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17 minutes | 3 days ago
374 - 2021 Resetting My Evening Routine
As we head into 2021, I want to talk with you about moving from a reactive life to a proactive one by resetting your daily routines. In 2020, many of us picked up some bad habits and time wasting activities that snuck into our schedules. I am working on recapturing my time for purposeful activity, and I want to share my thoughts and strategies with you. My evening routine is the shortest of all of my routines, and it is my least consistent routine. I like to use this time to focus on my hygiene and care of my body. I take a hot bath, do some skin care, and take my vitamins. Before the pandemic, I used to do something productive before doing these getting ready for bed activities. During the pandemic, I spent that time on my phone - on social media, reading about news events, reading hundreds of emails, and following different internet rabbit holes that were not particularly productive. For the next 120 days, I am focusing on incorporating habits of planning my outfits for the week on Sundays. I want to plan my food for the next day in advance. I also want to get back to reading physical books. Projects from my updated slash pockets are also things I may include in this time. I am focusing on writing out my notecard with the next day’s schedule and plan each evening. Think about what would make the biggest impact for you in the next 120 days. You cannot do it all. But, when you pick what you want to do, you can focus on doing those things with excellence. Do not take on too much - pick small easy things. Find ways to remind yourself about these changes, and see how it goes.
45 minutes | 4 days ago
ReAir 147 - Getting Organized: Step 3 - Increase Productivity
This week's #ThrowbackThursday episode finishes off our discussion of the steps of getting organized. Today you will hear Episode 147 - Getting Organized - Step 3 - Increase Productivity. This week’s throwback Thursday episode of the podcast goes back to the third step of transformation – increasing productivity. Are you ready to improve your productivity?
43 minutes | 5 days ago
Transformation with Anna D
Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I normally get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized! This week, I share my conversation with Anna D. She lives with her husband of 25 years and shares two dogs with her adult daughter. She found Lisa from the ADDitude webcast. Anna began her transformational journey during some major unexpected life events. She settled her sister’s estate, remodeled her mom’s house, and was dealing with her own ADD. She shares her story of learning to thrive despite chaos. I hope you find this conversation as inspiring as I do! I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday. For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links: Organize 365 The Sunday Basket® 100 Day Home Organization Program ALL ACCESS Workboxes Paper Organizing Retreats
6 minutes | 7 days ago
373 - Book Review - Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell | Outliers & The Tipping Point | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff As I continue to review different thought leaders, this week I want to review Malcolm Gladwell. His writing will make you think so differently about every single thing you have ever thought about. I prefer audiobooks for his writing, and I listened to these on Audible. They are available as physical books as well, if that is your preference. Outliers: The Story of Success - This book reviews the story of success. It evaluates why and how we succeed. He explains how many times being in the right time and right place will ensure success. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference - In this book, Malcolm Gladwell digs deep on the one dramatic moment when everything can change all at once.This book explains how this happens (and I do my best to explain his teaching). In the book, he explains that businesses fail because they cannot get these three factors together to achieve the tipping point. You can also watch this as a video review on YouTube. Follow me on Goodreads! If you are interested in trying Audible for audiobooks, you can get a free trial with my affiliate link.
16 minutes | 10 days ago
372 - 2021 Resetting My Afternoon Routine
As we head into 2021, I want to talk with you about moving from a reactive life to a proactive one by resetting your daily routines. In 2020, many of us picked up some bad habits and time wasting activities that snuck into our schedules. I am working on recapturing my time for purposeful activity, and I want to share my thoughts and strategies with you. When I consider daily routines, I look at the morning, afternoon, and evening time periods. I am going to discuss each of these and share what I was doing pre-pandemic, how 2020 dramatically changed these times of day, and what I want these routines to look like in 2021. I actually think afternoon routines are one of the most important and often overlooked transition periods, especially for women. I first introduced my 2017 afternoon routine in Podcast Episode 193. You can listen to that if you want more information about my morning routine before the pandemic of 2020. As you adjust and adapt your routines, I really recommend small changes. Small changes over time are more successful and create more lasting change than big sweeping changes that are difficult to sustain. Afternoon routines are the transition from work or school back to home and family time. It is the bridge from your daytime activity to the dinner hour. The afternoon routine is one you have to be conscious about setting up, especially if you want to be deliberate about what you do during this time. Depending on your phase of life, the afternoon routine can include dinner preparation, cleaning up the house, checking kids homework, and sometimes driving to and from activities. But, it is the change over from work to house life. For many years, I did not actually stop working at a typical time, so my afternoon routine was a pause to just get my family on track. However, as Organize 365 has grown, I worked to develop the habit of stopping work at a reasonable time to give my family my full attention. I delighted in my habit of spending time with Greg every day. During the Pandemic, Greg and I both began to work later everyday. We both worked a lot more and did not end at our normal times anymore. I did run to Culvers almost every day to give myself a commute and some alone time. Over the summer, I began to spend more time at the warehouse and continued to work more than my basic 40 hours a week. In the Fall, I began to work more at the warehouse and office. I still need a transition from work to home and some private, quiet, alone time for my thoughts. I want to keep the transition, but I no longer enjoy eating all this fast food. Updating my pink slash pockets has already given me more motivation and desire to work on my own projects after my work hours. This is a more desirable way to use my time than driving to get fast food. And, we are spending more time sharing meals together as a family. Of the three routines, this one is the most nebulous for me, and the one that is still in process. I am not fully sure how I am going to achieve these changes to my routine, but I am giving myself grace as I figure this out. So, as you figure out what you want to adjust in your afternoon routine, be patient and observe what is working and not working right now. Do you want to spend time with family? Is this a helpful time to tackle your 100 Day Home Organization Program task of the day? Do you need to focus on your food and nutrition? Do you have hobbies or personal projects you will focus on? I would love if you can share your afternoon routine ideas in the Facebook group or on Instagram and tag me!
58 minutes | 11 days ago
ReAir 145 - Getting Organized: Step 2 - Organize
Welcome to our latest Throwback Thursday (#TBT) Podcast. This week we go back to review the second step in the transformational journey to getting organized: organization. First, let’s talk about what being organized means. For me it means: Everything has a place. I know where to find things. I do not spend time LOOKING for things. I FEEL organized and put together. In this podcast, I tell you all about how to move from decluttering to organizing. I look forward to helping YOU get organized!
43 minutes | 12 days ago
Transformation with Melinda K
Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I normally get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized! This week, I share my conversation with Melinda K. She lives with her retired husband, college age step-daughter, and 2 dogs. In our conversation, Melinda shares how she was inspired to clean up her office (and how she started her 100 Day Home Organization Program doing double time and following her energy. She’s also a bit of rebel, so she can encourage others who don’t want to be told what to do, even by me! I hope you find this conversation as inspiring as I do! I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday. For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links: Organize 365 The Sunday Basket® 100 Day Home Organization Program ALL ACCESS Workboxes Paper Organizing Retreats I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!
11 minutes | 14 days ago
371 - Book Review - Generations
William Strauss and Neil Howe | Generations | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069 (Amazon affiliate link) helped me get clarity and articulate thoughts I had when I was doing in-home professional organizing. The authors look at how generations repeat in archetypes and in dominant/recessive patterns. This book allowed me to understand how each generation and their influences have shaped the people around us. It crystallized my thinking about who we are in the world and how we interact with each other. Strauss and Howe expose the patterns of dominant and recessive generations and help me to understand why people of alternating generations seems to understand each other better than in typical parent/child generational relationships. I have also been able to apply some of the generational characteristics and thinking to decluttering and organization - I share a little bit of that insight today. You can also watch this as a video review on YouTube. Follow me on Goodreads!
24 minutes | 17 days ago
370 - 2021 Resetting My Morning Routine
As we head into 2021, I want to talk with you about moving from a reactive life to a proactive one by resetting your daily routines. In 2020, many of us picked up some bad habits and time wasting activities that snuck into our schedules. I am working on recapturing my time for purposeful activity, and I want to share my thoughts and strategies with you. When I consider daily routines, I look at the morning, afternoon, and evening time periods. I am going to discuss each of these and share what I was doing pre-pandemic, how 2020 dramatically changed these times of day, and what I want these routines to look like in 2021. I first shared my thoughts about a morning routine back in Episode 192. You can listen to that if you want more information about my morning routine before the pandemic of 2020. We are going to start with the morning routine, because that is when our day first starts. Traditionally, morning routine strategies are written by men without children who take over an hour to get their day started - even without showering, hair or makeup. My reality is that my mornings have almost always been dictated by what my family needs. My basic morning routine takes me about 45 minutes just to get prepared to leave the house and start my day. When I get up, I get ready for the day and then leave my bedroom. I do not lounge around the house in the morning. I get ready for the most dressy event of the day and stay dressed all day long. I do not ever go back and change my clothes. With the pandemic, my morning routine faced several disruptions. I had all this content that I felt like I had to consume before I could get out of bed and start my day. My spouse and whole family were home too, which changed how I was working. Around this time, my mental mindset was changing and the podcasts I listened to completely changed. We had to quarantine several times as a family due to COVID exposures (everyone was thankfully safe and negative). Joey totaled his car, which meant he needed more rides. Honestly, I just abdicated my morning routine in so many ways, and became reactive to the changes happening in my life. As you build your morning routine for 2021, ask yourself: What do you want? When do you want to get up? When do you want to start your work day or tasks? What things do you want in your morning routine? What do you want done early in the day? Do you want to change what media you are consuming in the morning? Please feel free to share your morning routine ideas in the Organize 365 Facebook Group!
60 minutes | 18 days ago
ReAir 144 - Getting Organized: Step 1 - Declutter!
Welcome to our latest Throwback Thursday (#TBT) Podcast. I am a podcast junkie, and I have binged many of them from the very first episode. I went through and picked out 52 of our best podcasts. I selected older podcasts that will change your thinking about your home, help you get organized, and improve your productivity. I matched the podcast for each week with the natural seasonal energy. On Thursdays, a podcast will be posted on social media and will show up in your feed if you subscribe to the Organize 365 Podcast in your favorite player. First up is Episode 144 - Decluttering! This week I talk about the first step in getting organized - DECLUTTERING. I used to see decluttering and organizing as one step because I usually do them simultaneously. However, each does have its own unique focus and objective. Decluttering always comes first. Once you decide what area you are going to “organize,” the first step is to declutter. Decluttering means to remove what you do not want or need in a space. Some obvious things to declutter are: food, trash, or broken objects. Then it gets harder. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? So how do you decide what should go and what should stay? The key here is to FOCUS on what can GO, not how to organize what you want to keep. Listen in and get started on making 2021 your best year ever!
35 minutes | 19 days ago
Transformation with Jamie J
Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I normally get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized! This week, I share my conversation with Jamie J. She lives with her husband, and two twin daughters. Her daughters were born prematurely and have overcome some challenges (including extra paperwork!). Jamie says “I just thought I was born to be unorganized and that was the way it would always be.” But she found the Sunday Basket® and has gotten her papers under control. Next up, IEP and homeschooling binders! I hope you find this conversation as inspiring as I do! I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday You can find the Mini Medical Binder downloads mentioned today at organize365.com/emergency
9 minutes | 20 days ago
Coffee Chat #1 - January 5, 2021
There's a new Organize 365 pop up podcast! I'll be doing some Coffee Chat episodes on Tuesdays - but they'll only be available in your favorite podcast player. These are time sensitive episodes about products, events, or specific information. And, they will self-destruct (disappear) when they are no longer relevant. So, make sure you are subscribed to the podcast and you will never miss an episode!
8 minutes | 21 days ago
369 - Book Review - Laura Vanderkam
Laura Vanderkam | 168 Hours & I know How She Does It | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff Laura Vanderkam is one of my favorite authors, and I am a superfan. Her writing has had a tremendous impact on my ability to grow my business. Most importantly, Laura opened my mind to see time in a completely different way. That transformed my productivity. Today, I am reviewing two of Laura’s books. 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think and I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time (Amazon Affiliate Links). When I read 168 Hours, Laura Vanderkam revolutionized my understanding of time. Instead of feeling frantic and busy, I now consider time over a week span instead of a day. After reading this book, I was able to better analyze how I was using my time, and found much more time for self-care and to make decisions about how and when to work. Because of her, I now divide my week into two halves - 8 am Monday morning through 8pm Thursday and Thursday evening until Monday morning. This helps me to feel like I have much more control over my time. I Know How She Does It is Laura Vanderkam’s analysis of her time study of 6 figure women. I learned so much about outsourcing parts of my work (especially when it was easy to hire help - like house cleaning and child care). My big takeaways: 1. How we spend time is our role in life. 2. For better self care, know you are worth it and know what you need. In the upcoming years, Organize 365® will be working to complete similar time studies focusing on things like the Sunday Basket® and home organization. You can also watch this as a video review on YouTube. Follow me on Goodreads!
33 minutes | 24 days ago
368 - My 2021 - 100 Day Round 1 - Pink Slash Pockets
Happy New Year 2021! We did it! We made it through 2020! When I look back on 2020, there is of course the pandemic, and all of the things that were unexpected, not desirable, and even terrible. But, there were also great things that happened in 2020. In 2020, we did a lot of pivoting, adjusting, and adapting. Organize 365 moved to a bigger warehouse and hired more full time staff members. As a family, we had family members home at different times, and came out ok. As I look forward to 2021, it feels really hard to plan and set goals. The first quarter of 2021, is not going to be the best time of (most) of our lives. But, once we are safe at home, we are mostly in control of what happens inside of our home, our mindset, and our planning for that. When I reflect on 2020, my core personality and gifts did not change, but my habits changed drastically. When the pandemic first arrived, I filled my days with work. As the year went on, I was able to return to the rhythm of working mostly during work hours, but I filled my free time with habits that were not serving me. Those habits were wasting two to four hours of my day (and I’ll tell you all about them in the next three podcasts). But, you need a proactive plan when removing less useful habits from your life. My Pink slash pockets remind me to make time for hobbies and relationships that are important to me. When I looked at my Pink slash pockets in my Sunday Basket® the other day, I realized I had not changed them at all during the pandemic. I had pockets for travel and restaurant dates with Greg. I did not want the pandemic to interfere with these dreams and goals, so I kept them throughout all of 2020. As I look at the next 120 days (the first of my 3 new years in a calendar year), I will likely not be traveling or eating in a restaurant. My heart goes out to those industries and the very hard season they are still experiencing. I was resistant to changing my pink slash pockets, and that meant that I limited my own hobbies and interests to just jigsaw puzzles. I definitely enjoyed doing lots of puzzles, and do not plan to stop enjoying them in 2021. But, I do want to incorporate new pink slash pockets for myself. I am saving my former Pink slash pockets for now, but I am starting some new projects in the next 120 days. Listen in and I will share my new possibilities for my free time and self improvement projects for January through April of 2021. What do you want your first 120 days of 2021 to look like? Start to dream about the different ways you can possibly use your time, and when the time presents itself, you can jump into one of your possible projects! Mentioned in the episode: Launch Bundle with Binder
28 minutes | 25 days ago
ReAir 315 - Capability + Confidence = Action; 2020 is YOUR year!
Our final #Throwback Thursday episode of the year is number 315 - Capability + Confidence = Action. I want to help you with the skills it takes to change your thinking. In the eight years of Organize 365, I have learned so much about the MINDSET of organization. The transformation from disorganization to organization happens first in your mind. The way you actually become organized is to change your thoughts. First, you have to believe you are capable of becoming organized. Spoiler: organization is a learnable skill, and anyone can learn to become organized (it just takes longer for some of us!). Every single person listening to this podcast is capable of having an organized life. But, the skills needed can be different depending on your phase of life and generation. I want you to have new thoughts and see just how capable of being organized you truly are. Second, you need confidence in your skills and your organizational journey. This podcast is designed to give you confidence each and every week. I am a motivational teacher, I want to inspire you to action. From listening to the podcast, your thoughts become organized and your physical reality follows - you will see the changes in your home and that will build your confidence. Finally - action is the outcome. Once you have the capability and confidence to pursue organization, you will take the action necessary to manifest an organized life. In the podcast today, I explain all of this in more detail, and then give you several examples of how you develop capability and grow your confidence and move into action in all different kinds of life experiences (Capability + Confidence = Action).
54 minutes | a month ago
Complete Sunday Basket Q&A
Listen here: https://organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts/ Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I normally get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized! This week, I am sharing an audio copy of a recent Sunday Basket® webinar that I taught. I walk you through setting up a Sunday Basket® and teach you all about the different slash pockets you will want to set up. I walk you through setting up and using a Sunday Basket® step by step in this podcast. Are you ready to create a lasting system for the paperwork and to-do’s that clutter your kitchen counter tops and your mind? Listen in and then get started with your own Sunday Basket®. You can learn more at sundaybasket.com or you can purchase today in our shop.
37 minutes | a month ago
367 - Content Consumption Tips from Lisa & Teddy Roosevelt
Blog post at organize365.com/podcast/content-consumption-teddy-roosevelt I am constantly consuming books, podcasts, webinars, and social media. These sources allow me to connect with people, ideas, and passions that I have, but to do so on my own time when I am ready for it. I love to learn and have an insatiable capacity for knowledge and learning. Because I follow my interests and seek out new things to learn, I constantly change what I am listening to. During the holidays this year, I am making an effort to provide lots of content for those in the audience who may be lonely or looking for a friend during this difficult year of the pandemic and social distancing. I will take you along with me, and I remember years that the holidays were difficult in my own life. I want to be there for you as much as I can this year. I often view Instagram stories as a virtual reality show with my own personal friends (even if the people I am following do not know me!). So many of you ask me about what books, podcasts, Netflix series, webinar, and social media I am reading and watching. The reason I do not answer is because it would take over half an hour each week just to explain what I am consuming this week. It is constantly changing, and a lot of it builds on things I have already learned and consumed. Also, I consume a lot of content. This week, I am sharing some of the tips from an article about President Teddy Roosevelt - another productivity nut! In 2019, Erin McCarthy published 13 Reading Tips from Theodore Roosevelt, and today I am sharing some of them with you, along with a few of my own thoughts about them. Listen in, and I will share what I listen, watch, and do around the house, and how I choose what to consume next!
23 minutes | a month ago
ReAir 314 - You're Not as Disorganized as You Think - Cracking the Organization Code
This week, the #ThrowbackThursday Episode is number 314 - You are NOT as Disorganized as You Think! I want to talk to you about why you are not as disorganized as you think you are. There are three things going on: 1. You are overwhelmed. 2. You don’t know where to start. 3. You don’t recognize the progress you are making. I break down each of these and help you analyze them. I walk you through your thoughts and to find solutions for these issues. I want you to see where you are having success being organized, and I give you ways to get better at the other parts. Listen in to see how you can keep working on your organizational journey. Subscribe in your favorite podcast app so you never miss an episode!
45 minutes | a month ago
Transformation with Jennifer B
Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized! This week, I share my conversation with Jennifer B. She lives with her husband, daughter, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She also has a son who recently moved out and lives nearby. Jennifer says she decided to get organized when “autoimmune illness and spinal arthritis forced me to quit working as a veterinarian and left me with little to no energy and a lot of pain/depression. I could no longer keep up with the management of all the stuff and the people and the pets and the events. I felt like a failure. I needed less stuff, less stress and better systems to manage it all so I could stop being a victim of this disease and disorder.” She started with listening to the podcast and slowly getting rid of the excess stuff in her home. I hope you find this conversation as inspiring as I do! I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday. For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links: Organize 365 The Sunday Basket® 100 Day Home Organization Program ALL ACCESS Workboxes Paper Organizing Retreats I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!
24 minutes | a month ago
366 - Organizational Math
Today, I want to encourage you to embrace organizational math. With organization, you can move your life from reactive to proactive, but doing so takes focus and determination. First, we change your mental model, and then you layer on the practical and physical skills. I was a middle school math teacher, and I share how I apply the same benefits of basic math skills to your transformational journey into organization. For any of you who are math phobic, I promise we will only talk about addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Addition When you decide to get organized, the first thing you will want to do is to add a new habit into your life routine. Habits require focused efforts to ensure their successful adoption. When we want to improve our lives, we often try to add many new habits all at one. However, being able to cement a new habit into your routine usually requires about 120 days, but if you tackle fewer goals more effectively you will ensure achieving a lasting change. Spoiler alert: the first habit to add when working towards organization is the Sunday Basket®. Subtraction When you think about applying subtraction to organization, it is the first step we take in the 100 Day Home Organization Program - decluttering. Decluttering naturally starts with removing excess physical objects from your home - things you no longer need, want, use, or have space for. After that, you can gain further space from subtracting obligations, negative people, negative thoughts, and inefficiencies from your life. Multiplication This is where organizational math begins to gain major power. Organization always gives you more time. When you start with gaining extra time planning your week and task stacking by using your Sunday Basket® each week, you will gain time to work through the 100 Day Home Organization Program. Then, as you gain control of your home and paper, you can tackle your paper binders, kids rooms, and photos. Moving through decluttering, organizing, and increasing productivity helps you to make space for what you are uniquely created to do. Division This is the most powerful part of organizational math. With your increased ability to focus as the result of your organizing, you can now divide time into fewer but more powerful roles in your life. When you get to this stage of your transformational journey - you will divide your time into three major baskets: your Friday Workbox for the work you are uniquely created to do, your Sunday Basket® to manage all of your household obligations and to-dos, and your passion projects (hobbies and personal satisfaction). This is when Planning Day and time blocking your calendar powers up your life and your capacity. As you move along Maslow’s Hierarchy, keep working on learning your organizational math skills and adding on new ones as you continue along your transformational journey!
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