Dinner Without Robocalls?

Happy new year!  All my best for a happy, healthy and organized 2014!

I’m celebrating the new year with a new Web site, logo and tagline. Also, my Timely Tips™ e-newsletter has morphed into a Timely Tips™ blog.

I hope you like the new features as much as I do. I’d really love to get your feedback about the new Web site, logo, tagline and/or blog in the Comment box below!

 

Nomorobo HandYou’re telling your family a really funny joke at the dinner table. Everyone is hysterically laughing. The kids talk excitedly about their science project over desert. Later that night you think about the joke and chuckle to yourself. Then an aha moment hits you—no robocall interrupted your dinner! You fall asleep and dream that tomorrow night’s dinner and the next one and the next one after that will be similarly robocall-free. You wake up and wonder…was it a dream?

No! Well, almost no. Enter nomorobo.com. This FREE service blocks most robocalls. Calls from charitable and political organizations are exempt but the company is looking into changing that status in the future. (I’m told some people actually want calls from these organizations.) Rest assured that calls from your doctor’s office, kid’s school and other legal calls will go through as usual.

How does it work? After registering, wait for the second ring before answering a phone call. If it’s a robocall, it will be blocked and your phone won’t ring a second time. If you hear a second ring, answer it.

There are 200,000 robocall complaints every month to the Federal Trade Commission. Let’s spread the word about this valuable new service and get relief from this scourge. For information, visit nomorobo.com.

January is Get Organized (GO) Month

Almost everyone can be better organized. Organized people have a lot less stress (being disorganized is stressful).  We keep more of our hard-earned money because we’re not wasting it replacing things we can’t find or forgot we have. Also we have more time to spend on what is important to us. Disorganized people waste, on average, one hour every day. That’s 365 hours every year. Yikes! Make this the year to turn things around.

Here is my challenge to you: Pick something you want to organize, schedule the time(s) in your calendar and make it happen. You have the rest of January to complete it.

Let’s say you want to organize two dressers and you estimate it will take you up to one hour. Block out one hour in your calendar and don’t let anything interfere.

Remove everything from the drawers. Group similar items. Put things you no longer want into boxes labeled Donate, Recycle, Toss. Put items used frequently in the easiest-to-reach drawers and put things used infrequently in the harder-to-reach ones. Distribute the boxes. If you like your results, I hope you will be motivated to organize another area. Then maybe another.

Being organized simplifies life! If you want help to start the new year being better organized, I’d love to hear from you!

Notable Quote

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.  ~Mark Twain

My engagements in the 1st quarter of 2014

January 11, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, co-presenter to divorced and widowed women in transition, Women’s Independence Network’s Second Saturday, Montgomery County Community College, register here—This program runs on the second Saturday of every month

January 14, 10:00 am-11:00 am, featured presenter, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group, Lansdale, PA

January 17, 9:00 am-10:00 am, featured presenter, NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Montco, Skanska, 518 East Township Line Road, Suite 200, Blue Bell, PA 19422. Free for women business owners (or in the planning stages).

February 15 (see January 11)

March 8 (see January 11)

March 22, 7:00-9:00 pm, operating the NAPO booth at the ACS Home Show, Warminster, PA