National Multiple Sclerosis Day

May 30 is National Multiple Sclerosis Day.  I have met a wonderful lady who has this disease and conquers it every day.  She has written a book about her life.  It is an amazing story by Eva Marsh at http://www.evamarsch.net  called Black Patent Shoes Dancing with MS

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We choose to donate to ………

A teacher heard my interview on the Joy of Organizing Radio show.  She had her class research where items could be donated and reused.  The resource is geared to the United States but it can give Canadians many ideas on where to look to donate the items they no longer need and use.    Click on this link to get some great ideas.

http://www.ooshirts.com/blog/charity-resource-where-to-donate-your-used-or-new-t-shirts-clothes-and-other-items/


Time Management and Fatigue

The fatigue factor affects productivity

By Harold Taylor

Working long hours makes you good at one thing – working long hours. It does not increase either your efficiency or effectiveness. Any anticipated increase in personal productivity is usually offset by a lower work pace, additional errors, more frequent self- generated distractions, decreased creativity, and a decline in energy and motivation.

If the increased working hours, reduces the total amount of sleep that one gets, it could also impact their physical and mental health – causing obesity, diabetes, memory impairment, high blood pressure, heart disease, and a weakened immune system.

Total output does not vary directly with the amount of time worked. If you cut one third off your working hours for instance, you would not cut one third off your output. In fact, for those people working 12 hour per day, a reduction to eight hours may not result in any perceivable drop in total output. Productivity, (output per hour) would actually increase.

Overwork, lack of sleep and energy drain can cause accidents as well. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the US estimates that drowsy drivers cause 100,000 accidents, 71,000 injuries and 1550 fatalities each year.

In January of 2011 an Air Canada flight from Toronto to Zurich made a sudden descent, injuring 14 passengers and two crew members when a fatigued pilot mistakenly believed the plane was on a collision course with another aircraft.

In general, people need to shorten their working hours and lengthening their sleeping and resting hours – and this usually entails turning off their electronic devices sooner at night


A Matter of Balance

A new Fitness Radio station ftsn.co interviewed me on the Matter of Balance radio show on May 17, 2012.  You can listen to the interview at:

http://ftns.co/shows/a-matter-of-balance/#ftns_podcast=cant-find-time-to-exercise-cook-healthy-meals

Some Donations go to Charity and Some Don’t

CBC has a great article about how companies help charities and are able to make a profit for their business.  Click the link to learn more about the business of donations.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/01/26/charity-clothing-bins-millions.html

10 Things You should never buy at a Garage Sale

Garage sale season is upon us.  You can certainly save yourself money buying used items.  Here is some information so you can make the wise investment.  http://www.chfi.com/2012/05/07/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-garage-sales/

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Try Re-purposing Unused Items

New Life for A Bike

When you are sorting through your items.  Unused items may need to go to the garbage, recycling or can be re-purposed.  Finding a new life for your things might save your money.