TACKLE PROCRASTINATION ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brampton ON, October 22, 2007 - We're entering the time of year when families are on a slippery slope leading into the holiday season. Many individuals are overwhelmed by a to do list full of chores that somehow never seem to get done. Procrastination is an unspoken epidemic for those caught up in a flurry of work and school related activities.

Professional Organizer, Karen Sencich, has proclaimed Sunday, November 4 as "Tackle it Now Day". She developed an effective new weapon to combat procrastination and foster delegating to others. The laminated "Tackle It Now!" quick reference guide conveniently outlines every task required to organize the average household. It is jam packed with simple organizing strategies and tips to develop a plan of action to motivate the whole family.

As our clocks change to Daylight Savings Time on November 4, 2007, the media will remind the public to turn the clocks back and check the batteries in their smoke detectors. But why stop at only two action items? Why not harness the energy of the entire family and tackle whatever else needs doing? Organizing is an essential life skill. Parents need help to transfer organizing techniques to their children.

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Families can begin by prioritizing what needs doing and creating a systematic approach to stop procrastination. In a family of four, each member spends a minimum of two hours tackling items on the to do list. A two-hour time investment adds up to the equivalent of one full day of parent labour. Eight hours of organizing will result in a noticeable improvement in traditional dumping grounds such as basements or garages. Here are suggested tasks that can easily be managed in a two hour time block.

  • Book flu shots and outstanding appointments with the doctor, dentist or optometrist
  • Clean out the medicine chest and create a portable first aid kit
  • Re-organize closets and winterize wardrobes
  • Collect duplicate stationary items and create a home office or homework centre

Karen Sencich, owner of Havoc to Harmony http://www.havoctoharmony.com/ is an award winning Professional Organizer specializing in family management since 1999. On Tackle it Now Day, Sunday, November 4, 2007 Karen will be in Vancouver BC sharing her passion for residential organizing with fellow organizers from across North America at the 7th Annual Professional Organizers in Canada Conference.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Karen Sencich - Professional Organizer
Owner of Havoc to Harmony
Office - 905-452-7008
Cell - 416-930-3340

http://www.havoctoharmony.com/

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Tackle it Now Tip

Hints for Handling Your Gift List

How do you handle your holiday wish lists? Sometimes the simplest hints are the best. For years I have been using the same easy to implement method.

  • I purchase the tiniest address book I can find and assign one page for each person on my guest list.
  • I record their sizes, colour and style preferences.
  • I include family members, friends, hairdresser and all service providers.
  • I keep the list inside my wallet so it can quickly and easily be updated.
  • Information for stocking gifts is also recorded.
  • I can frequently review what I have purchased to keep my budget on track.
  • As I wrap gifts I check them off!
  • If certain gifts need to be hidden I record where they were put.
  • I also list ideas and purchases of hostess gifts to keep on hand.

There are many benefits to this system. It is lightweight and portable, but most importantly since I keep the lists year after year, it helps me to prevent repeating gift ideas. Who wants to get a sweater or tie year after year?

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