I feel great crossing things off of my to do list, but I think I might feel better seeing a list of what I have actually accomplished. I have always had a to-do list a mile long, but that can get discouraging. For every item you cross off-you tend to add one or two more items to be done. Just looking at my to-do list can make me feel anxious, overwhelmed and tired.
Because your "done" list is a list of your accomplishments, it shows progress. Looking at it will encourage you to push ahead and add more to your list.
You already schedule important things such as doctor and dental visits ~ and they get done. Maybe scheduling grocery shopping, laundry and other projects you need to accomplish will help you get them done in a timely manner. I know that I have days where I spend to much time playing on my phone, and then I end up rushing through the rest of my day. If I time blocked just a small portion of my morning, I could enjoy these things without feeling guilty.
Bottom line - the only things that matter are the things that you actually do. It takes just as much time to write your "done" list as it does to cross things off your your to do list.
Just Remember, It always seems impossible until it's DONE!
Boy are we having a case of the Mondays!
In just a matter of 30 minutes that it took to run to the grocery store to pickup a few last minute items for dinner, our dog Lillybelle, stole a couple of packages of homemade tortillas off the counter and proceeded to shred the plastic bag and eat a majority of them. Our other dog Indy was also a prime suspect, but she luckily didn't seem affected by it. My daughter called as I was on my way out of the store and said that the dog was whimpering and appeared to be bloated. I probably would be also if I had ingested that many tortillas.
We hurried her to the vet, and within a few minutes they had her throwing up a brick of tortillas. (Sorry, if you don't have pets or kids this is probably pretty gross.) It's amazing what a relief it was when she did that! After that was done, they gave her another shot for the nausea and then a pro-biotic capsule to give her a for a few days to help get her "gut health" back to normal. Almost $300 later we were on our way home.
After what seemed like a very intense morning, we are happy to report that it appears she is somewhat back to normal, although a little lethargic.
Unexpected expenses such as that leave little left over for us at the end of the month. Our business was much more successful before the recession hit us hard. Many of the businesses we cleaned for were forced to go out of business. I know that many people think that people who run their own business are banking, but many of us are not. We are normal families with normal expenses like mortgages, car payments and such. Sending our kids to college is important to us as well as continuing to run business that has paid the bills for over 35 years.
We continually maintain or replace equipment as needed. Thankfully, our business doesn't require top of the line technology in order to run efficiently, just some good vacuums, environmentally safe cleaning products and some good old fashioned elbow grease. (Also, the intelligence to know what and when to use all the things we just mentioned.) We would love to hire more staff to help provide the top quality service that customers have come to expect, as well as provide jobs for more people in the community.
We have a small budget and try to use social media as a way of advertising for more business. Larger franchises have more money available and are often able to advertise for more than just one area. This really hurts a small business like ours who strives to maintain a great reputation. We could really use a working partner who is familiar with this line of work and how this type of business runs. We do not get to set our own hours, we work at least five days a week and are usually on call 24/7.
We are proud to be business owners and take pride in the job we do.
Please think local next time you are in need of a service from another business instead of a big name. Small business owner (and their dogs) will greatly appreciate it.
I hope you have a fantastic, (barf free) Monday.
We have reached that time of year where many of us are transitioning from unstructured schedules to the holiday rush. And, it's only October! I think when the stores start putting up decorating displays it makes our heart beat a little faster. We start to feel rushed and stressed out.
If you think about it, October is the perfect month to get those last minute office improvements completed. Getting it done will allow you to take the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the great weather. Get out of the office and reconnect with family and friends.
Doing things ahead of time will inspire you to start your day on a positive note. Some things that might make your day easier are setting out your clothes for the next day. That way there won't be any surprises, such as no clean underwear. Pack your lunch and a healthy snack so you won't be tempted to spend extra money and eat foods you are trying to stay away from. (Think of all the money and calories you can save for when it really matters - holiday parties and shopping.) Wash your dishes at home and at the office, how nice is a clean coffee cup is when you need to be caffeinated?
Clutter can make you loose focus and curb your productivity. Taking just a couple of minutes to tidy up will offer you a great return on your investment. You will instantly have that little extra spark to concentrate on the task at hand.
Take good care of your office environment. If it's dirty - clean it! Make it a place you will want to spend a large part of your day in, and be able to concentrate in order to get projects done.
Discover how hiring a cleaning service can ease your cleaning anxiety and stress with remarkable results. It's as easy as giving Ron a call at 602-316-4407 for a no obligation consultation.
It's Monday, But coffee can handle it!
Time for a fresh start and a chance to set a new tone for the rest of the week. We have a busy week ahead of us and the more help I can get, the better. Since the weather has finally cooled off enough to wear regular shoes, I had to pull out my magic eraser to spruce them up. They work wonders on on removing mud and dirt off of shoes. (
You can complain about bad weather or you can splash in a puddle. And, there are a lot of puddles out there today. We don't get these days very often in the Valley of the Sun, so be sure to take some time to enjoy it. Your outside plants don't need to be watered today, your car won't need washing and if you exercise outside you could take a day off and enjoy a warm cup of coffee and a good book.
If people are coming and going in your home or office today, set out a rug by the front door to dry off their feet and keep puddles from forming inside and making the floor slippery. Even a bath or beach towel will work in a pinch. If you have a "beware of wet floor sign" now is a good time to use it. Since we don't get to use an umbrella for rain often, a simple bucket set by the front door can catch those drips as people come and go. If people are actually using the coat rack that sits by the door year round, set a dry towel underneath it.
My dogs absolutely do not want to use the bathroom outside on rainy days, but they do enjoy splashing through the puddles and bringing in mud. I keep several towels handy in case they need a complete wipe down.
Tell us what inspires you on a rainy day and have an amazing Tuesday.
Luxuries should be a treat!
A nail salon that I have gone to for the last couple of years recently changed ownership. The girl that did my nails on a regular basis started telling me how bad things were getting there. She purchased her own salon and I followed her over there. Everything went well on my first visit, but by my second appointment she started "nickel and diming" me without telling me the extra cost up front. For me, this really is a luxury that I set money aside for each week. She also posted a sign on the desk, that they would prefer to be tipped in cash. Wouldn't we all!
I trusted her business to do the right thing, but I feel she did not appreciate the fact that many people went out of their way in order to support her business. Last week I decided to return to my old nail salon to see how "bad" it had really gotten. The place was extremely clean (as always) and the "new" owners (Who already had worked there for years.) were extremely thankful that we came back. They always let you know there is an extra charge, before they do the service. When you are informed, most people would be willing to pay for the extra services.
We realize that time is money!
Do not "nickel and dime"! Charge what you think the service or product is worth. Bundling seems to be a popular option right now, and if people ask, you can always break things up and give your customer the choice to include exactly what they want. This applies to most businesses, and although there are still extra services you offer that many don't need on a regular basis, be ready with a price when the time comes.
Don't bite the hand that feeds you. Sometimes the job is more important than the time in the long run. It keeps clients happy so that they will be happy to continue using your business.
We hope you have a luxurious Thursday!
Don't be a pessimist and see difficulty in every opportunity.
Be an optimist who sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Professionalism makes all the difference in how you present yourself and your business. Every day is a new start, think about how you can make simple improvements that will help your business prosper. How do you feel when you enter a place of business and it's dirty or has a funky smell. You don't want to go back.
Be kind to your budget and the environment. For stress free maintenance, give our green team a call. We can help you set up a cleaning schedule that works for you and keeps everybody happy and healthy.
We hope you have a very Happy Morning!
Did you wake up feeling happy and enthusiastic about life?
Me either...It's Monday, I was grumpy and I just wanted coffee. The weekend went by so fast that I didn't have time to accomplish everything I had wanted to. When you have a challenging week ahead, it's always nice to have coffee to rely on. It tastes like hopes and dreams, and it doesn't hurt to have that little caffeine boost.
As I was washing all the dishes left in the sink this morning, I started thinking about the items that you shouldn't put in the dishwasher. (I was also thinking of a lot of other things, but this was the only thing I could include in this blog.) So, I am doing a follow-up to a blog I did a few weeks ago about things you can put in the dishwasher.
10 things that are not dishwasher safe:
Today's dishwashers have individual racks and holders that separate everything along with more gentle cleaning cycles that are meant to clean grease and food off of dirty dishes. I am guilty of putting several of these in the dishwasher, but after researching for some old, really grimy cast iron skillets I found in the garage I have learned what needs good old-fashioned cleaning.
CAST IRON SKILLETS
I didn't realize that Grand-ma had spent years seasoning these with love and that they needed to be preserved. They seem so sturdy that you could run them through a car wash and they would survive. But not the case, they require gentle washing and drying. Then you coat them with a little bit of cooking oil before putting them away.
NON-STICK POTS AND PANS
Some brands are safe, read the manufacture's instructions to be sure. You wouldn't want to compromise the whole reason you bought them.
INSULATED MUGS AND CUPS
The insulating effect can be ruined it the outer and inner layers fill with water when they are in the dishwasher. Be sure to protect those Tervis cups you have invested so much money in!
Soft plastic bottles and containers can warp in the high heat.
BOTTLES AND JARS WITH LABELS
The adhesives can damage the dishwasher as well as stick to other items in the dishwasher making even more of a mess.
GRATERS, GARLIC PRESSES & MICROPLANES
These items can remain clogged and dirty when placed in the dishwasher. They are best cleaned using a soft brush.
WOOD CUTTING BOARDS, UTENSILS AND BOWLS
The heat can cause them to warp, bend and break. Have you ever forgot and put a wooden spoon in the dishwasher?
I mentioned this before as something you do not want to put in the dishwasher. It's an expensive investment, you don't want to take a chance with. It could break or chip, as well as dull when placed in the dishwasher.
VINTAGE DINNERWARE AND ITEMS TRIMMED IN GOLD
Hand wash these to maintain their nice finish and value.
Hand wash only with a mild soap, so you don't dull the copper's shine.
I hope these tiny tips help with any dish washing dilemmas you might come across in the future. Of course, you could always eat out and avoid having to use the dishwasher at all!
We hope you have a wonderful Monday full of hopes and dreams, as well as a tasty cup of coffee!
Ahoy Landlubbers! If ye wishes to be celebratin International Talk like a Pirate Day, ye can a spuak like a parrot or recite some salty poetry. Or, ye can be speak'n like a pirate in no time by looking up the website SpeakPirate.com.
We like to make our blog fun and exciting some times by celebrating different, non-traditional holidays. We enjoy the movies that Johnny Depp has made about Pirates of the Caribbean and we did not want to pass up the chance to speak "pirate". So, keep a weathered eye on the horizon, we will return to our regular way of speakin in the near future.
Blimey! Does yer haven of toil look like it's been pondered??
Alas! Bestow us a call, we can help.
Our calendar for the next few months is so busy, it almost makes us dizzy. The official start of Autumn is just a few days away. Fall provides many opportunities to celebrate not only the holidays, but also the hint of cooler weather. We can drive a few short hours to find all things fall: such as places to go apple picking and stock up on fresh apple cider. (One of our faves!) Pumpkin patches are getting ready to host families seeking great pumpkins to carve and decorate for Halloween. Many festivals and farmer's markets are setting up with many amazing one-of-a-kind items to sell and unique, mouth-watering foods to try.
We make it a point to visit and support these local vendors who are an amazing part of our community. It's a fun way to help these wonderful farmers, craftsmen and cooks survive and thrive. Buying from local farmers gives you access to fresh eggs, grass fed meats and fresh fruits and vegetables. It's nice to have a connection to the people behind the products or the services. They know the products you buy or the services you request on a regular basis and can accommodate you to make the experience even better.
We are lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with some wonderful local businesses. When you support local businesses, you get a better level of service than larger chain stores or franchises who are indifferent to their customers and clients. Having the owner nearby means better and more personal service. It's impressive to think about the labor, time and commitment these hard-working people contribute to not only start their business but keep them alive!
Connect with your local community by using small businesses and services.