Good Reads – 5 Favorite Books on Organizing & Productivity

I’m often asked about what my favorite organizing and productivity tools are, and while the list includes some physical items like paper planners and digital items like task management apps, my favorite tool is probably my brain! There are lots of great resources out there to help simplify and make our work and home lives more efficient, but the most important key to improving your productivity and getting organized is your mindset. Sometimes, a good book can be the catalyst for change, provide the information and motivation you need to just get started, or urge you along when you’re stuck. There are several books on organizing and productivity that I recommend to clients and in my presentations that I’ve found to run the gamut from practical content to inspiration for change, and any one of them might be helpful in your journey to living a more productive and simplified life. These are five of my favorites: Read more

Starting Fresh

I can’t remember where I first stumbled across the phrase, “Don’t trip over what’s behind you,” but I recall that it made a significant impression upon me. We all struggle with letting go of negative stuff that has happened in our past, and have heard the “don’t live in the past,” “just let it go and move on,” mantras over and over again (at least I have!) Yet for some reason, this phrase resonated with me. It could have been that, at the time, I was trying to counsel my adult daughter who was heroically trying to move on after making a very difficult life decision to let a toxic relationship go. Or one of the many times I was trying to take control of my physical health by improving my diet and revving up my exercise after having given up so many other times. But I think this particular phrase took hold because of the work that I do with my organizing and productivity clients, many of whom have tried in the past to gain control over their space and time, and failed again and again. Read more

Is Minimalism Realistic, or the Impossible Dream?, pt. 2 – Time Clutter

Last month, I wrote about the misperceptions around minimalism as they pertain to our physical clutter. But many of us still struggle with overly full schedules, to-do lists, and commitments. Our lives are full of “time clutter.” A wonderful quote by author and organizer Peter Walsh addresses this issue: “Clutter is not just the stuff on the floor. It is anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.” Perhaps we need to apply the questions that Joshua Becker ( asks about our physical stuff to the hours in our lives as well: Read more

Staying the Course

For the past few years at the beginning of each year, I’ve chosen a “word for the year” to inspire and motivate myself. It has helped me define my goals for the year and reminded me to stay the course throughout the seasons as the activity in my life waxes and wanes. I set out in January of this year to do the same thing, but struggled to find a word that resonated for me and clarified what I wanted to accomplish. So, I did what any intelligent person would do. I procrastinated. For two months. (And no, my word for 2019 is not Procrastination!)
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Time Management Roadblocks: What’s Getting in Your Way? (PT. 2)

Keep it simple, keep it consistent! Three more stumbling blocks to increased productivity:

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Time Management Roadblocks: What’s Getting in Your Way? (PT. 1)

The path to productivity is often littered with roadblocks, and many folks deal with some of the same problems. For the next two articles, I’ll be addressing six common time management stumbling blocks that can stymie even the most hard-working and ambitious of us!

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Multi-Tasking – Magic or Myth?

“When you bow, you should just bow; when you sit, you should just sit; when you eat, you should just eat.”
– Shunryu Suzuki

We are an overwhelmed, over-scheduled, and distracted society. Most of us try to do more than one thing at a time, thinking that we’re accomplishing twice as much in the same amount of time as just doing a single thing. Most of the time, we’re deluding ourselves. Instead of doing one thing well and then moving on to the next, we do two things poorly and take more time doing it. Read more

Paying Attention

“Be where you are, otherwise you will miss your life.” Buddha

This time of year is usually chock-full of significant events for many of us – graduations, weddings, championship games, concerts and other momentous occasions. We spend a lot of time trying to “capture the moment” with pictures and videos. Having a few shots to commemorate a significant occasion is a great thing. Read more

“Free” Comes at a Price

Last month I attended an informative and enjoyable business women’s conference, and when I checked in at the registration desk, I was immediately handed a big bag full of stuff. My initial reaction was, “ooooo – free stuff!” Upon second glace, I realized that I had received yet another pile of generally cheap, mostly useless junk that would only clutter up my home and office, fill my trash can, and linger in my local landfill. Read more

One Step at a Time

Looking at your to-do list, do you see an endless list of tasks, or are they really projects? If your answer is, “huh?”, you are not alone. Often, my clients will have lengthy “to-do” lists that contain such big items as, “Do taxes.” Or “Find summer camp for kids.” What these folks haven’t realized is that their lists contain things that are projects, and not tasks. A task is something that can be accomplished in one single step. A project is something that requires multiple, single-step tasks. Read more