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  • Writer's pictureDustin K

Let's get things squared away this year

With a new year comes a new sense of ambition and a desire to change the world.

It may only be the world around you that you hope to change by getting into a new house, a new job, a new position or planning for an upcoming getaway, but certainly, every one of us shares a desire for change.

The question is, where do you start?

If you want to change the world, start off by making your Bed - William McRaven, US Navy Admiral

In his famous speech to the 2014 graduating class at the University of Texas, Admiral McRaven extols the importance of the little things because, "if you can't do the little things right, you'll never be able to do the big things right." Sometimes in life, we ignore the little things in pursuit of ticking the big ones off our list. This year it's time to get organized, so the little things become stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks.

We've previously discussed the benefits of decluttering in our article. Clean your house & clear your mind, but decluttering and keeping things clean is only a piece of the puzzle towards getting organized.

Part of our resolution for this year is to live a more organized life. To change the world around us for the better by getting things in order, so we can spend less time addressing the chaos and more time shaping our future.

In her article 20 Ways To Organize Your Life Now on Charley Mendoza highlights just a few great ways you can start getting organized today. We've had the pleasure of putting a few into practice recently:

  • Get a money management app

There are plenty of different budgeting apps and options these days. The one we opted for is YNAB (You Need A Budget). It has simplified and focused our budgeting away from the need for an excess of personal forecasting spreadsheets to keep us on track in a similar way to how we use Quickbooks for keeping track of our business finances.

  • Create a list of your passwords in a safe app or offline file

Internet safety is no joke, and using too few passwords can leave you vulnerable to the darker side of the internet. Although, creating too many complicated passwords can also have you resetting them over and over each time you lose your sticky note. We recently discovered Dashlane as an excellent option for generating and storing strong passwords.

  • Clean up your inbox & unsubscribe from unread email newsletters, magazines and other subscriptions

Don't just delete the spam you don't want to see in your inbox; take a moment to unsubscribe from it to prevent it from coming back. scroll to the bottom of most mass marketing emails, and there will be an unsubscribe link preventing you from seeing it again.

  • Get a task management app on your smartphone

To-do lists are great until you forget where you've put them. Get a simple task management program on your phone, so you can easily keep track and update the items as you go. We have recently begun using Google Tasks. Since it's already well integrated with Gmail, it enables us to take action on emails quickly.

Just like changing the world, getting organized happens one day at a time with small positive steps in the right direction. We might not have the power to change the world for a great number of people, but we can take great steps to change the world for a few people.

To start, we want to treat someone in our community to take-out from Mckeck's, so you can have a night off cooking to start getting organized.

Like Kacaba Cottage Care on Facebook

Like, Share & Comment on the "Let's get organized" Facebook post.

We'll select and contact the winner through Facebook at the end of January 31, 2021, and treat them to a $100 Mckeck's gift certificate, so they can take a night off cooking to get organized. This contest is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Instagram. Must be +18 and a resident of ON, Canada to qualify

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