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Remembering Items as I Go Out the Door

If I need to bring an item with me the next day, I usually put it in a bag and hang the bag on the door knob so I see it as I am leaving. . . If the item happens to need refrigeration this wont work. . so I put my car keys in the fridge with the item. . . and never leave with out it!

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Plan Exercise

I have a small erasable white board on my bedroom door. Every week I write down what exercise I'm going to do for each day of the week. This gives me a quick visual first thing in the morning of what I need to do that day to get in my execise.

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Menu Planning & Writing a Grocery List

If you want to stick to your diet, it is very important to plan a healthy menu, make a list, and stick to it when shopping. Stores are sure to put fattening and expensive treats on the end of an aisle and at eye level to get you to buy. Be sure to eat before you shop, to keep from impulse buying!

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Monthly Budget

Making a budget every month helps me stay on track. I purchased a book and 'Pre' spend all my money for the month. This way all our bills are always PAID. It feels great!

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Prep Your Bills

I pay my bills the old fashioned way, by mail. To save time, I "prep" them as soon as they are brought into the house from the mailbox.

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Put Labels on Battery Chargers

Whenever you buy an item that comes with a battery charger (electronics, toys, cell phones, etc.), put a label on the charger identifying its' purpose.

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Getting ready for work

I have started putting my outfits for the week together on Sunday. I hang the entire outfit (assessories etc.) on a wooden hanger and put them all together at the front of the closet.

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PLAN AHEAD AND KEEP THE FRIDGE/PANTRY STOCKED WITH HEALTHY OPTIONS

Always have a plan! Going out to run an errand at lunch? In a meeting during lunch? Plan ahead by keeping water and a piece of fruit, some nuts etc. with you in your car or briefcase. Don't be tempted by the drive thru if you are in a hurry!

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storage

I put one of those shoe storage things that hang on the back of the door in my pantry. I measure out snacks and put them in bags and write how many cals . I then put the bags in the organizer . When I go looking for a snack it's easier and I know exactly how many cals I am eating.

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Small Actions over time = big results

Just like with weight loss, you need not tackle all your organizational issues at once. Try 15 minutes a day, and you'll find yourself with 105 minutes (1 hr, 45 mins!) per week of organizational work.

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