This coming week I will be attending the 2009 NAPO Annual Conference. This will be my third conference and I am very excited about it. At our conferences we learn about the latest trends and resources in our industry. We get to network with organizers from all over the country. We discover new organizing systems and resource to share with our clients. We learn new business and marketing skills. Other organizers share what has worked well for them. Scott McKain will be our Opening Keynote speaker and Michael Port will be our Closing Keynote speaker. In between there will be days of workshops and visits to the expo hall. After a week off, I will be ready to share a lot of great new ideas!
He shared with us ways to organize and recall information. He made me realize what the mind could do if it stayed focused on the task at hand. As a presenter, he showed how to generate attention while giving presentations. As organizers we are used to organizing space and time but to get some thoughts on how to organize the mind as well is a new thought. When working with clients and helping them find new places for their possessions, giving them memory cues to help them (and ourselves) remember where the items were put is a good plan. Jonda S. Beattie Professional Organizer
I think warm weather is finally here and it is safe to swap out our winter clothes for our summer clothes in our closets. As you take out the winter clothes, look over each piece. Is it clean? No tears or no buttons missing? Still fits? Do you still love to wear it? Is it flattering? Did you wear it at all last season? If it is clean and in good shape but you no longer love it, donate it to a charity. If it is torn or stained, throw it away. If you love it but it needs a good cleaning or some repair, do it now before you put it away for the season. Now hang the summer clothes in the closet. Again, give them a good look over. Is there a spot that won't come out? Is it dated? Was it a bad purchase that you spent way too much for but hate how you look in it? Toss or give away all those items you don't love to wear. Sometimes seasons go by and we don't wear certain items. We are not even aware of it. A little trick that I learned is that when you first put your new season clothes in the closet, hang up the clothes with the hanger facing the wrong way. The first time you wear the item, turn the hanger around so that it is hanging correctly. At the end of the season, really look at any clothes in the closet that are still hanging the wrong way.
Ever pass an auto pile up on a major highway? Usually it starts when one vehicle hits another and then it snowballs until the whole highway is locked down. The same thing happens to our desks. One or two papers are left out. Then a pile-up begins. Then the pile overflows. Finding things becomes impossible and your work at that station gets completely bogged down. How do we avoid pile-ups? Stop the auto pile-up with defensive driving techniques and alertness for obstacles on the road. Stop the desk pile ups with having a plan in place for the incoming paper and sticking to it. Set up those action files and make them work! Stop paper pile-up now!