Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Trash 10 Tuesday - Launches Today!!!

Today launches Trash 10 Tuesday, a FREE weekly challenge to delete 10 photos off of your smart phone.

Grab your smartphone and delete 10 photos TODAY.

Just imagine...if delete 10 photos every week until the end of 2017, you will have deleted 260 photos off of your smartphone.

What are you waiting for?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

One Pot Wonder - Super Chorizo Scramble

These days I'm on the quest for easy meal prep recipes to ensure successful eating during the week.

This happy experiment was not only easy but it was tasty, reaheated well and was liked by all in our home. 

For all you Trader Joe's fans, all the ingredients are easily found all the time.

Super Chorizo Scramble
-5 servings
-4 Smart Points
-approx 20 minutes active cooking time

INGREDIENTS (all from Trader Joe's)
1 bag Frozen cauliflower rice
1 bag Crimini mushrooms
1 package Soy Chorizo (removed from the plastic casing)
1 1/4 c Egg Substitute























STEP 1 - Cauliflower Rice
Pour the entire bag of cauliflower in a large non-stick pan. No oil needed. Stir on occasion. Cook until defrosted and tender to the bite.




Step 2 - Mushrooms
As the cauliflower cooks, chop up the mushrooms.


Step 3 - Cook Mushrooms
Add the mushrooms to the cauliflower. Stir until the mushrooms are soft. 
Note: The cauliflower will start looking grey. Don't worry. The color will improve with the chorizo.)




Step 4 - Chorizo
Add the chorizo and stir frequently. Until chorizo is warmed up.












Step 5 - Egg Substitute
Add the egg substitute. Stir until cooked.



Step 6 - Portion
Divide into 5 containers and enjoy.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Weekend Wednesday #8 - File Papers "Filer's Choice"

Besides being a professional organizer, I am also an indoor cycling instructor. Occasionally, in my classes, I'll set aside a song for "rider's choice." Usually at this point in a class, riders are in one of two places, "feeling strong and can take on the world" or "given all I can give and just need to survive to the end of class." Rider's choice allows one to take control and go where and how they want to go for this song.

So, on this last "official" week of filing papers, I'm calling "filer's choice." This means you get to chose:

  • topic (do you still have tax papers?) 
  • number of papers (don't exceed 20 pieces of paper but do no less than 10)

Preparation Steps

Pre Step 1 - Check your stock of file folders & hanging file folders.
Prep Step 2 - Have Post-It notes on hand.

Action Steps

Step 1 - Gather 10-20 Pieces of Paper to Be Filed
Just pick 10 and only 10.

Step 2 - Start Filing
Stop after you have filed 10 pieces of paper.

Step 3 - Make Any Folders That Are Needed
I recommend a hanging & manila folder system. The substeps are below. Here is where the Post-It notes come in.

     Step 3.1 Make a Manilla Folder - Use a Post-It for the label. This makes it easy for recycling folders.
     Step 3.2 Make a hanging folder - use a Post-It for the label

Step 4 - Assess Your Project
How did it go? Was it easy? Was it hard? Learn from what worked and carry it forward into next week's project. Also learn from what didn't work and avoid it moving forward.

The full list of Weekend Wednesday projects can be found here: 2017 Weekend Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Weekend Wednesday #7 - 10 Pieces of Paper - Taxes Edition

This is week #2 of filing papers. This week, the focus is on finding and filing your papers/receipts connected to your taxes.

We all have the pile of papers that need filing. Well, this is your chance to take them on.

This week, we will focus on filing taxes papers as tax season is here!

This weekend, you will file 10 papers...and 10 papers only!!!

Preparation Steps

Pre Step 1 - Check your stock of file folders & hanging file folders.
Prep Step 2 - Have Post-It notes on hand.

Action Steps

Step 1 - Gather 10 Pieces of Tax-Related Paper to Be Filed
Just pick 10 and only 10.

Step 2 - Start Filing
Stop after you have filed 10 pieces of paper.

Step 3 - Make Any Tax Folders That Are Needed
I recommend a hanging & manila folder system. The substeps are below. Here is where the Post-It notes come in.

     Step 3.1 Make a Manilla Folder - Use a Post-It for the label. This makes it easy for recycling folders.
     Step 3.2 Make a hanging folder - use a Post-It for the label

Step 4 - Assess Your Project
How did it go? Was it easy? Was it hard? Learn from what worked and carry it forward into next week's project. Also learn from what didn't work and avoid it moving forward.

The full list of Weekend Wednesday projects can be found here: 2017 Weekend Wednesday.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Weekend Wednesday #6 - File 10 Pieces of Paper

This week, and for the rest of February, we will take on filing papers.

We all have the pile of papers that need filing. Well, this is your chance to take them on.

This weekend, you will file 10 papers.

Preparation Steps

Pre Step 1 - Check your stock of file folders & hanging file folders.
Prep Step 2 - Have Post-It notes on hand.

Action Steps

Step 1 - Gather 10 Pieces of Paper to Be Filed
Just pick 10 and only 10.

Step 2 - Start Filing
Stop after you have filed 10 pieces of paper.

Step 3 - Make Any Folders That Are Needed
I recommend a hanging & manila folder system. The substeps are below. Here is where the Post-It notes come in.

     Step 3.1 Make a Manilla Folder - Use a Post-It for the label. This makes it easy for recycling folders.
     Step 3.2 Make a hanging folder - use a Post-It for the label

Step 4 - Assess Your Project
How did it go? Was it easy? Was it hard? Learn from what worked and carry it forward into next week's project. Also learn from what didn't work and avoid it moving forward.

The full list of Weekend Wednesday projects can be found here: 2017 Weekend Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Weekend Wednesday #5 - Office Supply/Shelf Area

As I mentioned in my last post ("When Life Shows Up - Give Up or Learn?") Weekend Wednesday #4 has been cancelled so we kick off February with Weekend Wednesday #5 - Decluttering & Organizing an Office Supply area or Self.

Below are the preparation and weekend steps you will take to tackle an office supply area of office shelf.

Step 1 - Preparation - Select the Area
Either in your home or work office area, find a shelf or office supply area that needs some help.

Here are my "before" pictures. Yes, I have supplies in 2 separate places. This will be fun.




Step 2 - Preparation - Recycle, Trash and Move
Ensure that you have recycle and trash bins to capture what you will no longer need to keep. Also designate an area for items that will move. This movement can be donation or give away.

Step 3 - Weekend Work - Clear the Area
Take everything off/out of the area you have already designated.

Step 4 - Review & Analyze
Pick up each item and decide if you want to keep it, trash it or move it. For the "keeps" group them like-with-like. Immediately, put the "trash" items in a trash bin* and the "recycle" items in a recycle bin. There is no need to create a new pile of "stuff."

Step 5 - Schedule "Move"
Grab your calendar and schedule a time when you will handle the "move" items. It might entail taking the items to your friend/family member (if they indeed want the items). Schedule that time in your calendar. It might entail taking the items to a donation center. Schedule that time as well.

Step 7 - Return Keep Items To Shelf
As you return the items, ensure you put like-with-like and that you are able to see everything you have.

Step 8 - Assess Your Project
How did it go? Was it easy? Was it hard? Learn from what worked and carry it forward into next week's project. Also learn from what didn't work and avoid it moving forward.

The full list of Weekend Wednesday projects can be found here: 2017 Weekend Wednesday.

*NOTE: If any of the "trash" items are "hazardous/electronic" waste (like batteries or toner etc) be sure to properly dispose of them at an authorized household hazardous waste center. Each city has a website for household/electronic waste information. The Long Beach, CA link is here: Long Beach Recycles.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

When "Life" Shows Up - Give Up or Learn?

You might be wondering what happened to Weekend Wednesday #4 and the weekend project.

Well, "life" showed up in the form of a new project with a new client. While thrilled for the opportunity, I let it be a distraction keeping me from my commitment to the Weekend Wednesday 2017 program.




Give Up?
Now, I can sit here and justify it or beat myself up about it or just plain give up on the new project and the Weekend Wednesday 2017 program.

OR.....

Assess
I can use this as a learning opportunity and assess how to proceed. 

Review Goals & Priorities
First, I paused and took a look at the big picture of my goals, priorities and current projects and activities. Fortunately, Weekend Wednesday and the new project both fit the big picture. 

Maintain Quality?
Second, I assessed my schedule to determine if I had to time to see if I could maintain the new project work at top quality as well as keep up the quality of the Weekend Wednesday program. Happily, there is room.

Done Is Better Than Perfect
Third, I remembered the wise words I read in Sheryl Sandburg's book, Lean In, "Done is better than perfect." I then crossed out the 1/28 Weekend Wednesday project on the overall 2017 projects list and will move foward with the program. 

Go Foward Plan
Finally, I created a game plan that is doable going forward that includes some wiggle room for future "life" instances showing up. Yes, I know that one can't plan for everything but one can be ready for some things.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Weekend Wednesday #3 - another office drawer with step-by-step pictures

Week #3 - Another Office Drawer - With Step by Step Pictures

We are still in the office this week taking care of our drawers.

Below is my office drawer journey. Play along with your own desk drawer.

STEP 1 - Take a before picture (if you dare)

Here is my before picture of my actual desk drawer at work.



Step 2 - Pull everything out of the drawer and group like with like.

Everything was in that little drawer.
Step 3 - Review and make decisions: keep, trash, move.
Everything categorized: trash, move, keep.

TRASH: Old receipts, small paperclips (which I HATE),
old pens and old "thank you" notes (will buy new ones).
MOVE: I'm paperless so I didn't need the binder clips or letter opener. They got moved to the central office supply center on our floor. I gave the book to a colleague. The microphone got placed with the rest of the AV equipment.
KEEP: Ensured I only had items that
were working/useful and needed.
SUB-SORTING: I even "sub-sorted" my push pins.
I only kept a small subset of my favorite color.
Again, I'm paperless so only a few push-pins are needed.

 Step 4 - Replace the "keeps" into drawer, like with like.





Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Weekend Wednesday #2 - office drawer

Welcome to Week 2 of the 2017 Weekend Wednesday program!!!

Before we dive into week #2, how was week 1? Be sure to post your pictures on Facebook to share your success. You never know who you will inspire.

Photo credit: Morguefile.com
WEEKEND WEDNESDAY #2 - office drawer

Step 1 - Take a before picture.
Step 2 - Pull everything out of the drawer.
Step 3 - Evaluate and purge/move (Used it in the last year? Broken? Not an office item?)
Step 4 - Organize/categorize & replace.
Step 5 - Take an after picture.
Step 6 - Share!!!! Post your before and after pictures on the Jaxtastic Life Facebook page or on Twitter or Instragram. Be sure to use the hashtag #weekendwednesdays

QUESTIONS???
Post your questions on the Jaxtastic Life Facebook page.

What is Weekend Wednesday?
Weekend Wednesdays is a weekly program of small projects to help you build your organization muscles. Every Wednesday, I will post a project, along with supplies or actions needed to prepare for your weekend work.

2017 WEEKEND WEDNESDAY - ALL PROJECTS
Want to look ahead? The full list of 2017 weekend projects is available here.

#weekendwednesdays #professionalorganizing #buildorganizingmuscle #jaxtasticlifeorganization

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Unsubscribe Sunday 1/8/17


Welcome to Unsubscribe Sunday!!!
Photo credit: Free Icons PNG
http://www.freeiconspng.com/icons/email-icon

We all have too many emails. Most of the time, it is just easier to quickly click delete than to take the steps to unsubscribe.

Every Sunday, I will post here, in the blog, as well as on Instagram (@Jaxtastic), Twitter (@JaxLBC) and Facebook (Jaxtasic Life) to remind you to:

  1. Select two (2) emails that you want to stop receiving.
  2. Click the unsubscribe link in the emails.
  3. Enjoy a smaller inbox.
Eating the email inbox "elephant" one bite at a time.

UPDATE (1/8/17, 1:55pm) - Facebook follower, Regina, shared a great resource called Unrollme.com where you can unsubscribe from multiple email addresses at once.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Weekend Wednesday #1 (1/4/17)


Welcome to the launch of Weekend Wednesdays!!!!

Now, before we get bogged down with a "days of the week" discussion, just stick with me or as Uncle Hulka* says it best....

Photo Credit: PandaWhale.com
Weekend Wednesdays is a weekly program of small projects to help you build your organization muscles. Every Wednesday, I will post a project, along with supplies or actions needed to prepare for your weekend work.

WEEKEND WEDNESDAY #1 - Small office desk drawer

Step 1 - Take a before picture.
Step 2 - Pull everything out of the drawer.
Step 3 - Evaluate and purge/move (Used it in the last year? Broken? Not an office item?)
Step 4 - Organize/categorize & replace.
Step 5 - Take an after picture.
Step 6 - Share!!!! Post your before and after pictures on the Jaxtastic Life Facebook page or on Twitter or Instragram. Be sure to use the hashtag #weekendwednesdays

QUESTIONS???
Post your questions on the Jaxtastic Life Facebook page.

2017 WEEKEND WEDNESDAY - ALL PROJECTS
Want to look ahead? The full list of 2017 weekend projects is available here.

#weekendwednesdays #professionalorganizing #buildorganizingmuscle #jaxtasticlifeorganization

*Who is Uncle Hulka? Look it up kids!

Monday, January 2, 2017

New Year's Resolution...New Year's Smeshaloution

Every year we do it. On January 1st, we create new year's resolutions and let them die a slow death over the next few months. Let's take a look at what you can do to create a great 2017.

Non-Resolutions
More and more, people are releasing themselves from the "vicious cycle" of new year's resolutions:
3 and 1
Take a look at your 2016. What three things were great? Do you want to continue doing them in 2017? What one thing didn't go so well and what lesson have you learned that you can take into 2017?

This is YOUR year. Make it YOUR version of great.