7 Things You Can Borrow From Early Elementary Teachers To Keep Your Little Ones Organized

7 Things You Can Borrow From Early Elementary Teachers To Keep Your Little Ones Organized

Have you ever walked into a Kindergarten classroom and marveled at how, even with 25 little ones who are new to this school thing can be so focused, organized and tidy with only one teacher (maybe two) while at home your two trash the place in 30 seconds flat the minute your back is turned?

Early elementary teachers have a host of tricks up their sleeves!

Table Trash Bins 

When littles are doing crafts that require cutting out, have a container in the middle of the table for them to put their trash in. It doesn’t need to be big, a 3-4 cup ‘Tupperware” is fine.  But they likely have one in the classroom and they are used to keeping things tidy there – use this to keep them tidy at home

The Colored Clip-Person On The Board

Ever look in a kindergarten classroom and see various colors of clip-people on the board holding different things, or just hanging out waiting. They all have a purpose.  The kids all know what the purpose is.  For example, the red one may hold work that the class did yesterday so if you were out, look at the clip for what you need to do.  The white one may hold the envelopes of lunch money so if you have lunch money go clip it with everyone else’s….etc.  Get a clip-person and put it on the fridge.  Tell the kids this is where they have to clip their permission slips so that you will see them and sign them.  Remind everyone before/after dinner “slips are all on the clip yes?”

Do Now Activity 

In most classrooms, up through High School you will see these written on the board.  The kids enter the classroom and immediately look to the Do Now to see what they have to do on entering the room.  The hit their seats and immediately pull out the materials for the Do Now and get to work.  The teacher now has 5 minutes to get things together for the class!  Give them a “Do Now” fun activity while they sit at the restaurant table and wait for meals to be served. They will quickly get used to the routine. It can be as simple as a plain piece of paper and crayons and ask them to draw a specific thing (frog, chicken…).

Picture Chart

Create a picture chart for the morning routine (or any time of day routine that you need to get through). In all classrooms, you will see a chart that shows how to write a book report or how to’s for all kinds of other things.  If you have the same morning/evening routine every day have the kids help you create a poster that shows all the steps in order.  Number them too so they have another opportunity to learn their numbers.  

The Classroom Helper Board

Kids love to help out. Classrooms have the “classroom helper” board and pins, pegs, or sticks to show who is assigned each particular task that week.  Use this system to rotate chores between kids or if there are things that the kids often fight over.

Use Command Hooks

These are great to place things at kids’ height. This allows you to move things up as they grow.  If they can’t reach the hook to hang their coats then the coat is going straight on the floor.  

7 Things You Can Borrow From Early Elementary Teachers To Keep Your Little Ones Organized
7 Things You Can Borrow From Early Elementary Teachers To Keep Your Little Ones Organized

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Know When To Outsource In Your Biz

Know When To Outsource In Your Biz

Know when to outsource in your business

You are rocking in your biz and that’s great! But do you ever feel like you are stuck working in your business all too often? Do you spend hours at the computer instead of spending time with your family?  You may have reached a point in your business that you could benefit from outsourcing certain tasks so you can focus on the things you love to do and focus on the people you serve. Get out form behind that laptop and spend time with your kids by outsourcing some of your business tasks.

How do you decide where to begin with delegation?

Finances

The first step is to look at your budget. Find space in your finances to allow for you to hire someone. Make sure that your time investment will present a return. How does hiring someone offer a return on investment? Make sure your are financially ready.

Just remember that hiring someone is a tax write off and will save you time. It is an investment and you should think of it as so.

Tasks

The next step is to decide which tasks to outsource. When you love to do something, the work is easy. It gets done with finesses and ease. It lights you up and you are energized and ready to work on it. But on the flip side, there are things in your biz that you just don’t love to do. You may not like to do it but it is necessary to build your brand and move forward in business. Those tasks, are the ones you need to outsource!

Make a list of all the things that you regularly do, how often you do it, and rate it on a scale of 1 to 10 how much you enjoy doing it.

Things like emails, blog posts, worksheets or cheat sheets for content upgrades, blog images and graphics, social media posts and interactions, weekly or monthly tasks that you have scheduled for your audience like podcasts, Twitter chats or webinars. #allthethings that you do for your business, write them all down to get an overview of your work flow.

Which tasks do you love the most? The ones that are the reason you do what you do. The ones that light you up.

Which takes do you forever dread? Maybe it’s writing those emails or creating those content upgrades. This will help you define which tasks will be easy for you to outsource. Determine which things you must do and which things you could hand over.

Do you need to outsource on an ongoing basis or do you just need to hire somebody for a one time project? These are factors that will help you find the right person to hire. Are you just swamped right now and need to get caught up? Sometimes this is a great place to start, so you can test the waters with having a team member.

Process

Next you want to write out your process and action steps. This will make it a breeze when you are ready to outsource these tasks. The hiree will be able to easily identify what you need done and in what order. Decide ahead of time a platform that is easy for project management with team members. Trello is a terrific option for this.

Hire

I find word of mouth to be the best way to begin your search. Ask your peers and business buds, ask in Facebook groups and other places where people may have outsourced already. Be careful in your selection and make sure they are professional and have a good rep. I recommend a coffee chat with them first before hiring to make sure you connect and are a good fit. Talk with several people before deciding.

Look for someone who can do all the things you need. Almost like an all inclusive package for your specific needs. Sometimes you may save a few dollars by purchasing a bundled package.

Here’s my tip of the day… look into tools and apps you could invest in that may save you time and money later. If you could hire someone to schedule your social media for you but you can save money by using an app instead. Automation vs. Delegation… that is whole other post.

Do your research and make sure you have a clear contract with the person you hire. Communication is the key element to successfully working with someone, anyone.

And make sure the tasks that you want to hand over are within their abilities and that a tool or app is not available for those tasks.

To conclude… know when to outsource, know how, and know who. Take your time in hiring and think of the specific things you want them to do for you. Make sure they are a good fit for your brand and make sure you’re saving money and not spending more than you have to.

By doing a little research and interviewing ahead of time, you’ll be ready when the time comes to hire out some your to-do’s. Enjoy being the #boss. You have earned it.

Tell me, leave a comment below, what have you outsourced in your biz? What tools or apps have you found useful to save time and money?

If you are ready to hop onboard the hiring train, I do in fact offer VA services for bloggers and course creators and would love the opportunity to chat with you if you need someone to assist you with design, content mapping, graphics, and other blogging tasks. Just click the button below to schedule a free coffee chat.

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3 Reasons You Need A Routine

3 Reasons You Need A Routine

Hey there lovely!

I made a You Tube video, well it was a FB live, then a You Tube Video, then it’s here for easy sharing! I hope you enjoy!

In this video I talk about the three areas of life where you need a routine. I hope this is helpful to you and your family.

Home: cleaning and meal planning (put your home a schedule)

Life: relationships (schedule time with loved ones)

Biz: office hours + automate where you can + document processes to free up brain space

Please let me know in the comments what you may need help with when it comes to being consistent in your routine and which area of life you need help with. This will help let me know what to create more of for you!

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How To Get (and stay) Organized When You Work From Home

How To Get (and stay) Organized When You Work From Home

I know the struggles of working from home!

How to get and stay organized when you work from homePeople think that working from home is this amazingly relaxing luxurious thing. They just don’t even know. It can be chaotic and crazy, especially when you work from home with kids home too. We know that working from home has its comforts, but it also comes with a unique set of challenges.

Like… always being online.

Like… always checking your email.

Like… hearing a ding and checking that tweet (or FB message)

Working from home with your own online business is super challenging at times. There is no boundary that turns day into night, office closed, or set end time. There is no clock to punch (time clock, unless you actually punch your clock, hehe).

There are so many challenges that work from home people can talk about. One of the biggest ones that I hear in my circles is staying organized and on task. (more…)