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:

Is Multi-Tasking an Addiction?

| August 1, 2011

In a word: Yes. I pondered this question after reading a blog post on one of my favorite sites called Little Buddha. The writer was discussing ways to slow down and do things one at a time, and she wrote how hard it was for her to stop multi-tasking that she wondered if she was addicted to it. I think she is on to something. I’ve seen Multi-Tasking Addiction in my clients, my nieces and nephews, my friends, total strangers and myself. So how can you break the Multi-Tasking Addiction?

Do It Scared: Overcoming Fear and Procrastination

| May 13, 2011

I forgot the question, but I remember the answer. I heard it during the National Association of Professional Organizers’ Conference in Boston several years ago. During the Organizing Outside the Box panel, Donna Smallin, one of the panelists, told the crowd, “Do it scared.”

Dear Boss, Please Take a Vacation

| April 28, 2011

Ah summer is just around the corner, and with summer comes summer vacations. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: everyone needs a vacation! That is especially true for bosses. But many of them let work creep into their holiday, and that simply won’t do.