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Note:  Tips taken from Judy's Daybreaks "Take Time to Make Time" perpetual calendar,

published by Zondervan. 

 

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JULY 2017

Tip:  You can't change the past, but you can ruin a perfectly good present by worrying over the future.

To-Do:  Memorize Philippians 4:6  "Do not be anxiou about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to the Lord.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JUNE 2017

Tip:  I can't have a crisis next week; my schedule is already too full!  ~ Henry Kissinger

To-Do:  Expect the unexpected, then be ready to lower your expectations.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ MAY 2017

Tip:  Nothing is to be feared.  It is only to be understood.

To-Do:  Do you fear the "doorbell of interruption?" 

            Relax --  you do not have to answer it!

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ APRIL 2017

Tip:  Question:  How do you eat an elephant? 

        (Answer:  One bite at a time!)

To-Do:  Read one chapter from a book . . .

                 Clean one drawer . . .

                 Call one client . . .

                 Wash one window . . .

                 Write one letter . . .

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ MARCH 2017

Tip:  Little drops of water, little grains of sand,

       Make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land,

       So the little minutes, humble though they be,

       Make the mighty ages of eternity.

To-Do: Those little minutes really add up.  Watch for them today and make each one count.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ FEBRUARY 2017

Tip:  Giving is better than receiving . . . so don't hang on to clothes that no longer fit or flatter you.

To-Do: Keep a bag, box, or basket in your laundry room to pack clean, unneeded clothes, Give them away - don't put them away!

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JANUARY 2017

Tip:  Remember to observe the Sabbath as a holy day.

To-Do: Brainstorm as a family or with friends ideas on how to keep the Sabbath holy.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ DECEMBER 2016

Tip:  Less is more.  ~ Robert Browning

To-Do: Spend less time baking, put up fewer decorations, and go out less in order to spend more time together with the Christ-child.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ NOVEMBER 2016

Tip:  It is generally more profitable to admit our defects than to boast of our attainments.

To-Do: Make an honest appraisal of your weaknesses and find a way to compensate:  learn a new skill, ask someone to help you, read materials on the subject.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ OCTOBER 2016

Tip:  Home/Office Motto:  Don't put it down, put it away!

To-Do: Every time you are tempted to toss something on the counter, desk, or floor, imagine a little angel on your should whispering, "DON'T PUT IT DOWN, PUT IT AWAY!" and teach the concept to your family and/or staff, too!

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ SEPTEMBER 2016

Tip: Begin with the end in mind.  ~ Steven Covey

To-Do: Envision your desk (laundry room, closet, garage...) neat and orderly.

How does that make you feel?  Begin the steps to achieve it!

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ AUGUST 2016

Tip: Don't Complicate - coordinate!

To-Do: The next time you prepare a recipe, make two and freeze one for later.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JULY  2016

Tip: Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at at time.  ~ Mark Twain

To-Do: How many years has it taken to "perfect" those messy habits?  Chances are you won't get organized overnight.  Start with one room, one drawer, one file...before long you'll be down the whole flight of stairs.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JUNE  2016

Tip: Don't accumulate - delegate!

To-Do: Delegate one thing on your to-do list to another person.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ MAY  2016

Tip: Interruptions are part of a "perfectly normal" day.

To-Do: Expect interruptions and plan for at least one hour of them daily.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ APRIL  2016

Tip: The only thing mosdt people know about money matters...is that it does!

To-Do: Take time to evaluate your finances and share the information with your spouse.  Make a spending plan or a budget.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ MARCH 2016

Tip:  If you want to know what a person is really like, ask their children.

To-Do: How would the children in your life describe you?  Ask them at the dinner table tonight.  You might be surprised!  (Are you a grandparent?  How would your grandchildren describe you?  Ask them the next time you're with them.)

 TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ FEBRUARY 2016

Tip:  Habits either help or hinder.

To-Do: Work hard to eliminate one bad habit this week.  Replace it with one good habit. (And, keep in mind it takes 21 days to make a habit!)

 TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JANUARY 2016

Tip:  Don't procrastinate.  Do what needs doing when it needs to be done.

To-Do: Mark your calendars every three months to change the furnace filter, put oil in your car, and whatever else you need to do routinely.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ DECEMBER 2015

Tip:  Daily prayers lessen daily cares.

To-Do: . . .  Pray continually . . . (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ NOVEMBER 2015

Tip:  Today is the best day to put quality in your life.

To-Do:  Take time to do a few things well versus many things poorly. 

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ OCTOBER 2015

Tip:  Don't hinder - help!

To-Do:  Don't guess what might help someone, ask for specific suggestions. 

Personal example:  I’ll never forget the friend who, during my husband’s yearlong hospitalization, called and said, “I’m coming over on Saturday, have a To-Do List ready!”

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ SEPTEMBER 2015

Tip:  The enemy of the best is often the good.

To-Do:  Doing good things can keep you from being your best if you are over-committed.  Learn to say no.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ AUGUST 2015

Tip:  Decide what you will prepare for dinner before 10 A.M. each day,

To-Do:  So, what is for dinner tonight?  Check that you have all the ingredients. 

(Eating out may cost more time and money than you realize.)

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JULY 2015

Tip:  Don't forget to be kind to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it.  Hebrews 13:12

To-Do:  Plan ahead for Sunday dinner.  Make extra so you can invite someone who visits your church to come share a meal with you.  (If no one comes, you'll have leftovers for an easy meal on Monday!)

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JUNE 2015

Tip:  Train a child in the way he should go and be sure you go that way yourself.

To-Do:
  Does your talk match your walk?  Help your child memorize Bible verses, and you memorize them too! 

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ MAY 2015  
 Tip: Thoughts rule the world.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
To-Do:
Think messy -- stay messy. 
Think organized -- get organized.
What do YOU think?

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ APRIL 2015 
 Tip: Worry is like a rocking chair:  it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere.
To-Do: Memorize Phillippians 4:6-7:  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ MARCH 2015 
 Tip: Goals are the key to successful living.

To-Do: Have you named your goals and defined your priorities?  Let them determine your daily path toward achieving them.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ FEBRUARY 2015 

Tip: There’s much more to time management than simply being on time. 

To-Do: Relax if you are running late for a good reason. Even ...the most disciplined person arrives late once in a while.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JANUARY 2015

Tip:  Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which  he has overcome while trying to succeed.

To-Do: Analyze and solve the obstacles in your path:  Do you need more funds?  a cleaning service?  training?  a sitter?

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ DECEMBER 2014

Tip:  Write it down!

To-Do: Mental notes are too easily lost.  Keep a written holiday card list, gift list, thank you list.... and keep your mind free for creative thinking.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ NOVEMBER 2014

Tip:  Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.  ~ Robert Lewis Stevenson

To-Do: As you open your mail, immediately sort and file it for future action, or you may miss the banquet altogether.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ OCTOBER 2014

Tip:  Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

~ Psalm 37:4

To-Do:  Having trouble discerning between needs and wants?  Study God's Word for direction.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ SEPTEMBER 2014
Tip:  "Discipline is the soul of an army.  It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all." ~ George Washington
 

To-Do:  A new system of organization isn't necessarily fun at the beginning (or even in the middle!)  If you stick with it, however, you will be pleased with the results.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ AUGUST 2014
Tip: The more you do of what you're doing, the more you'll get of what you've got. 

~ Old Adage

To-Do: 

No exercise = flab

No yard work = weeds

Organization = more peace

De-junking = less clutter

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JULY 2014
Tip:   An ounce of morning is worth a pound of afternoon.
To-Do:  Plan to do your most intense activities in the early part of the day.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JUNE 2014  

Tip:   Packrat Motto:  Uncertainty breeds inactivity.

To-Do:  So, you don’t know how to start organizing your piles?
Look for a system and start using it! 
 

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ MAY 2014
Tip:   Packrat Motto:  Every day I'll throw something away, and soon I'll feel better and better.
To-Do:  Do you want to feel better or get better? De-junking will accomplish both!

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ APRIL 2014
Tip:   Some people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
To-Do:  The next time you find a "bargain" ask yourself two questions:  1.) Do I need it?  2.) How often will I  use it?

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ MARCH 2014
Tip:   The wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.   Ecclesiastes 8:5b
To-Do:  Ask yourself often:  Am I making the best use of my time right now?

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ FEBRUARY 2014
Tip:   The head has not heard until the heart has listened.
To-Do:  Use word pictures to help communicate.  For example, use a story or object to stimulate a person's emotions and intellect.  This helps that person experience our words, not just hear them.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JANUARY 2014
Tip:   When you say "yes" to something, you will say "no" to something else.
To-Do:  The next time you are asked to do something, stop and think what you will have to say "no" to.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ DECEMBER 2013
Tip:   It's not how much we do that counts, it's what we've accomplished and how well we've done it.
To-Do:  You can spend all day organizing your desk - but never finish that important letter.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ NOVEMBER 2013
Tip:   Good habits lead to good results.
To-Do:  Monthly garage purging will allow you to park your cars in them.  Weekly refrigerator cleaning makes room for new groceries.  What else could be part of your routine?

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ OCTOBER 2013
Tip:   Happiness is not something you get but something that you do.
To-Do:  Take time to make time to send a note of appreciation to someone who served you recently:  clerk, waitress, mechanic....

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ SEPTEMBER 2013
Tip:   Getting organized is a lot like learning to ride a bicycle.  It comes naturally for some, but anyone can learn!
To-Do:  Whether you are a natural "cleanie" or "messie," sign up for a time management seminar soon and quit back pedaling.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ AUGUST 2013
Tip:   Use what talents you possess. The world would be very silent if no birds sang there, except those who sang the best.
To-Do:  You may not be the best at what you do, but give it your best and leave the rest to God.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JULY 2013
Tip:   There is always the voice saying the right thing to you, somewhere, if you’ll only listen for it.
To-Do:  Take time to listen for God’s still small voice.
(Find the word “still” in your Bible concordance, then look up the verses in context.)

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JUNE 2013

Tip:  Behold the turtle: He can only make progress if he sticks his neck out.
To-Do:  What have you been hiding from? Peek out, pick a small activity, and get moving!

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ MAY 2013

TIP:  It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little.  Do what you can.  ~ Sydney SmithTO-DO: If everyone in your church or service group would do a little something, a lot would get done!  What is your contribution?

TO-DO:

If everyone in your church or service group would do a little something, a lot would get done!  What is your contribution?

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ APRIL 2013

TIP:  Good enough is best (unless you're in brain surgery!).

TO-DO:  Much time is wasted trying for perfection when most of the time good enough is just fine.

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ MARCH 2013

TIP:  After all is said and done, more is usually said than done.

TO-DO:  If you gave yourself a nickel for every time you said you wished you were more organized, you would probably have enough money to hire someone to do it for you.  Don't just say it - DO IT!


TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ FEBRUARY 2013

TIP:  Make a date with your mate!

TO-DO: Schedule one time a week for a date.  Hire a regular sitter.  Try new restaurants.  Take a walk in the park.  Be creatively adventurous together!  (If you haven't yet planned for Valentine's Day, do it now!)


TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JANUARY 2013

TIP:  Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.  ~ Proverbs 27:1

TO-DO: Some days may not go exactly as planned, so transfer to tomorrow's to-do list whatever is leftover at the end of each day.


TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ DECEMBER 2012

TIP:  Never before have we had so little time in which to do so much.

TO-DO: Technology has opened opportunities unlike ever before.  But the key to organization is based on your choices:  Don't major on the minors.


TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ NOVEMBER 2012

TIP:  Time doesn't heal; God does.

TO-DO: Because healing is a process, it usually takes time.  Ask God for patience in the process.


TIP& TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ OCTOBER 2012

TIP:  I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.

TO-DO: Become a "Big Brother" or "Big Sister" to a child in your city.  If you don't have time as an individual, then do it as a family.

 

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ SEPTEMBER 2012

TIP: Housekeeping motto: 

Clean enough to be healthy, Dirty enough to be happy!

TO-DO: Who says you have to change the sheets every week?

 

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ AUGUST 2012

TIP:  "Junk robs you physically, emotionally, and spiritually." ~ Don Aslett, Clutter's Last Stand

TO-DO:  Label four boxes:

     Give Away (or sell)

     Throw Away

     Put Away (where it belongs!)

     Storage (for seasonal stuff)

Now, begin to unload your closet ... house .... garage ....


TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JULY 2012

TIP:  You may have had a bad start in life, but you need not have a bad ending.

TO-DO:  It takes time to heal past hurts, but it's worth every minute. Call a counselor, read recommended books, take a related class.  Start today.


TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JUNE 2012

TIP:  The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.

TO-DO:  Volunteer your time in some way this month - no matter what your age. 


TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ MAY 2012

TIP:  The Cleanies Hymn:  We has met the enemy and it is us. ~ Pogo

TO-DO:  Forget that tiny fuzz on the floor.  Leave the dishes until tomorrow once in a while.  Wait until you have more than two red shirts before you do laundry.  Leave a little!  Live a little!


TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ APRIL 2012

TIP:  "Always finish what you've begun." ~ Camp Fire Girls Motto 

TO-DO:  What unfinished project is lying there?  Why?  Make plan to overcome obstacles.  Give yourself a deadline. Then, finish it!


TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ MARCH 2012

TIP:  A happy heart makes the face cheerful.  Proverbs 15:13a 

TO-DO:  Have you ever noticed that if you smile at people they smile back?


TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ FEBRUARY 2012

TIP:  No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child. 

TO-DO:  Stoop down and have a conversation with a child at eye level.  Watch their eyes light up at how much you care.


TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JANUARY 2012

TIP:  By the road of by-and-by we reach the road of NEVER.

TO-DO:  Those "someday I will..." thoughts usually turn into "I really should have..."  What might you regret never having done?  Do it or schedule it.


TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ DECEMBER 2011

TIP:  The only person who is happy with change is a baby with a wet diaper.  ~ Mark Twain

TO-DO:  Holiday hustle and bustle can be an unsettling time for children.  Keep their schedule as normal as possible and make sure they get enough rest.


TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ NOVEMBER 2011

TIP:  If your daily dose of laughs is less than fifteen (including at least three belly laughs) then you're underlaughed.  ~ Dr. Weisinger

TO-DO:  Check your laugh-life.  If you cry more than you laugh, maybe it's time to see a reputable Christian counselor.


TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ OCTOBER 2011

TIP:  Live each day as though it were the last day on earth.

TO-DO:  Is there someone you have been meaning to tell about Jesus?  Pray about it, then look for an opportunity to do it today!


TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ SEPTEMBER 2011

TIP:  Never handle a piece of paper more than once without making a decision about it.

TO-DO:  Try the Chicken Pox test:  Put a dot in a corner of a piece of paper each time you pick it up.  If it begins to look like it has chicken pox, you are mishandling it!


TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ AUGUST 2011

TIP:  Not all stress is undesirable.

TO-DO:  "Exercise is a positive stress.  Do it at least three times a week, twenty minutes at a time."  ~ Dr. Thomas J. Clay


TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JULY 2011

TIP:  Backwards planning makes good sense. 

TO-DO:  Set a deadline and then work backwards on your calendar to schedule the steps needed to meet that date. 

 

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ JUNE 2011

TIP:  Tired of being interrupted by "Ma Bell?"

TO-DO:  Let your answering machine be your receptionist today and enjoy uninterrupted time.  (The same is true for your email & texting interruptions - turn off the sound and/or move away from the computer or phone while you work on other things.)

 

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ MAY 2011

TIP:  The Messies Battle Cry:  If you can conceive it, you can achieve it.  ~ Sandra Felton, Messies II

TO-DO:  Picture one clean room.  Begin picking up in one corner and work your way around the room until you have achieved what you conceived.


TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ APRIL 2011

TIP:  "Be prepared!"

TO-DO:  Make and take a "waiting time tote" for yourself and the kids.  Include things like mending, magazines, books and correspondence supplies for yourself; toys, coloring books and crayons for the kids.

 

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ MARCH 2011

TIP:  An uncluttered house looks cleaner than a clean house that's cluttered.

         ~ Judy Warmington

TO-DO:  So, how does your house look?

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ FEBRUARY 2011

TIP:  Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Philippians 4:8

TO-DO: Turn off the TV.  

 

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~JANUARY 2011

TIP:  A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

TO-DO:  A college degree is earned one class at a time (and you are never too old to learn!)                                                                               

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ DECEMBER 2010

TIP:  That which you have leave for someone else.

TO-DO: Spend more time enriching who you are than shopping for things that symbolize you.  (Don't shop 'til you drop!)

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ NOVEMBER 2010

TIP:  Putting off a task doesn't make it disappear.

TO-DO:  Has the stack of dirty dishes, the monthly report, or the pile of laundry vanished?  Do it or delegate it! 

TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ OCTOBER 2010 

TIP:  Life must be measured by thought and action, not by time. 

TO-DO:  Do some planned-and some random-acts of kindness:  bring a meal to a new mom, play Scrabble with someone who is homebound, mow the lawn for a new neighbor.

     TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ SEPTEMBER 2010

TIP:  The chains of habit are too strong to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.

TO-DO:  Three weeks of continuous practice makes an activity a habit.  Make yours good, strong habits:  de-junking, using to-do lists, putting everything in their right place, exercise, quiet times, prayer... Which will you start today?

  TIP & TO-DO OF THE MONTH ~ AUGUST 2010

TIP:  It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness. 

        ~ Christopher Society motto   

TO-DO:  Is there something in the news that causes you concern?  Don't just complain; write a postcard to voice your opinion.  (Note:  Keep on hand a supply of pre-stamped postcards to save time and money.)