Organizing @ Work: Dealing with a Crisis

| May 6, 2014

Life is messy. When it is, it spills over into our world of work whether we want it to or not. Unfortunately, we all have had experience with the bumps and challenges life throws at us. I’ve been dealing with family issues during the month of April, which included the sudden passing of an aunt […]

Organizing @ Work: The Disorganized Boss

| April 7, 2014

My first Organizing @ Work post featured how to deal with disorganized co-workers. However, what do you do when your disorganized co-worker is your boss? This is where things can get sticky. Your boss, after all, controls your destiny – raises, promotions, stretch assignments and references to name a few. First, you need to determine […]

Need an Organizing Tool? 3-D Print It!

| November 2, 2013

I first heard of 3-D printing during a webinar about The Future of Work. During the webinar, they showed a video about how they were testing 3-D printers and “living” ink to create an ear prosthetic. Very cool stuff for a geeky, sci-fi chick like myself. I work with clinicians and scientists who are always […]

When Do You Hire Professional Help?

| February 13, 2012

My eyebrows were the first indication that I needed professional help. For several years, I had done the plucking thing with limited success… Then someone told me how they had their brows waxed in a salon. I tried it. I liked it. It simplified one aspect of my life.

When Do You Stop Working? That Includes Checking Email

| February 6, 2012

I spotted an interesting article in the Sunday paper about how the Brazilian court said employees answering emails after work hours are eligible for overtime… I tell clients all the time (and I practice it myself) to decide what time you stop working each day. Just because we can access work emails 24/7, it doesn’t mean we should.

Clean Desk Policies

| November 14, 2011

At work, a manager in another department recently sent me an email to ask how she could make sure her staff complied with a new clean desk and office policy she was writing. Oh, this doesn’t sound good… Managers who have OCD, perfectionistic and hyper-organized tendencies will never be truly happy with the people underneath them unless they are exactly like the manager… When I work with clients whose managers view them as disorganized, I have a few tricks up my sleeve: