Cleaning V.S. Organizing

I often hear people talk about how they organized their office but it didn’t stick – that a few months later is looked as bad or worse than before they did the organizing. It is not that the organizing didn’t stick.  It’s because they didn’t really get organized. They cleaned. Cleaning is a clearing process.  It […]

Walk Your Way to Ideas

Walking is not only good for your health, it’s good for your business. You probably know the human brain has two hemispheres.  The left side is linear and logical.  It controls language, likes order, and thinks 1,2,3.    The right side is random and creative.  It generates ideas – usually in picture that the left side has to […]

Finding Wrong or Finding Right?

Why is it so much easier to talk about what went wrong when so many more of them when right? Do something that creates a bad customer experience and the statistics are that one dissatisfied customer will tell 15 other people about their bad experience.  Create a great customer experience and they might tell 2 other […]

Frequency of Use Rules

When setting up a workspace, it makes sense to place items based on how frequently you expect to use them.  These are the ‘rules’ I use when working with clients: If you use it every day keep it on or in the desk If you use it every week, keep in the desk or within […]

The Incredible Shrinking Workspace

Companies are not only rightsizing staff; they are increasingly downsizing workspaces.  A downsizing of your workspace brings on new challenges; especially if you feel your previous space seemed small and overcrowded.  As you work to fit everything in, here are some key ideas to keep in mind:  All storage space (desk tops, file cabinets, drawers […]

How Good a Plate Spinner Are You?

Ok, you love to __________  —- just fill in the blank – cook, organize, selling xyz product                    You decided to want to work for yourself—no boss to report to, you can schedule time as you want and make a fortune.  That’s the promise – that’s how owning a business for yourself is marketed. By now […]

Drowning In Information? Here’s a Lifeline.

We are being inudated with information.  This flood of information can become a major source of stress and wasted time.  It lowers our productivity and leaves us wishing we could just drown and get it over with.  The key to good information management is having a good system.  A system is nothing more than having the […]

Free Publicity Takes Planning – 3 Tips To Make it Work for You

I opened my Portland Business Journal one January day back in 1989 and I saw a headline about a National Clear Off Your Desk Day Contest. First I got upset that I didn’t know about the holiday and I missed that opportunity.  Then I got into action.  I found out the holdiay was posted in Chase’s […]

What Are You Paying Attention To?

So many people have taught me so many things over the years.  I am grateful to everyone of them for everything they have taught me.  One that has been on my mind a lot in this economy is something I first heard from then fellow organizer, now professional artist Gloria Ritter .  “What you pay attention to, you give energy […]

Social Media Ambivalence

I am ambivalent about social media.  Makes sense.  I haven’t grown up with cell phone in my ear and texting my every thought.  I didn’t have a PC on my desk in my first bunch of jobs either.  YIKES!  The quote from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe explains a lot about my mixed feelings […]