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Be Merry and Bright with these 7 Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas

7 tips for a stress-free Christmas

We all wish Santa could do more than just deliver gifts. How nice would it be for him to bring all the people on his nice list a Hooville Christmas?

Unfortunately, you’re the one that is creating the Christmas magic. From planning the party to cooking the meals, your days will be filled with work and holiday cheer. But as the minutes tick away, and the days pass by, your stress levels will go up as the Christmas countdown goes on. So how do you turn your holiday stress into merriness? Follow these seven stress-free Christmas tips:

Christmas movies and chill

Pop some popcorn, pour a glass of wine, and grab your most comfy blanket, it’s time for Christmas movies and relaxation. Christmas movies often take the doom and gloom out of life by embracing the Christmas spirit. Take time for yourself or make it a family event, but turn on the Netflix and get into the holiday spirit.

Embrace the time-savers

Your Christmas feast can be quite the feat. Skip making everything from scratch and embrace going to some local businesses and order some of your Christmas foods. You can save a lot of time by getting the classic pumpkin pie from a local bakery or by ordering a cooked turkey instead of baking your own. Stick to making those special dishes only you can make and let some other experts handle the rest.

Calm the playful puppy

A tired pooch is a calm pooch. Instead of having your dog barking and excited to see your guests tire them out. Take your dog outside for some intense playtime and treat them with a toy that dispenses treats (like a Kong) before your guests arrive.

Put the fa-la-la in your playlist

Turning on your favorite playlist and relaxing or having an impromptu dance fest is a great mood boost. And while you probably still want to listen to the hottest new Spotify tunes, don’t forget to add the fa-la-la. Check out some Christmas playlists this month to put you into the Christmas spirit. You can also check out the LifeSquire December Playlist for a mix of modern and jolly tunes.

Sweat it out

Brave the cold and head outdoors for a little exercise. Not only is exercise outside more enjoyable, but you’ll get the added benefit of some Vitamin D. Even a five-minute trip outdoors can boost your mood and help lower your anxiety levels. Don’t put it off, just get out there and enjoy a nice walk.

Wrapping party

Make gift wrapping fun! Turn on some of your favorite Christmas movies, pour a glass of your favorite holiday drink, and enjoy some sweet Christmas treats. Have all the bow, labels, and tape ready to conquer the gift pile. Instead of seeing wrapping as another holiday chore, take the time to enjoy yourself by making it fun.

If gift wrapping isn’t your thing, your LifeSquire is available to wrap all of your holiday gifts.

Call Santa’s helpers

Adulting is hard and often extremely busy. When you add the holiday season on top of normal activities, the amount of free time you have can dramatically decrease. You’re not alone through the holiday season, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Have your family members help cook holiday dinners, have your kids help wrap gifts for other family members, have your LifeSquire personal assistant run your errands, help you plan your parties, and other miscellaneous holiday-related tasks. Asking for help may be difficult, but you will feel a weight lifted off of your shoulders when you reach out.

Even though the holidays can be stressful, try to take the time to enjoy yourself, see the lights, and embrace the Christmas magic.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

Why an organized house will make you happier, reduce stress

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Imagine this. You’ve spent a long, hard day at work and you’re ready to come home to relax and kick off your shoes.  You walk in the door of your home and see piles of mail, books in disarray, dirty dishes, and a pile of laundry on the bed. It gets even worse, you’re looking for your newest book and can’t find it. You also can’t find your favorite house slippers. Your home is an unorganized mess, and nothing has a proper home.

We all know that you suffer from stress from finances, your job, and other things happening in your life. When you come home, you want to relax, but when you live in a poorly decorated, extremely cluttered, and disorganized house, it is nearly impossible to relax. Disorganization can lead to reduced happiness levels and increased stress. This article tells why living this way only adds to your stress.

Clutter brings on the stress

It’s hard to imagine that a cluttered house can bring on stress, but it can. When home, you will likely remain in a state of overwhelm as your brain takes in all of the information around you. Once your brain has processed the clutter, you’ll quickly realize how much work you have to do on your home. The more mess you see, the higher the stress levels. When your home is organized, and each item has a home, you will save time looking for items, but also you will feel a sense of peace in your nice calming home.

The social butterfly

Do you like to host social gatherings but avoid them because of a cluttered house? When you take the time to organize, you’ll be more excited about having friends and family over. Those Sunday family dinners and wine down Wednesday social settings will be more exciting than dreadful.

The last-minute visitor

Not everyone sticks by the ‘contact first before showing up at your house’ rule, and you may have an unexpected doorbell ringer. Other times your kids beg to have friends over after school without notice. The last-minute visitor is a real obstacle when your home is an unorganized mess. Once you’re aware of your visitor, you’ll begin to feel your stress levels increase. You’ll likely see things you find so horribly placed and wonder if your guest notices them as well. While they probably don’t care about what kind of condition your house is in, you will feel like they do.

Increased exercise

What? An organized house can increase your exercise? The answer is, yes. How? The biggest barrier to living a healthy lifestyle is a lack of time. As adults, we have a lot on our plates and gym time often gets put on the back burner. When you are living an organized life, you will have more free time to take that spin class or yoga class you’ve had your eye on. You won’t be coming home to cleaning and organization projects instead.

Fewer family conflicts

Have you ever gotten into an argument over the location of an item that seems lost? You have one place in mind for that object and your spouse or other family member has another. When that item is needed and cannot be found, this may create and amplify a family conflict. When everything has a place, the chance of arguments happening because  you can’t find your keys, your favorite pair of shoes, or even your tax documents will significantly decrease.

How do you fix it?

Now that you know why you need to organize your house, you may not know where to start. You’ll start with going through your items and donating what you don’t need. From there, you find containers and places to put items that are left.

You can spend your evenings and weekends taking trips to The Container Store and embark on a mission to organize your house, but what if you don’t have time? This is where LifeSquire steps in. We are professional organizers and can take your house from mess to success. If you’d like information about our organization services, email info@lifesquire.com.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

5 Ways a Personal Assistant Can Change Your Life

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Have you ever been lying in bed, knowing how badly you need some rest but you just can’t drift off to dreamland? You lay there going over your to-do list and not knowing how you are going to do it all. Next comes prioritizing what has to be done, because you know you have to make up for the lost sleep. As the days go by, it can turn into an endless cycle of overwhelm. More sleepless nights, less time with the family, and never feeling like you are getting ahead, it doesn’t seem to stop.

From your work life to your personal life, you have so many tasks to accomplish in a week, and unfortunately, none of us can stop time. So, when you are feeling overwhelmed, it is time to consider getting a personal assistant. Your personal assistant will not only help you with your tasks but will give you peace-of-mind.  While there are a ton of things a personal assistant can do for you, here are five ways having one can change your life:

Laundry

Piles and piles of laundry are a burden, and after the washing comes the folding. Ugh. Think about how many hours a week you spend making sure your family doesn’t leave with smelly dirt covered clothing. But, laundry doesn’t have to be dreadful, and not just because you really love the smell of Tide. In fact, you don’t have to do your laundry at all. Your LifeSquire personal assistant is trained to wash and fold your laundry and will follow whatever specifications you want.

The little things

You’d be surprised how much time is spent doing the little things. Researching flights, hotels, reservations, oil changes, waiting for service providers, paying bills, and more add up to hours and hours of your time. Instead of worrying about how you are going to get to Florida to hop on your next cruise vacation, you can focus on having fun. All of these tasks can be delegated to your assistant. The little things are often more a time taker than the major things. Crazy, huh? Giving your assistant the ability to handle the little things, and even anticipate future tasks will take a lot off of your mind.

Answering emails

It’s easy for email to take over your life. From spam mail to important emails, it never seems to stop rolling in. As the emails pile up, there is a good chance you will miss important ones. Instead of rushing through or hitting delete all, delegate email management to your personal assistant. You can set-up an organization system to make sure you see all the important emails, and your assistant can help clear up the inevitable spam.

Event management

Entertaining is a lot of work. Think about how much time you spend scheduling the providers, addressing invitations, collecting RSVPs, and more. And even worse, you get stressed during the event because you aren’t sure things are running right. Did you know your events can be managed by your personal assistant? They will do the scheduling, invitation management, and whatever else needs to be done. On the day of the event, they can also make sure things run smoothly. Stress-free events may never happy, but a personal assistant can help reduce your stress levels.

Work-Life balance

Probably the most important way a personal assistant can change your life is by getting you an appropriate work/life balance. We know, it seems impossible, but we promise it can happen. We spend a lot of our time working and doing chores in our free time which often turns into less time for ourselves, for friends, and family. And when your availability suffers, your relationships also suffer. While we can’t extend the number of hours in the day, we do have a solution. Your personal assistant will give you more time by keeping you on schedule, reducing stress, running errands, school transportation for the kids, shopping, doing your errands, and more.

For more information about personal assistant service, email LifeSquire at info@lifesquire.com.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

Your weekend means freedom, here’s how to make the best of it

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Are you stuck in a pattern of feeling like your weekends go by too quickly, and you never get the recharge you crave? Often we clock out, go home, and get back to work.  And if you ask us, that just isn’t right.

There are 60 hours from the time the weekend starts at 6 p.m. Friday until your alarm clock goes off at 6 a.m. on Monday. Sounds like a lot of hours, right? It is! Even with sleep, there is still a lot of time to make the most of. Not sure how to go about that?

Here are five ways to make the most of your time away from the office:

Don’t do chores

Grocery shopping, lawn mowing, laundry, and cleaning the list never ends. For most people, weekends have been all about scrubbing the toilets instead of enjoying their freedom. While it’s easy to put your chores off until the weekend, we’re here to say that it’s not a good idea. Your time off should be for you; it’s a time to recharge.  This means taking a bit of time every night after work to do the things you spend your weekend doing.  It won’t be fun, but it will free up your days for fun and relaxing.

If you have a hard time fitting it all in during the week, and many do, we have a pro-tip for you. It might be time to hire a personal assistant. A personal assistant will run your errands, prep your meals, fold your clothes, and more. If you are interested in personal assistant service, contact LifeSquire.

Your Monday starts Friday

If you’re like us, you start counting your Friday down at about 8:30 a.m. Friday is the day we all look forward to; it’s the day before freedom. As the minutes get closer to the start of the weekend, your anticipation will increase, so why think about Monday?

Monday is the start of the week, and usually, it begins with meetings and other important things. So while you’re watching the minutes tick by on Friday afternoon, take time to focus on Monday. How many Sunday’s do you spend prepping for your Monday meeting? Those are minutes you can’t get back. Not wasting time on Friday, will help you get even more weekend freedom.

Turn off the tech

Gasp! We said it! Take time every weekend to unplug and get away from the screen, and no sleep time doesn’t count as unplugging. Getting away from social media and other technology can help boost your mood. How many times have you surfed Facebook on Sunday evening and felt bad you didn’t spend your weekend doing all of the fun things your friends did? Instead of wasting time comparing your weekend to others, spend that time competing. You won’t regret it.

Plan something fun

We all need lazy weekends, but not every weekend should be lazy. If you make plans, you are less likely to spend the entire weekend with Netflix.  Whether you plan a hiking trip or time with your friends, make the most of it. Do something you enjoy with people you enjoy. Take photos for memories and live it up. Your weekend is meant for you, so don’t waste it doing things you don’t enjoy.

You can also avoid the Sunday blues by planning something fun during the week. If your routine is to work and only work, the week will always be a drag. Planning a dinner out with friends or something else you enjoy can make your week go by faster. Always be looking forward to something.

Schedule some downtime

Weekends aren’t just about going nonstop from one fun activity to another. If you are always on the go, you will eventually burn yourself out. Make sure your weekend has time for you to relax. Sundays are a great day for relaxing. If you find yourself too busy, actually schedule your relaxation. Your personal assistant can put this in your calendar for you.

 

These are just a few tips on how to make the most of your weekend. Download our tip sheet for more weekend fun and relaxation tips.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Strategist

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Weekend Tips

Get the most out of your weekend with 10 tips on how to make the most of it.

Tunes to Fuel Your Summer

It's hot and hopefully you are spending as much time at the pool as you can. But what is better than a pool party? A pool party with awesome tunes of course. This is our official invitation to kick back, crank up the radio, and enjoy our playlist for July.

We hope you have enjoyed the tunes filling our airwaves lately, and if you have any ideas on how to make our playlists even better, send them our way. We are always updating the lists, so listen often. Also, follow us on Spotify.

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, LifeSquire Digital Media Strategist

11 Things Personal Assistants Do Better

To say that you love your job and to mean it is two very different things. To be a personal assistant is to love your job. The best personal assistants absolutely love what they do. There is a thrill in providing service for others, there is pride in accomplishing multiple tasks a day, and there is a love for being a support system for others.

Being a personal assistant is a demanding job that will keep a person on their toes, but it is a crucial role to fill. There are just some things a personal assistant can do better, and we want to share those things with you.

Scheduling mavens

If there is one thing that personal assistants are professionals at, it’s time management. They not only make sure they have time to complete all of their client’s tasks each and every day, but they also schedule appointments, travel, and service appointments regularly. They can keep track of when your pet needs to see the groomer, when your child has to be picked up from school, and when your car needs maintenance. Sure, they may use planners to keep them on track, but you can’t slide an extra meeting into a busy day without them noticing. And when they see it, they will make sure you can fit that meeting into your schedule easily.

Organization masterminds

We’ve all found ourselves in a disorganized and cluttered home from time-to-time. Life gets in the way, you get super busy, and the house tends to be the first thing knocked off of the list. But for a personal assistant, organization always tops the list. You may not even realize your bookshelf is a complete mess, but your assistant will. Your assistant will come in, put their organization skills to work, and in no time it will be organized by color and probably height too. If there was a degree in home and life organization, our assistants would have it.

Continually adaptable

Change happens constantly, and we expect it. Personal assistants have to accept change in their day-to-day job. There will be days that everything will go perfect and there will be days that are a total disaster. Either way, they know how to handle the situation. They also go into every job knowing that the client’s needs are ever evolving and what they initially thought they would be doing could be instantly pushed to a later date. They love that no day is ever the same and that it will always provide a challenge. Things can change at a moment’s notice, and they are always prepared for it.  

Planning pros

No matter what you are planning, personal assistants will help you make it happen. If you are taking a huge family vacation, they will work out the details of the trip. If you are planning a birthday party or a huge gala, they will make the contacts to get everything just the way you want it. You could also call them miracle workers. They understand that it will be difficult for a client to give up the control of planning, but with the constant communication your personal assistant will provide, you will know everything is being done to your liking.

Bring smiles to faces

Personal assistants are born with a service heart and feel great satisfaction when they make their clients happy. They often go above and beyond what is required to ensure this happens regularly. Sometimes an assistant may show up with a client’s favorite treat, other times they will do a project the client didn’t expect them to do. They anticipate the wants and needs of the client so that their service is always better than anticipated.

Lifesavers

A personal assistant may be the one person that always has your back. Did you forget to order the wine for the girls’ luncheon? Your personal assistant will be there to save the day and make sure the girls don’t run out of their favorite wine. They come through for you on things you may have forgotten and often save the day.

Problem solvers

We aren’t talking about math homework when we say that assistants are problem solvers, although I’m sure helping with math homework could be worked into their schedule. Instead, personal assistants tend to make the impossible possible. They go above and beyond to make sure their client’s needs are met, and everything is done correctly. Assistants are the ones that make sure the cake gets ordered and delivered on time, they are the people who search all over town for the contractor needed to do a particular job, they are the ones that project manages your household or office. And when a problem comes up, personal assistants create a backup plan and quickly execute it. They do all of these things to keep their client’s lives as normal as possible.

Mind readers

A client could almost think their personal assistant is a mind reader. And truthfully, a good personal assistant does just that. They can anticipate the needs of their client’s without being told. Have a big trip coming up? It is likely that your personal assistant will have your luggage out, products you needs for your trip ready, and itineraries printed before you even think to do those things. That’s just one example of the many things you’re thinking, but don’t have to vocalize to your assistant. They also know how to read their client’s facial expressions. This allows them to know when the best time to approach a client is. They aren’t in the business to pester, so they have to know when the timing is right.

Knowledge seekers

With a variety of jobs comes a wealth of experience. A personal assistant craves the change, but also the knowledge they need to fulfill their tasks. Whether it is learning a new software so that they can work in their client’s office or it is learning how to trim a rose bush, personal assistants seek all of the knowledge.

Pet lovers

If you want a person that loves your pets as you do, you won’t find anyone better than your personal assistant. They are there to not only love and snuggle them but to help you take care of them. Does Fluffy need a vet appointment? Your personal assistant will make sure she is taken care of. They want your pets healthy and happy too.

The errand bosses

Whether it is making a list and heading to the grocery store, going to the post office, or returning purchased products, your personal assistant has you covered. They spend their work day doing the things you don’t have time to get done or the things you want to give up so that you will have more time with your family and friends. If you feel like your errands are overtaking your life, consider hiring an errand boss.

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If you are looking at all of these things and thinking to yourself that you could use someone in your life that can fulfill those needs, reach out and contact LifeSquire today. We have the personal assistants that will make your life easier.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, LifeSquire Digital Media Strategist

Music Feeds Our Soul; LifeSquire’s May Playlist

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Recently we were sitting in our weekly staff meeting, and as the LifeSquires were packing up their things and preparing to leave for the day the topic of music came up. The personal assistants were discussing new albums that came out recently, songs that kept them motivated, and how music can calm an otherwise chaotic day.

As I was listening, I couldn’t help but think how music can turn the darkest day bright or provide motivation when you think you have lost it all. It was then that I decided to create a monthly playlist of songs that LifeSquire personal assistants jam out to while they are fulfilling their client’s needs. Below is the playlist for May. We hope you enjoy it.

Like what you heard? Follow us on Spotify (spotify:user:lifesquire) so that you never miss a playlist.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, LifeSquire Digital Media Specialist

8 Healthy Habits for a Relaxing Life

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Ever find yourself living a 24/7 routine? I think we all have been there. Between meetings, phone calls, deadlines, family life, friends, entertaining, ball games, and trying to get at least a few hours of sleep, there isn’t much time left for personal time. Instead of taking a little time for peace and quiet, we often find ourselves pushing forward and trying our hardest to succeed at this thing called life.

While this may seem like the plan to success, it can lead to a lot of negatives. In fact, not taking the time to relax will increase your stress levels. As your stress levels increase, your health, your behavior, and your mood can be affected.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “You may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the culprit.” 

If you let your stress go unchecked, many aspects of your life start to feel the pain. But when you are stressed, how do you fight it? The key is to relax. Here are some tips on how to improve your quality of life by relaxing:

Schedule time to relax

You add meetings and business trips to your calendar, so why not add relaxation time? If you do not add relaxation time to your schedule, it will most likely never happen. Try to schedule a few times a week for reading a book, a nice long bubble bath, gardening, watching your favorite television show, or anything else you find relaxing. While it may be difficult to add extra tasks to your schedule, you will not regret it.

Get some fresh air

Do you spend your lunch break indoors in a break room? Consider taking your lunch outdoors. The fresh air and Vitamin D will improve your mood and happiness levels. If you have extra time after your delicious meal, try adding a walk to your routine. If you tend to skip your lunch break, consider adding outdoor time after work. The fresh air and exercise will be good for you. Have a pet? Spend some quality time with them. You might be surprised how good a pet can make you feel.

Do the bad stuff first

Create a to-do list at the beginning of your day that includes all of your responsibilities. Once you know what you have to do, start with the tasks that you are least looking forward to completing. Getting these tasks done early will ensure that your day will only improve.

Meditate

One of the best ways to clear your mind is through meditation. It allows you to improve your concentration and increase your self-awareness. Meditation will help you find your focus so that you can have a productive day.

Automate your bills

Take another task off of your to-do list by automating all of your bills. Set your utility bills, car payment, mortgage, credit cards, student loans, and any other bills you can to auto-pay. Eliminating as many tasks as possible will be a large weight off of your shoulders.

Take care of yourself

Dress well, get your hair done, and treat yourself. Doing things to take care of yourself will boost your happiness three-fold. Have you heard that saying, when you look good, you feel good? It is entirely true. So make sure you schedule those salon appointments, trips to the mall, and that pedicure you’ve been wanting.

Get a massage

When your stress levels get out of control, one of the best things you can do is get a massage. There is something about a massage parlor that is instantly relaxing. Maybe it is the music, the fresh smell, or the anticipation of the massage, but there is something to be said about the parlor. Once you get in the room and your massage starts, you will feel the tension in your body and the stress melt away.

Take up a hobby

Doing or learning something you enjoy will reduce your stress and better your mood. It also makes scheduling you time a bit easier. Pick out something you enjoy doing or want to do and find a local class. Not only will you have a great time, you will also meet new people and learn a new skill.

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If you find yourself unable to schedule time to relax, it is a strong sign that you need help with your daily tasks. The good news is, we are here to help. LifeSquire personal assistants can help you get your tasks done so that you have more time for relaxing. Remember, life awaits.

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Post written by Deaven Cavnar, LifeSquire Digital Media Strategist.