really tackle that To-Do list!

Check out his Stellar Yelp Reviews here >>

Franz Ruliva, Owner/Massage Therapist
of 4 Therapeutic Kneads
81 Gregory Lane
Suite 230
Pleasant Hill, CA

2 Comments to 5 Tips tp Tackle Your To-Do List!:

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Packers and Movers In Gurgaon on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 1:17 PM
One at a time and make it fun were the most useful tips,not just in this case but in the life also.
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Amy on Sunday, September 01, 2013 11:02 PM
Thanks for sharing this post to us. This really give big help. Keep posting!
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