#NAPO2016 Conference Recap

#NAPO2016 Conference Recap

This year the National Association of Professional Organizer’s (NAPO) conference was in Atlanta, GA. This was a much more relaxed conference than years past. I really enjoyed myself and enjoyed the camaraderie of my colleagues.

I got to learn great new skills that I can use with my clients and for myself; I got to hang out with old and new friends; and I had a great ride down to Atlanta and back home with 3 other organizers and we had a great time masterminding.

This year I had a plan and intention to not just attend another conference and then do absolutely nothing with what I learned. This year I made a point when I got back home to dive into my notes and organize everything so that I could take immediate action on ideas that came up while I was there and the action items. I also made sure that I appointed an accountability partner and that’s where the three other organizers come in. We all agreed to check back in with each other in 3 weeks to see where we were at with the action items we all took from the conference. This is just another way to make sure that when you attend conferences where you’re learning new skills or sharpening old skills that it doesn’t get lost because of taking too much time off or not getting back to it at all.

Conference Highlights

  1. Classes I attended
    1. The Third FactorSM: The Mindset for High Performance Leadership by Scott Greenberg – This was a great keynote that really got me thinking about how important mindset is and success in life and business. I am working more diligently to silence the inner critic.
    2. Coaching Works: Where Coaching Meets the Organizing World – Roundtable of speakers. – This was a great roundtable of my peers talking about integrating coaching into your organizing business and the differences between coaching and consulting. Very enlightening.
    3. The Art of Tactical Time Management by Mike Vardy – This session was so excellent! I learned many new ways of looking at my schedule and batching my time. Many, many takeaways that I will be implementing not only with me but my clients as well.
    4. Photo Organizing Anxiety and How To Overcome It by Catherine Nelson and Sherra Humphreys – I am diving more into photo organizing so this was a great session in learning more about how to better organize my photos as well as my clients photos. They shared great resources that I can’t wait to share with my clients.
    5. Ask the Organizer’s Panel – This is a popular session where we get to ask seasoned organizers all types of questions pertaining to business and life. This year did not disappoint.
    6. Veteran Forum Interactive for Golden Circle Members – I got to speak on burnout and how I overcame burnout in my business for a couple of minutes. Other topics that was talked about was selling your business and running a business in a new city.
    7. Profit and Add Value with Online Training by Cena Block – This was a favorite of mine as I build my Tech Academy. I learned great information to further provide value to my clients.
    8. Information Afterlife and the Digital Estate Plan by Judith Kolberg – the key takeaway from this class was there is so much out there that we need to be protecting. And we should do this before we die. Just like you have a will (you have a will don’t ya?) you should have a digital estate plan. This will save your family from headaches and pain upon your demise. I will be sharing more about this in an upcoming post and newsletter. So stay tuned.

*I took over 11 hours of classes this year at conference to better serve my clients and to keep myself educated.

Take Aways and Other Happenings

This year was my last year serving as the Tech SIG leader for NAPO. I led my last open SIG meeting at conference and had a great turnout and in turn learned of new ways to serve professional organizers as it pertains to technology. I am still a member and look forward to further collaborating and masterminding with my fellow Tech SIG members.

There was more downtime built into this year’s conference which I appreciated. I didn’t feel rushed and was able to digest what I had just learned from the previous classes I attended. I also got to network more and talk with other organizers from around the country and world. Loved that! I also loved the fact of how everything was arranged and the new added party night complete with awards ceremony and karaoke.

Because of the great time I had this year I am looking forward to conference next year and making even further connections.

I did several Facebook Lives and Periscopes from the conference and the Expo. Be sure you like my Facebook page and are following me on Periscope to go back and see the newest products that are out now. I have also included photos in the montage at the end of this post.

So as you can see I had a great time and don’t want to bore you with all of the details but here is a distilled version of my entire time including riding with my colleagues, dinner and dancing and karaoke. Enjoy!

NAPO 2016 Conference Atlanta, GA

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Doing Good With Goodwill

Doing Good With Goodwill

On April 9, 2015, Me and several organizers from the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Nashville Chapter landed in Franklin, TN to help Phyllis Harper get her garage organized. Phyllis Harper was the winner of the Great Garage Rescue contest that was held by Goodwill Industries in September of 2015. Goodwill teamed with NAPO Nashville Chapter and Monkey Bars Garage Systems to give Phyllis a nice clutter free space.

You can read the full write up here.

And the pre-cleanup write up here.

I’m so grateful that I was able to work on this project with my fellow organizers and help a homeowner to get her life back by bringing her garage back to a place of peace for her to create her art.

Below are some photos from the event! Enjoy!

Procrastination By Waiting On Perfection

Procrastination By Waiting On Perfection

So I really want to be transparent today and talk to you about procrastination and perfection. Recently I have been looking at different systems to automate my workflow in my business. I was getting a little discouraged because I didn’t have a firm system in place as my business grows and I really like to get into a groove with something.

Now it’s my business to test what’s out there, but when you are looking for yourself and your business it can be very overwhelming. And to make it harder I was looking for specific things and really wanting to find the perfect system. But I had to take a step back and get real with myself. I was not going to find the perfect system and that was not the point. The point was I needed A system to use NOW that would help make things a lot smoother when working with my clients.

I was letting my perfectionism keep me paralyzed in procrastination. I had lost sight of the fact that I need to just get going with something instead of wasting time and not making any moves by evaluating endlessly.

So today I choose a system to try for 30 days, because that is what I teach that you should try apps and software for 30 days to get a better feel of how it looks in your business. So I took my own advice (Imagine that lol) and signed up for a 30 day trial with no preconceived ideas, but only hope that this will work well for my business. It is actually a program I have been looking at for over 3 years! So I am tossing procrastination aside and I am going to stick with this program so I can truly see if it will work for my business.

And that is my tip for you today. Stop letting procrastination and perfectionism keep you from making moves and getting going. Don’t procrastinate on your technology needs because you are waiting for the perfect solution. There is no perfect solution. I can testify to that. But there are good enough solutions to get you going and to grow with. And so that is where I am. I am at a growing stage and I am taking my own advice and tip and using this solution for at least 30 days to grow with and evaluate if it can be put into play long term.

So get out there and do great things! Conquer that technology and just get moving past procrastination!

Speaking of which if you have been plagued with procrastination problems be sure you grab my new ebook Pushing Past Procrastination. You can click on the image below to grab your copy. 

Pushing Past Procrastination

Beating Procrastination

Beating Procrastination

On today’s scope I talked about how to beat procrastination. Procrastination keeps people from getting ahead and realizing their dreams. It is a money killer and dream killer. So listen in as I share 3 tips you can use to beat it!

3 Tips for Beating Procrastination:

  1. Understand why you do it.
  2. Change the way you think.
  3. Develop new habits.

 

3 Steps To Starting Your Organizing Journey

3 Steps To Starting Your Organizing Journey

Live Training

Learn the 3 steps to starting your organizing journey. Listen in as I teach on how to get past overwhelm and into action.

 

Do you need help getting organized? Check out my course Weekend Organizing. It’s for those who need guidance but not ready for someone to come into your home and get you organized. Let me guide you virtually step by step in 12 areas of your home. Check it out here!

Just Say No…To Busyness!

Just Say No…To Busyness!

Busy work is the thief that steals your productivity without you even knowing it. You get to the end of your day and realize that you haven’t made any real progress on your goals. Maybe you re-organized your desk, filed a paper or two, or some other task that wasn’t urgent. But you haven’t done anything to truly help you build your business.

Types of Busyness

There are 3 types of busyness to look out for that can derail your work and day.

Busyness = Urgent

The important thing to understand about being busy is that it feels urgent. However, busyness never adds value to your business. An example of busyness would be checking your social media accounts every time your phone dings. Doing this makes you feel productive even though you aren’t.

⏰To combat this you may need to turn off all notifications especially during work hours.

In order to say no to busyness, you have to be willing to say ‘no’ to seemingly urgent tasks. For example, if you’re working on a client project and you get a message that it’s time to update your website software, then it’s easy to stop working on the client project and start updating your website. This can get you off track. Before you know it, your day is over and the client project is still waiting for you to pick it back up where you left off and finish it.

⏰To combat this type of distraction note somewhere like your planner or task manager that your software or whatever the interruption was so that you don’t lose the information but can come back at a later time to take care of it.

Just Say No To Busy WorkBusyness = Procrastination

For many people, busyness is a form of procrastination. It might not look like procrastination. In fact, you may tell yourself that before you start on a project, you just need to make a giant to do list and organize your resources.

If you want to say no to busyness, you have to understand that it causes you to make a lot of plans. But it’s the follow through that makes the difference.

⏰To combat this type of busyness do what I have started to do. I plan my week out on Sundays. This helps me to get things done and not be wasting time when I sit down at my desk in the mornings to start work.

Busyness = Overwhelm

Busyness frequently masks overwhelm. Maybe you’re overwhelmed at the thought of learning new app or program or creating a webinar. So you spend most of your time doing less important tasks instead of focusing on what’s going to grow your business. I’m guilty of this one.

If you find that you’re using busy work to avoid overwhelming projects, try to sit down and pick a deadline for just one task. You might say, “By [whatever date you choose], I will hire a virtual assistant that can install this software and teach me how to use it”. Or by such and such date I will record and upload that video to my membership site.

In order to keep busyness from stealing your productivity, you have to understand what it is. And even more importantly, you need to know why you’re doing it, so you can get to and tackle the real root of the problem.

So I hope that you are able to see where you may be letting these 3 areas prevent you from accomplishing your goals and doing the important things in your business.