Planning vs. Failing

Planning vs. Failing

My fortune cookie the other night said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”  One of my ongoing life lessons is that what I want to happen doesn’t just happen.  I can’t wish something into existence.  Believe me, I’ve tried.  Weight loss.  Cleaner house.  Less debt.  Um…nope. If I don’t identify a clear next action […]

It’s a Family Affair

Keep the lines of communication open in the family.  If one member of the family is working with an organizer, it is essential that he/she transfers skills and ideas to the other family members in a timely manner.  There is nothing worse than attempting a major change in your home only to have it sabotaged […]

An Overwhelming Inbox

Recently, I did some work in a small office.  Because it was a small office, there were a few things that just never got done.  One of them was regular checking and organizing the email inbox.  The first time I opened this office’s email account, I found more than 500 emails sitting in the inbox.  […]

Tips to Building New Habits

Perhaps you are preparing to make some changes in the new year.  I’m not an advocate for New Year’s Resolutions, but for building new habits, one at a time. Whenever you decide to built a new habit, here are some tips to help you achieve your goal: Tie your new habit to an old habit.  […]

One Habit at a Time

Getting organized is a lot like losing weight.  Slow and steady is the best way to make lasting changes.  We want to see results fast, but when we expect ourselves to change so many habits at once, we set ourselves up for failure.  The results won’t last and you’ll find yourself actually gaining clutter, whether […]

Falling Back Into Old Habits

Falling Back Into Old Habits

 Organizing is about making choices and creating habits. I recently talked about aiming for balance, not perfection. As much as I believe in this, there are times when I fall back into my old habits of perfectionism. When and why does this happen? It happens when life sends me a challenge. Ironically, my perfectionism, which is a lack of self-control, […]