Friday, May 21, 2010


One of the presentations I attended at the NAPO conference was Boost Your Resilience by Dean M. Becker. I like to share the great ideas from conference with others.
Our constantly changing environment, demands of our jobs, and the tough economy cause stress and anxiety. So what skills do we need to do better and feel better in this environment? Dean's statement "More than education, more than experience, more than training, it's resilience that determines who succeeds and who fails."
He pointed out what resilience is not-(see picture). Doing the same things over and over again and expecting something different is not being resilient. Trying to solve the unsolvable is not resilience. Giving up too soon is not resilience.
He goes on to say that "The scientific research also shows that more than genetics, more than intelligence, more than any other factor, it is the Thinking Style that determines who is resilient and who is not."
One of the big take aways from all this is that events do not directly impact what we do. It is our thoughts after an event that influence what we do. Your thoughts impact how you feel and react.
My challenge to you is to be aware of your thoughts when you encounter stress. I would love to hear your experiences on this topic.

Jonda S. BeattieProfessional Organizer

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Why To-Do Lists Fail

When I give Time Management presentations I always hear someone say, "I can never get through my to-do lists!"
Well, of course not.
Most of us have multiple lists- way too many lists- on slips of paper, in tablets, in the car, in our purses..... We have an idea of something we need to do and we make a note of it but our notes often never get consolidated. We may have six items on the list and do two of them. Now we have a list with four items left to do. And these lists are often not where we can find them when we want them. They get buried on our desk, in our purse, on the kitchen counter, by our bedside...
The lists may just have items on them like- store (go to the store? which store? store something?), laundry ( sort? wash? dry? put away?), car (check insurance? wash? take to shop?).
For a list to work it should have an action verb with each item and the first action should be the one that is listed. If my car needs a tune up then my first action would be to call the repair shop and set up an appointment.
A to-do list is just some ideas unless we commit when we plan to do the action. So my list should read, "Call the car repair shop Monday and set appointment for next week." Then that item from my list should go on my calendar. On Monday I should have a note that states,"Call car shop" in my calendar. Now I have a commitment.
Many of us have running lists of things that need to be done. You know you can't do them all in one day, so look over that list and pick the top three. Commit to do those today. Find any other high priorities and determine when you will plan to do them. Put those items on your calendar on that day.
Keep a separate "wish list" of those items you would like to do someday when you get the time but that are not a high priority. Review that list on a regular basis and pull one out when the mood strikes you and move it to your calendar.
At the end of the day, instead of bemoaning what didn't get done on your list, congratulate yourself for the things you did do. Hopefully, you got the big three priorities off the list or at least started.

Jonda S. BeattieProfessional Organizer
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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Master Bedroom Zone

If you are following along with the zone plan, this is a good month to tackle the master bedroom. Start with your vision for this room. I want my room to be a quiet peaceful area where I can rest and read. I want soothing things to look at. I want soft light. I want my clothes to be arranged so that I can dress quickly in the morning but I do not want to see the clothes when I am resting. This is a good time to swap out any winter clothes that can be stored elsewhere. My bedroom has 4 walls so I usually take 4 weeks to do this room. However, this month I will be gone a week so I will need to do it in 3 weeks. The first week I will tackle the wall with the long dresser and the closet. I will take everything out of the drawers and out of the closet. I will purge anything that no longer fits, that I no longer love, or that is stained or torn. I will clean the closet and dresser and return the clothes that I am keeping. The next week I will do the wall with the bed, window and two small tables as well as the wall to the left of the bed which has no furniture. I will check the books on the night stand. Am I going to read them? Should I donate them? Should I read them and then pass them on? I will laundry all the linens on the bed- including the mattress cover and the duvet. The last week I will do the wall with the tall dresser and some art work. I will again check the clothes in the tall dresser to see what stays and what goes. For my reward when finished, I will go shopping with a friend and buy some replacement items for the things I threw away. Then I will stand in the doorway and enjoy my fresh, well organized room.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer
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