Organize 365 Podcast

These weeks between October 1st and Thanksgiving are typically the most productive weeks of the year. I want to help you make October super productive by helping you declutter. I want to give you tasks you can complete in 15 minutes a day so you can declutter some different areas of your life. I am focusing on decluttering only, not on organizing or productivity.

Have you been listening, or have you been taking action this month? We’ve talked about files, hot spots, and hot mess rooms. Today, we are going to talk about decluttering entertainment. 

This pandemic has taught me that Americans are entertainment hoarders. We have long lists of things we pursue for the sake of entertainment like kids’ activities, restaurants, shopping, TV shows, sporting events, and even travel. We have become so used to consuming entertainment that the pause in novelty during the pandemic has led to boredom. There was even a meme that said: “I finished Netflix today, what’s next?”

Today, I want to share my thoughts about decluttering the entertainment we have inside of our homes. Those games, puzzles, and hobby materials that you were keeping just in case - have you used them? Can you plan to use them this winter? If you have entertainment you no longer wish to keep, clear out your house and make more space for the things your family does use. 

Listen to the podcast as I talk with you about board games, video electronics, that mega box of cords, and even analog entertainment (waffle makers, for example). 

I want you to use the entertainment you do have and enjoy to make memories with your family. And, for the things you no longer need, can you pass them on and bless some other family? I bought a bunch of puzzles when we first started staying safe at home. I have passed them along to people who passed them along to others - the puzzle train means that many families get to enjoy spending time together working on a puzzle, but do not have to keep storing a puzzle they have already used. I’d love to hear what things you have passed along to others on Facebook or Instagram

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Our #ThrowbackThursday is Episode # 222 - 3 Reasons I am ULTRA Productive.
 
Productivity is definitely a mindset and a way that I was just inherently hard-wired for, but it is something you can learn.
 
#1 Productive People Don't Waste Any Time
 
#2 Productive People Are Results Oriented
 
#3 Productive People Follow Tried And True Action Plans
 
Listen in and I'll share more information about all of these!
 
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Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!
 
This week’s Transformational Podcast features Renee. She and her husband have 2 daughters, and a dog. She also works as a speech language pathologist. She shares how she has gotten her home and kids organized, and how the Mini Medical Binder helped her family during COVID (get yours at organize365.com/emergency)!
I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do
 
I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.
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These weeks between October 1st and Thanksgiving are typically the most productive weeks of the year. I want to help you make October super productive by helping you declutter. I want to give you tasks you can complete in 15 minutes a day so you can declutter some different areas of your life. I am focusing on decluttering only, not on organizing or productivity.

Today, I want to talk with you about decluttering your hot mess room. A hot mess room (HMR) is where we lovingly place (shove?) things we don’t know what to do with, can’t part with right now, are not sure about, or want to keep “just in case.” Depending on your home, a HMR can be a garage, shed, storage room, basement, attic, shed, or sometimes even a whole house.

If you are working through the rest of your home (like with the 100 Day Home Organization Program or All Access Membership), you declutter your main living areas, and end up dumping your extra stuff into an area that becomes a HMR. This area becomes overwhelmed as you put things into the space “for now” while you delay making a decision to actually get rid of the stuff. This is perfectly normal - it’s a rest stop for your clutter on the way out the door.

All Access members have a deep dive course to help clear out a HMR, but for today, I want to help you to make progress simply decluttering this space. Unlike a kitchen or a living room, HMR can be hard to clear out because they accumulate stuff from everywhere in the house. Today, I want to help you make progress decluttering this area so that it is more useful to you.

First - be realistic about any item you are considering continuing to keep just in case you need it. Remember that you have just lived through the ultimate just in case scenario - you were safe at home (sometimes for months) during a global pandemic. If you didn’t use the item (food, clothing, or hobby) during that time, you probably never will. Let it go. If you do keep just in case items, you should know what you have and how to find it when you need it.

Second - clear out the things you don’t need that will make the biggest difference in the space - empty boxes, broken items, orphan pieces of furniture, and household items you no longer want or do not use (vases & holiday decorations that do not fit your taste or style anymore). See if you can reduce the stuff by 25-30%. Send things to trash, recycling, or donation centers and reclaim your storage space for the things you do want to keep in storage. 

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This week our #ThrowbackThursday episode is number 274: Stop Trying to Finish the To-Do List.
 
There was a time in my life when I lived for my to-do list. Or rather, I lived through my to-do list. I would list everything I needed to get done that day and, like most of you, ticked them off one by one as I completed each task. When you’re in the habit of checking things off a to-do list, there isn’t enough time to stop. You get so caught up in it that you can’t even see the progress you’re making. Not to mention, you’re always adding new tasks to the list. Or worse than that, you’re adding the same daily chores to the list each day.
 
But, wouldn’t it be more beneficial to spend your time doing things that have a lasting impact? As you go from living a reactive life to a proactive life, you start to develop new habits. You start spending your time differently. And, you start to look at time differently.
 
Listen in as I tell you how to ditch your to-do list and move to the Sunday Basket® system that will help you focus on your real life priorities, not just the random things that accumulate on your to-do list.
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Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

This week’s Transformational Podcast features Melissa F. She and her husband have 13 year old twins, a dog, and a business. She shares how she has organized her home and her paper - and we celebrate her progress!  I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

Melissa's kids Allie and Brady have an Etsy shop. Feel free to check it out!

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket ® 

100 Day Home Organization Program

All Access

Friday Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

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In today’s podcast, I want to inspire you to take quick action to address the clutter hotspots in your home. A hotspot is anywhere that paper or physical stuff accumulates. As our lives change, we often use our homes in ways that are different from the organizational systems we have already set up. This leads to stuff sitting out and making hotspots. There are three major reasons a clutter hotspot develops:

  1. You have not made a decision about an item.
  2. You have a project you are deferring (not taking action on right now).
  3. You have brought new items into your living space that need to be given a home.

In the podcast, I will walk you through several different hotspots that have popped up in my own home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how I was able to declutter them. I bought some food items but did not have a plan to actually prepare them for a specific meal, so they were left out. Some hotspots were from aspirational purchases where I purchased things I thought I wanted to do (breaking my own 24-hour rule), and left the items out in our living space. Another hotspot was from purchasing new kinds of supplies for the pandemic (gloves, masks, hand sanitizer) without a place to store them or a sense of how many we needed to store in our home.

I want you to take some time and look around your home for your hotspots. Which of the reasons above are these items sitting out randomly around the house? What can you do with your items? What can you donate? What can you work on right away? What can you finish up?

As you look for solutions, think about the Sunday Basket® has helped to eliminate your paper clutter hotspots from your kitchen counter. You know where to put items while you make a decision, you have a place to store your paper that is supporting deferred projects, and you have a home for every piece of paper that enters your home!

Make your home function for the way you use it every day, the way your family lives right now in the present moment. I want you to know that if you need it, you have #permissiongranted to choose functional organizing for your actual daily life.

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My #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is episode # 271 - Decision Fatigue.
 
When you’re lost in decision fatigue, you usually lack time, money or motivation (or all three).
 
When you wake up in the morning and go about your day, you’ll have X amount of decisions to make.
 
Your decision-making ability only goes so far. If you’re faced with decision after decision, you’ll burn-out. That’s what decision fatigue is.
 
When you’re lost in decision fatigue, you usually lack time, money or motivation (or all three).
 
When you wake up in the morning and go about your day, you’ll have X amount of decisions to make.
 
Your decision-making ability only goes so far. If you’re faced with decision after decision, you’ll burn-out. That’s what decision fatigue is.
 
Listen in, and I'll share with you tips for making decisions easier, faster, and more effectively.
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Listen to all of the transformational interviews at organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts

On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Today, I am sharing my conversation with Jill M. She lives in IL with her husband and 2 kids. She recently completed her Master's Degree and is now starting her own business. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket®

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

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These weeks between October 1st and Thanksgiving are typically the most productive weeks of the year. I want to help you make October super productive by helping you declutter. I want to give you tasks you can complete in 15 minutes a day so you can declutter some different areas of your life. I am focusing on decluttering only, not on organizing or productivity.

When decluttering, the way to make it easier, faster, and more effective is to create rules for your items. Rules free us! With rules, you will make quicker decisions and reduce your decision fatigue. You don’t need to stop and consider each item’s value or importance, you will refer to your rule and rapidly decide to keep or toss. 

This week, we are focusing on decluttering the file cabinet. The Paper Solution launched in August of 2020, and I am hearing from many of you how helpful that book is in getting your paper under control. For the fall, I want to help you declutter and reduce the amount of paper you are managing (and will later organize). 

When it comes to paper, you need rules. There are different kinds of papers - I think of papers as being parts of different categories. First, all actionable paper belongs in your Sunday Basket®. For the podcast today, I am focusing on decluttering your archive (sometimes called reference) papers. 

When you make your rules, you need to answer two questions:

  1. What will I save? (or what will I toss/not save)?
  2. How long will I keep this category of paper?

In the podcast, I share examples of the rules I use in my own life for my own paper for several different categories:

  • Manuals & warranties
  • Phone books
  • Kids’ school papers
  • Pets
  • Home decor paperwork
  • Automobiles

I do not always keep papers, and I’ll explain why I now discard many papers in these categories. If you sort through 3-5 folders from your file cabinet each day, it will typically take around 15 minutes. Focus on identifying what you want or need to keep, and toss the rest (of course, shred sensitive private information). Most people are able to reduce their saved paper by 50-80% when decluttering this way.

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This week, our #ThrowbackThursday Podcast is Episode # 280 - You Need an Admin Day.
 
If you’re anything like me, you’ll discover a lot of administrative tasks when you go through your Sunday Basket. Things like forms that need to be scanned, scheduling doctor’s appointments, emails that need your attention, and so on.
 
The only problem is that a lot of these things can’t be done on a Sunday. The doctor’s office is closed, so you can’t call up to make an appointment. Before you know it, you’ve got a stack of administrative tasks or errands you need to do on a different day other than Sunday. This is why you need to assign an administrative or errand day (or both!).
 
An errand day is when you take a full day to do your errands. You’re probably in the car going from one place to the next. An administrative day is when you’re at home (probably in front of the computer) and you’re plowing through things that can’t be done on Sunday.
 
Listen in and I'll share how you can plan for and execute these super productive days!
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Listen to all of the Transformational Podcasts at organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts

This week, we are back to our traditional transformational podcast. On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Today, I am sharing my conversation with Audrey N. She just started her 2nd round of the 100 Day Program. She is married, works part time outside the home, and is a parent. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

Audrey recommends the meal planning app Plan to Eat (no affiliate). 

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket®

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

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These weeks between October 1st and Thanksgiving are typically the most productive weeks of the year. You will get to see your productivity skyrocket and your 2020 goals come to fruition. Once the holidays come, you will turn your focus to social events and making memories, so I want to talk with you about how COVID may be a Golden Window for you.

Some of you have been barely surviving this pandemic. And, that’s perfectly reasonable. I am not asking you to do more, but I want to share some short, actionable podcasts that can help you cultivate a mindset so you are prepared for when you can deep dive into organization and productivity. 

A Golden Window is a time in your life where you have an unusual period of energy, drive, and focus to take back your life and get organized. Are you in a period of your life where you are reevaluating your life? Have you stopped to think about how you use your time, where you live, your job situation, or your home? Everything has changed - for all of us. For a Golden Window, you are ready for the change. If you are merely reacting and surviving, you may not have the extra time, energy, and motivation that a Golden Window brings. 

If you are not in a Golden Window, do not worry. Keep going and give yourself grace. Your turn will come. If you are in a Golden Window (Podcast 242), I want to help you analyze and plan for this opportunity. 

If you are entering a Golden Window, I want to help you end 2020 strong, and to start thinking about how you can use this opportunity to look ahead 5-10 years and begin making the changes towards that future. Listen in as I help you figure out what you want to start and how to take the first step.

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The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast Episode this week is number 269: Time, Money, Motivation: The Trifecta Necessary for Change.
 
Habits change slowly, consistently, over time as you will see from my story. Listen to the podcast to hear the 3 steps I took in each area to make improvements. It has been a 7 year journey from drowning in reactionary mode to the thriving productive woman you see today. And I wouldn’t change any of it!
 
Making major changes, one step at a time, is hard. Organize 365 is here to support you on your organizational journey through the trifecta necessary for change. What is your number one priority right now?
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This week, we are back to our traditional transformational podcast. On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Today, I am sharing my conversation with Kerstin H. She lives in Germany with her husband and foster daughter. She started with a Sunday Basket® and has found much more peace in life and control of her time. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do! I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community.

If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket®

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

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As we continue to explore our interim normal from COVID-19, I want to share some insights on the economy and how we are changing the way we use our homes. I am not an economist or a real estate expert, but I am a questioner and I want to share my own personal thoughts about how we continue to adapt to these extraordinary (unprecedented) times we are in.

We are in the middle of a transition in technology, working from home, social media, and how we are living in our current reality. As I have shared before, my study of different generations has shown that history is cyclical and we move from one end of a particular pendulum to the other, and then we come back again. 

The Stuff We Keep

In the 1980’s we were at the height of consumerism and stuff. Near 2020, many people were very minimalist. In the next few years, I expect that people are not going to declutter as much. We have now faced supply chain issues, shortages, and have learned we cannot always go shopping for (or even order delivery) of the things we want right now. 

Our families are also changing. More people are living at home, indefinitely. While young adults used to go out and begin living independently, the health and economic issues are meaning more are living at home for longer periods. This also changes the amount and type of stuff we are keeping in our homes. 

Economic Changes

Retail stores are going bankrupt. The economy was shifting prior to the pandemic, but COVID creased a condensed timeline. While businesses usually change at a much slower pace than individuals or families, they are now being forced to adapt more quickly, and not all will be successful. 

Supply chain issues are also a real thing, and will likely continue for a while. For people who traditionally stockpiled things, you may not have access to the same quantity as before. You may not have space to store extras while you are also housing additional people in your home. Your ability to afford to shop and plan ahead may also be altered. 

Living at Home

If you decluttered something and are regretting letting it go, because your “just in case” actually came true, give yourself grace. There is no benefit to blame or anger at this unpredictable global health crisis. If you have not used something in the last 6 months, I want you to really consider letting it go and allowing it to bless someone else.

As we head into our first Fall and Winter seasons in this pandemic, I want you to think about what you will need to get through this season. What items do you want to be sure you have for this season? What do you need to change or adapt in how your physical home is functioning? What do you want to have at home? What can you afford? What do you have space to store? How will you adapt your holiday plans for social distancing and public health? How will you make your home feel like home for all who are living there?

IDS

At Organize 365, we use the Traction model for our business operating system. One component is that we IDS problems and issues. We identify, discuss, and solve challenges as a team. I share some fun examples in the podcast - so be sure to listen in for an insider peek at some recent decisions we made.

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This week, our #ThrowbackThursday episode is # 190 - The Cost of Clutter and Disorganization.

In this week’s podcast episode, I take a look at the cost of clutter and disorganization in our lives. I want you to consider the financial, mental, time, and emotional costs of the current way you are living. Continue to follow Organize 365 and I will show you how to be more productive, more proactive, and how to plan.

You can find us on Facebook, Instagram or our website!

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This week, Monique Horb and I share our conversation about how the COVID-19 Pandemic has affected Sunday Basket® Workshops.
 
We start out by talking about the rapid growth we have seen in the Sunday Basket® community. As people continue to be safe at home and find a new interim normal during the pandemic, paper organization has become even more important.
 
More people than ever have taken advantage of the FREE Sunday Basket® Club membership included with the purchase of a Complete Sunday Basket® System. Having accountability and a virtual community has been a game changer for many people in making progress organizing their household paper.
 
Monique and I also talk about how Organize 365 has pivoted to allow Certified Sunday Basket® Workshop Organizers to host their own VIRTUAL Sunday Basket® trainings to grow their own businesses. The Certification Program is open WORLDWIDE now through October 12, 2020. There is a FREE webinar to learn more available October 3 at 11 am EST. (Replay available!)
 
Learn more at sundaybasketcertification.com and please learn more to see if this is the right time for you to join us in bringing The Paper Solution to the world. Feel free to contact Monique with any questions!
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The COVID-19 Pandemic has taken away our ability to go with the flow. We are living in a snow globe where our city, job, government, and public health are continually shaken up and we are chasing around. So many people are sharing that life feels so hard right now. There is no flow. The pandemic has stopped our hustle, bustle, and flow. 

Most of us have lived through hard times like this before, and humanity has definitely survived times of uncertainty and upheaval similar to what we are facing now. In the podcast, I share about how we have survived and have the lessons from other times in history when our lives were similarly out of control. 

However, catastrophic events do not impact everyone equally. Depending on your location, family, job, and other factors, you may be experiencing a lot or a little bit of life disruption. Today, I want to talk with you about how to find your flow again - even though it will be different than it was before COVID-19.

First, if you are not a natural flow generator, find and follow good leaders.

Second, get started. Let go of perfection. Release the need to do it all. But, actually taking action and moving your body will produce much better results than thinking about what you want to do.

Third, I really want you to work on your schedules and routines. These basic steps will get you moving in the morning and can keep you moving throughout the day. When you clean up - you know the drill - pick up trash, clothes, and food in that order. Start simple, and just get started.

I also share how my morning, afternoon, and evening routines have helped me to continue to be engaged in my life and make progress during the pandemic. It is typical to be less productive than you were before the stay at home events, but using routines will help you to transition to the next part of the day and keep the momentum going. I share suggestions for setting up your routines and share my own inside the podcast. 

For links to the items Lisa is using, please go to the show notes page on the website

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Episode 128 is our #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week - How to Hire Household Help.
 
In this podcast, I share my top 10 tips for hiring help in your life (home, work, or anywhere else)! I have hired help with cleaning, driving, a personal assistant, and all other kinds of extra help! There is no shame in hiring someone else to do the things that will free you up to do the things only YOU can do!
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This week our Wednesday podcast is my conversation with my absolute, most favorite author - Laura Vanderkam!

We discuss many things she writes about in her new book, The New Corner Office. We talk about all things working from home - how to manage time, organize your workday, still be productive, and get energized to get things done.

Laura is also analytical so we talk about different ways to apply routines, rituals, transition time, separation, and habits so we can find success in this interim normal as many continue to stay safe at home.

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Listen here: organize365.com/podcast/interim-normal
 
We are living in the middle of a global health pandemic during COVID-19. The middle of any kind of change or transition is messy!!! As we go through the middle, we can end up feel trapped - we cannot go back, but we are not yet to the place we want to be. 
 
I want to help you make sense of this pandemic and disruption we are all facing. I want to share my analysis of what is going on in society, our homes, and our responses to this uncertainty we have all been living with since at least March of 2020. I am hearing from many of you that you are facing anxiety, depression, and feelings of loss. Every single person on Earth has had plans derailed this year.
 
So - what do we do about the messy middle? We are certainly not yet to the "new normal" that will come someday, but we do have to begin to function more effectively and make some progress in life. We are all struggling to make sense of our current reality and to figure out how to function in a new world. We cannot live our pajama day, Netflix, and quarantine cocktail life while we wait for the end. We must work our way through this messy middle.
 
I want to walk with you, provide inspiration, and help you to survive (and maybe thrive) in this unexpected life event. I cannot fix everything going on, but I can help you to find your bearings so you can get some traction while we all stumble through this middle place together. 
 
Listen in as I talk to you about how to analyze and adapt for:
 
School (in person or from home)
Vacations & Fun
Work
Adult Children
Thinking Time
Schedules & Routines
Cash Flow & Money
 
Just as getting organized begins with your mindset, so does getting yourself and your loved ones through this time. I am here as your teacher, your coach, and your friend. You are not alone in this journey, and I will walk along side you and continue to share and inspire.
 
Furthermore, if you are struggling with mental health during this time, that is a true, real, and vital medical need. Please seek medical attention for your medical needs. Please reach out to your health care team and ask for help. If you want to hear more about the time I struggled with depression, you can listen to that podcast here. However, I am not a medical professional, and I cannot provide medical assistance. 
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My #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode # 118 - Dividing Your Tasks Into Different Kinds of Work.
 
There are 4 kinds of tasks that end up in my Sunday Basket®:
-Ideas
-Repetitive Tasks
-Focused Work
-Thinking time
 
Listen in to see how I organize and complete these tasks for maximum productivity!
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I am so excited to share with you a short excerpt from The Paper Solution audiobook! My publisher has allowed me to share this reading from the book with you all. I hope that you are making progress on your home papers and getting them organized, but if you find this helpful, be sure to pick up your own copy of The Paper Solution.
 
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The Paper Solution - Kid's School Memory Binder

In The Paper Solution, I teach you how to ditch your file cabinet and replace it with portable, functional binders for reference papers. The Paper Solution will tell you how to set up your binders, gives you access to sample printables, and gives you a list of what to include in each of the binders I recommend you create. 

The Kid's School Memory Binder

Binders have so many benefits - they are easy to update, they help limit how much we save, and they are far more portable than a file cabinet. This is one place to keep art work, stories, awards, certificates, and those adorable school photos. 

I have even made these binders for Greg and myself. We had some great times reading each other's school papers, sharing stories, and just being surprised by each other. One binder for each person in the house is really fun and a great way to keep a reasonable amount of school memories in an organized way.

The Kid's School Memory Binder helps to keep your child's school papers, memories, and certificates in easy to enjoy (and space limiting) binders. When you use page protectors, it is easy to add and remove papers over time. I am always astounded by how much kids enjoy looking back at their own work and sharing the stories. For details on what to include in your binder, listen to the podcast and then check out Chapter 14 of The Paper Solution

In the podcast, I also share about the Warrior Mama IEP Binder - a way to help you get and keep your paperwork organized if you are dealing with special needs or individualized education plans.

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Our #ThrowbackThursday Podcast Episode this week is # 114 - Plan Your Week - Organize Your Time to Get More Done!
 
In this episode, I walk you through the Sunday Basket®, planning my week, and scheduling an errand day. I share how my Sunday Basket® helps me get the important things done without an overwhelming, never ending to do list!
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Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action.

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Today’s Transformational Podcast features my conversation with Melissa S. Missy lives with her husband and 3 girls. This is the second part of our conversation. Today we talk about work, motherhood, and other organizational parts of life. Missy works in a family business with 180 employees that focuses on media and trade publications. She and Lisa share about how Missy uses a Workbox and Binders to keep all of her papers organized so she can be an organized business owner. They also share how the Workbox and Sunday Basket® help Missy plan her week and stay proactive rather than reactive!

I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do! I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday

 

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket®

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

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Enjoy the podcast: organize365.com/podcast/organize-fun-paper
 
In The Paper Solution, I teach you how to ditch your file cabinet and replace it with portable, functional binders for reference papers. The Paper Solution will tell you how to set up your binders, gives you access to sample printables, and gives you a list of what to include in each of the binders I recommend you create. 
 
 
The idea for this binder grew from my career as a teacher. I think of this binder as a lesson plan for my home and family - I want to keep track of and grow the traditions that are meaningful to the people in my family and I want to reduce the things that do not bring joy or value to my family. 
 
I created this binder to help keep track of ideas for celebrating and decorating for different holidays. I also keep childcare information, pet information, and meal plan information in this binder. I want it to be a single place someone could go to step in and help with our family routines and care. This is a place to keep the things you want to remember from our three times a year Blitz - like summer ideas or winter holiday plans. 
 
The Household Operations Binder allows you to hand off care of your home, children, or pets to another person. It keeps all of the details and information in a single place. It also helps you to keep your ideas together in one place so that it is easy to transition into fun. For details on what to include in your binder, listen to the podcast and then check out page 218 of The Paper Solution. 
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This week's #ThrowbackThursday Podcast Episode is # 197 - You Need a Schedule.
 
For a long time, I didn't talk about time management and productivity very much. That is because I think that you need to get physically organized first before you can get mentally organized. 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. 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. Listen in and I will tell you why YOU need a schedule!
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Listen here: https://organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts/
 
Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!
 
Today’s Transformational Podcast features my conversation with Melissa S. Missy lives with her husband and 3 girls. She shares how she has used the skills she has learned from her Sunday Basket® and the 100 Day Program to transform her paper and home. She shares how she makes time for her 15 minute a day task, has helped settle her mom's estate, and how the Warrior Mama binder has helped with her kid's education. Missy shares her own challenges with ADHD and how she has gone from living a reactive to a proactive life (and how that is so much easier on her brain!).
 
I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!
 
I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday
 

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket®

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Direct download: Org365-MelissaS.mp3
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In The Paper Solution, I teach you how to ditch your file cabinet and replace it with portable, functional binders for reference papers. The Paper Solution will tell you how to set up your binders, gives you access to sample printables, and gives you a list of what to include in each of the binders I recommend you create. 

The Financial Organizing Binder

In full honesty, this is last binder I made for myself, but it was probably the most important binder I made. Money can be a tricky and emotional topic, so give yourself grace if you are new to this topic. I help as the executor of both my grandmother and my father, and I saw what a blessing it is to the people you love to have your financial papers in order and organized. 

The Financial Organizing Binder is meant to keep track of past purchases and closed loans, current bill pay checklists and active accounts, and dreams for the future with retirement accounts and some celebration of life (funeral) information. It is meant to be a help to your family, or you can use it when you need to settle someone else's estate. 

The Financial Organizing Binder allows you to keep your past, present, and future finances together in a portable and organized system. For details on what to include in your binder, listen to the podcast and then check out page 196 of The Paper Solution

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The Organize 365 #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode # 246 - Maximizing Your Time: Dividing Your Week in Half.
 
I designed the 100 Day Home Organization Program's Productive Home CEO Planner to have Monday through Thursday on the first page, and Friday through Sunday on the facing page of each week. I’m trying not to work at all on Fridays so that Thursday night through Sunday is for “home.” That doesn’t mean I’m kicking up my feet and relaxing all that time, but it means that I am trying to leave my CEO hat off starting on Thursday afternoon, and tackling all the roles and responsibilities I have on Friday through Sunday.
 
Because I shoulder a lot of the homemaking responsibilities by choice, but I don’t want to give up my job, dividing my week is helping me do one thing at a time, and do it well.
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In The Paper Solution, I teach you how to ditch your file cabinet and replace it with portable, functional binders for reference papers. The Paper Solution will tell you how to set up your binders, gives you access to sample printables, and gives you a list of what to include in each of the binders I recommend you create. 

The Medical Organizing Binder

Before my father passed away, I was his power of attorney for health care. I was doing my best, but I did not know his medical history, diagnosis, or even his medications. I started out writing down information on scraps of paper, but I was traveling several hours between my home and his, and it was hard to keep it organized. Having test and lab results recorded in an organized way helps me to feel less anxious and more informed.  

The Medical Organizing Binder keeps track of your diagnosis, family history, and what is normal for you (or for the person you care for). Everything I and the medical team could want to know about my children is organized in one place. And, in the US, digital medical records are not kept indefinitely and they do not always transfer between providers. The Medical Organizing Binder allows you to keep a complete personal medical history in a portable and organized system. For details on what to include in your binder, listen to the podcast and then check out page 209 of The Paper Solution

Try out a sample FREE mini Emergency Medical Binder printable at organize365.com/emergency - Feel free to share this link with family, friends, and co-workers!

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The #ThrowbackThursday podcast this week is Episode # 193 - Creating 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 think I’ve hardly ever heard anyone talk about afternoon routines.

I’m going to change that because for me, my afternoon routine... or rather, my after-school/after-work routine... is really key to my productivity. So, listen in as I dive into my afternoon and my evening routine.

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Listen here: https://organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts
 
This week, I want to welcome all of you who are new to Organize 365, especially if you have found me through my new book, The Paper Solution! I am so glad you are here, and I just want to share a brief introduction to Organize 365.
 
First, you are NEVER behind when getting organized. Just give yourself grace for what's in the past, and join us in celebrating progress over perfection!
 
If you are new, please make sure you are subscribed to the Organize 365 Podcast in your favorite podcast player. We have 2-3 podcasts a week all designed to help you get your home, paper, and life organized. Organization is a learnable skill, and I want to be your teacher along your organizational journey.
 
You can find out more about The Sunday Basket®, the 100 Day Home Organization Program, and All Access programs at organize365.com
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In The Paper Solution, I teach you how to ditch your file cabinet and replace it with portable, functional binders for reference papers. The Paper Solution will tell you how to set up your binders, gives you access to sample printables, and gives you a list of what to include in each of the binders I recommend you create. 

The Household Reference Binder

The Household Reference Binder is the first binder I ever made, and it is one of the easiest to assemble. The Household Reference Binder is all of the papers about your home that you would pass on to a new person moving into the home. It works for homeowners and for renters. The Household Reference Binder is one complete inventory of your appliances, repair information, service providers, and decoration choices like paint colors. 

My Household Reference Binder repeatedly saves me time, headaches, and money. Everything I could want to know about my home is organized in one place. For details on what to include in your binder, listen to the podcast and then check out page 188 of The Paper Solution available at organize365.com/book

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In August, our #ThrowbackThursday podcasts will focus on building good routines. This will be especially important in fall as we try to figure out how to be productive and functional in our new normal.
 
This week, we feature Podcast Episode # 192 - Morning Routines for the Modern Day Woman. 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! Setting up routines that you can run on auto-pilot will minimize the number of decisions you need to make and significantly reduces decision fatigue. It's amazing the difference a well-planned morning routine can make!

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On the Wednesday Podcast this week, I share my conversation with Angela Watson. Angela is the creator and teacher of the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. Her program helps teachers become more prepared and organized so they can spend less time at work and have a sustainable career.

We talk about the many choices we have made to pivot during the safe at home experience. Angela and I deep dive into some of the challenges teachers are facing while teaching remotely. We also talk deeply about the challenges parents have faced with remote learning and an unpredictable school year in the fall. We talk about how to balance the administrative tasks for teachers too. We talk about how to balance professional AND personal development.

We both want you to show up as the best version of yourself - and that means time away from work to rest and recharge. I think this will be fascinating as a parent, teacher, or just someone working on self-care. Learn more about the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club and how you can join now as a friend of Lisa (even though it's closed to the public!) - organize365.com/angela

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We hope you can join us for this non-traditional book launch!!!

The Paper Solution book is launching August 4, 2020 and I want to share some details with you! While it is disappointing that I cannot safely travel and hug each and every one of you in person, I still want to share the celebration as The Paper Solution launches. Today, I am sharing my plan with you!

I want you to have The Paper Solution - I don't want to just sell you a book, I want you to have a paper reference guide in your hands - so you can finally get your household papers under control. We all know that we are still having supply chain issues, and books are no exception. Please consider preordering so you can be sure you get a copy! You can order your copy at organize365.com/book

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The Organize 365 #ThrowbackThursday podcast this week is Episode # 165 - Book Review: The Power of When.
 
The Power of When by Dr. Michael Breus divides people into four chronotypes - bears, lions, dolphins, and wolves. Based on the type of brain and body you have, this book helps you to understand the best and worst times for different life activities. I share how I have used this to better understand my family and the Organize 365 Dream Team. What's your type?
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This week, my Wednesday conversation is with Lorie G. She was on a previous Transformational Podcast and she is back with an update and some super helpful information this week. Lorie started the 100 Day Program after some damage to her house and after losing nearly 100 pounds.

In our conversation, she shares how she adapted to schooling from home in the spring, and how is doing her best to make ideas and plans for the uncertain fall school year. She is honest about how she has been challenged to be consistent with her Sunday Basket®. At the same time, she customized her Friday Teacher Workbox to help her adapt to teaching during the pandemic. She is frank about how she has make important choices and rearranged priorities. Listen in to hear grace in action, and to be inspired to face whatever comes next year.

Lorie has been super generous, so we are sharing two bonus items. Her sign in document is available here, and you can watch a special video here

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As we enter July 2020, I want to talk with you about time. I want to talk about how time is passing during this global pandemic. You either have so much time you do not know what to do with it, or so little time you do not know how you will get it all done. In my life, I have vacillated between those two thoughts, but it is different now. 

We will probably be living with the virus for a while yet to come. It is going to take time to sort out all things that have been disrupted or changed by the pandemic. During our Ready For the School Year Blitz, I kept reminding you to focus on what you can control. What are you in control of? How can you take control of your time (knowing "pandemic time" is different)? No matter how productively we had been living prior to the pandemic, now most of us are living reactively. To move towards proactive living and productivity once again, we need systems, routines, and habits. But, July is not the time to do any of those things. I am working on how I can best support you in September when your productive energy and focus will increase. 

As you enjoy the rest of summer, I want you to let your brain noodle on a few ideas before we head into the fall. I answer two reader questions and share my own mindset about some concepts around time. Listen in as I talk about these questions: 

How do you know when you have done enough? How do you balance the concepts of planned neglect and Laura Vanderkam's idea of 168 Hours - You Have More Time Than You Think

Do you have to be doing everything that you are doing related to the care and maintenance of the house and the people that live inside of it? With everyone living inside of your house 24/7, the workload related to caring for your home and people needs to be divided more fairly among the people who share your home. For this, I recommend going back to the podcast or book review of Eve Rodsky's Fair Play.

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The #ThrowbackThursday podcast for this week is Episode 306 - How Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Applies to Your Organizing Journey.
 
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory looks at different kinds of human needs as a pyramid, and I have found benefit from spending extra time and energy on each level at different times in my life.
 
Applying Maslow’s hierarchy in the podcast, I explain and apply the 5 levels of human needs to different phases of the year and unexpected events. I explain how these different kinds of needs change as our lives cycle through different seasons. I want to help you spend more time in the highest levels so that you can live out your unique gift and share it with the world.
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Listen here: organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts
 
“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” - Charlie "Tremendous" Jones
 
This week, my Wednesday Podcast is a conversation with children's author and my virtual friend Maria Dismondy. We pack so much into this quick interview. Listen in to hear how we talk about living a life with healthy balance and discuss virtual book tours.
 
We also talk about how to change the conversations we are having inside of our homes. We talk about how to build a library of books that represent all of the children and how our books should reflect the world around us. Maria has written books with the goal of making sure there are children's books that celebrate our differences so that any kid can open a book and see themselves in the pages.
 
You can find her books or learn more about Maria Dismondy at https://mariadismondy.com/
 
You can still preorder your copy of The Paper Solution - launching August 4, 2020.
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Brace yourself - I want you to think about your house in way unlike you have ever thought about your house before. I want to challenge all of us to change from how we think we should live in our homes, and embrace how we are actually living in our homes. I am hoping we will not be forced to stay safe at home again, but I want us to be prepared.

As women, we often feel like when people come into our homes that we are being judged and graded. Most women I have spoken with have felt this way at some point in their lives. We take pride in having a clean and hospitable home, but we are often short in time and money to make that a reality. I want to help you make some mindset shifts for living in this pandemic.

Walk through your house with index cards or a note pad. Stop in each zone and make notes about what worked and what did not. I share with you some of the thinking I did about my own house and family. 

Walk through your house with index cards or a note pad. Stop in each zone and make notes about what worked and what did not. I share with you some of the thinking I did about my own house and family. For example, everyone in the home needs a place to work, alone space, passion projects, and adequate technology. I also share some changes you can consider making to the spaces in your home. You can make new rules. You can change how you are using your spaces. I'd love to hear from you in our Facebook community if you are using spaces in new or unusual ways. 

Mentioned in the podcast:

Kids Program & Planner

Getting Ready for the New School Year Blitz

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This week our #ThrowbackThursday Podcast is Episode 221 - How the 100 Day Program is like Montessori Learning.

On the podcast, I share an email that I received from Marcy who likened my methods to the classical model for education (the grammar, dialectic and rhetoric stage). Marcy made so many great points and this intrigued me as it’s not something I was aware I was doing.

This got me thinking about Montessori teaching methods, something that I’m very familiar with having worked as a Montessori teacher. In a Montessori classroom, students are grouped by age groupings, the curriculum is repeated at different levels, and the learning is applicable to the real world.

This is very similar to how I teach in the podcast. I am very thoughtful about what I teach and when. I want to meet you where you are. In the 100 Day Home Organization Program, I take you through your home in repeated cycles and you work through the steps of declutter, organize, and increase productivity. Listen in to hear all of the details!

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Listen here: https://organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts/
 
This week for our Wednesday podcast, Monique Horb and I deep dive into the Professional Organizer's Think Tank (POTT). We have both worked as in home professional organizers, and I share some of the history of how Organize 365 has transitioned along the way.
 
The POTT is the largest FREE Facebook group for professional organizers. It is a blend of seasoned professional organizers and people just exploring professional organizing as a career path. We share how the group is a great place to learn about this as a potential job.
 
We also share about the POTT podcasts (Lisa shares details about setting prices and policies in that podcast) and we share about the Sunday Basket® Certification Program that you can add on to your professional organization business. The conversation also shares some information about the SALES part of running your own professional organization business.
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As we try to plan for the fall, I want you to be more thoughtful about your home. We are processing a massive amount of change every single day. It is also impossible to make an effective plan for even the near future in our current world. It is very hard to live with the constant unknown we are facing right now.

I am recommending that you spend some time this summer focusing on ruthless decluttering. I want you to embrace your current phase of life, and get rid of anything you no longer want or need. Ruthless decluttering is a physical activity that makes you feel great. You will create physical, energetic, and emotional space in your home. Get the stuff out! Focus on the life you are actually living right now. If you haven't used something you had been saving "just in case" during the pandemic and all the supply chain shortages - let them go!

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This week our #ThrowbackThursday Podcast is Episode 206 - The Difference Between Excellence and Perfection.
 
I don’t think perfection is something to be idolized. I’m very goal orientated but I’m not a perfectionist, although I have lots of goals that I want to accomplish. I’m definitely a woman of excellence. I try to be excellent in everything I do, but I don’t strive for perfection. Excellence is taking the next step. It’s not about having a perfect outcome. It’s just looking at the next step that needs to be done, taking the action, then figuring out what the next step is. I want you to start thinking about the different feelings you have when acting in a perfect way or acting in excellence.
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Listen here: organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts

Welcome to week two of our updates with Monique Horb. This week we talk all about the Paper Organizing Retreats. We talk about where they come from and why people find them so helpful in finally getting their paper organized and ditching their filing cabinets. One of the real gifts of a Paper Organizing Retreat is a chance to focus on your papers without interruption in a dedicated space - it allows you to really make progress! They are also way more affordable than hiring an in home professional organizer. We also talk about how we converted these in person Paper Organizing Retreats to virtual in the COVID pandemic hosted by our All Paper Certified Organizers. Some are even offering deep dives into specific binders.

Remember, if you preorder 5 copies of The Paper Solution and submit your receipts by July 17th, you can join our virtual POR as a preorder bonus. You can place your preorder at organize365.com/book We also share how the Sunday Basket® Certified Workshop Organizer program can add to your business. Monique also shares some of her paper organizing packages and workshops.

If you are looking for a local or virtual Paper Organizing Retreat, please check our directory.

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Blog post: organzie365.com/creating-a-massive-possibilities-list

This year has been challenging, unpredictable, unplannable, unusual, and unprecedented. We have had to pivot and adjust more than ever before in our lives (at least for many of us). Our brains are processing so much change all the time. Everything needs to be thought about all the time. Our habits and routines have been completely disrupted. We are using our decision making power so much more often and are getting exhausted so much more easily than before.

I want to help you create a massive possibilities list, and not using a to do list. I want to help you to change how you think to focus on chunking and orienting your thinking to bigger priorities. All month, we will be talking about how to adjust our thinking, homes, and lives to take more control of our homes as we continue to move forward during the pandemic. Listen in and hear how I have transitioned from a to do list to a possibilities list.

Learn more about The Sunday Basket®.

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The Organize 365 #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode 210 - Changing Your Focus from Money to Time.
 
Are you having trouble changing your focus from money to time? I want you to start valuing and looking at your time differently. Who you spend your time with, what you spend your time on, and how you want to spend your time in the future.
 
In today’s podcast, I am answering the question, “How did I purposefully create the Organize 365 business and organized life that I am living right now?”
 
It is true. I am fulfilled, satisfied, and debt free, but it hasn’t always been like this. It has been a journey. For me, the change came when I hit 40. I think milestone birthdays are like a window of opportunity to think about how we spend our time and money, and to make shifts to propel us through the next decade.
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We are continuing to transform our Wednesday Transformational Podcasts. In July, we are starting with 3 podcast conversations with Lisa and Monique. Monique is the leader of our Sunday Basket® Club. Lisa and Monique talk about the new #sundaybasketclub (with a NEW mug you can win). Organize 365 wants to continue to encourage and support you and you build new habits and change your life. They also explain the new Friday Workbox Club launching on July 17th. All people who have purchased a Friday Workbox are welcome to join us in the Facebook group (LIVE Friday at 4pm EST) or watch the weekly recording when you have time.

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I know some of you missed our regular Friday podcast this week. But, because Embrace sold out, and we are making several exciting announcements during our time together, I want you to get the same information in real time. Listen in for all of the details, but here are the major highlights:

-We have a NEW physical Sunday Basket® available NOW in the shop!

-We have a brand new #SundayBasketClub mug that you can earn by sharing your Sunday Basket® on Facebook or Instagram. Check out the rules and get more information at organize365.com/contest

-Starting July 17th, 2020, we will be hosting a Workbox Club on Fridays from 4-5:30 pm EST in the Workbox Facebook Group.

-Finally, the 100 Day Home Organization Program is getting an app to help you get your home organized. The next round starts September 7th, 2020. There will be NO additional charge - it will be included with your purchase of the 100 Day Program. Sign up and get started today!

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This week's #ThrowbackThursday podcast is Episode 261 - My Personal 7 Year Transformation.
 
This podcast published in January 2019, but still has relevant topics today. It was a reflection on 7 years as the founder and CEO of Organize 365. But, I also include reflections on my growth and transformation as an individual person. I also include some of the struggles I faced and the things I've learned along the way.
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Listen to all the Wednesday Transformations.
 
Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!
 
This week’s Transformational Podcast features Eva C. She has a full house! She lives with her husband and three teen aged sons. Her oldest child, a daughter, moved out last year. And, her in-laws live in the basement suite! Listen in as she describes the transformation after 20 years of marriage, four kids, 15 years of homeschooling, and 8 moves. She also shares her most important lesson: "I found out that I would be okay if I gave things away." I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!
 
I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday
 
To learn more about the programs and products described here, please go to Organize 365.
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See the full blog post at organize365.com/special-circumstances-organize-365-story-part8

This is part 8 of a series sharing the Organize 365 Story. I want to talk with you about some special circumstances that impact your organizational journey. As always, I start with helping you to get the right mindset about home organization. I want to give you the ability to look at your life circumstances and understand the ways in which they are impacting your organization. Getting your thoughts and mindset ordered is vital to ordering your physical spaces. I want to share with you some life circumstances and talk about how they affect your thinking and your organizing work. This week, I want to share some special circumstances you may face in order to help the Organize 365 community to have a shared vocabulary and foundational language.

No matter when you begin your transformational journey (or when you need to reset or restart), this information will be here as a reference for you. Listen in as I teach you about how I special circumstances and their impact on organization. These ideas are at the core of everything I teach and how I approach organizing and will help you take those first steps towards learning the skills of organization in order to progress along your transformational journey. 

See all 8 parts of this series at organize365.com/glossary

 

Direct download: Org365-340.mp3
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This week's #ThrowbackThursday pocast is Episode 130 - The Three Stages of Parenting. 

In this podcast, I share with you three different phases of parenting (for most children). 

Parenting Stage 1: 0-6 years old – You Do It All

Parenting Stage 2: 7-12 years old – You Do It Together

Parenting Stage 3: 13+ years old – Guidance & Support

Just as there are 4 phases of life that I identified in my book The Mindset of Organization, these 3 phases of parenting all need different organization as well. The more you understand where you are in life, the more successful you will be at finding and implementing the organization you need to make your life function better.

Direct download: Org365-130Th.mp3
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See all of the Wednesday Transformations at https://organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts/

This week, we return to our regularly scheduled Wednesday Transformational Podcasts. This week I am speaking with Verna R. She has had several unexpected events in her life and is busy doing international humanitarian work. She finished her first round of the 100 Day Home Organization in just 35 days.

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

Direct download: Org365-VernaR.mp3
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See the show notes at organize365.com/redefining-work-organize-365-story-part7

This is part 7 of a series sharing the Organize 365 Story. I want to talk with you about how you define "work." As always, I want to share my mindset and thinking with you. I also want to share how owning a home or running a household can also be work. In this podcast, I also share many of the words I use surrounding the concept of work that help me to be more efficient, productive, and effective.

This week, I want to share my perspectives on work to help the Organize 365 community to have a shared vocabulary and foundational language. No matter when you begin your transformational journey (or when you need to reset or restart), this information will be here as a reference for you. Listen in as I teach you about how I think about work. These ideas are at the core of everything I teach and how I approach organizing and will help you take those first steps towards learning the skills of organization.

Direct download: Org365-339.mp3
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The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast Episode this week is # 291 - Kids Saturday Organization and Sunday Planning.
 
I want your kid(s) to feel empowered – to feel like they have the skills and tools to keep their home life and school life organized. I want you to feel confident knowing you are raising kids who will one day be responsible, independent adults. This program is designed to give your kids the SKILLS they need to get and stay organized. This week, I talk with you and your kids about Saturday Organization and Sunday Planning.
 
You can learn more about the Kids' Program at organize365.com/kids
Direct download: Org365-291Th.mp3
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In light of current events, this week I am sharing a special podcast conversation with the newest Dream Team member - our summer intern Milana. She was open hearted and willing to speak with me about about racism and what I have learned about my part in it. I have learned so much and WILL BE part of the discussion and the solution. I hope you can listen and open your mind, even if these ideas are uncomfortable. I am working to be better and do better. I hope you will join me by listening in.

Direct download: Org365-MilanaY.mp3
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See the blog post at organize365.com/redefining-time-organize-365-story-part6

This is part 6 of a series sharing the Organize 365 Story. I want to talk with you about how you look at time affects your organization and productivity. As always, I focus on helping you get the right mindset about how you spend your time. Time is the most abstract concept that will have the longest impact on how you spend the rest of your life. I want to share with you some of the ways you can change your mindset and how I think about time has changed over time and has helped me to grow in productivity. This week, I want to share my perspectives on time to help the Organize 365 community to have a shared vocabulary and foundational language.

No matter when you begin your transformational journey (or when you need to reset or restart), this information will be here as a reference for you. Listen in as I teach you about how I think about time. These ideas are at the core of everything I teach and how I approach organizing and will help you take those first steps towards learning the skills of organization.

Direct download: Org365-338.mp3
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The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode #287 - Kids: 4 Phases of a Kid's Life

In this podcast, I share the 4 different phases of a kid's life and how the Organize 365 Kids' Program is set up. I teach you about the phases of organization you progress through as a child. I describe and define the phases - Littles, Learn part 1, Learn part 2, and Launch.

To learn more about the Kids' Program check us out at organize365.com/kids

Direct download: Org365-287Th.mp3
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Listen to all of the Wednesday Podcasts here: organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts

This week, we are continuing a mini-series during our Wednesday Transformational Podcast. I will be sharing conversations with a few members of the Organize 365 Dream Team. I ask them about how they have been staying safe at home during our exceptional (unprecedented!) circumstances.

This week, I speak with Amy our Graphic Goddess who has been safe at home with her husband and young kids. She shares some of her challenges and triumphs during the past few weeks including homeschooling younger kids. We also share some of the ways Organize 365 has been adapting to the changing circumstances in our current world.

I hope you enjoy this conversation as we share how we are #inthistogether as we #staysafeathome.

I would love to hear about how the Organize 365 experience has been transformational in your life. Please reach out to us at organize365.com/wednesday and let us know your story.

Direct download: Org365-Pandemic-AmyP.mp3
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See the full blog post at: organize365.com/home-organization-perspective-organize-365-story-part5

This is part 5 of a series sharing the Organize 365 Story. I want to talk with you about getting your home organized. As always, I start with helping you to get the right mindset about home organization. I want to give you the ability to figure out how to organize your home for yourself. Getting your thoughts and mindset ordered is much more effective than ordering your physical spaces. I want to share with you some of the ways you can change your mindset and the way you name the spaces in your home. This week, I want to share my home organization perspectives to help the Organize 365 community to have a shared vocabulary and foundational language.

No matter when you begin your transformational journey (or when you need to reset or restart), this information will be here as a reference for you. Listen in as I teach you about how I think about how we get our homes organized. These ideas are at the core of everything I teach and how I approach organizing and will help you take those first steps towards learning the skills of organization.

Direct download: Org365-337.mp3
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The #ThrowbackThursday podcast this week is Episode # 267 - Warrior Mamas with Monique Horb. I

n today’s episode, I’m talking to the mamas out there, or anyone that cares for children. I call myself a Warrior Mama, and on today’s episode, I invited a fellow Warrior Mama (and professional organizer) on to talk about what that looks like, and the tools that helped both of us navigate this journey.

In this podcast, we introduce The Warrior Mama Binder. The Warrior Mama Binder gives you confidence and makes you appear more legitimate in your opinions. While you know what’s right for your child just because you’re the parent, documentation can prove it.

Learn more at organize365.com/warrior-mama

Direct download: Org-365-267Th.mp3
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Listen here: organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts
 
This week, we are continuing a mini-series during our Wednesday Transformational Podcast. I will be sharing conversations with a few members of the Organize 365 Dream Team. I ask them about how they have been staying safe at home during our exceptional (unprecedented!) circumstances.
 
This week, I speak with Vanessa our Director of Operations who has been safe at home with her husband and kids. She shares some of her challenges and triumphs during the past few weeks. We also share some of the ways Organize 365 has been adapting to the changing circumstances in our current world.
 
I hope you enjoy this conversation as we share how we are #inthistogether as we #staysafeathome.
 
I would love to hear about how the Organize 365 experience has been transformational in your life. Please reach out to us at organize365.com/wednesday and let us know your story.
Direct download: Org365-Pandemic-VanessaN.mp3
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See the full blog post at: organize365.com/renaming-home-spaces-organize-365-story-part4
 
This is part 4 of a series sharing the Organize 365 Story. This week, I want to share how you rename the spaces in your home to make them more functional as part of your transformational journey to an organized life. I define and explain things like a hot mess room and a drink station. I share how the names you give different spaces in your home can dramatically affect how you think about them. This podcast and our new glossary will help the Organize 365 community to have a shared vocabulary and foundational language.
 
No matter when you begin your transformational journey (or when you need to reset or restart), this information will be here as a reference for you. Listen in as I teach you about different ways I organize homes to make them functional.
Direct download: Org365-336.mp3
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This week's #ThrowbackThursday Podcast is Episode # 231 - Creating Summer Routine Days.

Summer is my least productive season (and I’m a productivity NUT, so that’s saying a lot!). Things just don’t get done and, before you know it, the summer has ended and all you have to show for it is a great tan but not much else. When we go head first into summer without a second thought about routines or schedules, we often end up feeling bored because we don’t know what to do with our time.

I have five different routine days for the summer that I’d like to share with you in the podcast. This is going to be an exceptional summer unlike any other in our lives. Spend some time and energy thinking about your summer routine and start planning now.

Direct download: Org-365-231Th.mp3
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Listen here: organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts
 
This week, we are starting a mini-series during our Wednesday Transformational Podcast. I will be sharing conversations with a few members of the Organize 365 Dream Team. I ask them about how they have been staying safe at home during our exceptional (unprecedented!) circumstances.
 
First up, I speak with our Director of Marking (and my sister) Emily. She has been safe at home alone and she shares some of her challenges and triumphs during the past few weeks. We also share some of the ways Organize 365 has been adapting to the changing circumstances in our current world.
 
I hope you enjoy this conversation as we share how we are #inthistogether as we #staysafeathome.
 
I would love to hear about how the Organize 365 experience has been transformational in your life. Please reach out to us at organize365.com/wednesday and let us know your story.
Direct download: Org365-Pandemic-EmilyK.mp3
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This week's #ThrowbackThursday podcast is Episode 230 - Setting Your Summer Goals.

I made the list of throwback podcasts at the beginning of they year, long before we knew there would be a global health crisis. Summer comes on so quickly, and we can miss our goals if we do not plan ahead. Plans will be much harder to make this year, but much of this advice from previous years still stands:

Summer is just around the corner and most of you are probably busy packing your suitcases and planning your summer vacation. It’s an exciting time of the year. I know I’m really looking forward to planning my summer and spending more time with my family.

Is it just me or does anyone else feel like summer is the dreamiest season of the year? Do you know what I mean? Things just seem to merge together and before you know it, you’re right back at the start of the school year again and you’ve no idea where the time went. Weird, right?

Let me share exactly how you can reach your summer goals.

Direct download: Org-365-230Th.mp3
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Listen to all of the Wednesday Podcasts here: https://organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts/

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

This week’s Transformational Podcast features Lorraine M. She shares her home with her husband and their two adult children. She has transformed from having an unorganized home to being a professional organizer and becoming All Paper Certified. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

Direct download: Org365-LorraineM.mp3
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Check out the blog post at organize365.com/cycles-seasons-organize-365-story-part2

This is part 2 of a series sharing the Organize 365 Story. This week, I want to share the cycles and seasons you will experience along your transformational journey to an organized life. This podcast and our new glossary will help the Organize 365 community to have a shared vocabulary and foundational language.

No matter when you begin your transformational journey (or when you need to reset or restart), this information will be here as a reference for you. Listen in as I teach you about the cycles and seasons that influence your organizing journey and that are at the core of everything I teach and how I approach organizing.

Direct download: Org365-334.mp3
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The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode 241 - Using Your Planner for Productivity.
 
I talk about two things: why most people use their planners incorrectly, and why using a planner at all sometimes causes us to lose focus on the things that truly matter.
 
I want you LIVE your life with purpose. My goal is to help you be productive and be fulfilled. Your kids will see you do that, and then they will be able to live their life with purpose and fulfillment.
Direct download: Org-365-241Th.mp3
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Listen to all of the Wednesday Transformational Podcasts at https://organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts/
 
Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!
 
This week’s Transformational Podcast features our first sisters - Lori and Julie! They both live in Canada and share how they have been working along their transformational journey together! Each woman has two kids. They have each faced some real challenges and they are very funny! Don't miss the part where they share: When you know the purpose of something, you won’t misuse it. And when you know YOUR purpose you won’t misuse yourself I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!
 
I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.
Direct download: Org365-LoriJulie.mp3
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Check out the blog post and more details here:  organize365.com/organizing-foundation-organize-365-story-part1

This week on the blog, I am starting a series sharing the Organize 365 Story. This first podcast begins with the foundation of Organize 365. I share the five foundational principles that are the bedrock of everything I teach inside of Organize 365. I want to ensure that we have a common vocabulary and you know what the foundational principles are. No matter when you being your transformational journey (or when you need to reset or restart), this information will be here as a reference for you.

Direct download: Org365-333.mp3
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The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode 198 - Good, Better, and Best Goals.

Today, I introduce you to one of my favorite methods of goal setting and one of the reasons that I have been able to make so much progress in my business and in my life. In this podcast, I share some of my goals, and the different ways I have been able to meet them. I also encourage you to set your own goals.

This is a perfect refresher before we start the next round of the 100 Day Home Organization Program on May 11th.

Direct download: Org365-198Th.mp3
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Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized! This week’s Transformational Podcast features Sheri M. Sheri is a teacher and shares her home with her two college age sons. She shares how she started using Lisa's materials after having a procedure to repair a brain aneurysm caused by a car accident and how getting organized made life easier. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do! I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

Direct download: Org365-SheriM.mp3
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This is a bonus episode recorded as a Facebook and Instagram LIVE on Friday March 24th, 2020.

Today, I want to share with you some thoughts on where we are in the midst of the COVID health crisis and our sheltering in place. I share some of the things I am finding inspiring, and I also share some inspiration for continuing to stay safe at home and finding our new normal.

Please forgive any sound abnormalities, but I wanted to be able to share this important message with you!

Learn more about the 100 Day Organization Program or try a FREE WEEK

Direct download: Org365-Bonus-Pandemic-Together.mp3
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For the April podcast episodes, I want to talk to you about how to plan a big project or work towards a big goal. Full disclosure, I generally record podcasts 6-8 weeks in advance. I recorded these in February and March, and I used the examples I was planning at the time. Today, the world looks very different, and many of my examples are not things we can do right now. I know many of these kinds of big projects, celebrations, and plans are all up in the air right now. We are all missing out on direct physical connection to keep our communities safe.

I made the decision to air these episodes anyway, because how you plan a big project did not change. How we are living right now has changed dramatically. But, the principles of organizing never change. You can still learn the skill of organizing. It takes learning and skill to develop organization and productivity. 

I am sharing my system for completing big projects. I break it down into smaller steps, and I am going to teach you these skills so you can follow along, and maybe even plan a project of your own. I am trying to provide as much encouragement, motivation, perspective, and love as possible during this time of uncertainty. We are in this together!

After you have been doing your Sunday Basket® for 6-8 weeks, you will find you have 2.0 slash pockets with projects that still need your attention. Today on the podcast, I want to share with you how to move beyond your Sunday Basket® to dos and weekly focus to actually completing big projects. I want to show you how I create bigger goals and accomplish bigger projects. I do this by using a consistent system for approaching my big projects and I want to teach you how to apply these same skills. 

For this podcast series, I am talking about three different example projects: a large party or celebration, summer planning for kids, and moving to a new home. This system is for a project that requires more than a single weekend to complete. Much of the time, you will collect ideas and papers for your project in a 2.0 slash pocket. When you are committed to taking action and completing the project, you will follow the steps in the podcasts.

Listen to Step 1 here

Listen to Step 2 here.

Listen to step 3 here.

Step 4 - Work Your Plan & Get it Done!

I put my slash pockets in the order they need to happen. For example, invitations need to go out before I can order food, so I put the pockets in that order. I also recommend putting “must do” items before “nice to do items.”

Look at your calendar carefully, and schedule time to get these tasks done. As you make your schedule, you may find out that you do not have enough time to do it all. That is normal - deferring or deleting portions of your project helps you to get to the goal without burning up all of your resources (time, money, energy). 

I always start by planning for what I need from other people - quotes for work I need done, outside help, information about what the kids want for summer, etc. I have also learned that I can work effectively for 90 minutes, but cannot typically sustain my focus for 4 hours, so I plan accordingly. Allow more margin or buffer to your plan if you are feeling stressed or pressed for time. It’s better to have too much time than too little.

Each evening, make an index card with the schedule for the next day. Do not make a vague to do list, but actually make a schedule of what will be done and when. Then, follow the schedule and do the things you have scheduled. The unexpected will happen so be sure to allow yourself margin, be flexible, and reduce your goal. Work ahead as much as you possibly can (ideally in order of priority), to reduce your stress when unexpected things show up. 

Click here to download these printables! :) 

Direct download: Org365-332.mp3
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The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode 196 - The 24 Hour Rule.

Today, 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.
Direct download: Org365-196Th.mp3
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Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

This week’s Tranformational Podcast features Katherine Z. She lives with her husband, 2 kids, and (soon to be) 2 dogs. Katherine has worked with a professional organizer, but found success with All Access and choosing functional organization over perfection. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket ® 

100 Day Home Organization Program

All Access

Friday Workboxes

Direct download: Org365-KatherineZ.mp3
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For the April podcast episodes, I want to talk to you about how to plan a big project or work towards a big goal. Full disclosure, I generally record podcasts 6-8 weeks in advance. I recorded these in February and March, and I used the examples I was planning at the time. Today, the world looks very different, and many of my examples are not things we can do right now. I know many of these kinds of big projects, celebrations, and plans are all up in the air right now. We are all missing out on direct physical connection to keep our communities safe.

I made the decision to air these episodes anyway, because how you plan a big project did not change. How we are living right now has changed dramatically. But, the principles of organizing never change. You can still learn the skill of organizing. It takes learning and skill to develop organization and productivity. 

I am sharing my system for completing big projects. I break it down into smaller steps, and I am going to teach you these skills so you can follow along, and maybe even plan a project of your own. I am trying to provide as much encouragement, motivation, perspective, and love as possible during this time of uncertainty. We are in this together!

After you have been doing your Sunday Basket® for 6-8 weeks, you will find you have 2.0 slash pockets with projects that still need your attention. Today on the podcast, I want to share with you how to move beyond your Sunday Basket® to dos and weekly focus to actually completing big projects. I want to show you how I create bigger goals and accomplish bigger projects. I do this by using a consistent system for approaching my big projects and I want to teach you how to apply these same skills. 

For this podcast series, I am talking about three different example projects: a large party or celebration, summer planning for kids, and moving to a new home. This system is for a project that requires more than a single weekend to complete. Much of the time, you will collect ideas and papers for your project in a 2.0 slash pocket. When you are committed to taking action and completing the project, you will follow the steps in the podcasts.

Listen to Step 1 here

Listen to Step 2 here.

Step 3 - Plan - Be on Target, on Time, & on Budget

The biggest gift you can give your brain is time. The more time you have, the better you will capture all of your ideas, refine them, and prioritize. Allow yourself to work on this project in several chunks over several weeks. 

Use your slash pockets to help you decide what to do. Time block and add to do items to your calendar. As you decide on your plan, work on the most important or time sensitive items first. Keep asking the question:

What is the one thing you could do - that makes everything else easier or unnecessary?

As you develop your plan, set your goal, and adjust as necessary. Consider your:

  • Budget
  • Time Available
  • Scope (maybe you will paint, but not build a deck)
  • Outside expertise or help available
  • Energy

Having your plan laid out and working on your project over time is typically much more effective than trying to get these big projects done in one major chunk of work time. Building your slash pockets and plan over days to weeks gives your brain time to evaluate your choices and helps you be better, stronger, and more efficient. 

Click here to download these printables! :)

Direct download: Org365-331.mp3
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The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode 277 - Decluttering Jobs and Obligations
 
In the last few Throwback Podcast Episodes, I've been addressing shifting mindsets and changing habits a lot lately. Today, I talk about decluttering jobs and obligations. You know, the things that have loomed over our heads for weeks and we really don’t want to do. You might feel like you don’t have a good enough reason to get rid of them, which is why they’ve stuck around for so long.
 
But, I’m here to help you kick the guilt monster out and shut the door on some of those jobs that you just don’t care about anymore. So, if you want to finally declutter those jobs and obligations that have gathered dust at the back of your mind, tune into this episode!
Direct download: Org365-277Th.mp3
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Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

This week’s Tranformational Podcast features Sara B. She is a single mom of 3 kids from 5-19. She works full time and is in school part time. Her inspiration for getting organized was tackling her paper piles. She started with the Sunday Basket ® and has transformed her home and life. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket ® 

100 Day Home Organization Program

All Access

Friday Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

Direct download: Org365-SaraB.mp3
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Today, I am sharing ANOTHER bonus podcast from Organize 365. This is my frank conversation with fellow business owner Tara. We sat down to talk about what it is like being a business CEO in the midst of our current world events and economic climate. Although this is not highly organization related, I know that some of you enjoy hearing about what it is like to be a business owner and how I make those decisions. Listen in and enjoy!
 
Please rate and review the podcast!
Direct download: Org365-Pandemic-Tara.mp3
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For the April podcast episodes, I want to talk to you about how to plan a big project or work towards a big goal. Full disclosure, I generally record podcasts 6-8 weeks in advance. I recorded these in February and March, and I used the examples I was planning at the time. Today, the world looks very different, and many of my examples are not things we can do right now. I know many of these kinds of big projects, celebrations, and plans are all up in the air right now. We are all missing out on direct physical connection to keep our communities safe.

I made the decision to air these episodes anyway, because how you plan a big project did not change. How we are living right now has changed dramatically. But, the principles of organizing never change. You can still learn the skill of organizing. It takes learning and skill to develop organization and productivity. 

I am sharing my system for completing big projects. I break it down into smaller steps, and I am going to teach you these skills so you can follow along, and maybe even plan a project of your own. I am trying to provide as much encouragement, motivation, perspective, and love as possible during this time of uncertainty. We are in this together!

After you have been doing your Sunday Basket® for 6-8 weeks, you will find you have 2.0 slash pockets with projects that still need your attention. Today on the podcast, I want to share with you how to move beyond your Sunday Basket® to dos and weekly focus to actually completing big projects. I want to show you how I create bigger goals and accomplish bigger projects. I do this by using a consistent system for approaching my big projects and I want to teach you how to apply these same skills. 

For this podcast series, I am talking about three different example projects: a large party or celebration, summer planning for kids, and moving to a new home. This system is for a project that requires more than a single weekend to complete. Much of the time, you will collect ideas and papers for your project in a 2.0 slash pocket. When you are committed to taking action and completing the project, you will follow the steps in the podcasts.

Listen to Step 1 here

Step 2 - Chunk Tasks and Create Slash Pockets

Separate tasks into different topics, piles, and groups. Use slash pockets to hold different parts of the project together. For big projects like this, I do not worry about color coding, I just use what I have available. In order to help, I’m including a few typical slash pocket ideas for the different projects. I am giving you 5 slash pocket ideas, but use as many as makes sense for your project.

Party Planning

Summer Planning

Moving

Invite/Guest List

Ideas

Old House 

House Prep

Kid #1

New House

Food

Kid #2

Contracts

Party Items/Decorations

All Kids Together (shared camps)

Moving Checklists

Memory/Photo Project

Family Activities

Mortgage Paperwork

Reminder: ***For more assistance, ALL ACCESS members can consult the Household Operations Binder for summer and party planning and the 10 Steps to an Organized Move (Dashboard) for moving.***

Click here to download these printables! :)

Direct download: Org365-330.mp3
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The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode 281 - Decluttering Negative Thoughts.
 
Your inner thoughts can have a serious impact on your state of mind. If you see the world through a darkened lens, that negative way of thinking can quickly become a way of life.
 
When I tell people that I used to be the queen of negativity, they find it hard to believe. Nowadays, thinking positively comes easy to me. I like to think about negative thoughts as weeds in our mind. Weeds that need to be pulled out from the roots. If the garden of your mind has become overgrown with persistent weeds that you can’t clear, it’s time to tackle the root of the problem.
 
In this episode, I reveal the steps you can take to overcome your negative mindset and start living a more positive and happy life.
 
Ready to say goodbye to negative thoughts? Listen in!
Direct download: Org365-281Th.mp3
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Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

This week’s Tranformational Podcast features Suzanne G. She is a minimalist, married to a maximalist. They got married in their 40’s and they share their home with her adult stepson. They have combined houses twice and she had to make space just to hang up her coat in the entryway.  I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket ® 

100 Day Home Organization Program

All Access

Friday Workboxes

Direct download: Org365-SuzanneG.mp3
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FREE Mini Medical Information Binder Download

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 is mind blowing. This nervous energy eats me alive. I want to DO something.

In general, emergencies 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.

You can download your FREE Mini Medical Information Binder Printables. These are selected pages from the full Medical Organizing Binder from Organize 365. I want to help you get organized now, so you can tackle what comes knowing your important papers are ready to go. Make time and get your medical information organized NOW. 

Direct download: Org365-Bonus-Mary-medical-pandemic.mp3
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For the April podcast episodes, I want to talk to you about how to plan a big project or work towards a big goal. Full disclosure, I generally record podcasts 6-8 weeks in advance. I recorded these in February and March, and I used the examples I was planning at the time. Today, the world looks very different, and many of my examples are not things we can do right now. I know many of these kinds of big projects, celebrations, and plans are all up in the air right now. We are all missing out on direct physical connection to keep our communities safe.

I made the decision to air these episodes anyway, because how you plan a big project did not change. How we are living right now has changed dramatically. But, the principles of organizing never change. You can still learn the skill of organizing. It takes learning and skill to develop organization and productivity. 

I am sharing my system for completing big projects. I break it down into smaller steps, and I am going to teach you these skills so you can follow along, and maybe even plan a project of your own. I am trying to provide as much encouragement, motivation, perspective, and love as possible during this time of uncertainty. We are in this together!

After you have been doing your Sunday Basket® for 6-8 weeks, you will find you have 2.0 slash pockets with projects that still need your attention. Today on the podcast, I want to share with you how to move beyond your Sunday Basket® to dos and weekly focus to actually completing big projects. I want to show you how I create bigger goals and accomplish bigger projects. I do this by using a consistent system for approaching my big projects and I want to teach you how to apply these same skills. 

For this podcast series, I am talking about three different example projects: a large party or celebration, summer planning for kids, and moving to a new home. This system is for a project that requires more than a single weekend to complete. Much of the time, you will collect ideas and papers for your project in a 2.0 slash pocket. When you are committed to taking action and completing the project, you will follow the steps in the podcasts.

Step 1 - Identify your Project and Dedicate a Sunday Basket® or Workbox to the Project 

Once you have committed to your project or goal, dedicate a separate Sunday Basket®, portable Sunday Basket®, or Workbox to your project. You can purchase a plain Sunday Basket (no slash pockets) in the Organize 365 Shop. Having a separate box physically represents your resolve to reaching the goal, and helps your brain to focus on completing the project. The separate box is a temporary focal point - at the end of the project you will reuse the box for something else.

Then, empty your brain into the box. Write down every thought, idea, or plan you have about your project. Make sure you capture every thought your brain has, even if you end up with duplicates. Getting everything out of your head will resolve the feeling of overwhelm that you initially face. Drop physical items (invitations, photos, receipts, etc.) directly into the box.

Click here to download these printables! :)

Direct download: Org365-329.mp3
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The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode 227 - Having an Adult Spring Break.

About two years ago, I took an improptu adult spring break adventure. I was surprised when I looked up and realized mid-way through the week what i was doing. In the podcast, I tell the story of how I spent the week replacing the windows in our home, cleaning the kids' rooms, and updating my binders. Taking a spontaneous break isn’t something I do very often, but the more I live a truly organized life, the clearer I can see the patterns of how to breed more productivity in organization and a large part of this is taking the time to relax, unwind, and de-stress.

Remember to join us for the Adult Spring Break this year at organize365.com/blitz

Direct download: Org365-227Th.mp3
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Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

On today's Transformational Podcast Elizabeth P and I talk about her organizing journey. Elizabeth is firmly in the sandwich generation. She initially was living in and traveling between two cities. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket ® 

100 Day Home Organization Program

All Access

Friday Workboxes

Direct download: Org365-ElizabethP.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

In February, the Organize 365 Podcasts were designed to help you to discover YOU. I want you to have some tools and frameworks to learn more about yourself and how you see the world. (Don’t forget to take your FREE personality tests from Cloverleaf!)

In March, I want to share with you four different points of view that affect how I see the world. We all start out seeing the world from our own experience and our own life. We adopt a cognitive bias that shapes how we understand everything around us. These points of view shape your organizational decisions and how you view the world. And, as you explore your own point of view, you can better understand your own mental models.

I will be sharing some of my own mental models and points of view this month. This week, I share about how the decisions you make about who is in your family and the size of your family changes your perspective. Some people want children, some want them but do not have them, and some choose not to have them. Depending on your identify as a parent or not, you will likely see the world differently than others who have a different family structure. I talk about those ideas today, but I would love to hear what you think about these kinds of points of view have shaped your perspective on the world. 

I am consciously trying to grow Organize 365 into a community that will reach all kinds of women, many who will be different than me. Organization is a LEARNABLE skill that we can all acquire together. I want you to be able to learn these skills, get your home and paper organized, and then be able to use the extra time for what you were uniquely created to do.

Direct download: Org365-328.mp3
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The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode 236 - From Piles to Productivity (with Virginia Dean).
 
In this podcast, I talk about WHY The Corporate Workbox helps you get AND stay organized at work. Just because something is in your Google calendar does NOT mean it’s getting done. Ideas can be disorganized too. You may not have physical piles on your desk, but I bet you have piles of ideas and to dos in your brain, especially at work. The Corporate Workbox creates a home for all of those ideas, tasks, routines, projects, and anything else you need to keep straight to be good at what you do. Listen in and learn how a Workbox may help you too!
Direct download: Org365-263Th.mp3
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Listen to all the Wednesday Podcasts
 
Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!
 
On today's Transformational Podcast I get to talk with Michelle S. (This is a different Michelle S). Michelle went from zero to All Access in a few weeks, and has gone full steam ahead! Her family is her husband and their cat Harrison. She shares her story of going from busy and out of control to getting her life together over 3-4 rounds of the 100 Days. She and I get to discuss how dreams change over time, and we can change our homes too! I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!
 
I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket® 

100 Day Home Organization Program

All Access

Friday Workboxes

Direct download: Org365-MichelleSc.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Direct download: Org365-Bonus-SchedulesRoutines.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm EDT

FREE Mini Medical Information Binder Download

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 is mind blowing. This nervous energy eats me alive. I want to DO something.

In general, emergencies 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 is a re-air of a prior podcast about Hurricane Harvey. Betsy shares her story, and I share how you can organize your important medical documents. This can be a great project to do while staying home and social distancing. I hope that none of you need this in the upcoming weeks, but I want to help you be prepared in case you do!

You can download your FREE Mini Medical Information Binder Printables. These are selected pages from the full Medical Organizing Binder from Organize 365. I want to help you get organized now, so you can tackle what comes knowing your important papers are ready to go. Make time and get your medical information organized NOW. 

I want to be a voice of calm, productivity, and memory making in this time of feeling uncertain and unsettled. I am hosting "Lisa School" for all those at home during this time and offering other FREE organizing resources there. 

Direct download: Org365-194ReAir.mp3
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