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As a professional organizer, I created this podcast to provide bite-sized, easy to implement ideas so you can get organized and decluttered and stay that way



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Today is a historic day! My topic is Simple Way #52 , Piggyback new habits, and it's the last chapter in the book. Yay! This is podcast #82 so I've done plenty of shows on content that isn't in the book, probably another book worth. When you want to develop any new habit, it's very helpful to piggyback it onto a current habit. That gives it some structure to lean on. It means you don't have to start from 0.   Say you’re working on a new organizing habit, such as getting your personal mail...
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Today's podcast is called All you can read buffet, based on chapter 3 of my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized.   Have you ever been to an all-you-can-eat buffet? They're dangerous because they tempt you to load up your plate with more than you can possibly eat, so that you can get your money's worth. If you've bellied up to the reading buffet, you could be in big trouble. I define reading material as anything you're saving specifically to read. Books, magazines and newspapers, of course,...
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Today's podcast is about being present. In several podcasts, like the one about emotional clutter, that was #47, I've talked about this concept. The present is the place where you are okay. Where life is happening. If you're not in the present, you're missing out. Plus, you're often in a negative emotional state. Of course, we all have lots of good memories of the past and exciting plans for the future that make us happy. Those aren't the problem. The problem is when you get stuck in the past...
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Podcast 62: the big declutter, part 1 Today's podcast is another request, this time from my sister who's a teacher and an artist and is planning to tackle decluttering her studio this summer. Like many people, especially teachers and artists, she collects things that might come in handy sometime and she has lots of projects that require their own tools and materials and she has artwork itself that continues to multiply.   She doesn't want to spread out too much during this declutter project so...
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Welcome to podcast #20 about back to school paper management. While researching this podcast, I came across several websites advising moms to go through their children’s backpacks and deal with the paper in there, including homework, forms that need to be filed, etc. Why is this mom’s job?   Just as kids should start doing chores at home, they should start taking responsibility for managing their school life. Have a specific spot for them to put their stuff when they get home from school,...
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This is podcast 69 and it's about noticing. You have to notice something before it becomes part of your conscious world. Our brains do a great, and necessary, job of filtering out most of what we see so that we're not overwhelmed every second of the day.   Sometimes we filter out things that we can't figure out how we missed. A great example of that is the famous video created to demonstrate the concept of inattentional blindness. You can see it on Youtube by searching for selective attention...
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This is Podcast 88 and it's about not being able to see what's in front of you because of how it's defined or named. Naming and defining are important. They help us differentiate things from each other. We assign them attributes that contrast them with other things. The other side of that is they become tied to those attributes and so identified with them that we can't see them in another light. Here's how that becomes a problem. I have some clients who are makers. Boy, are they ever! They've...
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Focus on now, not on the past. I quoted Teddy Roosevelt back in podcast #33 and here he is again: "Do what you can, with what you've got, where you are." It turns out Roosevelt didn't actually say that. He was quoting a friend, a guy named Squire Bill Widener. But it's a great quotation, and no one knows anymore who the Squire was, so Roosevelt gets the attribution.   What does it mean? To me, it means just get going on your work even if you don't feel prepared or capable. I've been...
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Today's podcast is about the lowly checklist. Checklists are an excellent, under-utilized tool. They can even save lives! I just reread an excerpt from a booked called "The Checklist Manifesto." The author describes the work of a doctor who promotes the use of checklists in hospitals. The lists had an immediate and extraordinary effect of saving lives and money.   He also writes about pilots who devised a checklist to fly a new, more complicated plane. The checklist was necessary...
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10/27/17. This is Podcast 76 and it's about organizing challenges for couples. I usually work with individuals, but sometimes I work with couples and families too. Even when I'm working just with an individual, there are family members lurking in the background and they have their own wants, needs, agendas, resistances and bad habits that we have to take into account.   Sometimes I joke that I'm a marriage counselor and a personal trainer and an organizer all rolled into one. But it's kind of...
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This is Podcast 81 and it's about how you can be productive even if you're sick, or tired or just feeling those low energy winter blues.   In podcast 70 I talked about categorizing your tasks by context the way David Allen suggests. That's what this is. You need a category of stuff to do when you're not up for doing any of the hard stuff.   If you're really sick, you should rest. Be unproductive while you get better, then get back into the swing of things, instead of working at quarter speed...
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This is Podcast 113 and it's about the Konmari method, Marie Kondo's magic way of tidying up. There are pros and cons to the method. I'll talk about why it might not work for you and why that's okay, and how you can tweak it to suit you.  
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This week's episode is based on Chapter 6 of my book, Jot it down. I am a big proponent of writing stuff down. Toward the end of the book is a chapter about why you shouldn't try to remember things. Just write them down! So much easier! Repeat after me: easy is GOOD! But then there's the problem of finding what you wrote later. Just like anything else you own, if you can't find it when you need it, it's just like not having it at all.   If you are the type who writes notes on Post-Its or backs...
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This is podcast 100! Wheee! Today I'm going to talk about completion. Some of my podcasts are about concrete actions you can take to get more organized or use your time better. A lot of them are about the concepts that underlie these actions.   I never like doing something unless I know WHY I should do it. So I won't ask you to do anything without explaining why. When you understand the why AND you agree that it's a good idea, following through with action is usually much easier. Of course, we...
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This is podcast 115 and it's my interview with Gretchen Rubin, author of the brand new book Outer Order, Inner Calm. The subtitle is "declutter and organize to make more room for happiness."   I'm excited because this is the first time I've done an interview for the podcast and it turned out great. Gretchen was delightful to talk to. She could definitely have a second career as a professional organizer! You can find her book in my Amazon store. Click the shop link on the top menu....
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This podcast is based on Simple Way #18 about purging your email inbox. Now, I will say that this is not a super high priority task. Email takes up very little space on your computer. There are some good reasons to do it though.   If you scroll back through old emails to find information, you'll have less clutter to scroll past. If you keep tabs on conversations in progress via email, same thing. You'll have fewer unneeded emails to weed through. Once conversations are over or resolved, you...
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Welcome to podcast #53 which is based on Simple Way #44: Tidying up as a meditation   Routine physical tasks can be good opportunities to multi task, since you don’t have to think about them while you’re doing them. On the other hand, they can also be a great time to take a break mentally.   There’s a Zen saying, “Before Enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After Enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.” Being present and mindful is being enlightened, it's not just the path to...
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This is Podcast 98 and it's about getting organized on your own, whether it's just you, a couple or a family. If hiring an organizer isn't in your budget, what can you do? Well, I'm not going to dissuade anyone from working on their own. It certainly can be done. My aim in doing this podcast is to give you valuable tips and ideas that you can implement on your own.   In this podcast I'll give you some guidelines. First, as you know if you've taken my ecourse, is to have a vision. Podcast 57...
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Today I’m talking to Renee Green who is operations manager at a small software company. We’ll talk about the abrupt transition to working at home and how it’s going, and how things may go in the future. In particular, we’ll talk about the challenges of working remotely, especially when there’s been no advance preparation or experience.
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This week's episode is based on Simple Way #12 in my book. Last week I talked about how you should always shop with a list so you don't buy stuff you don't need. Here are some more ways to shop less. There's a reason we call them "stores!" They store things. A store is in business to have merchandise ready for you when you need it. You don't need to buy 40 pairs of socks at a time.  When you need socks again, just go to the store. The sock store is storing those socks for you, right...
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When you commit to working on a task or project for a finite period of time it's like using the correct container for the things you want to store. Putting your possessions into the right containers makes them easier to find when you need them. Putting your tasks into time containers makes them easier to approach.   It can be daunting to start a task that doesn’t have a foreseeable end, especially if you don’t want to do it, if it seems hard or complicated or just not fun. As Albert...
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This is Podcast 67 and it's about project strategies. Some friends of mine are getting married next month, at home. They've been doing a lot of home improvement projects and extensive landscaping and all those projects are on a kind of collision course with wedding planning right now.   The projects are in varying states of completion. Some of them could go on indefinitely, or lead to further projects, as we know most home improvement undertakings do. Remember that 80's movie, The Money Pit?
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Today's podcast is called "Set information free" and it's based on chapter 5 of my book, 52 Simple Ways to get organized. In a previous podcast I talked about how reading material can get out of control. So can the reference material we hang onto. This is the age of information and man, it's crowded. The biggest downside to keeping information around is that it becomes obsolete so quickly. Remember encyclopedias? They took up multiple bookshelves with their many volumes of all the...
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This is podcast 95 and it's about prioritizing. I'm surprised to look back and see that I haven't talked about this concept much!   Lack of prioritizing is a big reason that people get overwhelmed and do nothing, or they focus on the wrong things because they're not looking at the big picture.   To me, the most important factor in choosing priorities for how to spend your time each day is how well they reflect your life goals. After all, there's no point in being productive and efficient if...
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This is podcast 101 and it's called stop acquiring. Last time I talked about completion, that is, including time to put away whatever you just brought home or got in the mail or used for some purpose or that's out because someone else didn't put it away. Sure, blame someone else. It stands to reason that the more stuff you have, the more completion you need to do. Wouldn't it be nice to have less to do, so you have more time for fun? Today I'll talk about the perils of acquiring. That includes...
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Today's podcast is based on chapter 8 of the book, The 10 minute tidy up. Now we're in the stuff section of the book, having ended with paper, stuff being any object that isn't paper. Even organized people make messes. The daily business of living means that you get your stuff out from wherever it's stored and use it. How much stuff you have out at any given time is a personal matter. Meaning, everyone's clutter threshold is different. If you live with others who have different thresholds,...
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This podcast is based on Simple Way #35 and it's called Boss hat/employee hat.   What does that mean? It means the boss and the employee have different roles and responsibilities. For effective decision making, you have to take on both those roles, but… not at the same time.   This sounds like I'm talking about a work situation, but this is about any time you go from an idea to completion, at work or in your personal life. When you are conceiving an idea, then planning on how to do it, you...
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Today's podcast is based on Simple Way #21 in my book. It's about taking baby steps to advance whatever project you're working on. When you're procrastinating on something, this is an excellent way to get over the hump of fear or intimidation or worry about starting. Because you're just taking one tiny step forward. Here's how it works: If you can’t get started on your project (or back into it after a break), chop it up into little parts that you can do one at a time. You'll be surprised at...
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Here we are at podcast Number 45, based on Simple Way #37: Decide to decide.   This is the last book chapter about decision making, although it's such an important skill that I'm sure I'll come back to it again in the future. It's important to realize that everything you do is the result of a decision, including inaction. You may remember that in podcast 42 I talked about how options are illusions. You can't hide out from decision making by taking no action. It's an illusion. The train is...
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This is podcast   #54, based on Simple way #45: How to drown out distractions   Some distractions in life are unavoidable, but many are not. We tend to think that distractions just come at us willy nilly and we are helpless before them. But the truth is that we just aren't disciplined enough to filter them out.   Distractions like jackhammering below your window are annoying, even more so because we don't have control over them and we just want them to go away. Distractions like Facebook and...
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This is podcast 136 and it’s about not being in the mood, dang it! On this podcast I talk about ways to have less clutter, use your time effectively and be organized with what I hope is a light touch rather than a rigid prescription. I talk about the benefits of habits, but without the regimentation of doing things like clockwork, or else.
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This is Podcast #55 and it's based on Simple Way #46: Take a fresh look   Have you noticed how little you need to get by happily when you’re travelling? When you’re away from home, you’re focused on activities and people, not stuff. If you forgot to bring something, you buy another or borrow one or just make do with what you have, without worrying about it.   I'm going to give you a tip to leverage that state of being, but I want to talk about it a little more first. Not only do you get...
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Hi, there! This is Podcast 73 and it's about journaling. Back in podcast 64 I talked about the technique I call Time Travel. This is when you think back on the day you've just lived and reflect on how you spent your time.   This technique is helpful if you find yourself regularly wondering where the day went, or if you've been crossing things off your to do list, but still feeling like you aren't getting anywhere. Even when you plan your day to make progress on goals, you can find yourself in...
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This is podcast 138 and, as promised, it’s my interview with Canadian social worker Elaine Birchall, who’s worked for 18 years helping hoarders. She has a book out called Conquer the Clutter. We talk about the three criteria of hoarding, the TV show Hoarders and the paths to becoming a hoarder.  
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This is Podcast 57 and it's about developing your vision of being organized. I talked a little about this topic in podcast 50, stay Focused on you. In that podcast, I emphasized that it doesn't matter what all the books say, or even what I say, you should have your own vision of what being organized looks like.   This podcast isn't in my book. It's based on material in my free ecourse which you can find on my website. Today's episode is called "develop your vision."
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Last week I talked about why we procrastinate. This week, it's all about the solutions! I'm going to throw a whole bunch of them out here, so get your pencil. Here are some strategies from the Procrastination Research Group web site for handling procrastination: Make a list of everything you have to do. As we saw last week, our brains are notoriously bad at making accurate estimations about what we can get done in a day. We think we're keeping track of it all mentally but it's way more...
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This is Podcast 108 and it's about passive attention. Back in podcast 83 I talked about paying attention, about mindfulness. It's a critical skill for being more effective and getting things done. It's related to focus, but it's a little different.  
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This is Podcast 102 and it's about using information. Are you good at gathering information? How about taking notes, on a seminar or a book? Maybe you write in the margins of the handouts, or maybe you create a dedicated binder for all your fantastic notes. But… what happens next? Unless you're in school, there's not going to be a test on those notes. There won't be a specific, time-sensitive reason for you to go back and refer to them again. To use them for a particular reason; to get closer...
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Today's podcast is part one of two about procrastination. It's a big topic and it's the reason for a lot of clutter and disorganization. First, I'll talk about why people procrastinate. It's important to figure out what's going on for you before you can choose the right strategies to overcome it. Next week will be a review of those strategies. Did you know there's a Procrastination Research Group? It's run by Dr. Tim Pychyl (pitchel) of Carleton University. He's been studying procrastination...
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This is podcast 105 and it's about desk triage. Can you spare half an hour? What if it would make the following half hour twice as productive? And the hour after that too? Spending time on organizing is a great investment because it always gives you a high return, unlike other investments these days. Ahem.   Here's how to start. Figuring out how to start is often the hardest part of decluttering. The big secret is that it really doesn’t matter, just make a decision and do it. I’m going to...
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This is podcast #51. It's based on Simple Way #42 called You get to choose. Today's podcast is You get to choose. Remember that no one can force you to do anything. This is your life and you are choosing at every moment to live as you do. I've talked in previous podcasts about decision making and how important it is. In podcast 45, I talked about how you need to consciously decide to make decisions. Why? Because you're already making decisions every day.   You're already choosing to live in...
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Today's podcast is based on Simple Way #17, about your home office. You have a home office, right? Everyone needs one. Even if you don't do paid work at home, you need a center to manage home affairs such as paying the bills and filing documents.   A home office doesn't have to be a separate room. It just needs to be a designated space. Your office stuff needs a home. I've talked about this concept a few times and it's a basic one. Once you know where things go, you can put them away....
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Today's podcast is based on Simple Way #34 in my book and it's called Options are illusions. People who have trouble with decision making, which has been my theme for the past few podcasts, tend to feel too comforted by the idea that they have lots of options.   They feel so comforted that they depend upon those options. They put all their eggs in that option basket for safe keeping. For that dreadful day that they have to choose one.   However, Until you choose an option, you don’t...
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This is podcast #58 and it's called Forget about trying to remember. It's based on Simple Way #48 in my book, which was originally called "memory is overrated." Boy, is it! I've had a cold this week and my brain, including my memory, has turned to mush. And I'm posting a day late due to this crummy cold.   This week, even more than usual, I need those notes I write to myself. I keep a pad of Post-Its in my car to remind me of things I need to do. I stick one Post-It on the dashboard...
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Today I'll talk about a great way to get some excess stuff out of your life: give it to someone who needs it. That means donate it.   I've found that people are more willing to part with possessions they aren't using if they believe there is a specific person out there who would get good use out of it. That's more appealing than adding to the landfill, isn't it? Thinking this way almost immediately gets you to view your relationship to your stuff differently.   It becomes clear that it makes...
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This is podcast 117 and it's called Just do it! I guess I have to mention Nike so they don't sue me for co-opting their slogan. Here's some weird trivia for you. That slogan was inspired by murderer Gary Gilmore's last words before he was executed: "Let's do it." Maybe "inspired" isn't quite the right word there. Anyway, strange, huh?
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This is a rerun of my podcast based on Simple Way #21 in my book. It's about taking baby steps to advance whatever project you're working on. When you're procrastinating on something, this is an excellent way to get over the hump of fear or intimidation or worry about starting. Because you're just taking one tiny step forward.
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This is podcast 79 and it's based on Simple Way #51 in my book, Work backwards. For the last several months I've been talking about other topics that aren't in the book but today we're back. Only one more to go after that! Then I need new material again. Don't be shy, dear listeners, about suggesting subjects you'd like to hear about. You can post them on my Facebook page where you'll find me as Clutter Coach. Or email me at Claire at cluttercoach.net. Working backwards is a technique to use...
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This is podcast 124 and it’s an interview with mom-preneur Stephanie Gass. Her business supports and inspires female entrepreneurs, especially moms. She has a podcast, The Mompreneur Mastermind Show and courses are available on her website Stephanie gass.com.  
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11/9/17. This is Podcast 77 and it's about stories we tell ourselves to excuse our behavior. We think they're helpful because they explain ourselves to us. And that's true. But these stories can be dangerous too because they prevent us from moving forward and changing things we want to change.   The story I come across most often is The Great Depression story. It goes like this: I have all this stuff because I (or my parents) grew up during the depression. Or, my family kept all these things...
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If you don't have a to do list, refer back to Podcast 28 so you can get that going. You need one. No relying on memory, no jotting tasks randomly on whatever scrap of paper you can find. And, your to do list must be short. Short enough that you can really get it done, here in the real world, where there are distractions and competition for your time. We all know that your to do list could be 20 times longer every day. Every day you are exercising your decisiveness muscle and prioritizing so...
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Today's episode is based on Simple Way #11 of my book. Is it a coincidence that my topic today is shopping and that Chapter 11 is a well-known bankruptcy filing term? Heh, heh. Yes, it is a coincidence. But kind of funny. And scary.  I once consulted with someone who was having trouble paying her rent because she was a compulsive shopper. Her closet was full of clothes she'd never worn, with the tags still on them. Not a good scene. I used to be a shopper. Not compulsive, but frequent. I used...
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Today's podcast is part one of two about procrastination. It's a big topic and it's the reason for a lot of clutter and disorganization. First, I'll talk about why people procrastinate. It's important to figure out what's going on for you before you can choose the right strategies to overcome it. Next week will be a review of those strategies. Did you know there's a Procrastination Research Group? It's run by Dr. Tim Pychyl (pitchel) of Carleton University. He's been studying procrastination...
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Today's topic is piles. There are many kinds of piles; clothes you've worn, laundry, dirty dishes, piles of books you're going to get to. For this podcast I'm just talking about piles of paper.   I'll tell you whether piling is a no-no, types of piles you may have and how they happen. I'll also share a client story with you. As in every podcast, at the end, I'll give you a simple action step that you can put into practice right away. It's the little steps that count. Is piling okay? The answer...
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Here's podcast number 21, about why you must back up your computer. My podcast is old enough to drink, yay! But we'll save that for later. This episode is based on Simple Way number 19 in my book.   I'm always amazed at how many people I know, clients and friends, who don't back up their computers. Not only do they not back up every WEEK, they have NEVER backed up at all. Sometimes they have a terabyte hard drive all ready to go but they've never taken the time to set it up.   I get it that a...
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This is podcast 109 and it's about delegating. Delegating is a critical skill to master if you want to get ahead in your career. It means many things. It means clearly and concisely handing off jobs to employees and mentoring them to work independently and not micromanage them.  
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This is podcast 133 and it’s about how to create good habits. I was inspired by reading a review of a new book called Good Habits, Bad Habits, by psychologist Wendy Wood. The author says what I already knew and have podcasted about before; that willpower has little to do with forming good habits, or being successful, or even having self control. The best way to form a good habit is to set up your environment to make success easy.
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This is podcast 96 and it's about being a questioner as one of the four tendencies. If you've been listening to me for awhile, you know I love to ask questions! I love to ask what I call stupid questions, the ones that people don't ask because they take the answer for granted and it doesn't occur them that they even CAN question it.   I've always been this way. When I was a kid my dad gave me a book called Can elephants Swim? which answered lots of questions he couldn't respond to. Whenever I...
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This is podcast 89 and it's about finding the real truth. I had a breakthrough with a client yesterday. We've been talking for months about different storage options. She has a very specific preference, even though it has significant problems. Basically, she wants open shelving instead of cabinets or bins.   But yesterday she suddenly agreed to closed storage. What happened? I asked her some questions and I figured out the answer. Her preference was based solely on reacting to a problem with...
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This is podcast 66 and it's about attachment to things.   People keep things they aren't actively using for many reasons. Sometimes these things are valuable items that could be sold. Sometimes they're gifts one can't bear to get rid of. Sometimes they're things that should have been returned but now it's too late so they're stuck in limbo. They could be part of a future project that keeps not getting done. Or part of that large group of items that could come in really handy someday.   All of...
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This is podcast 134 and it’s about setting achievable goals. We live in a culture where we’re encouraged to set daring goals for ourselves. There’s even an acronym, BHAG, that stands for big, hairy, audacious goal. I approve of goal setting as a way to keep yourself motivated and to be able to tell whether you’ve gotten to the place you want to be so you can stop and acknowledge your progress.  
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This is podcast 126 and it’s about quick tips to get you out of tight spots. Things you can do when you feel a bit panicked that things are out of control and you don’t know what to do next.  
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This is Podcast 111 and it's called quit sorting. Like last time, this podcast is based on what I've gotten from reading a book called Algorithms to Live By. There are a bunch of sorting algorithms. Sorting is a common task a computer is asked to do.  
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This is podcast 84 and it's about new year's resolutions. Of course it is! It's January 4 and if you made any resolutions, the holidays are definitely over and you have to face putting them into action.   If you didn't make any resolutions, or think they are complete baloney, listen in anyway. I know lots of people who hate resolutions, mainly because they think resolutions are a great way to set yourself up for flopping. They entice you to set unreachable goals and just become depressing when...
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This is podcast 71 and my topic is starting. I talked about that a few podcasts back, where I gave some ideas on how to get into action when you find yourself continuing NOT to. This time I'll talk less about technique and more about mindset, or the emotional background to starting. Or not starting. Sometimes not starting means you're procrastinating. But whenever you bring up that word, you start talking about what you're procrastinating about and why you're procrastinating and then go looking...
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Okay, today we're on Simple Way #40 which is called Organizing is a journey. I based the title on a quotation attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but apparently there's no proof he actually wrote it. Kinda similar to last week, when I mentioned a quotation supposedly from Teddy Roosevelt that was really from some other guy.   But no matter. The quotation, whoever said it first, is "Life is a journey, not a destination." It means you should pay attention to the life you're living right...
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This is Podcast 114 and it's about organizing systems to cope with growth and change. I'm about to start an office organizing project. This small company is growing fast and they've increased their office space by a little more than half. And suddenly chaos is busting out all over.  
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This is podcast 142 and it’s an interview with Ryan Rawson, a self described divergent thinker, who is now working at home due to our current pandemic. We talked about the difficulties of divergent thinking and also the benefits of it, and how that affects having to work at home.   He describes this kind of thinking as being concrete rather than abstract, meaning that he often notices and looks for important details that others discount or don’t see. We also got into what kind of hacks...
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Decisions make the world go around. In fact, nothing at all happens if you don't make decisions. Most of the ones you make, you're barely aware of, like getting out of bed in the morning. It may not seem like a decision because you have to get up because you have to get to work.   It's still a decision though. You could stay in bed. If it doesn't feel like a decision, that's because you have a solid support structure around that decision that funnels you toward the decision as if it's the only...
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This is Podcast #80 and it's about Seeing. I mentioned the concept of inattentional   blindness in podcast 69 about Noticing but I didn't elaborate on exactly what it is. Basically, it means that you can look directly at something but not be conscious of seeing it, or remember seeing it.   Scientists previously believed that eyesight was like a video recorder, registering every single thing the eye saw. Now it seems more likely that although the eye may record all, much of this information...
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This is podcast #68 and it's called Start somewhere and it's about a trick you can use if you're having trouble starting something. Back in podcast 24, called Baby Steps, I talked about a similar thing, how you can make progress on a project by taking the smallest possible step; the least intimidating, easiest step.   Baby steps and the technique I'm going to talk about are very helpful for big projects that can be daunting. One reason people have a hard time starting are that the project is...
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This is podcast 127 and it’s about tidy vs. organized. A lot of the time, they go together. If your possessions have homes that make sense and they get put back in those homes when not in use, tidiness will usually result. If an item’s home is 2/3rds of the way down a big, precarious pile of paper, it’s organized, but not that tidy.  
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This is podcast 119 and it's about having stuff. Many of my shows are about this topic, of course. A lot of the time, I encourage you to have less and to get rid of things that you don't need or really want anymore. Especially things that are broken or out of date   or that you haven't used in a million years. I advocate having the items you love and need, the ones that spark joy and the ones that keep your life running smoothly without extra effort.
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Today's show is based on Simple Way # 16. It's about using fun supplies and tools to make even the dullest organizing tasks more appealing. I told a client recently that she needed to get hanging folders to go with the bright colored manila folders she'd bought. She shrank back and said she didn't want to because they were that horrible shade of green.   Why are they that color, I wonder. It's kind of an army green. Most people think it's boring and ugly and by association that means filing is...
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This episode is based on the second chapter of the book. Filing is a universal pain in the neck, if a survey of my clients is any indication.   Of all the possessions people own, paper is the one that overwhelms them the most, and that they're mostly likely to avoid dealing with. It also seems to pile up faster than other types of things, as if it's spontaneously generating while you sleep. So, here's the good news! A lot of what's in those piles doesn't need to be filed at all! Isn't that a...
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