The Better Behavior Wheel
Hang it in the kitchen and spin the wheel instead of getting upset.
A great tool to teach children that actions are chosen and there are
consequences to every decision made.
An easy way to solve discipline problems where the
to choose the consequences. Great tool to teach your
children to take responsibility for the consequences of their actions.
Family Health Records in one handy software program!
A must have for the modern family: keep track of visits to
dr. , keep a record of your children's immunizations,
and start your own journal on family diet, health, fitness
Organize your family's Health Records the easy way!
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Your Household 'Office Central'
- Instead of using an
address book, use a rolodex or box with index
cards. You can write all needed details on the back of the card and
when detail or addresses change, just make a new card and toss the old
one out. Keep business cards in a box in the drawer, staple
you will refer to often right onto a card in your rolodex. Transfer
numbers into your pocket phone book ASAP. Toss out cards that you KNOW
you won't use or no longer need.
the back of any business letters for scrap paper, you can use it in
your printer to print info off the net, you can also use it for
notepads if you have several pieces , cut in quarters, staple them
together and leave by the phone.
your banking by internet or telephone, don't stand in line ups at the
bank. You can pay bills by net banking or set up a telephone bill
payment feature at most local banks. You don't need to worry about
cheques or stamps etc. and can do it anytime of the day or night. You
can also print out your records, make a loan and check your account
at the bank to see if they have a financial planner, many banks offer a
free consultation. Might be a good idea to get some advice on setting
up your budget and investment portfolio. Don't think that because you
are young and working that you don't need to think about retirement.
Start thinking about your future NOW!
some scrap material and make a mail bag...this hangs on your doorknob
or near your desk. As soon as you have something ready to mail out, put
it in the bag. Take the bag along the next time you go out and drop
everything into the mailbox. If you need to go to the post office to
have a parcel weighed or get registered mail....replenish your stamp
and envelop supplies and then pop everything right into your mailbag.
buy stamps a few at a time. Buy a roll of 100 postage stamps, you'll
always have one handy when you need it.
pre stamped envelopes at the post office, they are usually cheaper than
buying the stamps and envelopes separately. Then you just have to
address and send.
labels for addresses that you write to often or for people you send
cards to every year.
print shops for pads of inexpensive paper, often comes in various
bright colours and is handy for scratch pads and children's projects.
- Buy a
supply of nice postcards. While watching tv or in a free moment, put
stamps on them (usually cheaper than the regular letter ones) when you
need to send a thank you or just a hello note, it's much easier to
remember if you have a card all stamped and ready to go, just add your
comments and put into your mailout bag!
a stamp made up with your name and address on it, use when addressing
envelopes or signing letters. Also handy to stamp your books, so if you
lend one it is clearly marked.
- Get an
accordion file for each child to keep their own paperwork in.
Show them how to file and let them keep track of their own "important
papers" i.e.: report cards, school papers etc. Children's artwork can
make nice placemats. Check out the office supply stores where you can
laminate them in sets of four and give to grandparents as gifts, the
kids love these for themselves too.
- Use a
central message centre with a wipe off calendar, have each person add
their activities to it so everyone knows where to look for a reminder.
up a gift wrapping section in your office central, buy wrap and ribbon
on sale for all occasions, as well as a selection of cards and you'll
never waste time and money running around at the last minute when
giving a gift.
- Everyone likes to
receive cards, remember to send cards by assigning
one day a month either at the end or the beginning to prepare your
cards. Check your rolodex or phone book for anyone having an occasion
for card sending in the next month. Prepare all the cards for that
month and mail them out at the beginning of the month, they may not
receive them on the exact date of the birthday or anniversary but they
will be touched that you remembered and you won't realize two days
after the event that you forgot to send the card!
up master copies of letters you frequently send out. Then it's only a
matter of changing the address and personal comment section to
string for packaging in an clean plastic berry basket, just thread the
string out the side and cut off what you need, you can also mount it on
the wall if you want.
paper grocery bags to wrap parcels for mailing, just cut down one side
and turn so the inside is out. Cut to fit and address with a felt pen.
you're out and want to remember something just call your answering
machine at home, leave a message with the details to remind yourself
when you get home.
- Paying bills by
phone or PC? You don't need the return envelopes
included with your bill so use for other things you mail out. Just put
an address label on a strategic spot on your letter that will fit the
window on the envelop and put one on the outside over the return
address with your own address on it. Saves using one of your own
- Photocopy all the
contents of your wallet, front and backs of your
credit cards and keep two copies. Give one to a trusted friend and put
one in your important paper files. Then, if you lose your purse, you'll
have all the information needed to cancel your cards and re-apply for
your licenses etc. If you are away from home, and this occurs, you can
get your copy faxed to you by your friend. Well those are just some of
the ideas you can try to get your 'Office Central' organized.
© 2001 Judy Brown