Fri, 20 October 2017
My Bedroom Condo
Did you know that I have a condo?
In this podcast episode, I share all about how I have preserved my sanity in my teenage years, 20s, 30s, and 40s by having my own condo.
Putting yourself first
I hope that by sharing how I use my condo, and how it’s evolved over time, will help give you the permission that you need to put yourself first.
I tend to talk about productivity in the fall because it’s a naturally productive time. It’s often a time when people set their goals and intentions for the next 12 months – certainly, I do.
Many people have been in touch with me regarding my recent podcast episodes on time management and productivity, and they have told me that they struggle with applying many of the concepts themselves because they are people pleasers (and with this, I can’t help but feel a little like that must mean that I appear not to be).
The funny thing is, I’ve ALWAYS been a people pleaser. It’s something that has been with me my whole life. It's only in recent years that I’ve started to learn how to put myself first. It has been really hard to do and has taken a lot of careful thought and proactivity on my behalf.
I have often thought that if I put myself first and share this with people, they will think that I am selfish, that I don’t care about others, or that I’m spoiled. I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking this.
A little history about my condo
When I was young, I lived in a neighborhood without many children to play with my own age. I was not athletic so that ruled me out of pretty much all extra-curricular activities. So I spent my time playing "teacher" with my younger sister and "training" how to be a babysitter. I also helped my mom with her business, a direct sales clothing company.
I created a game to play with my sister called "Big Friend." My sister and I pretended to be 16, our bikes were cars, our kitchen was a café, and our bedrooms were our apartments. I LOVED my bedroom! When I got punished by my parents, I’d get sent to my room – which was never a punishment in my eyes! I would spend lots of time in there, and would love to reorganize and redecorate it.
My love of the private space and sanctuary of my bedroom continued into college in my dorm room, then on to when I lived in a shared house.
Even when Greg and I moved to the spacious house that we still live in today, I’ve always spent most of my time in one part of the house.
When my children developed separation anxiety at night, I stayed upstairs because they wanted me on the same floor as them.
Since I’m always looking at ways to be productive, I worked in my bedroom until they fell asleep. Because of this, I had started spending the whole evening upstairs – especially when Tivo was invented!
So when the kids go to bed, I stay upstairs, hang out in my bedroom, watch TV, take a bath…. I just spend a lot of time in there. It’s cozy and warm.
I have a TV, my office, and food in my bedroom. I break all of the bedroom rules. In fact, I have a fully functioning office in my bedroom – it's the Organize 365 headquarters!
Even though my kids are teenagers now, one of them still prefers that we’re on the same level in the house. Therefore, I still spend most of my evenings upstairs in my bedroom.
It’s nice to have a private space just for you
The whole point of getting organized is to help you find the time to do the things in life that you want to do.
When you do the 100 Day Home Organization Program, you will find that there is a clear method to the organizational approach that you’re taken through. It starts in the kitchen, which is where the majority of people spend their time in the home. The kitchen is most important for your family.
Next is the master bedroom and closet. They are most important for your soul! This is where you get dressed, where you sleep, where you regenerate yourself. It’s all about you (and a little about your spouse, of course!).
The rest of the house is for your family, but the bedroom is about you. It’s your condo!
My house is an apartment building
I like that our house is like our own apartment building.
Downstairs, the kitchen is like the café which is where we socialize and catch up. Upstairs, we all have the privacy of our own apartments. Our apartments are decorated to our own taste and style.
So in the same way that I encourage my kids to think of their bedroom as a mini-apartment, I treat my bedroom just the same.
The key is to have a space that is all yours
I know your bedroom isn’t all yours, but honestly, 99% of the time your spouse really doesn’t care what you do with the bedroom (if your spouse is anything like mine).
If they do, focus on your half of the bedroom! Use an imaginary piece of tape to divide it, if need be.
Do you put yourself first?
If you are feeling like you have to take care of your kids, your job, your spouse, your house, and you are at the end of the list... I want you to move yourself up to the top of the list. I’m not suggesting you do this all the time or even every day. But how about for just an hour a week?
I would love for you to pencil in an hour that is just for you on your calendar.
In addition, why not do an organizational task this week just on your stuff, on your area and no one else’s.
When you get yourself organized, your family follows suit. There is an energy that comes from that positive place.
For me, when I want to have "me time," I take great comfort hanging out in my condo!
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Fri, 13 October 2017
Good, Better, Best Goals
On the podcast this week, I talk about goal setting.
Goal setting is one of my favorite things. I may even like it more than organizing!
The kind of goals that I love to set are BHAG – which stands for big, hairy, audacious goals.
To put this into context, when I was 16 my goals were: to be a stay-at-home mom, home-school my kids, and grow all my own food, own a business AND be the President of the United States!
I have always had really high expectations for myself and others around me.
When I was graduating from college, I was told I had "unrealistic expectations."
I think it’s fair to say that I do often have unrealistic expectations.
I usually don’t achieve my goals in the time frame that I originally set. But that is because they are so big that they require extra time, resources, and personal development in order to achieve them. But I DO achieve them!
Examples Of Big Goals That I Have Achieved
In summer 2016, one of my big goals was to create an Amazon number 1 bestseller by the fall… and I did! (The Mindset of Organization).
Then in the spring, I published my second book, How ADHD Affects Home Organization , within 90 days. It also became an Amazon number 1 bestseller, sold over 5,000 copies and is currently featured as an Amazon book of the month.
I exceeded my own big, hairy, audacious goal!
I remember when I announced in May 2016 that I wanted to get published by August 2016, some concerned Organized 365 readers thought that I was setting myself up for a fall. I received emails saying “Do you think you’ve bitten off more than you can chew?,” and “Are you sure you can publish a quality book that fast?”
The fact is, we’re not used to people setting and achieving really, really big goals.
Entrepreneurs are well known for chasing the elusive goal. And as soon as they get close to the goal, they extend it and make it bigger. I sure can relate to that!
Introducing Good, Better, And Best Goals
I was listening to James Wedmore’s podcast recently and he discussed this idea of good, better, and best goals.
The basic idea is that the goal you want to achieve has 3 levels – a good goal, a better goal, and a best goal.
Good, Better, And Best Goals In Home Organization
I think this concept of good, better, and best goals relates to home organization as well.
I’m a functional organizer and not a "picture-perfect, Pinterest home" organizer.
What I’ll be teaching you is to set expectations that reach a good and better goal, but not necessarily a best goal. Let me explain.
You could say that to declutter a space would be a good goal.
A better goal is to functionally organize that space after it is decluttered.
The best goal would be for the room to be really well designed, have been designed by an interior designer, and have brand new containers that all match!
A laundry example would be as follows – Good... clean laundry. Better... clean and put away. Best... clean, put away, and organized.
In my 100 Day Home Organization Program, I have often said that it takes 3 times going through a space to really get it organized. Really, what we are doing there is getting to good, to better, then to best.
I talk through some more examples of good, better, and best goals on the podcast, ranging from organizing paper, to setting weight goals, to how far you got with creating a plan from last week’s podcast episode.
Don’t Get Too Attached To The Outcome Of Goals
Sometimes when we set goals, we get very attached to what an outcome will look like. This may be based on what has happened in the past, the results of others, or just an ideal that we carry around.
I would urge you not to get too attached to exactly what the outcome will look like. Because it may well be that you achieve a goal without even really realizing it.
I would love for you to consider the following in goal setting:
1. When you are setting a goal, think of what would be a good, better, or best goal.
Good means this has to happen. If this doesn't happen, then I didn’t meet this goal.
Better is what I really want to happen, what I’m striving for.
Best is if the sun, moon, and stars aligned and all your big goals are met!
2. Do not get attached to the outcome of the goal.
Sometimes, our goals can be achieved in ways that we didn’t envision.
Good luck at setting your good, better, and best goals! I’d love to hear how far you get with them over in my Facebook Group. If you’d like to join, click here.
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Fri, 6 October 2017
You Need A Schedule
On the podcast this week, I talk about time management and productivity.
I’ve finally figured out what is missing for women on this topic!
Everyone needs a schedule. You need a plan and you need to proactively tell yourself what you should be doing. Because if you don’t, you will just end up sidetracked and distracted.
I haven’t talked about time management and productivity very much in the past. That is because I think that you need to get physically organized first before you can get mentally organized.
This is a little different from what you’re used to hearing me say. I do think that change happens in your mind first and then in your physical reality – as far as getting physically organized and decluttered.
But when it comes to productivity and time management, we’re at a whole new level. Now we are visualizing what change will look like and mentally making the changes.
That is why I want to make this physical for you. I have created some AMAZING printables that I’m so happy to share with you. You can download them here and they go with this week’s podcast episode and next week’s episode as well.
Making changes to our time management and how we manage our schedule does not happen overnight.
I have devised 4 steps for creating a plan for time management.
Steps 1 & 2: Morning and Afternoon & Evening Routines
Thank you for all the feedback that I’ve received on these episodes – I loved recording them and they’ve been really well received.
Many people talk about morning and evening routines, but for me my afternoon routine is my most important routine right now (between 2-5pm – after my productive work) .
In this week’s podcast episode, I talk you through exactly what I want you to do to creat your routines and my worksheet will help you formulate one – just add ONE new thing into your morning, afternoon and evening routine.
Step 3: Work out all of the roles that you are responsible for in the household
This step is going to overwhelm you!
I take you through the task of working out how many roles you are responsible for when it comes to running your household.
There are A LOT of roles and you will be surprised how many relate to you. For example, healthcare coordinator, taxi driver, vacation planner, etc.
On the worksheet, you are then asked to work out all of your ‘to-dos’ for each role. You may find this difficult, but give it your best shot!
To put this into context – a couple years ago, I completed a time study for me and Greg. We discovered we were spending 36 hours a week on household and childcare related tasks.
Step 4: Planning your time and creating a schedule
In this final step on my worksheet, you actually plan your time. You create a schedule.
The focus is on being PRODUCTIVE. When you plan your time in advance (right down to the minutes), you will find that you have more minutes. Yes, you get more time back in your day!
I can work with you on this task, if you'd like. I love helping people plan their schedules in order to be more productive. Just click here to book a coaching call with me.
You NEED a schedule – especially if you work from home.
Whether you are an entrepreneur, a work-from-home employee, a stay-at-home mom, or you have any other role that requires you to work from home, you NEED to have a schedule.
I consider "work" as your life purpose. That is how I define work. This could be paid or unpaid (i.e., stay-at-home mom). Whatever your work is, it’s your life purpose.
Time is so valuable and you can never get it back so you need to work out a schedule that ensures you do not fritter away your time.
Share your new schedules in the Organize 365 Facebook Group!
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Fri, 29 September 2017
The 24 Hour Rule
On the podcast this week, I introduce you to a rule that I impose upon myself that I call the “24 Hour Rule."
The 24 Hour Rule is going to free you up from all the things that you might do, should do, could do, or want to do someday. Instead, it’ll teach you to focus on today.
Warning: Please listen to the full podcast episode! You may think at first that the 24 hour rule is a little crazy, but by the end I hope I’ve convinced you to give it a try.
A Bit Of Background
The 24 Hour Rule is something that I developed for myself after I’d been doing the SundayBasket™ for a few years.
Why? Well, I found that a couple of items in my Sunday Basket™ stayed every week!
This goes against the rule of the Sunday Basket™, that you empty the Sunday Basket™ completely on Sunday. Then you hold up every single item – every piece of paper, mail, slash pocket – and you ask yourself, “Can this wait until next Sunday?”
If it can, then it goes right back into the Sunday Basket™. At the end of your time working on your Sunday Basket™, you have identified the items that need to be acted on before next Sunday. All the rest can wait.
I Started To Drown In My WOW Ideas
I’m an ideas person. Ideas come to me all the time and I get so excited. I’m a WOW person and not a HOW person – I usually leave the details to someone else.
I love to write down my ideas or print them off and then put them in my Sunday Basket™. I realized that all of these WOW ideas were the items in my Sunday Basket™ that were staying each week. I was just accumulating a lot of ideas, but not necessarily implementing them.
In other words, I was drowning in my own ideas and becoming overwhelmed. I had to stop stockpiling all of my should/could/someday ideas in a physical location because it was wasting my time instead of inspiring me.
To overcome this problem, I created the 24 Hour Rule.
The 24 Hour Rule Explained
My 24-hour rule is pretty simple.
When I find a great idea, I ask myself, “Can I do this within 24 hours?”
Now, of course, there are many things that you can’t implement fully in 24 hours, but here’s another way to look at this…
We all have times when we come up with a juicy idea that we dive right into and end up spending 2 hours (sometimes even more!) on the internet researching our idea. Do you agree?
Most likely, you didn’t have those 2 hours when you first got your idea, but you made time within 24 hours to flesh it out. Then you decided if it was worth pursuing now, later, or not at all.
My point is that, if an idea is that good and it moves you that much, then you will take immediate action on it.
All of the other someday ideas can be disregarded right now. Don’t write them down or print them off. Just let them be.
As soon as I adapted the 24 Hour Rule, I found that if I really wanted to do something awesome for my business, my home, or my family, I could almost always start to take action within 24 hours.
A Recent Example Where I Applied The 24 Hour Rule
A recent example of my coming up with an idea and applying it within 24 hours is the fundraising appeal that I am currently running for Avondale House in Houston, Texas.
I was completely glued to the news on Hurricane Harvey – reading and watching everything about it on my phone. I felt so bad for those affected that I thought there must something I can do to help.
That’s when I came up with the idea of fundraising for Avondale House. You can read all about it and contribute here. Great news, we’ve raised over $2,000 at the time of recording this podcast! Thank you so much to everyone for contributing.
Now you see that the idea of helping out with Hurricane Harvey relief was so important to me that if I had waited, I would never have taken action.
Your To-Do List Is Never-Ending
The reality is that as soon as you knock things off your to-do list, other things come onto it. That is why it’s a to-do list, and not a to-done list – it’s never going to end!
As soon as you come to terms with your to-do list, it will give you greater perspective on organizing your to-dos, prioritizing, and a more realistic view of life.
There is only so much you can do in your day and I really, really want you to be able to use some of your free time for whatever you want to do.
This is why a key piece of advice that I have for you is to only have 3 big things – or what I callrocks – that you want to accomplish each day. Keep things realistic and don’t constantly chase the impossible.
I’m going to cover this concept in more detail in future podcast episodes so stay tuned.
The Sunday Basket™
Most things come back to the Sunday Basket™ because I truly love the Sunday Basket™.
The Sunday Basket™ takes time to set up and get used to using. But when you’ve been implementing the Sunday Basket™ for 2 months, I’m going to bet that you find you have a lot more time back in your week. That time comes from no longer looking for paper items and trying to remember things, and from being more organized.
It’s amazing how much time you spend just with switching tasks. Did you know you can spend up to 20 minutes switching tasks and recovering from getting distracted? That’s a lot of time!
And that’s why, I always encourage you to put your big ideas in your Sunday Basket™.
But let’s take it a step further and always apply the 24 Hour Rule to each and every one of those ideas. I suggest that when you review your ideas every week, you should assess whether you will act on it in 24 hours. If not, throw it away or review it again in 100 days.
I challenge you today…
What is something that you have on your someday list that you can eliminate?
I challenge you to get rid of it – go ahead and lighten your load!
Now, is that big idea you have right now actionable within 24 hours?
Then, I encourage you to start pursuing it now!
Are you interested in knowing more about the Sunday Basket™?
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Fri, 22 September 2017
From Depression To Professional Organizer In 100 Days
On the podcast this week, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Wendy Zanders.
Wendy is a successful professional organizer and her story fascinates me. She has done things in almost the exact opposite order to how I’d normally recommend, but it has worked well and I couldn’t be happier for her. Her story just goes to show that there are many different routes to success and we must all follow the path that feels right for us.
Wendy discovered me when she was suffering from depression
Wendy found me and the Organize 365 blog and podcast during the most depressing time of her life. Her family had suffered the loss of a dear family member and she was really struggling. She actually connected with me when she heard me share my depression story, as her experiences felt so similar to mine.
Wendy shares on the podcast how she joined my Jumpstart Professional Organizer Program (a one-time offering this past summer). The program was for people wanting to start a professional organizer business. She then joined my Sunday Basket™ Workshop Licensing Program, and later she joined my 100 Day Home Organization Program. This is pretty much the exact opposite order that you would expect!
A little more about Wendy
Wendy is 35, lives in Frederick, Maryland, and she has a husband, a 4 year old daughter, a 10 year old son, and a new business. She is in between the accumulation and survival phases of life. Her life is pretty busy, with non-stop family commitments, business commitments, and church commitments. Wendy and her husband both work full-time, and they very much divide and conquer when it comes to running the family and household.
Earlier this year, Wendy decided that she wanted to get a part-time job on the weekend to help build up the family emergency fund. She was given the advice to find something she loves to do and then do it as a business. Like me, Wendy LOVES being organized and helping others get organized. Becoming a professional organizer seemed like the perfect choice!
Wendy and I first spoke in May of this year. After asking me plenty of great questions, she decided to join my Jumpstart Professional Organizer Program. Thankfully, her husband was behind her 100%, something that is always a huge help for the women who take my program.
Wendy is also a member of my Professional Organizers Think Tank Facebook Group. She explains on the podcast how being a member of the group really took things to another level for her, being able to connect with other like-minded professional organizers on the same journey as her has been invaluable.
She works on her professional organization business on Friday nights and Saturday. Wendy had a goal to earn back the program fee within 7 months and she did so within 3 months!
Becoming a professional organizer despite having ADD
Wendy shares on the podcast that she has attention deficit disorder, something that you wouldn’t always associate with a professional organizer.
Wendy was not diagnosed with ADD until later in life. It was actually the point at which her son was being tested for ADHD that she realized she had many of the symptoms herself.
Wendy becoming a successful professional organizer... with ADD... really does mean that if you have a passion to do something, then go out there and do it!
Marketing can be the biggest challenge
One of Wendy’s key strengths is marketing her business.
Being a professional organizer means meeting and connecting with many people. Therefore, marketing efforts that lead to the most results are often those conducted in person.
Wendy is a superstar when it comes to marketing her business and on the podcast she shares the many ways that she’s doing this.
Become a Sunday Basket™ Workshop Licensed Provider
Would you like to become a Sunday Basket™ Workshop licensee like Wendy? Would you like to help people in your local area get their paperwork organized? This is a first step before joining my mentoring program for professional organizers.
If you want to join the licensing program, but it’s not right for you at this time, you can put yourself on the (no obligation) wait list for next time.
Finally (because I’m so excited about it!), I want to share that Wendy and I are both going toBizChix Live in October which is going to be AMAZING. If you want to learn more about the event please, click here.
Happy Paper Organizing!
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Fri, 15 September 2017
Preparing For An Emergency & Help In The Harvey Recovery
There is nothing more frustrating than nervously watching a tragedy unfold before your eyes and feel like there is nothing you can do to help. The hours I have spent the last month reading articles, watching video clips, and following friends on social media who are going through natural disasters is mind blowing.
This nervous energy eats me alive. I want to DO something.
Ironically in Cincinnati, Ohio, we have very few natural disasters. A stray tornado or big snow storm, but nothing like the fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes I 've watched in the last month.
Even so, emergencies in general are a guarantee in life. Someday you will need to have your medical and financial ducks in a row to facilitate your care or the care of a loved one.
This week in the podcast, Betsy shares her Houston Hurricane story, and I share how you can organize your important documents and help the autistic community at the Avondale House School in Houston, Texas.
The Avondale House is a resource for the special needs community in Houston and a school for children with autism.
For the rest of 2017, when you purchase the medical and financial organizers through this link, 100% of the sale will go to the Avondale House School.
The financial and medical organizers are editable PDFs so you can store your information digitally or they can be printed and put in a binder – it's your choice!
These organizers collect all your important information so you don't have to hunt through your filing cabinet or wish you could take the whole thing with you if you have to evacuate. This will really help you in an emergency situation, whatever that situation may be.
100% of the proceeds from sales of my medical and financial planners will go to Avondale House. This is a "win-win" situation as you get these two great organizers AND you get to donate to such a great cause.
If you would prefer to not purchase the planners, but would rather donate directly to Avondale House, you can do so here.
One thing you will never hear me say is, "It 's just stuff." I know better.
Physical items can be replaced, but it does not minimize the pain and inconvenience of doing so. I hope you are reading this in a house with running water, a working sewage system, and electricity
Like I said in the podcast, my own medical and financial organizers were not filled out, but I am doing it now.
I don't want to, and I don 't "have the time," but I know... one day I will be glad I did.
Prayers to everyone in the path of these natural disasters.
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Fri, 8 September 2017
Creating Afternoon & Evening Routines
When is the last time you took a hard look at your afternoon and evening routines?
We hear A LOT of people talk about their morning routines. (I shared details about my morning routine last week.)
It’s also quite common to hear about evening routines. But, I’ve hardly ever heard anyone talk about afternoon routines. For me, my afternoon routine... or rather, my after-school/after-work routine... is really key to my productivity.
In this week’s podcast, I dive into my afternoon and my evening routine.
When I talk about an afternoon routine, I am referring to the time of day when we are transitioning from work responsibilities back to our family responsibilities.
Personally, my afternoon routine is currently going through changes as my children are getting older and are no longer relying on me for rides home from school and to their various activities. As such, I find myself with more time to work in the afternoon.
For quite some time, my work day ended at 2pm when I left to pick up the kids. If I’d done my work for the day by 2pm, that was a good day. Any work that I got completed after 2pm was what I called "bonus" work!
As the kids have gotten older and more self-reliant, I have been able to carry on with work, if needed, from 3:15pm (when I get home from picking them up) until 5:30pm. Yes, I do work a lot! If I don’t have work to do at this time, I sometimes take a nap.
This year, I have help with my kids' school pick up and my son will be driving, which means my work day will be 8am to 5pm.
Whether your work day ends at 2pm, at 5pm, or whenever, here is one daily routine I recommend you follow during the last 20 minutes of your work day:
Following this afternoon routine today will set you up for a successful tomorrow.
Then, 5:30pm to 7:30pm is the time I have set aside to spend with my husband and kids, but I also have time set aside to do other important things for myself.
Here are some of the things that I like to do as part of my afternoon routine after I've spent valuable time with my family:
That is my afternoon routine and I think it’s the key to my productivity.
From 7:30pm to 9pm, everyone in my family likes to enjoy some alone time.
I tend to head upstairs to my office and continue working. But, the work that I do at this time is work that I really enjoy doing and nothing too heavy.
At 9pm, I start my bath and pick my clothes out for the next day. I try to keep my wardrobe pretty simple. Capsule wardrobes really interest me and I’m going to dive deeper into that idea in the fall.
Around 9:30pm, Greg and I watch a TV show. (You’ll need to listen to the podcast if you want to hear me run through my favorite programs right now!)
No matter which small tasks you add to your evening routine to help the next day run smoother, make sure to take time to RELAX.
Remember, at the end of the day, it isn’t about what you didn’t accomplish that day, it’s about what you DID accomplish and how you impacted the people around you.
It’s all in the routine!
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Fri, 1 September 2017
In this week’s podcast episode, I talk all about productivity and morning routines.
You’ll discover why my morning routine is different than everyone else’s and why I make no apologies for that!
Two years ago, I recorded a podcast episode where I talked all about my morning and evening routines at that time. If you would like to hear it, click here.
In that episode, I focused on decision fatigue and how setting up routines that you can run on auto-pilot will minimize the number of decisions you need to make. It's amazing the difference a well-planned morning routine can make!
This week’s episode continues to build on that topic with a focus on productivity.
I love productivity.
I’m a productivity nut. If there is any way that I can save 5 seconds a day, I’ll figure it out and I’ll save those 5 seconds, whether I put them to good use or not!
Wasting time is one of my biggest pet peeves. So, I love to study how to be more productive.
However, just recently I noticed that the majority of the productivity gurus that I have been following – those with podcasts, books, blogs, etc. on productivity – are all men.
I’ve tried to change this and seek out female leaders in the productivity field, but they are hard to find.
Even though I am a very productive person, it’s hard not to feel like I’m not as productive as I could be when comparing myself to someone so different than me. There are many differences between the productivity schedule of a man and a woman. There are also key differences between the schedule of a Gen X and Gen Y person. There are HUGE differences between the productivity schedule of people with and without kids!
Many of the male gurus I have been listening to want you to get up early (before 5am), have an ice cold shower, exercise, meditate… this is not for me. I've tried aspects of it. I even found myself in the gym at 6am…it DID NOT work out well for me!
I realized, I was comparing myself to people with such different lives, goals, and challenges than mine.
We all strive for balance.
As women, we are always trying to seek balance in our lives. But you know what… balance is boring!
We can’t perfectly balance everything and if we do – if there is complete balance and not one single thing that gets more of you because you’re so passionate about it – where is the fun in that?!
Think of it like a cookie. First, we all like/need different ingredients in our cookies. The base ingredients are often similar, but the rest varies, whether that’s chocolate, raisins, gluten free, soy free, etc., just like we all have different things going on in our life.
Second, whatever those ingredients are, they are not required in equal proportions. That would not make for a good cookie!
Third, there is no perfect cookie for all. We are all different and unique!
You need to know WHO you are taking productivity and morning routine advice from.
The productivity routine of the modern woman covers 7 items:
They may not all be applicable to everyone. For example, I know not everyone has a spouse or kids. Personally, I opted out of number 2 and have a housekeeper!
My point is that you need to know who you are, what phase of life you’re in, when you like to wake up, what your expectations are for yourself and work. When you are clear on all of that, you can work out the best morning routine for you.
My morning routine.
I define my morning routine as from the time I wake up until when I start the productive part of my day. For me that is a 5:45-6am wake-up until around 9-10am when I get to work.
I wake up with enough time to get up, get ready, and get in the car to take my kids to school. I’m on auto-pilot with my routine so much so that I don’t need to think about it. Refer to this episode and also this one to learn about my make-up caddy.
It’s almost impossible for me to forget anything with the way that I’ve organized this. In this week’s episode, I talk you through in detail exactly what I do, what I eat, etc.
There are 4 steps to establishing a morning routine.
There is no perfect.
I’ve spent so much time trying to find the perfect morning routine and the perfect way to be productive. I realize now that there is no such thing as perfect.
I would love for you to look at your own morning routine.
Are you a morning person or not?
Do you like to dive into creative work early or not?
Is exercise something that really helps you first thing?
Get to know yourself and build the routine that suits you. What fuels you? How long does it take? How do you work best?
Let me know in my Facebook group.
Next week, I’m going to talk about afternoon and evening routines.
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Wed, 30 August 2017
Every year I tweak my morning & evening routines when summer ends and the kids go back to school.
Here are 5 steps to create your own morning & evening routines.
Fri, 25 August 2017
In this week’s podcast, I take a look at the cost of clutter and disorganization in our lives.
I think we all know that there is a cost benefit to leading a more organized life, but did you know that it’s not just a financial benefit?
A disorganized and chaotic life can bear many costs… let's look at the different costs that disorganization causes in our lives and the steps that you can take to make a difference.
1. Financial Cost
Buying twice, losing things, items getting ruined, misplacing coupons that eventually expire… I don’t think anyone would argue that there is a not a financial cost benefit to being more organized.
2. Mental Cost
It can be mentally draining trying to remember all of the things that we are responsible for… getting the laundry started, doing the dishes, getting the kids ready for various activities, etc.
We are constantly trying to remember and stay on top of things. The Sunday Basket™ is a HUGE help here. Personally, I like to make notes and jot down ideas all through the week and then go through them all together on a Sunday. I find 50% of the items in my SundayBasket™ are notes to myself.
3. Time Cost
When disorganization creeps into your life, you lose time. You lose time looking for things. You lose time doing things on a whim. You lose time just trying to escape from your cluttered and disorganized situation by watching TV and playing on your phone.
The funny thing is that while you know you are losing time, you don’t have time to figure out where you’re losing it. There is NO TIME! If you had the time, you could do a time study and really get to the bottom of how you can save time, but again… who has time for that?!
I have done a time study twice and it was very depressing seeing the true reality of how much time I spent driving in my car and watching TV.
We have a lot of demands on our time and, if you’re not proactive in how you manage your time, you end up doing things on a whim and putting out fires.
4. Emotional Cost
There was a study that concluded a direct link between families who have more clutter, disorganization, and unfinished projects in their homes with mood and cortisol levels.
Basically, the conclusion is that there are health benefits to being more organized in the household, and the risks of not doing so include depression and a less satisfied marriage.Here is a link to the study.
It’s important to note that there’s no right or wrong when it comes to home organization. Just like there is no perfect weight for a woman, or no perfect way to feed a baby, everyone has a different level of home organization that is right for them and makes them happy.
Irronically, the more progress you make in some areas of organization, the more frustrated you get in other areas. This is completely normal and it just signifies a new level of organization that you expect. You have raised the bar and you now need to stay above that bar for your own peice of mind.
So how do we make the change we want to see? YOU need to take action!
It’s really important to understand that you are in the driver’s seat and the change that you require will not just happen to you, but rather by you. You need to make it happen .
Don’t wait for someone to come rescue you because, believe me (I’ve been there), that will not happen!
There are two things that you need to do to help bring about the change that you want:
1. Change your mindset – Bring about the mental transformation to live a clutter-free, organized life. You are already doing this right now by reading this newsletter and listening to my podcast.
2. Physical change – For this, I have an exercise for you to do!
To do the exercise, you need to listen to the podcast episode and hear me talk you through it.
Trust me. All I will say is listen to the podcast episode when you are at home and have a piece of chalk handy!
P.S. Registration is now open for my 100 Day Home Organization Program where I am with you every step of the journey to help you get your home and your life organized.
Every week, I am there to encourage and motivate you, share stories, and help you reach your goals. You will make fast and lasting progress because of the way the program has been organized.
You will also be with a group of like-minded ladies who are all on the same journey as you, taking action at the same time as one another in the same living spaces.
Let me teach you how to expand your mind. I will show you how to be more productive,more proactive, and how to plan.
You will take back your home and have time to live the life that you are supposed to live.
The 100 Day Home Organization Program is an investment, but it’s an investment in yourself. It will make home organization your new priority. You will start to see a reduction in all of the other costs associated with disorganization and clutter.
Register now! Registration ends on August 28th for the next session starting September 4th.
And for those of you already registered... Congratulations! Please pass this on to ONE person you would love to do the 100 Day Home Organization Program with you!
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