Thursday, September 30, 2010

Its All About Time......

It's All About Time

There's not enough time in the day!

Belief: I just don't have the time to do all the things I want.

Reality: Time is not the issue. The issue is deciding what you can do given the time you have and delegating the rest!

As you may already know,not managing your time can be detrimental to your personal and business life. We all have the same 24 hours, so the issue isn't managing time,it's managing what you can do with the time you have. You can't do everything, but you can do anything, as long as it fits into your calendar, and you learn to delegate the rest.

If you keep your to-do lists in multiple locations,in e-mail, on a calendar, on paper, in an Excel spreadsheet, a list in your head, and notepad paper, you might want to consider centralizing this list, with the help of a Personal Assistant. This will make it easier to centralize and prioritize this list. Then, you need to schedule your tasks , synchronizing them with the task list of your PA so you will know what you can and can not do.

I am running into this more and more, people's lives are simplified, and the chaos stops when you utilize the skills of a Personal Assistant.
Posted by The Venus Group at 9:21 AM
Labels: Organization, Pre-Planning, Time Management

Monday, September 20, 2010

Fall Colorize Your Home

Fall for Your Home With the Latest Fall Trends
by William, Home Product Design & Development for Target

Everywhere we look we’re seeing rich plums and deep teals and we’re so excited to bring them both to your home at Target.

Teals and aquas have been big colors for the home for a couple of years now, and for fall they take on a deeper, richer tone. Paired with the newest (and hottest) color for fall—plum—it makes a gorgeous color statement. What we love about Target’s exclusive Home™ fall trend collection is that it speaks to one of the biggest trends in home décor: mix and match. Have fun with patterned linens and solid dinnerware. Buy complimentary colors that create a unique and colorful setting, or mix with the white dinnerware you already have. The important thing is to make it yours. Create a stylish table every day using our casual solids, or dress it up with our hand-painted prints and patterns.

Plaids and Jacobean florals are the key patterns to freshen up your home, and in our unique color stories they have life well beyond fall. Finish off your décor with pillows, throws and rugs all in rich textural fabrics combining our signature checkered accents and 17th-century-inspired designs. Mix it up and pair velvet pillows with embroidered cottons—your home is about creating your own style with things you like.

Before the leaves change and the air starts to get crisp, look to Target’s exclusive Home collection for trend-right ways to revitalize your home. From tabletop and bedding to our home décor collections, it’s easy to bring the season’s colors, patterns and textures home.
Fall Trends Product Gallery

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Are You A Hoarder?

Quiz: Are You a Hoarder?
Take This Quiz to Find Out

Print this up and circle each answer that you feel represents you. This is not a diagnostic tool. It is designed to help you understand the differences between hoarders and collectors. The more questions you have answered true to in each category, the more likely you fall into that category.
Source: Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding. Fugen Neziroglu, Jerome Bubrick, Jose A. Yaryura-Tobias. New Harbinger Publications Inc. 2004, 150 pages.


• True / False: I feel proud of my possessions.

• True / False: I keep my possessions organized and well maintained.

• True / False: I find joy in my possessions and willingly display them to others.

• True / False: I attend meetings or conferences with others who share my interest.

• True / False: I enjoy conversations about my possessions.

• True / False: I budget my time and money around my possessions.

• True / False: I feel satisfaction when making additions to my collection.


• True / False: I feel embarrassed by my possessions.

• True / False: I have my possessions scattered randomly, often without functional organization.

• True / False: I have clutter, often resulting in the loss of functional living space.

• True / False: I feel uncomfortable with others seeing my possessions or outright refuse to let others view my possessions.

• True / False: I often have debt, sometimes extreme.

• True / False: I feel ashamed, sad or depressed after acquiring additional items.

More True's than False's?....Give us a call...we can help!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Your Loved One may Need Help!

In the many years that I have spent in the Elder-Care business, there are always certain signs that many children or loved ones are missing. I am often perplexed and overwhelmed when I walk into a client's homes for the first time for the meet and greet. The family member(s) are often there to ask questions, give their concerns and the likes, and I often hear..."I don't know when all this started"...I on the other hand am looking around at for sure signs of neglect on the homeowners part, is usually NOT their fault, they have been needing assistance for a while and it has gone unnoticed. As our aging loved ones grow older there are a number of reasons why things can go awry....Here are some signs to look for:

1. Changes in house keeping patterns:
Has your parent or elder always maintained a certain house keeping pattern that is beginning to change? This change could be happening for a variety of reasons, but it is important to raise your level of awareness if you see this happening.

2. Finances:
Are bills not being paid on time? Are there issues with the primary backing accounts (overdrafts, bounced checks, etc).

3. Weight Loss:
Is there noticeable weight loss? Can it be because your aging parent or loved one can not cook or shop on their own? Do you notice that the food in the house is outdated or close to spoiling?

4. Burns & Bruises:
Does your aging parent or elder have unusual black and blue bruises on their body? This could be an indication that they may have fallen or have trouble moving from place to place in the home. Any burns may indicate that your elders may have problems cooking.

5. Poor hygiene:
Do you notice changes in the bathing, dressing and grooming or toileting habits of your elder or aging parent? Are they wearing the same clothes often or even wearing clothing that may be inappropriate?

6. Moving from place to place:
Does your aging parent have problems moving from one room to the other or navigating the kitchen? Are they having problems walking and doing normal tasks like checking the mail?

7. Forgetfulness:
Is your aging parent forgetting appointments? Are your elders forgetting things like returning calls, what trash day is, are they frequently misplacing things, can't recall names of familiar people or objects, etc?

8. Depression:
Does your parent or elder seem sad or withdrawn more than usual? Do you notice a lack of motivation?

9. Physical or Verbal Abuse:
Does you aging parent seem uncharacteristically volatile? Do you notice sudden verbal or physical outbursts?

10. Physical Signs:
Do you notice that the car has dents and scratches or that there are stains in the carpet from spills? Do you smell a urine odor in the house (which could be a sign of incontinence)? Are there stacks of unopened mail, unfilled prescriptions or is the grass growing higher than normal?

Additional info provided by: JM Jackson-E-zine articles