5 Ways to Say “No” …Gently

If you are going to manage your time, then you have to be able to say “No.”  Here are five ways to say “No.” in a positive way: 1. Counter propose a time frame that works for you.  “No, I can’t have it done on Tuesday but I could have it finished by Friday if that […]

Get Moving – Strategy #1 – The 5 Whys

Sometimes I tell myself I am going to do an activity and I don’t.  No matter how strong my interest or commitment, I just can’t seem to get started. Whether it is about eating healthy, spending wisely or doing an important project I know will benefit my business there is a deep, unspoken resistance below my […]

Prioritization or Procrastination – It’s All In How You Feel

As a time liberator, I teach my clients that the only difference between prioritization and procrastination is how feel about it.  Both are making a decision to do one activity before another. When we feel bad, we call it procrastination.  When we feel good about it, we call it prioritization. When you feel bad, look […]

Maybe Having Goals Is Not So Important

The word goal can – and for many people has – become so much blah, blah, blah.  We know we should have them – everyone tells us so.  There are books, articles and webinars and tons of materials written on how to set and achieve goals.  Maybe you do have goals but, they generate more guilt than results.  Maybe you […]

Professional Organizers Are People Too!

Those of us naturally inclined to organization can take as much ribbing asthe pack-rat.  We have been referred to in unflattering terms – fuss budget, “a”retentive, neat freak – you get the idea. The truth is we all live on a continuum and we are all subject to the same natural laws.  The messiest person […]

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 […]

3 Times You Should Look at Your Pricing

When is it time to look at what you are charging for your products or services? First, review it annually. Why? In a word – inflation. Every year the value of the dollar changes. In a good year the inflation rate is 2 — 3%. In tough years it can be 12-15%. For every 1% […]

What’s In A Name?

The first order of business now that I had a business, was figuring out the company name.  It has been both enduring and ever evolving. In 1987, I had never heard of a professional organizer but I knew that what I was now doing independently was something I had done in every job I’d ever […]