Getting the Most Out of a Professional Seminar

Whether your attending a professional development seminar for your job or a presentation about a personal interest, I wanted to share with you some of the things I do to get the most out of my investment of time and money.

1. Bring a way to take notes, whether that be a paper and pen or your laptop.  You will be bombarded with ideas and new information during the seminar, and you will never be able to remember it all.

2.  As you take notes, focus on the following:

  • Quotes/Key ideas – Capture the little “nuggets” that you want to take away, remember, and share with others
  • Ideas to Try – You’re not commiting to anything here, but if you hear a new idea that you may want to try back at work (or wherever), write it down.
  • Resources/Products – Hear of something that will make your job easier?  Learn of a new company that provides a relevant service?  Write it down!

3. Bring a drink and some snacks to keep you alert as the day goes on. read more

How to Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs

I received a leaflet from my veterinary clinic with instructions on how to best dispose of unused prescription medications.  While the source of where I received the leaflet was slightly odd, the information is relevent for human and animal medications.

I always remember hearing “throw unused medications down the toilet.”  This is no longer reccommended due to the impact the drugs may have on the environment.  Here is what Smarxt Disposal reccommends:

  1. Pour medication into a sealable plastic bag.  If medication is a solid, add water to dissolve.
  2. Add kitty litter, sawdust, or coffee grounds to the plastic bag.
  3. Seal the plastic bag and dispose in the trash.

Unused prescription medications almost always come up in my work with clients.  I now know the responsible method for disposal. read more

Book Review: Growing-Up Organized by Lea Schneider

In preparation for my presentation “The ABC’s of Raising Organized Kids,” I’ve come across a little gem of a book.

Growing-Up Organized: A Mom-to-Mom Guide by Lea Schneider is an easy-to-read book brimming over with practical suggestions for organizing both your home and your time.  It covers:

  • Children’s bedrooms
  • Closets
  • Homework
  • Toys
  • Laundry
  • Chores
  • Time management
  • Clutter
  • Responsibility

The author, a Professional Organizer, knows what she’s talking about.  What I really admire about her is that she understands how to really teach children, including very young children, basic organizing skills.  As a preschool teacher, I appreciate her emphasis on training young children in age-appropriate ways. read more

Benefits of Getting Organized: Sense of Homecoming

“As you begin to get organized, you feel more and more confident in your ability to incorporate order into your life…You will begin to have a sense of homecoming.  When you come “home,” whether to your house, your office, or even your car, you will becomeenergized and engaged rather than depressed…You may experiece a sense of grace and peacefulness because you are not struggling so hard to get to a place on time or to meet deadlines.  Your blood pressure may go down.  You will wrestle less with bills, receipts, phone calls, and e-mails.  You can find a deeper sense of the sacred.” read more