Rank #1: 3 - Fill Your Sunday Basket
It’s time to fill your Sunday Basket®!
If you’ve been listening along to my previous podcast episodes, then you have:
- Got your basket (or box or bag)
- Decided on the day of the week that you’ll go through it
Plus, you may have signed up for a Sunday Basket® Workshop.
Now it’s time to take some more action and fill your basket.
There are four items that I want you to put into your Sunday Basket®. From now until the day that you are going to sort your basket, I want you to be filling your basket with these four items.
Put all of your mail into the basket. It does not need to be open and you don’t need to sort through it – just put your mail into the basket. Defer your brain power until Sunday when it comes to sorting mail.
Put coupons unclipped into your Sunday Basket®.
- Actionable to-do's
Put all actionable to-do's in your basket. For example, when someone asks you to fill out paperwork, or arrange a lunch, etc. Always ask yourself the question, “can this wait until Sunday?” If the answer is yes, put it in your Sunday Basket®.
The number one thing that causes worry, stress, and exhaustion is thinking about these things. We’re clearing up your mental exhaustion so that you can clearly think about these things on Sunday.
- Notes to yourself
I recommend you go to a store and get index cards and post-it notes and get into the habit of writing notes to yourself. When you think of something that you need or want to do, write it down on a piece of paper and put that paper into your Sunday Basket® if it can wait until Sunday.
If you don’t have time to write a note, put something in your basket that will serve as a reminder. For example, if you need a new food item, put the empty box in your basket to remind you to order another.Your Sunday Basket® Must Go On Your Kitchen Counter
This is why you should get something that looks pretty! My own Sunday Basket® that will be available to purchase in February is pretty and functional (to me functional is the most important, but it is pretty, too!).
If your Sunday Basket® is anywhere else, like in your home office, you just won’t use it. Your Sunday Basket® is your inbox for the whole family so it needs to be prominent to you and all family members.
The key thing is to defer everything that you possibly can until Sunday. This will enable you to defer your brain when it comes to thinking about these things until Sunday, reducing your worry and stress through the week.
It may seem like you are going to spend far too long going through the Sunday Basket®, but I promise you that I will walk you through it, step-by-step, week-by-week. By around Week 6, you will not believe you ever got by without a Sunday Basket®!
You will learn how to become ultra-productive which will improve your life in more ways than you can imagine.Action For Today: Go fill your basket!
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Jan 02 2018
Rank #2: 4 - Step 1 - Shred, Recycle, Open & Sort
The next five podcasts go through exactly what to do with the items that you have in your Sunday Basket®.
When you sit down to do your Sunday Basket®, follow the actions that I talk about in this podcast episode and the following four podcasts, too.
There are two key actions that lead to the success of the Sunday Basket®... first, to completely empty it every time, and second, you must go through it every single week!
Before you get started, make sure you find a place that you’re comfortable sitting while you complete a project. For me, it’s sitting on my bed or the floor. I make too many piles to do it at the table! Also, have your trash bin next to you and a space for a recycling pile.Step 1: Empty your Sunday Basket®
By empty, I mean completely empty. Take everything out of your basket. Move your empty basket to the side. The only things going back into your empty basket are the things that can wait until next Sunday.Step 2: Decide what can be recycled or trashed
Spend 5-10 minutes deciding what can be recycled (or shredded) or trashed. Quickly filter out those items that you can decide on right away, like flyers and magazines.Step 3: Pick up each item and open all your mail
If your mail needs to be recycled or trashed, put it in that pile right away. Then, open up the bills. Keep the important section of the bill (the part that you need to pay the bill) and put it into a pile for taking action. Shred or recycle the rest. You’ve now filtered out of your basket all items that require recycling or trashing, and you’re left with a pile of paper where everything requires action.
Now may be a good time for a little break from the sorting. I suggest you take action on the household to-do items. For example, if you need to order batteries for that kitchen appliance or sew that button on a blouse, take a bit of a break from the paper sorting and take action.
There you have it, step 1 of The Sunday Basket® – shred, recycle, open and sort.
Step 2 is covered in my next podcast episode number 5.
Jan 03 2018
Rank #3: 5 - Step 2 - Your Top 3 Sunday Basket Piles
Step 2 - Your Top 3 Sunday Basket® Piles
If you listened to the last podcast episode and followed along taking action, then currently you have a completely empty Sunday Basket®. You also have a big pile of paper that requires action. You've gotten rid of anything that can be shredded or recycled. You've opened up all of your mail and only kept the parts that you need to take action on. Phew!
Now everything in front of you needs to be acted upon.
There are three things that are in every person’s Sunday Basket®.
- Mail & Money: Bills and things to be mailed
- Errands & Outside The House: Errands and items that you need to buy or do outside of the home
- Computer & Calendar: Items that need to be put on your computer, on your calendar, or you need to order something on your computer
Almost all actionable items in your Sunday Basket® each week fall into one of those three categories.
I want you to make three piles according to the three categories above.
In the next podcast episode, I’m going to discuss what to do with your three piles!
Jan 04 2018
Rank #4: 6 - Step 3 - Take Action!
Step 3 - Take Action!
I hope you’re enjoying The Sunday Basket® Podcast so far.
If you’ve been following along with the podcast episodes, then you should have three piles of your actionable items from your Sunday Basket®.
Your three actionable piles are:
- Mail & Money: Bills and things to be mailed
- Errands & Outside The House: Errands and items that you need to buy or do outside of the home
- Computer & Calendar: Items that need to be put on your computer, on your calendar, or you need to order them on your computer
The next part takes up the bulk of your Sunday Basket® time. It can take you anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to work on these piles.
Before we get going, I want to let you know that the Sunday Basket® is all about you. While I may talk about your kids, your spouse, and your extended family, the Sunday Basket® is about YOU. It’s about your time, your to-do's, and your calendar. It applies to any woman, of any generation, anywhere in the world.
Your first action now is to sit down with your mail and money pile and work through it. Pay your bills. Reconcile your bank checks (I can’t be the only person who still does this!). Check your investments. Mail out whatever needs to be mailed on a Monday morning. This usually takes me about 30 minutes.
Next up is your computer and calendar pile. I have two high school-age teenage kids who are getting ready for college, learning to drive… they are as busy as ever. I manage a calendar for each family member. I spend a lot of time calculating things like who is driving who, where, and when. I note everything on calendars. I need to spend at least 30 minutes each Sunday doing work on our calendars.
Next, I work on computer-related tasks. For example, I do my grocery shopping online, I order A LOT on Amazon (daily). I check my email. This is another good 30 minutes to an hour.
My Sunday Basket® takes me at least 90 minutes every week. The great thing is that on Sunday night, I feel very organized. I can focus on my business Monday to Friday and on my family Saturday and Sunday.
Finally, we're to errands and outside the home tasks. They are often the tasks that we don’t equate time to. But, they can take up so much more time than you realize. For example, I worked out that I drove 25 hours a week last year just driving my kids to school and back. That is a lot of time. I have an organizer friend who spends 3 hours a day commuting. All of this time in the car can be lost time.
Your errand pile isn’t going to be completed on Sunday, but you’re going to plan for it. For example, what can you put into the trunk of your car now that you’ll need later in the week? All of these actions help you to have a more organized and productive week.
When I go to bed on Sunday night, my goal is that all the bills are paid, the mail is ready to go out the following morning, I’ve updated my calendar for the week, everyone in my family knows where they are going and when, I have bought anything that I possibly can for the week coming up, and the errands for the week are pre-planned.
Now it’s your turn! Take action on your money and mail, your calendar and computer, and plan your errands.
In the next episode, I’m going to talk about how to plan your week.
Jan 05 2018
Rank #5: 11- Paper Organizing Retreats
My second big announcement from the Organize 365 National Convention is the exciting news that we are going to have Paper Organizing Retreats!
That’s right, you can literally pack up all of your paper into boxes, travel to Cincinnati, and organize your paper during a productive weekend retreat with key members of the Organize 365 Team – how awesome is that? I’m so excited!
I’ve wanted to start these Paper Organizing Retreats for years. When I began Organize 365 in 2012, I knew I needed to launch a unique organizing retreat where people could bring their paper and organize all of it (while listening to some great music and snacking on delicious food as we go) – it was the PERFECT plan.
But it took six years to turn that vision into a reality, and in many ways, I’m glad it took so long because now I’m 100% sure that I’ve come up with the best products, best structure, and the best team possible.
After six years of long hours and lots of hard work, we have finally done it!Organizing Paper Is Hard
Organizing paper isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, especially if you aren’t a passionate organizer.
At home, it’s easy to get distracted and procrastinate, which is why it’s such a good idea to join one of my Paper Organizing Retreats where you can focus and actually get work done.
But one of the main reasons to attend a retreat like this is so you can have the opportunity to ask questions to professional organizers. You’ll know exactly what you’re doing, and you’ll be able to avoid shredding a file that you really shouldn’t have because, unfortunately, there are no time machines when it comes to organizing paperwork!The REAL Reason For My Paper Organizing Retreats
Yes, I like to help people organize their paper, and I love the community of organizers we have here at Organize 365 and the Sunday Basket®. BUT there is a deeper, more personal reason why I decided to launch these retreats.
When my kids were young, they got a lot of different diagnoses including things like autism, ADHD, bipolar, food sensitives, and so on. And you know what? It was so overwhelming!
I soon transformed into a protective mama bear. I was determined to know as much as possible about their conditions and I’m sure a lot of mothers who find themselves in similar situations do the same thing. Who can blame us?
Whenever we receive unexpected news like a medical diagnosis or a sudden death in the family, it’s like your entire world comes crashing down.
One minute, you’re sailing through life, the birds are singing, and your only concern is what you’re going to cook for dinner. And then BANG, you hear some terrible news. Then you’re devastated and left with all this paperwork you didn’t even know existed.
I know that feeling all too well, which is why I wanted to create the Paper Organizing Retreats to help reduce stress at a time in your life when you feel like everything is just falling apart.Getting Organized On The Retreat
On a more light-hearted note, when you attend the retreat, you’re guaranteed to leave a lot more organized than you were when you arrived!
If you’ve got your hands on one of the new Friday Workboxes that have just been released for your home-based business, you can take it with you to the retreat and get stuff into it.
The Friday Workboxes can really help you to get an effective system in place so you have more structure and direction to take your business that extra step further.
The retreat begins at 9 am on Saturday morning. When you arrive, you’ll have your own organizing table which includes a shredding bag and a recycling bag. You’ll spend a lot of time during the first half of Saturday going through your paper and organizing them into three piles: shredding, deleting, and the keep pile.
Everything you want to shred can go into the shredding bag, the paper you want to recycle can go into the recycling bag, and the rest of the paper is what you’ll need to focus most of your time and energy into organizing.
You can then begin to organize your paper into the Organize 365 binders, slash pockets, or the Sunday Basket®. You can either bring your own items with you, buy them from the Organize 365 Store, or pre-order your products in advance and have them available at your seat when you arrive at the retreat.The Paper Organizing Retreat Team
I’m excited to introduce you to three of the key members of this retreat team!
First up, we have Janet Davis. You may have heard me mention her in previous podcasts because she’s just amazing and she’s going to be helping me run the Paper Organizing Retreats. She is our lead Paper Organizing Retreat Planner, and we’ve known each other for over 17 years.
The second team member I want to mention is my sister, Emily Kelly. Emily is the Marketing Director of Organize 365, so she’ll be at the retreats helping you to organize your paperwork into the binders.
Last, but not least, we have the Organize 365 Sunday Basket Club Queen, Monique Horb. Monique is a huge fan of the binders, and she’s also a Sunday Basket® Certified Organizer. She knows absolutely EVERYTHING about the binders and will be more than happy to help you organize your paper during the retreat.
Each member of the team is HIPPA certified, so you don’t need to worry about that side of things when you’re organizing private papers and documents at the retreat.
I’m so excited about the Paper Organizing Retreats! It’s going to be a fantastic opportunity to meet more of you AND it gives you the chance to really dive into your paper organizing like never before!
If you want to find out more about the retreats, head over to Organize365.com/events!
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Jun 17 2018