New Website: Launched!

We’re excited to share with you that our new website has officially launched!

We would love for you to join us at our new website, http://ProjectDoneLifestyle.com

If you were previously subscribed to our blog, you will need to REsubscribe to our new blog. All you need to do is go here and enter in your email address. We love all of our subscribers and absolutely don’t want to lose any of you!

We hope you join us and continue on your journey towards Living Your Passion!
Angie
Project Done
http://ProjectDoneLifestyle.com

What I’m Reading: December Recap

In the world of Project Done, a lot of things are happening. We’re revamping our website (launching in a few days!!) and adding a lot of guest posters to our lineup of posts.

Another thing that I wanted to do through my blog is share with you a new series, “What I’m Reading.” I pull a lot of my inspiration from magazines, articles and blog posts, and I would like to start sharing them with you! I’ll have one “recap” post every month, with links to the articles and blog posts I believe you’ll benefit from, as I have.🙂

What I’m Reading: December Recap

Capture ideas quickly with index cards via Unclutterer {I personally use a system similar to this, but using “scrap paper”  instead. Old envelopes, extra paper, paper that would usually be thrown out. Makes me want to clear the clutter and get rid of the to-do list scraps by actually doing them!!}

Planning for the Pre-Holiday Toy Purge via Operation Organization {Such a great way to get kids to give away some of their toys to not only make room for new ones, but also to clean up the extra-clutter! Loved this quote in the bottle cap photo featured in this post: “The less you own, the less that owns you.”}

Personal Development: The Plan by Jim Rohn {I loved this article so much I reposted it to share it with all of you!}

What are YOU reading? I’d love to read them, too. Share the links to your new favorite blog post in the comments section below!

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Personal Development: The Plan by Jim Rohn

I’ve reposted an article from Jim Rohn before, and after reading this one, I knew I had to share it with you, too! He has such a great outlook on success and what motivates and inspires me. Every week I receive his email newsletters and I am always excited to see what he has to say next. Get your own subscription here! (Also, for more great tips, like him on Facebook)

Personal Development – The Plan by Jim Rohn

Jim RohnNow, here is my definition of success: A few simple Disciplines practiced every day. Do you see the distinction? A few disciplines… Here’s a little phrase we’ve all heard, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” And my question to you is, “What if that’s true?How simple and easy is that plan?

The fact is, when you look at successful people, you will almost always discover a plan behind their success. They know what they want, they work out a plan that will get them where they want to go, and they work their plan. It is the foundation for success. We as humans have the unique ability to affect change in our lives; it is through our own conscious choice when we engage in the miracle process of personal development that we are able to transform our nature and our lives.

It is the combination of the materials and your open attitude towards learning, driven by the diligent following of a plan that is right for you, that will make this year the kind of success you want it to be. So let me challenge you to be no less sincere, be no less committed to the advancement of your philosophy, the set of your sail, your plan.

So, what are some good ideas on developing a plan that will work well and take you to the finish line powerfully and in style? Here are some major points to keep in mind:

Develop the Plan for You. Some people are very detail oriented and they will be able to follow an intricate plan closely. Others are a little more “free-wheeling” and not really “detail” people. That is okay too. In all the years of my speaking to audiences worldwide, people have asked the question, “What plan is the right plan?” And my answer, the plan that fits you. Your plan, the one you develop that is unique to you and for you. You see, each of us is unique and motivated by different factors and you’ve got to develop one that is right for you and fits you. Some plans will not be as intricate as others but we all must have a plan, along with goals in that plan, to move us along the program. If you are a free spirit type, don’t tell yourself you are going to spend 2 hours a day with a book and tapes and journal. It probably won’t happen and you will get discouraged! Whatever your personality, your strengths and your weaknesses, develop the plan around them! This is not a one-plan-fits-all proposition.

Establish Times to Spend Working on the Material. It may be every Sunday night. It may be 20 minutes each morning. It may be in the car listening to the CD’s every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Whatever it is, set the times and do it. In your step-by-step plan, put down points that you can accomplish every week. They should be specific and achievable. Develop the discipline and take those steps every day, which will move you closer to your goals and where you want to be.

Keep a Journal. Take notes. It may be on paper, it may be on a micro-recorder. Mr. Schoaff taught me not to trust my memory, but to write it down, to find one place to gather the information that affects change. And that advice has served me well all these years. Record the ideas and inspiration that will carry you from where you are to where you want to be. Take notes on the ideas that impact you most. Put down your thoughts and ideas. Brainstorm with yourself on where you are going and what you want to do. Record your dreams and ambitions. Your journals are a gathering place for all the valuable information that you will find. If you are serious about becoming wealthy, powerful, sophisticated, healthy, influential, cultured, unique, if you come across something important write it down. Two people will listen to the same material and different ideas will come to each one. Use the information you gather and record it for further reflection, for future debate and for weighing the value that it is to you.

Reflect. Create time for reflection — a time to go back over, to study again the things you’ve learned and the things you’ve done each day. I call it “running the tapes again” so that the day locks firmly in your memory so that it serves as a tool. As you go through the material in this plan, you will want to spend time reflecting on its significance for you. Regularly set aside time – here are some good guidelines for times to reflect: At the end of the day. Take a few minutes at the end of each day and go back over the day – who’d you talk to, who’d you see, what did they say, what happened and how’d you feel, what went on. A day is the piece of the mosaic of your life. Next, take a few hours at the end of the week to reflect on the week’s activities – I would suggest at least one half-hour. Also during that weekly time, take a few minutes to reflect on how this material should be applied to your life and circumstances. Take a half day at the end of the month and a weekend at the end of the year so that you’ve got it so that it never disappears, to ensure that the past is even more valuable and will serve your future well.

Set Goals. While we are going to cover this soon enough in upcoming weeks, let’s just remember that your plan is the roadmap for how you are going to get to your goals, so you have to have them. Of all the things that changed my life for the better (and most quickly), it was learning how to set goals. Mastering this unique process can have a powerful effect on your life too. I remember shortly after I met Mr. Shoaff, he asked me if I had a list of my goals, and of course I didn’t. He suggested to me that because I lacked a set of clearly defined goals that he could guess my bank balance within a few hundred dollars… and he did! Well, Mr. Shoaff immediately began helping me define my view of the future, my dreams. He taught me to set goals because it is the greatest influence on a person’s future and the greatest force that will pull a person in the direction that they want to go. But the future must be planned, well designed to exert a force that pulls you towards the promise of what can be.

Act. Act on your plan. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful so many times is that the successful simply do it. They take action, they aren’t necessarily smarter than others; they just work the plan. And the time to act is when the emotion is strong. Because if you don’t, here’s what happens – it’s called the law of diminishing intent. We intend to act when the idea strikes us, when the emotion is high, but if we delay and we don’t translate that into action fairly soon, the intention starts to diminish, diminish and a month from now it’s cold and a year from now it can’t be found. So set up the discipline when the idea is strong, clear and powerful – that’s the time to work the plan. Otherwise the emotion is wasted unless you capture the emotion and put it into disciplined activities and translate it into equity. And here’s what is interesting: all disciplines affect each other; everything affects everything. That’s why the smallest action is important — because the value and benefits that you receive from that one little action will inspire you to do the next one and the next one… So step out and take action on your plan because if the plan is good, then the results can be miraculous.

We are at the beginning of a fantastic journey that is going to help us become all that we want to – so let’s get going!

Christmas Card Display

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This is the time of year when it is fun to check the mail. You never know there will be a package or a handful of Christmas cards. I have collected most of the Christmas cards I have received over the last few years. I think photo cards are my favorite. It is great to see what people have been up to during the year and to see how much the kids have grown! Looking back through the cards brings back great memories.

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To display the cards, I punch a hole in the top left corner of each card and string a piece of ribbon through with the most current card on top. I have garland strung up the stair railing and I attach the cards and ribbons to this by tying a knot in the ribbon. Then, to take them down, I just cut or untie the string and store the cards with the decorations for next year. Yet another fun way to decorate for the holiday.

How do you display your Christmas cards? Share your ideas with us in the comments below! {Are you interested in guest posting your ideas, instead?}

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Organized Wrapping Center

I collect wrapping paper, tissue, bows and package toppers. I love that it is that time of year again to get holiday packages wrapped and decorated. I like to make wrapping presentations unique for each person on my list. I don’t usually follow a theme ~ I just use creativity and what I have on hand.

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I have been using a system to keep wrapping supplies in order so that it would be easy to grab what I need without sorting through all of it. My system was made up of 3 sets of plastic drawers which has helped me keep tissue paper separated from gift bags and bows. I knew last year that I had outgrown this system when I spent about 30 minutes organizing the tissue paper by color so that I could find what I needed to get inspired to create the presentation for each gift. Clutter hinders my creativity!

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Project Done Wrapping Storage-4Now I am using individual storage boxes to hold my supplies. I have a box for tissue and a box for bags, a box for bows and a box for package toppers and tags. Now I am better organized and have a workable system that will allow me to grab what I need without spending time sorting and reorganizing. I can already tell that I need to buy a few more boxes so that I can separate Christmas wrapping supplies from the rest. I seem to collect more holiday supplies than anything else. By updating my system I have room to grow and I am inspired shop and update my stockpile and let my creativity flow!

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How do you organize your wrapping supplies? Share your ideas with us in the comments below! {Are you interested in guest posting your ideas, instead?}

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Project Done Relaunch: January

I know it’s been a long time since my last blog post. Although, I wanted to let you know about a HUGE update that I have coming up for my blog/website!

  • On January 1st, there will be a lot more posts and updates. We are working on getting you a lot of tips for financial help, organizing, and even having guest posters contribute!
    * Are you interested in guest posting for Project Done? Email my assistant, Taylor (TMinspired@gmail.com) for more information and for answers to any questions you may have!
  • You may have noticed some new tabs on my header – although, I am currently working on a brand new layout for my blog.
  • We will also have a brand new domain name! More on that soon.
  • I have been working on my new ideas to help revamp my blog and Social Media! One of the biggest additions to my Social Media “mark” is my Project Done Instagram account! We will be posting updates leading up to our new launch with tips and tricks for YOU throughout the holiday season. You can follow me to join in early and be the FIRST to know of the newest, exciting updates! {Follow @ProjectDone}
    We want our Instagram to be a collaborative feed to share with our followers. Because of this, we’ve launched the hashtag, #ProjectDoneLifestyle // Do you have an organizing project you would like to share with us? We would like to share it with our followers! Tag @ProjectDone & #ProjectDoneLifestyle on your organizing posts and we may “feature” you to our followers!🙂

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If you have any further questions, or ideas/suggestions of what you want to see “next,” feel free to leave it in the comments section below!

Life Your Passion,
Angie, Project Done

Home Remodel/Repair with Project Done

Hello everyone! I just wanted to update you on something new that I have added to my Project Done business.

I have added a new remodeling consultant service to Project Done. I am still your bookkeeping and organizing service but I have found the need to use my construction background to help you save money on remodel, repair or maintenance projects that you might have now or in the future.

If you have ever had your home worked on, you know that it can be a time consuming job and having someone who knows the industry is key to getting your project done on time and within your budget.

I am speeding up the process by finding skilled contractors to meet your home remodeling needs. My attention to detail saves you money and keeps your project on track from start to finish.

As a Project consultant, I interview, screen and hire contractors, collect bid proposals, and set the project timeline and budget. Everything is submitted to you for final approval.

When the project begins, I will be the contractor’s point of contact for day to day needs while work is in progress. Any changes will be approved by you before any additional expenses are incurred. I will be in contact by email or phone every day to go over the highlights and get your opinion on any changes that might be needed.

I am onsite daily to monitor progress and address any concerns or issues that arise. My work as a project consultant ensures the remodel project runs efficiently so that the experience seems effortless.

There is no need to overpay for your home maintenance and finding the best talent for the job and holding them accountable for the work that they do is so important but can also be stressful! I have always worked as the bookkeeper for contractors so I see what happens after the fact, and I feel that it is time to get in there and use my budgeting and management skills to our advantage.

A general contractor is an important person in this trade but they come at a price and they have overhead to account for. I could give you a recommendation if you are more comfortable with this route or feel that this makes more sense for your project. However, if you want to work as your own owner/builder and hire skilled independent contractors, you will save money on labor and markup by hiring me as your project consultant.

If you or someone you know is planning a home repair/maintenance project, please contact me – I am here to help!

Live Your Passion,
Angie