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Now is the time to get organized It's the time of year when stores are loaded with an assortment of calendars. date books, and other record keeping devices. Many of us tend to feel that we could accomplish much more if only we were better organized, says Dr, Karen Behm, family resource management specialist with the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. "'Tile after-Christmas letdown and January bills convince us that something needs to be done about the way we manage our resources. To make matters worse, tax time is just around the corner, emphasizing the need to keel-) good records." she adds ttit h-A-Ride Kicks Off Second Year Please don't drive drunk {Hammond, La.) .- HITCH-A-RIDE, a I)r+)gran t> keep drunk drivers off the r,.,d by giving them a free ride home. kicks ,ff its second year this weekend. .Sponsr*r. f)f tl:e program are the Tangi- pat. Palish Sheriff's Office. WHMD- FM 1(7. aud WFPR Radio. ('r,quiug through New Year's lm,s can call 345 1774 to "'hitch a The rvsponse last year was very psitive." Ms. Stevens added. "By pro- lU,,ml9 the HITCHARIDE program on the air, we are also reminding people of the dangers of drinking and driving. We ae saying is "If you've had one too ma:v, call a friend or call HITCH-A- RII)E lh: }HTCPI A RiDE phones will be nlamed at the Tangipahoa Parish ghmf['s substation this year. "Last year we housed the program at the radio 'tati,n, and a sheriff's deputy was on duty, along with many volunteers. Sin(e the deputies are on duty anyway, we decided to move the program to its 'natma]' place at the substation." A deputy wifl take the call, then pick Ul thv person or persons in the Sheriff's au "N one will be hassled or arrested," said Sh,iffis spokesman Chuck Reed. 'We will be glad to give them a ride [:ome It's extremely sad when one of ,,ur people has to go notify the next of kiu in an alcohol related accident," Revd added ttlTCtt A RII)E will be available Iig}:tly {r,Il I() pln h) 3 am A few ,+olmecr are needed t, +, distribute psters t,, bars and businesses. Anyone wishing l(, donate a minimal amount of ume may call Kelly Beavers. co-coordi- nator at 345- 1774. If 1986 really is your year to get organized. Behm says you'It need to set aside a couple blocks of time. First. you'll need to decide what you want to accomplish and how. After collecting the necessary materials, another block of time is needed for implementing your plan. Many people get frustrated and give up after a few weeks because they haven't allowed sufficient time to think through what they want to do, says the Extension management expert, who admits that "getting organized" is often a nebulous concept which has a different meaning for nearly everyone. That's why it's so important to decide what you want to accomplish and discuss it with your mate or others who might be affected. At this time of year, time and money management are big concerns since the calendar year and tax year begin January I for most people. No one system is perlect for every- one. Before deciding on a plan, she says to examine yourself and your ways of doing things. Are you a detail person who plans time in 15-minute intervals or balances the budget to the penny? Or are you more comfortable with ballpark figures? Do you need to keep specific records for accounting purposes or are you trying to get control of your time or money for your personal benefit? Will you take the time to update your calendar or balance the budget daily or do you want a system that you adjust monthly? Do you prefer a structured schedule with time allotted for cleaning, relaxation. etc., or just a simple weekly reminder of doctors' appointments, meetings or other events? How well your system matches your needs has a lot to do with its success or failure. It will also take awhile to get used to a system, especially if you have not used one before. Behm says. It will become easier to make entries once it becomes habit. She says to expect to make changes after a few months. You may find you need to add some new cate- gories or can get by with less detail than you originally thought. The proof of the success of any system is m making it work for you. There is no magical system or any one way to do it, she adds. Many people like a loose-leaf notebook which lets you choose only those forms that are needed. Typical systems include spaces for appointments, daily expendi- tures, travel expenses and names with phone numbers More specialized forms can be found for musicians, project managers and other professionals. Often. a simple calendar is sufficient as long as there is enough space to make notes. The size will depend on the intended use. If the whole family is involved, a large calendar hung on the wall may be the most useful. Office supply stores often sell them as refills for desk blotters. They usually have plenty of space for each date and easy-to-read numbers. Each family member can add their events with a different colored marker making it easy, to tell at a glance who's revolved. If you're having trouble keeping up with grocery, automotive or other expenses where several family members are involved, have everyone jot his or her activities to be remembered on the master calendar. At the end of the month, expenses can be totaled and entered in your record book. People who spend a lot of time away from their office or home may prefer a calendar and/or record system that fits in a pocket or purse. It's easier to avoid overscheduling if your calendar is always with you. Reimbursable travel expenses can also be recorded on the date incurred. Don't forget to record mileage for regular volunteer activities. if you deduct them. If monthly reminders suit your life- style better than those in such detail, a card file with dividers labeled for each month is easy to set up and use. Birth- days. anniversaries, special events. reminders to make or keep doctors' appointments or to change the oil in the car are just a few types of cards that might be included. You also may want to divide up major household tasks so that a few are included each month, rather that tackling them all in the spring or fall. The card system can also be used in conjunction with a more detailed calendr by using the cards as reminders to make the appointments or to do certain things, some of which may not be entered on the master calendar, Receipts and other notes also can be filed in the box until the end of the month, then transferred. A card box can serve in place of a master address book. The cards are easy to change when the address changes or the name. is no longer needed. The cards also are big enough to add such notes as birthdays, names of children, gift ideas, where you first met someone, etc. When planning a trip, pull the cards with the addresses or phone numbers you need. In addition to filing cards alphabetically or otherwise, the cards can be color- coded to make finding them even easier. Doctors should be on cards of a color that will stand out. Behm suggests using green cards for People you want i +"++"' SAVii ,,],+oz.,.o+,+ II II i Budweiser. $5 59 OO0000000 O0 O0 OOOOOOO00000000q $ Bud Light $5 29 00000000000 OOO00000000000000000 $299 Miller Lite .$529 00000000000 OeO000000000 O0000OO $1.009.........Milwaukee's Best..........$3 '9 89.Z.......Busch Quarts...............89 1 Liter Club Soda, Tonic, Ginger Ale 69,, to send Christmas cards, so that you can recognize them easier. "Whatever devices you choose. make them work for you." Behm says. "They all have one purpose and t"ffat is to help you feel and be in control of yore" time and life." .... = w, THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, JANUARY 2, 1986, PAGE LW TLLkW ii u i ay the warmth of Christmas abide in your home fOPVP. lid 13111 EDWARDS and McNARY Attorneys at Law 455 W. Pine St. Ponchatoula II 386-9451 Save 1/3 TOTE BAG with thc purchase of 8100 or more. Men's Winter Wear Reduced up to 60% of regular prices, Just a few extlmplcm of out" fanmus name brands. Suits by Palm Beach, Christian Brooks and Nino Cerrutti  Slacks by Hubbard Haggar and Sansabelt Jeans by Levi's and Lee Shirts by Campus, Arrow, John Henry and Henry Grethal Texaco Anti- Freeze....$3.991 Ties, Buyone...Get2ndone for 1/2 price 2 Liter ( Plus an additional 1.50 factory rebate) ! Sweaters by Izod, Campus, Colours 17oP and Pepsi ....98 Gal' Milk...$199 I Jackets by Izod, Gruls, Campus ICoke Classic.....$109 Bail Ice.......79 Ladies Winter Wear Reduced up to 60% of regular prices, Jtmt u few Item you'll !1 on de. 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