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Newsletter March 2009

Disher Courier Newsletter
Your Courier Source  March 2009 
In This Issue
Did You Know?
Spring Cleaning: 5 Steps to De-clutter Your Life
Disher Courier Logistical Partnerships
Toronto is 175 years old!
Did You Know?
  • The thin line of cloud that forms behind an aircraft at high altitudes is called a contrail.
  • A building in which silence is enforced, like a library or school room, is referred to as a silentium.
  • The small cup in which an espresso is served is called a demitasse.
  • People that study fish are called ichthyologists.
    Ducks are never male. The males of the species are called drakes.

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Spring Cleaning: 5 Steps to De-clutter Your Life

SpringHooray for spring! As we move into spring and prepare to put away our winter boots, bulky sweaters and those nasty winter blues, it is also a good time to start thinking about clearing the clutter from our lives as well. Clutter is one of the biggest challenges people face when trying to be organized. The external environment we create for ourselves is often a fair reflection of our internal environment, thus, when our lives are filled with clutter, we end up spending too much of our time managing the small stuff, and we never have time to manage the things that really matter. Here are 5 ways to spring-clean the clutter from your life.
1. Breakdown the project, and lose the all or nothing approach

Start with one room at a time, or one area at a time. It is unrealistic to say that you are going to complete an entire house in one day. By doing that, you set yourself up to fail by having unrealistic expectations. It is best to decide on a starting point and decide on the length of time you will work on the project. For example, "I will organize the den area of my home starting Saturday morning at 10am; I will work on the project for 2-hours". After the allotted time has passed, make a decision about when you plan to resume the project and congratulate yourself on the progress made.
2. Collect like items

Put like items together; put all the clothes in a pile, all the papers in a pile, and all the shoes in a pile. Collecting like objects, helps to break the project down into smaller pieces; by doing this, the goal of completion becomes more of a reality. Once you have the room separated by like items, you may want to continue breaking the piles down even further by continuing to separate items that go in the same area.
3. Label everything

Labels, Labels and more Labels. By labeling boxes, containers and even the outside of drawers or cabinets you are defining a place for things to go. This also makes staying organized easier over the long haul, as everything in your home or office has a home, a consistent and appropriate place where that object is normally kept. Some items that you use every day, may be on display and/or readily available for frequent use. Other items like holiday decorations or out of season clothing, can be stored until needed. When you begin to see that there is actually a place for things to go, you gain more confidence in your ability to continue the project and also your ability to keep the area clean.
4. Use it or lose it

This is one that may be difficult for some to wrap their hands around, so for all you pack rats out there, here it goes. The rule of thumb is, if you haven't used it, looked for it or needed it in a year, it probably has very little or no value in your life. For important papers, the general rule of thumb is 3-5 years, but it is important to use your own discretion when deciding how long you should keep an important document.
5. Make it a family affair

Enlist the help of the entire family, pick a day, cut off the TV, cut off the radio and make it a fun family project. By doing this, you also make others accountable for their actions that may have led to the clutter and it also gives you the opportunity to spend some quality family time together.
The idea of clutter is overwhelming but the sooner you get started, the sooner you'll achieve your goal.
Personal challenge for the week: Define an area of your home or other personal space, and use the steps listed to begin the process of removing clutter from your home and your life.
Journaling exercise: What are some things in your life have you neglected because of clutter and disorganization. What are some things you plan to do to eliminate the disorganization and clutter from your life so that you have more time to focus on what really matters? (The plan needs to be realistic and concrete, actual steps and things you will do to become more organized) For example, I plan to wake up 1 hour earlier than usual, so that I can spend time preparing for my day. I will do this so that I won't feel so rushed and will have time to enjoy some well-deserved personal time for myself.
Author: Wanda Austin-Williams
Disher Courier Logistical Partnerships
LogisticsIn today's complex business environment, logistical partnerships are increasingly becoming a matter of survival, not merely a matter of competitive advantage. As a logistical partner, Disher Courier has saved or enhanced our clients' reputations time and time again by providing expedited, creative delivery solutions. Our goal at Disher Courier is to deliver maximum value to our client partners and improve the productivity of their shipping and delivery services. With over two decades of experience in the courier and delivery services industry, Disher Courier can deliver the right logistical solution for you.
In a logistical partnership, a strategic alliance is formed between Disher and our client where shipping, receiving and courier work is outsourced to Disher. Disher provides the client with staff to manage and run their shipping department as well as mailroom and courier services. The shippers are trained professionals who will arrange all deliveries according to instructions and will choose the most appropriate carrier keeping rates and service in the best interest of the client. The staff that Disher provides is trained in shipping related duties (i.e. packaging, order processing, tracing, manage outgoing and incoming courier parcels) and warehouse duties (i.e. as filing, re-organizing, receiving).
The real payoff of logistical partnerships is cost savings and streamlined operations at the client's organization. Logistical partnerships simplify your business, help ease the headaches associated with shipping and transportation, and free up valuable time. We encourage you to re-evaluate your shipping department operations and consider the possibility of outsourcing in order to maximize time and money savings.
Marcelo Barria is our "Broker of the Month".
Bikers as a whole are a strange breed. Although the bikers work for the courier companies they are actually a small community that exists within the downtown core. They are almost like a cult. You have to be a little crazy to be part of their group. Some days, just being out there is going above and beyond the call of duty. Rain, sleet, or snow, ha! Try -30 degrees Celcius wind chill or being "doored". Marcelo has been through it all with us.
Marcelo has been with us for a couple years now and has been by far the best biker we've had and keep in mind that at one time we had two bikers that won the male and female championship for the Toronto Bike Courier Race within the same year. Marcelo is a work horse and grinder. He's fast, reliable and knows the downtown core like the back of his hand. Our clients love him and our drivers trust him. He is one of the many reasons why Disher Courier is one of the best courier and logistics company in the GTA.
Thanks Marcelo. Would a $50 ESSO gas card work? LOL.

Toronto is 175 years old!

TorontoNathan Phillips Square and Toronto's City Hall were bustling with activity on March 6th, but those not native to the area may not have understood exactly why. March 6th, 2009 was the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city and who doesn't celebrate a birthday - especially one of this age?
What many don't realize is that there were three settlements that actually preceded Toronto: First Nations, York and Fort Rouille. Toronto's first city council meeting was held this day as well, and was commemorated with a re-enactment that began around noon.  Aside from that, there was an amazing array of entertainment; ranging from children's choirs to arts and culture, safety demonstrations and, best of all, great food.
The estimated cost for this gigantic party was $250,000, but Councillor Pantalone stated that it was well worth the money to make everything go off without a hitch.
People were also able to enjoy all of Toronto's historic sites at no charge over the weekend; including such places as the Colborne Lodge, the Spadina Museum and Fort York. What a great opportunity for individuals to explore the city and delve into its rich history. What's more is that Toronto has several more anticipated events in its future; such as the War of 1812 commemoration, which ultimately determined whether or not America would take over Canada. 
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