Business slow? Take advantage of the time to take a break from your marketing efforts and organize your office space. Pick one task a day. Maybe tomorrow the focus is your desk top. Remember that your desk top is a work space, not a storage container. Too much on top of your desk? Consider limiting the number of personal items, photos, and souveniers. Then my mantra is “file, don’t pile”. If you are worried about forgetting to do something in that pile because it is filed I can help you create a system that will conquer that fear.
Nothing is more important than nurturing what is on the inside. Do you eat well and exercise regularly? Do you make time for yourself and others? There are no trade-offs for vitality, good health, strong muscles, positive relationships, satisfying work, and financial stability. While you are tending to these aspects of your life you can complement these goals by enjoying visible and more immediate successes and making changes to the outside elements! The Outside In approach is based upon the reciprocal benefits that come from creating positive energy by enhancing your space, your appearance, and your lifestyle choices. Imagine feeling a sense of calm and beauty when you enter your home. Visualize the energy that you will enjoy when you are able to quickly access important information and records that you need in your office. Feel a sense of accomplishment as you add to your “things that are done” list. Feel more positive and motivated when someone else notices the changes that you’ve made. Outside In Organizer and Makeovers can help you to re-assess your priorities and to meet them in manageable steps.
When working with a Professional Organizer (PO) you have the right to expect success. That success is more likely if there is a collaborative relationship and good communication between the two of you. Remember, it is your space and your goals. The PO will listen and engage you in the process, make suggestions, try out ideas, and help you learn to maintain your results. Remember to meet and practice the following: • Patience • Confidentiality • Non-judgment • Ask and answer questions such as, what do I use this for? When was the last time that I used it? Does it work (function) properly? Where does it need to be stored to be accessed and used? Is it seasonal? • Identify and then revisit the client’s goals. First Impressions Count… Someone once said, “You only have one chance to make a first impression.” What do you think and feel when you enter a space? How do you think that it makes others feel? Is the space open? Does it feel healthy? Is the atmosphere calming, energizing, functional and attractive? Does living, working or just simply being in the space meet your needs? If you could change just one element, what would that be? In addition to how you want others who live, work and visit your space to feel, ask yourself does your space actually reflect the way that you feel about yourself?