Our Favorite Finds for Spring Break Road Trips
It’s Spring Break season, and my kids had an early break. As I write this, we are on our final leg of a 10-day road trip that took us to six hotels, four states and 1,654 public restrooms, all in my econobox of a car that I bought just because I liked the color.
We survived, and I wanted to share some of the finds I took with us on the trip to help your family plan yours!
- Natalie Hastings
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Seven Tips for Test Taking
Seven Tips for Test Taking
Spring has sprung here in the U.S., which means more daylight, trees in bloom, soccer games...and testing are just around the corner! We’ve got tips and tricks to help you prepare.
Four Ways You (and Your Colleagues) Can Recharge
In North America, winter is closing in on its last few weeks (at least, according to the calendar). Some of us have had mild winters, and others on the coasts have been pummeled with snowstorms.
Today in Cincinnati, Time Timer’s HQ, it’s rainy and 40 degrees F, which in my opinion is the least motivating weather possible. I want to stay under blankets all day, and for that matter, so does my dog.
Wherever you are, the end of February is a good time to revisit the new year and recharge your batteries for success. Get started with these four tips. Photo credit: Fast Company Design
It’s Time to Organize! These Five Steps will Jumpstart your Home Organization
Happy New Year!
The holiday parties are over, and the slate is clean. It’s time to get back to your routine, and that means a chance to get back on track with home organization. The energy you spent on cards and parties last month you can put into getting your home in order now.
If you’re in the same hemisphere as we are here at Time Timer, it’s probably COLD. Wouldn’t you rather get things organized now, before school ends, the pool opens up, the summer concert series begins and your gardening is calling your name? If you’re lucky enough to live where it’s warm right now, lucky you. It’s probably time to tackle the after-holiday organizing, though, right?
We’re here to help, with these five steps to jumpstart your home organization process.
1. Make a plan and stick to it. Remember that you can’t change your habits overnight, and to make organizational systems last, they must become a habit. Try this 52-week plan to tackle your home room by room, clutter zone by clutter zone.
2. Try a timer, like this Time Timer Watch Plus. You can set multiple, recurring timers, and you don’t have to worry about taking it with you. So, if you’re organizing the basement, and going up and down the stairs with your trash and donate items, you won’t lose track. Not only that, but you can also get an idea of how much time you’ve spent at a glance. I love timers because they give me a goal--and a deadline. If I can make it 30 minutes cleaning, I can quit. Once I convince myself to start, I can go longer. But setting a manageable time on my Time Timer Watch Plus gives me the momentum I need.
3. Start with small steps, like setting up a paper recycling station near the door, so you can handle all of the bills, flyers, and school papers before they take over your home. My recycling bin is in my garage, so most of the paper clutter never makes it inside. I also really like this idea for using plastic bins as pull-out drawers in your kitchen cabinets.
4. Tackle one big project you can feel good about. What’s driving you crazy? Is your refrigerator a hot spot after the holidays? Try these hints for organizing the fridge. Is the paper clutter out of control for the mail you need to keep? Set up a household filing system, and be sure you are using the same naming conventions. Do your auto insurance bills go under “Car” or “Insurance?” Be consistent--and label.
5. Reward yourself for a job well done! Buy some fun file folders, or something totally unrelated to your organizing project, like a movie night or a new pair of shoes. I’d suggest small rewards along the way, with a big reward (weekend away?) to look forward to at the end.
Over the River and Through the Woods Without Losing Your SanityAny other time of year, you’d be spending a lot of time organizing a family trip out of town. At the holidays, however, the travel part can be an afterthought.
I put together some of my favorite travel tips to make things easier this year so you can have more jolly and less worry.
1. Time Timer ® Watch Plus: No sense burying the lead here. The Watch Plus is the answer to your “Are we there yet” misery. Use the timer function and plug in how much time is left in the trip (add a 10-minute cushion), and hand over your watch. Even though I work for Time Timer, I only recently thought of this one. Sure, the Time Timer is on the tablet and phone, but kids might switch those, and I’m certainly not giving up my phone on the trip. (I’m not driving!) I give it to my impatient child, and voila! It was amazing. He felt in total control of the time remaining on the trip.