Organize 365 Podcast

By Lisa Woodruff

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Organize 365 supplies home organization tips, strategies and motivation with professional organizer Lisa Woodruff.

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451 - Book: The Residence
03:21

Kate Andersen Brower | The Residence | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff of Organize 365

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In October, I dive into my favorite books about Washington, D. C., the White House, and Benjamin Franklin. I absolutely love history and think it has so much to teach us. 

This week, I review The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower. I have always wanted to know the inner workings of the White House.

This book let me pull back the curtain of the White House and see what is going on behind the scenes. I loved learning about the different roles required to keep the house running and how the transitions went between presidents.

If this is of interest to you, give it a read or a listen!

You can also watch this as a video review on YouTube

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If you are interested in trying Audible for audiobooks, you can get a free trial with my affiliate link.

Oct 18, 2021
450 - The Organize 365® Values
26:24

Four years ago, on a plane from Los Angeles to New York, I wrote out the Organize 365® mission, vision, and values. Today, we are a much larger team making a bigger impact in the world, but our values have stayed true. 

What is truly amazing is that these five values are not just held by the Dream Team, but these are the values that the Organize 365 community has as well. When we focus on these values, we arrive at the “after” feel of organization and productivity I shared with you last week. (Don’t forget to tag us in your after photos of what you are doing now that you have increased your capacity by getting organized!)

Organize 365® guides you along a transformational journey that organizes both your heart and your mind. Our values are:

  • Power of Positivity 
  • Building Community
  • Life in Abundance 
  • Transformational Freedom
  • Proactive Anticipation

Let me know what value you think is the strongest for you and how you are seeing it in your transformational journey!

Oct 15, 2021
ReAir 271 - Decision Fatigue (Keep/ Toss)
44:25
My #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is episode # 271 - Decision Fatigue.
 
When you’re lost in decision fatigue, you usually lack time, money or motivation (or all three).
 
When you wake up in the morning and go about your day, you’ll have X amount of decisions to make.
 
Your decision-making ability only goes so far. If you’re faced with decision after decision, you’ll burn-out. That’s what decision fatigue is.
 
When you’re lost in decision fatigue, you usually lack time, money or motivation (or all three).
 
When you wake up in the morning and go about your day, you’ll have X amount of decisions to make.
 
Your decision-making ability only goes so far. If you’re faced with decision after decision, you’ll burn-out. That’s what decision fatigue is.
 
Listen in, and I'll share with you tips for making decisions easier, faster, and more effectively.
Oct 14, 2021
Friday Workbox with Jenn Dickel
32:46

Welcome to our new Wednesday series of transformational stories from our new Friday Workbox Certified Organizers! Organize 365® recently upgraded all of the Business Friday Workbox Systems and we are so excited to share the stories of the certified organizers who helped us make these improvements!

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. 

Today, I am sharing my conversation with Jenn Dickel. Jenn shared about finding a Mastermind back in early 2020. She is back today to share her experience in our newest Mastermind to improve the Friday Workbox and become a Friday Workbox Certified Organizer. Jenn is a businesswoman and entrepreneur who loves to help others focus on improving their productivity. 

You can find Jenn at Seasonal Navigation Organizing, on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest

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 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®

All AccessCCESS

Friday Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

Organize 365® Certified Organizers

Oct 13, 2021
449 - Book: Benjamin Franklin
05:22

Walter Isaacson | Benjamin Franklin | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff of Organize 365

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In October, I dive into my favorite books about Washington, D. C., the White House, and Benjamin Franklin. I absolutely love history and think it has so much to teach us. 

This week’s book review is of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson.

Ben Franklin is just such a fascinating human being. I listened to this 25 hour audible book. Every 15 years he was a different person - politician, editor, shopkeeper, diplomat, inventor, and scientist. He was able to make a major impact in each of these fields. We are blessed to know so much about him because he was a devoted keeper of a personal journal. 

When I read about leaders, I try to see what I can apply to my own life. Even so many years ago, Benjamin Franklin had a mastermind. He was able to get great ideas from a wide variety of different people in diverse industries.

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.

Oct 11, 2021
448 - Before: Clutter & Stress, After: YOU!
35:02

Most professional organization companies like Organize 365® want to show before and after photos. We all love to see a big change - we love makeover shows, decluttering shows, and even dating shows. Magazine pictures and Pinterest show some drool-worthy before and after photos, and many of us are striving to achieve that “after” look of perfectly aligned shelves, and color coded produce bins in the refrigerator. But, those pictures aren’t reflective of real life. Those photo-worthy moments don't last when life is lived and stuff is used. 

The real change that comes from getting organized is hard to put into words, impossible to quantify, and can’t be demonstrated on social media. The photos we can take in our homes can sometimes show a partial improvement or a sample of the transformation. When you get organized, how you feel changes dramatically! 

Listening to this podcast starts to shift your mindset toward living an organized and proactive life. You incrementally get better at using your time to achieve your own priorities. When you add on our courses and products, you add rocket fuel to your transformation. 

Getting organized enough to feel different can happen in a weekend or a month, but your home (your outer reflection) will not look perfect. It’s actually not about your stuff.

Before

We have all had at least one season of life where our feelings were the “before” of living an organized life. When you live reactively, feeling stressed, depressed, overwhelmed, and anxious is typical. When your life is driven by someone else’s agenda and the obligations others place upon  you, all you can do is react. 

As I share in Organization is a Learnable Skill, during my most reactive times, I was afraid of letting other people down and not meeting external expectations. My emotions were just like a before picture of a disorganized kitchen. Thoughts were everywhere. I couldn’t focus and I knew I was not keeping up. Even worse, I was unbelievably stressed and I wasn’t meeting my own expectations. I didn’t have capacity for anything more. My house, brain, and heart were all disorganized.

After

As I developed the Sunday Basket®, I got a grip on my life again. Taking 60-90 minutes a week to look ahead and plan, gave me much more mental capacity and less stress. As I have continued to be more proactive in my own life, I have more time for myself, for self-care, for my passions, and for building relationships. I also have more capacity to pour into Organize 365® so that I can help you get organized so that you can live out your unique purpose. 

As you get organized and learn to live proactively, the way you feel inside changes. You are more calm and less overwhelmed. When unexpected events occur, you can adjust what is on your calendar, defer and delete the things that are no longer important, and handle what is actually happening. Your capacity increases - in almost every area of your life. You have more time for yourself, your relationships, your passion projects, and your life. 

Show us your afters!

We want to see your after photos. Not the cluttered and then empty kitchen counter, though that is great too! The after is you, living the life you are uniquely created to live!  

What is the essence of you? What do you love doing?

Maybe it’s being with your family, reading a great book, hiking in nature, starting a business, writing a book, spending time supporting a charity, or something we haven’t even thought about yet. 

The more you increase your organization and proactivity, the more capacity you have for what you want to do. The possibilities are limitless. Each of us has a story that keeps expanding.

So, on Saturdays, we want to see your afters on Instagram! We’ll be sharing some from the Dream Team, and we want you to share with us.

Oct 08, 2021
ReAir 280 - You NEED an Admin Day
29:40
This week, our #ThrowbackThursday Podcast is Episode # 280 - You Need an Admin Day.
 
If you’re anything like me, you’ll discover a lot of administrative tasks when you go through your Sunday Basket. Things like forms that need to be scanned, scheduling doctor’s appointments, emails that need your attention, and so on.
 
The only problem is that a lot of these things can’t be done on a Sunday. The doctor’s office is closed, so you can’t call up to make an appointment. Before you know it, you’ve got a stack of administrative tasks or errands you need to do on a different day other than Sunday. This is why you need to assign an administrative or errand day (or both!).
 
An errand day is when you take a full day to do your errands. You’re probably in the car going from one place to the next. An administrative day is when you’re at home (probably in front of the computer) and you’re plowing through things that can’t be done on Sunday.
 
Listen in and I'll share how you can plan for and execute these super productive days!
Oct 07, 2021
Friday Workbox with Sheri MacGregor
46:15

Welcome to our new Wednesday series of transformational stories from our new Friday Workbox Certified Organizers! Organize 365® recently upgraded all of the Business Friday Workbox Systems and we are so excited to share the stories of the certified organizers who helped us make these improvements!

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. 

Today, I am sharing my conversation with Sheri MacGregor. Sheri was a Wednesday Transformation guest in 2020 and is back today as a Friday Workbox Certified Organizer. She has experience as a teacher, running a construction business, dealing with medical paperwork, has worked on IEP’s, and has settled an estate. We talk about how she has adapted her professional organizing business in COVID and while moving. There’s so much to learn here!

You can find Sheri at Peaceful Paper Peaceful Spaces, on Instagram and on Facebook

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 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®

All AccessCCESS

Friday Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

Organize 365® Certified Organizers

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Oct 06, 2021
447 - Book: The Presidents Club
04:09

Nancy Gibbons & Michael Duffy | The Presidents Club | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff of Organize 365

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In October, I dive into my favorite books about Washington, D. C., the White House, and Benjamin Franklin. I absolutely love history and think it has so much to teach us. 

This week, I am reviewing The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbons and Michael Duffy. I love the United States and all things presidential. I also love the behind the scenes of the presidency and would absolutely love to be able to walk through the White House.

This book is written in chronological order and includes information about how they pass on information and rely on previous presidents for inspiration and assistance. We can learn from their collaboration and work together for the good of all people.

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.

Oct 04, 2021
446 - Win at Home and at Work!
33:37

For our final podcast in the Friday Workbox series, I want to teach you how I am able to get so much done, so that you can use the same tools to transform your life.

I am a naturally productive person. My productivity is the result of my ability to plan. One of my gifts is my orientation to time. I have always been good at assigning an accurate amount of time to a task. As I moved from my to-do list to my Sunday Basket® and Friday Workbox™, I began to schedule time to complete tasks directly on my calendar.

Every week, I take time to work through my Sunday Basket® and Friday Workbox™. As I do so, I pull out the tasks that must be done in the upcoming week, determine how long it will take, and schedule when I will do them. I can immediately see if there are conflicts between what I need to do and the time available so that I can prioritize and make decisions proactively.   

Every seven days, I make new decisions about what I will take action on. The reason a Sunday Basket® and Friday Workbox™ are so effective is because all of my dreams, ideas, research materials and goals are safely captured in my boxes. I may not get to those dreams as soon as I would like, but nothing is ever forgotten. 

My secret sauce to productivity and success is the act of planning. I want to share with you how I use Planning Day and Workbox Planning Day with every new season as the ultimate task stacking habit. 

Home

At home, Planning Day occurs just prior to the new cycle of the 100 Day Home Organization Program. During that week, I look at how I will use my time in the upcoming 17 weeks, set new goals, and deep review through any 2.0 slash pockets that have been on hold.  

Work

At the end of each calendar quarter, I deep dive into my plan for my business. On the 13th week of the quarter, just before my new quarter starts, I use the last week to reconcile expenses, set new goals, update the social media agenda, and do a deep review of every business slash pocket I have created. Then, I execute that plan for the next 12 weeks.

Win

By being realistic about what I can complete in the upcoming quarter, I am able to actually achieve my goals and finish my projects. Anything that I will not have the time, money, motivation, or energy to address goes back into holding. Those ideas and projects are ready and waiting for their right time to shine. I know all of those slash pockets will be reviewed at the next planning day, and I can take action on them then if the time is right. 

The better you get at planning and improving your productivity, the more capacity and impact you will create. You will win at home, work, relationships, and in your community. You will learn to live with excellence, ease, and enjoyment. Planning is the key to unlocking your ability to achieve your goals!

Oct 01, 2021
ReAir 269: Time, Money, Motivation: The Trifecta Necessary for Change
54:49
The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast Episode this week is number 269: Time, Money, Motivation: The Trifecta Necessary for Change.
 
Habits change slowly, consistently, over time as you will see from my story. Listen to the podcast to hear the 3 steps I took in each area to make improvements. It has been a 7 year journey from drowning in reactionary mode to the thriving productive woman you see today. And I wouldn’t change any of it!
 
Making major changes, one step at a time, is hard. Organize 365 is here to support you on your organizational journey through the trifecta necessary for change. What is your number one priority right now?
Sep 30, 2021
Friday Workbox with Tanya Blackburn
31:20

Welcome to our new Wednesday series of transformational stories from our new Friday Workbox Certified Organizers! Organize 365® recently upgraded all of the Business Friday Workbox Systems and we are so excited to share the stories of the certified organizers who helped us make these improvements!

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. 

Today, I am sharing my conversation with Tanya Blackburn. Tanya is a professional organizer in Winston-Salem, NC. She is a Friday Workbox Certified Organizer who has experience in both corporate settings and as a small business owner. We talk about setting and meeting goals, finances, business operations, and the new slash pocket colors

You can find Tanya at Prime Organizing, on Facebook, and on Instagram

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 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®

All Access

Friday Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

Organize 365® Certified Organizers

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Sep 29, 2021
445 - Book: Play it Forward
03:56

Joan Barnes | Play It Forward - Story of Gymboree | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff CEO of Organize 365

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. On the last Monday of every month, my book review will highlight a female founder or business owner. Most of these women started a company from their homes with less than $10,000. 

In September, I reviewed a female founder story in the book Play It Forward: From Gymboree to the Yoga Mat and Beyond by Joan Barnes. When my kids were little, I loved the Gymboree brand, and I was super excited to dive into this book. This story was so interesting to me because she had some many different avenues for sales - service, clothing, franchises, and then an IPO. After Joan sold her company, she started a second company. She also included her personal struggles during the story, and I love hearing about the real life of real female founders. 

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.

Sep 27, 2021
444 - Green (Administrative) Work is Not Optional
20:32

This week, I want to teach you all about the green slash pockets in the Friday Workbox System. Green slash pockets are for financial responsibilities and repetitive administrative tasks.

At first, I thought green slash pockets were optional. I worked in direct sales for a long time, and I realized that most direct sellers did not look at the financial side of the business. We had a passion for the products and companies we were representing, but did not pay attention to the money. Unfortunately, many of us were not making enough sales to be profitable, and it was also easy to spend money faster than it came in on new samples and gifts.

Creative Memories introduced me to the idea of looking at my business finances on a monthly basis. By keeping my sales and purchases organized, I was able to know every month if I was making a profit or experiencing a loss. This simple financial organization was the inspiration for the Organize 365® Annual Income & Expense Binder.  Money in the door is not profit, and it is vital to update the financial situation of a business at least monthly to ensure your financial picture is realistic. 

Not everyone owns a small business or deals with financial tasks as a part of their work. When not used for finances, the green slash pockets are repetitive administrative tasks that need attention on a regular basis. Tasks repeat at different intervals in different work settings, but consider what tasks you do over and over every day, week, month, quarter, and year. Creating checklists and systems for ensuring these repeating tasks are handled will improve your efficiency and productivity. 

As you begin to reach your maximum capacity at work, I recommend hiring an administrative assistant or an executive assistant. These staff members can begin to take over these repetitive administrative tasks, especially those that are easy to explain and delegate. Training someone to handle your email, calendar, correspondence, and errands is an investment in leveling up your own capacity for your most important work. Having your checklists established helps ensure your assistant is cost-effective. 

Despite having over twenty team members at Organize 365®, there are administrative tasks I must do every single week. I share more detail in the podcast, but I still need to ensure that every week I make time for email, errands and orders, checklists, and my Friday Workbox. 

My Friday Workbox time is not optional. This is the time when I review all of my slash pockets and active projects, update my calendar, plan time to work on each slash pocket in the upcoming week, and update all of my meeting agendas. I need to ensure I move projects forward so our company stays healthy. 

Effective and productive work is the result of good habits and systems. If you want to succeed at work, your green (administrative) work is not optional. 

Sep 24, 2021
ReAir 190 - The Cost of Clutter and Disorganization
25:34

This week, our #ThrowbackThursday episode is # 190 - The Cost of Clutter and Disorganization.

In this week’s podcast episode, I take a look at the cost of clutter and disorganization in our lives. I want you to consider the financial, mental, time, and emotional costs of the current way you are living. Continue to follow Organize 365 and I will show you how to be more productive, more proactive, and how to plan.

You can find us on Facebook, Instagram or our website!

Sep 23, 2021
Workboxes with Adriane McGraw
35:36

Welcome to our new Wednesday series of transformational stories from our new Friday Workbox Certified Organizers! Organize 365® recently upgraded all of the Business Friday Workbox Systems and we are so excited to share the stories of the certified organizers who helped us make these improvements!

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. 

Today, I am sharing my conversation with Adriane McGraw. Adriane is a professional organizer in Fostoria, OH. She has experience in HR for a Fortune 500 manufacturing operation. Her business Paper & Progress is dedicated to helping small businesses and working professionals streamline their operations and systematize their success. We also share about how the Business Friday Workboxes have been made even better by the certified organizers mastermind team.

You can find Adriane at Paper and Progress. She is also on Facebook and Instagram

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

Organize 365® Certified Organizers

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Sep 22, 2021
443 - Book: Managing Corporate Lifecycles
05:49

Ichak Adizes | Managing Corporate Lifecycles | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff CEO of Organize 365

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In September, I review the books that helped me to build the Dream Team I have today. Business leadership and team building are one of my favorite parts of being a CEO. I also share how I found and use a highly skilled executive assistant to improve my own productivity. I share about how I have searched for and added team members, how we delegate, and how we are navigating the different stages of building a business.

This week, my book review is of Managing Corporate Lifecycles by Ichak Adizes. This is a two volume series. I would recommend these for a business of 10 or more employees that are looking for deeper information on growth. These books go through different life cycles and stages of a business, and help the owners to see and prevent the problems that will cause the business to die. This book also helped me to understand how I needed to grow for the business to succeed. 

These are heavy complicated books that are somewhat expensive and highly specialized, so I would not recommend them for everyone. Despite that, I found these very helpful in identifying some of my own mistakes and missteps so I wanted to share them in case they are helpful for you.

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.

Sep 20, 2021
442 - Blue Work Slash Pockets are All About YOU!
30:59

Today, I want to teach you how I think about the blue slash pocket topics in my Friday Workbox. At first, blue is for you. Then, as your business or role grows, blue becomes the color for your team.

In the Friday Workbox, the slash pockets build upon one another, and need to evolve in order, especially if you are the owner of a business. Pink possibilities become purple projects. Purple projects then inspire you to grow a team to help you meet your business goals. 

When you first begin working, blue slash pockets are for your professional development, meetings, and your human resources records. You need to know and understand yourself first, before you can lead a team. In podcast episode 323, I shared how we partnered with Cloverleaf to give you access to three different personality tests. After you know yourself, you can learn more and better understand your family members and work team members. 

Learning and developing yourself and your team can only make your work better and more effective. As you better understand who you naturally attract and how you best deliver your message, your impact will grow. As you reach more people, you will need to add people to your team. 

If you are a female head of household, it is best and easiest to add housework assistance to your team first. This can be a housecleaner, laundry assistance, child care, pet care, or car care. Freeing yourself from household tasks gives you more capacity for your work. In Organization is a Learnable Skill, I tell my own story of growing a team at home and at work. 

Growing your team at work, especially if you are directly hiring people, is a new skill set that you will need to develop. If you are a business owner, when you hire employees or contractors, you will have to generate pink and purple work for those people and you will want to ensure their efforts are worth the financial expense. Blue slash pockets will help you keep your team organized, and will provide reminders to learn about your worker’s styles for learning, feedback, and motivation. 

As your team grows, your personal development should focus on growing your own skills in communication, overseeing workloads, and running meetings. Organize 365® also has some unique approaches to meetings. I share how we use one-to-one, daily huddles, department, and team meetings in the podcast - be sure to listen in to hear the details!

Sep 17, 2021
ReAir 128 - How to Hire Household Help
34:37
Episode 128 is our #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week - How to Hire Household Help.
 
In this podcast, I share my top 10 tips for hiring help in your life (home, work, or anywhere else)! I have hired help with cleaning, driving, a personal assistant, and all other kinds of extra help! There is no shame in hiring someone else to do the things that will free you up to do the things only YOU can do!
Sep 16, 2021
441 - Book: The CEO's Secret Weapon
05:30

Jan Jones | The CEO's Secret Weapon | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff CEO of Organize 365

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In September, I review the books that helped me to build the Dream Team I have today. Business leadership and team building are one of my favorite parts of being a CEO. I also share how I found and use a highly skilled executive assistant to improve my own productivity. I share about how I have searched for and added team members, how we delegate, and how we are navigating the different stages of building a business.

This week, I am reviewing The CEO’s Secret Weapon: How Great Leaders and Their Assistants Maximize Productivity and Effectiveness by Jan Jones. In 2015, I hired Pat as my executive assistant and my first official W-2 employee. She came to me with extensive experience as a corporate executive. This book helped me to change my mindset and to understand the skills that a true executive assistant can do for a CEO of a corporation. The EA knows and manages details to keep me on track and move me toward success. If you are looking for your first hire or to level up your business, this book is for you!

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.

Sep 13, 2021
440 - Pink versus Purple Work
20:32

On the last podcast, I taught you about how to create a plan for your work. In this next series of podcasts, I will be taking you behind the scenes and sharing how the Friday Workbox system was organically developed from my own experiences. Today, I want to teach you how I think about the pink and purple slash pocket topics in my Friday Workbox. 

I am the daughter of a salesman father and an entrepreneur mother. I also have been a classroom teacher, so when I look back on my own work history, I can see the ways I am different from other business owners. I am also highly analytical about how I work, and I am extremely productivity minded.

My earliest work included over twenty direct sales businesses. In observing successful direct sales leaders, they were good at selling their products, providing VIP customer service, and creating a  team who also had these skills. 

Because of my interest in productivity, I not only adopted these skills, but I focused my efforts on my most profitable customers. I had the same earnings and success with a team that was only 25% as large as the other industry leaders, and with only 20% of the typical customer base. I don't like to waste time, materials, or effort. 

Throughout my working years, I am able to educate, sell, and support my customers. Over time, I have realized that I am successful in these things because I think of my business as having a total of four pillars. In this and upcoming podcasts, I will share with you how pink, purple, blue, and green colors correlate with different parts of your work and how they build upon each other.

 

PINK = POTENTIAL

When I turn to my Friday Workbox, all of the different ideas, dreams, possibilities, and potential goes into pink slash pockets. These are not commitments or goals, they are dreams and ideas. Sometimes, they become active right away, other times they take years to materialize. They are truly about potential; things that may happen in the future. Because the possibilities are endless, collect as many pink slash pockets as inspire you. By keeping my possibilities in pink slash pockets, I physically review them quarterly and update, add, dream, and rethink how they may apply to my business.

 

PURPLE = PROJECTS

In the Friday Workbox system, purple are the actionable, goal-oriented, deadline-driven, dollars-committed, projects. Once your pink item becomes an actionable project with a deadline, and other people become involved, it moves to a purple slash pocket. Most people can only take action and make progress on one to five slash pockets at any one time. As your team grows, you can increase your capacity by having other people complete purple projects at the same time and increase your impact. 

Any kind of business or work requires both pink and purple working together. In some workplaces this is potential leads being upgraded to actual customers. In other jobs, this is article ideas turned into publications. Both together are required to sustain your business. Once you have a cycle of both, you can move onto the next step of work - blue. Check back next week for more on that!

Sep 10, 2021
ReAir 118 - Dividing Your Tasks Into Different Kinds of Work
30:21
My #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode # 118 - Dividing Your Tasks Into Different Kinds of Work.
 
There are 4 kinds of tasks that end up in my Sunday Basket®:
-Ideas
-Repetitive Tasks
-Focused Work
-Thinking time
 
Listen in to see how I organize and complete these tasks for maximum productivity!
Sep 09, 2021
Friday Workbox with Stefanie Ardoin
33:49

We are back from our 2021 summer break, and I am so excited to let you know that we have some exciting new episodes! Starting today, I will be sharing transformational stories from our new Friday Workbox Certified Organizers! Organize 365® recently upgraded all of the Business Friday Workbox Systems and we are so excited to share the stories of the certified organizers who helped us make these improvements!

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!

Today, I am sharing my conversation with Stefanie Ardoin. Stefanie is a professional organizer in Hilton Head, SC. She is a registered Health Information Administrator with over thirty years in the medical field. She is also an expert in both paper and digital organizing. She has so much to share with us about her own journey and the many ways she is already helping the Organize 365® community. We also share about how the Business Friday Workboxes have been made even better by the certified organizers mastermind team.

You can find Stefanie at Island Organizing. Her digital community is Paper & Digital Simplified. She is also on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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

Organize 365® Certified Organizers

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Sep 08, 2021
Coffee Chat - Workboxes, Planners, Planning Days & Subscriptions
26:12
Sep 07, 2021
439 - Book: Virtual Freedom
07:48

Chris Ducker | Virtual Freedom | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff of Organize 365

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In September, I review the books that helped me to build the Dream Team I have today. Business leadership and team building are one of my favorite parts of being a CEO. I also share how I found and use a highly skilled executive assistant to improve my own productivity. I share about how I have searched for and added team members, how we delegate, and how we are navigating the different stages of building a business.

This week, I am reviewing Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business by Chris Ducker. I have been lucky enough to have been coached by Chris. This book will talk you through learning to delegate and outsource. 

When I talk with women business owners, I share that it is often easier to outsource household tasks (cleaning, laundry, meal prep) than it is to build a business team. The book teaches you how to make “3 Lists to Freedom” and ensure you are focusing on the most important tasks in your business. I discuss these lists in the video and how to apply them to work and home. The best part of the book is that Chris tells you how to hire a virtual assistant and delegate your tasks.

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Sep 06, 2021
438 - Creating a WORK plan
38:18

Throughout September, I will be teaching you how to proactively plan your work, control your work situations, and make decisions about what your work is going to look like, now and in the future.

It is time to plan our work. I have always been a non-traditional worker, so we use a very broad definition of work at Organize 365®. I want you to make a plan for your work and make thoughtful decisions about how to manage this part of your life. 

No one will ever get everything on their to-do list done. Getting a system in place to manage your to-dos will allow you to optimize your work and have more time for your life. 

 

What is work?

Work is whatever you are doing for the majority of your Monday to Friday hours. Your priority for the majority of the week in this season of life is your work. It can be volunteering, caregiving, working a traditional job, or being an entrepreneur. It can also include being a stay at home parent, or a homeschooling parent. 

There are many different kinds of work. Work is a mindset about how you approach your activities, and may or may not be related to what you do to earn an income. 

 

Where do you work?

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed where we work. Because of our new experiences, now we all can discuss in-person work, remote work, and hybrid work. Where each of us works will likely continue to change over the coming months and years. I started Organize 365® at my kitchen table, moved into a corner of my bedroom, briefly used a spare bedroom, had an office in a loft space at home, and then finally moved to the Organize 365® office. 

No matter what kind of work you do, you need to consciously decide where you will do your work. Many homes do not have a dedicated home office. Some work requires working in different locations on different days. However, establishing where you work is vital to effectively getting your work done. 

No matter where you do your work, you need a consistent place to capture your work papers, ideas, and to-do items. For your household, the Sunday Basket® handles all of your home paperwork. At work, the solution is the Friday Workbox

 

What hours do you work?

I love working. I love creating impact through my work. I have never been successful setting work hours for myself, but I have learned to set non-work hours so that I have time and energy for my home and family. I set aside Sunday as a  day when I do not do work, and I lavish my attention on my family. This is my approach, but yours may be different.

You may be in a season where your focus and priorities are on parts of your life outside of work. In those times, you may need to fit your work hours into firm boundaries. In this situation, determine when you will start and stop your work day. Be clear about what can be flexible and what cannot change. Try different approaches to your work hours and determine what is best for you at this time.

 

Where will your work supplies be put away?

No matter what your work situation is, you need to have a place where you can put all the parts of your work away. This is especially important if you are working from home or working from multiple mobile locations. Just like in kindergarten, at the end of the day, your workspace needs to be clean.

The Friday Workbox is designed to hold all of your active work papers, and to keep them organized so that you make consistent progress towards your work goals. When you have your Friday Workbox, a computer, and a phone, you can work anywhere. This is a system that is easy to grab, ready for you to easily access your work and take action, and safe for storing your work when you are done for the day. 

As more people are working and schooling from home, it can be hard to be done working for the day especially if our work is out in the open. Putting everything into the Friday Workbox (including the laptop) and putting it away, allows your work space to return to the other functional purpose. Putting away things we are not actively using improves the family enjoyment of our spaces. 

I am a multi-faceted, multi-passionate person. I know many of you are too. Over time, I have found that having a separate box to store the pieces of a project or job helps me to organize my brain. Prior to using boxes to store my projects, I had multiple unfinished projects in the open around my home. It was overwhelming, and I did not make as much progress as I thought I would by keeping these things visible. 

At the end of each work session, develop a transition routine. Check your email one last time. Close your computer. Drop any notes for action items or reminders in your Friday Workbox. Put your papers back in the Friday Workbox. Put your Friday Workbox away and enjoy your non-working time with the others in your home. 

If you need more help getting your Friday Workbox system started or optimized, we now have Certified Organizers who are specialists in the Friday Workbox System. They are specially trained to help you as an individual, or can help you get the Friday Workbox installed in your workplace. For more information, please check out our directory.

Sep 03, 2021
ReAir 114 - Plan Your Week - Organize Your Time to Get More Done
14:54
Our #ThrowbackThursday Podcast Episode this week is # 114 - Plan Your Week - Organize Your Time to Get More Done!
 
In this episode, I walk you through the Sunday Basket®, planning my week, and scheduling an errand day. I share how my Sunday Basket® helps me get the important things done without an overwhelming, never ending to do list!
Sep 02, 2021
437 - Book: Pampered Chef
05:21

Doris Christopher | Pampered Chef | Book review by Lisa Woodruff | Organize 365

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. On the last Monday of every month, my book review will highlight a female founder or business owner. Most of these women started a company from their homes with less than $10,000.

The August Female Founder review is The Pampered Chef: The Story of One of America's Most Beloved Companies by Doris Christopher. As a female founder, I love this book. Over the whole book, Doris shares details about income, warehouse space, number of consultants, and other business details that helped me to understand how she had grown this company over 20 years. 

As Organize 365 moved into physical products, I was hungry for information about how to figure out what size warehouse to select, how long of a lease to sign, and other details. This book definitely delivered. As I read multiple female founders, there are some key numbers in the business that serve as benchmarks. This is a fantastic read of a fast growing company. 

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Aug 30, 2021
436 - Decide and Make a Plan
36:27

It’s time to decide and make a plan. Last week, we talked about what is in your control. Control is about the decisions you make, how often you decide, and the impact of the decisions you make. These things matter much more than how many decisions you make.

Today, we will talk about different aspects of decision making. Deciding seems so final. It’s really not. I will teach you about making deliberate decisions today, and then reassessing them when the information you have changes. 

Almost a decade ago, I decided what to have for breakfast, and I haven’t needed to decide again. I just grab the same breakfast and coffee and I’m ready to go. Who thinks this much about breakfast? We all do! We just don’t realize how much effort we put into decision making if we aren’t actively paying attention to our decisions. When choosing my breakfast, I thought about calories, energy level, hunger, and how different food choices affect my energy level. I weighed all these factors and made a decision about what I will eat every single day. 

I have shared about ways that other leaders make decisions once to avoid decision fatigue in podcast 271. Anyone can learn to make decisions about the little things like simple meals, clothing uniforms, or putting items into a Sunday Basket®. Deciding once spends more energy up front, but it reduces decision fatigue and exhaustion over things that do not really matter in the long run.

Another important factor in making good decisions is controlling how many decisions you need to make in a given day. In the past, I used to think it was a sign of success that I made all of the decisions in the company; everyone answered to me! Now almost all of the decisions at home and work are happening without me - this is growth and success that can scale and be sustained! Organize 365® uses a decision making ladder similar to Michael Hyatt’s Delegation Levels and the Phoenix Project Levels of Decision Making

We all have a finite capacity for making decisions. It’s a physical reality. You can only make so many decisions. If you want to make more impact, you must empower and teach people how to make decisions the way you would make them. This means they can make decisions without you. Freeing up your own capacity and investing in your team furthers your mission and vision so much more than you can do alone. 

One important lesson I’ve learned about decision making is that you can only make decisions about your own home, work, and life. Decisions become easier once you truly embrace that you only control yourself. Other people will make their own decisions. I can see the beauty in all of the decisions that people make. The decisions that others make don’t bother me. I love to learn how other people come to the conclusions and decisions that they make. You can’t make a decision to control another person. You can only decide how you want to work, live, or do life. 

Very few decisions we make are permanent or irreversible. At certain times in life, and certain seasons of our lives, we will need to re-make our decisions. Whenever you get more information, you should reflect and reconsider your decision. Ask yourself: Does it still work in this season of life? What has changed and how should my decision adapt? 

I now look at what decisions may need to change at the start of each of my mini new years (January, May, and September). I make my decisions at the beginning of each 4 month stretch, and then I see how it goes. I don’t mind taking 120 days to research and try new decisions, and the final decision tends to last five to ten years. I work on one or two big decisions each trimester; this system doesn’t work with 30 new decisions. 

September is the most productive planning time of the year. Every year, I set aside a Planning Day for my home and set goals for myself, home, family, and finances for the next 120 days. I also set aside a day every quarter for myself and my team to do a Workbox Planning Day. I’d love to have you join me and make progress on your own decision making and goals! 

Aug 27, 2021
ReAir 197 - You Need A Schedule
57:06
This week's #ThrowbackThursday Podcast Episode is # 197 - You Need a Schedule.
 
For a long time, I didn't talk about time management and productivity very much. That is because I think that you need to get physically organized first before you can get mentally organized. Change happens in your mind first and then in your physical reality – as far as getting physically organized and decluttered.
 
But when it comes to productivity and time management, we’re at a whole new level. Now we are visualizing what change will look like and mentally making the changes. Everyone needs a schedule. You need a plan and you need to proactively tell yourself what you should be doing. Because if you don’t, you will just end up sidetracked and distracted. Listen in and I will tell you why YOU need a schedule!
Aug 26, 2021
435 - Book: Procrastinate on Purpose
06:33

Rory Vaden | Procrastinate on Purpose | Book review by Lisa Woodruff | Organize 365

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In August, in my book reviews, I focus on different books on habits. I share many of the habits I have built over years and the lessons I have learned as I have worked on this life skill. These are the books that have helped me develop better, more productive, more positive, more proactive habits.

This week’s book review is Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time and Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success by Rory Vaden. Rory is able to articulate the way I think and many of the ways I understand the world.

Reading his books has helped my confidence in my understanding of how I see the world. Take the Stairs helped me to choose to do the hard things and to do them the right way, rather than taking shortcuts. Procrastinate on Purpose solidified and validated why the Sunday Basket® works. The book discusses the procrastination funnel that helps to reduce workload to narrow your focus to what is significant.

Listen in to hear all of the steps!

Bonus!!! You can hear my interview with Rory in Podcast 386.

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Aug 23, 2021
432 - What is in Your Control?
33:48

Here’s the thing, you don’t have very much control over almost anything. But, you have so much control over a few things.

I recorded a bunch of podcasts before I left for the book tour, but I like my podcasts to be as relevant as possible. I want it to feel like we are talking on the phone together in real time. But, I can’t see the future. COVID keeps changing our lives. It is one of the things that we cannot control. We all desire a sense of control. But, when you focus on things outside of your control, it causes stress, anxiety, and worry. 

If you choose to focus on what you do control, you can reduce or eliminate the stress, anxiety, and worry. We have control over our mind, our home, our media inputs, and our impact in the world. COVID is extremely important, but it is not urgent. It is distracting most of us from our purpose and our impact on the world. 

Today, I want to talk with you about making decisions about the things you actually can control. You set the tone and cadence in your home. You control the decision making. Identify what you can control. Then, make decisions so that you can get some of your time back. I want you to be able to control what you can, and free up your time to do what you want to do. For me, stress and anxiety come from the unknowns in life. The more I focus on what I do control, the less I worry. I want this for you too. 

Aug 20, 2021
ReAir 246 - Maximizing Your Time: Dividing Your Week in Half
45:13
The Organize 365 #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode # 246 - Maximizing Your Time: Dividing Your Week in Half.
 
I designed the 100 Day Home Organization Program's Productive Home CEO Planner to have Monday through Thursday on the first page, and Friday through Sunday on the facing page of each week. I’m trying not to work at all on Fridays so that Thursday night through Sunday is for “home.” That doesn’t mean I’m kicking up my feet and relaxing all that time, but it means that I am trying to leave my CEO hat off starting on Thursday afternoon, and tackling all the roles and responsibilities I have on Friday through Sunday.
 
Because I shoulder a lot of the homemaking responsibilities by choice, but I don’t want to give up my job, dividing my week is helping me do one thing at a time, and do it well.
Aug 19, 2021
Coffee Chat - Planners, Planning Day, & Subscription Plans
26:02
Aug 17, 2021
433 - Book: The One Thing
05:22

Gary Keller | The One Thing | Book review by Lisa Woodruff | Organize 365

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In August, in my book reviews, I focus on different books on habits. I share many of the habits I have built over years and the lessons I have learned as I have worked on this life skill. These are the books that have helped me develop better, more productive, more positive, more proactive habits.

This week’s book review is The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. This book has impacted me so much that I can quote the central question of the book verbatim. This book helps you to decide what you should do next - no matter what circumstance you are in. This question is revolutionary because it helps us to make our lives easier or extra tasks unnecessary. In the video, I detail how I used this process to develop my house cleaning system so that I always made progress and I never moved backwards. 

You can also watch this as a video review on YouTube

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Aug 16, 2021
432 - The Time Value of the 100 Day Home Organization Program
41:10

In August, I start planning and thinking about the next mini new year - the school year. During July, I like to reflect and review the past year and begin to dream and plan for the future. No matter the season, I spent a lot of time thinking about and pondering how I invest the minutes of my life. I have always valued every minute and think through how to optimize, prioritize, and maximize each one. 

Time management is the process of evaluating where you are in all the areas of your life, determining your priorities, allocating the resources available to you, and making a plan to achieve your goals. 

In this podcast, I recap some podcasts on time management. In episode 134, I share how I plan my life in mini years (trimesters). In episode 426, I share how organizing is an optional investment of time today for a potential increase in your time in the future. The Sunday Basket® is an organizational system that will take 60-90 minutes of planning time to free up an extra 5 hours of time each week. More importantly, when you are organized, your brain is free to think and dream, instead of just trying to keep track of to-dos. 

Episode 366 is about organizational math. 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 only talk about addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. In episode 269 I discuss how we make decisions to prioritize either time, money, or motivation. Understanding what is most important in our current situation helps us to decide what approach will result in the most effective outcomes. 

I no longer measure value strictly in terms of time or money. Instead, I look for the tangible outcomes of my daily actions. The 100 Day Home Organization Program is priced at 10% of the cost of in-home professional organizers helping to declutter and organize an entire home. However, most of us do not value our time as much as we do our money. Committing financial resources to getting organized helps to motivate people to engage in the 15 minute a day tasks of the 100 Day Program, and actually achieve a transformation of their homes and lives. 

Which of your goals are worth an investment of your time, money, and motivation in the next four months?

Aug 13, 2021
ReAir 193 - Creating Afternoon & Evening Routines
25:49

The #ThrowbackThursday podcast this week is Episode # 193 - Creating Afternoon and Evening Routines.

We hear A LOT of people talk about their morning routines. (I shared details about my morning routine last week.) It’s also quite common to hear about evening routines. But, I think I’ve hardly ever heard anyone talk about afternoon routines.

I’m going to change that because for me, my afternoon routine... or rather, my after-school/after-work routine... is really key to my productivity. So, listen in as I dive into my afternoon and my evening routine.

Aug 12, 2021
Coffee Chat - All About the 100 Day Program
27:19
Aug 10, 2021
431 - Book: Million Dollar Habits
06:45

Brian Tracy | Million Dollar Habits | Book review by Lisa Woodruff | Organize 365

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In August, in my book reviews, I focus on different books on habits. I share many of the habits I have built over the years and the lessons I have learned as I have worked on this life skill. These are the books that have helped me develop better, more productive, more positive, more proactive habits.

This week’s habit focused book review is for Million Dollar Habits: Proven Power Practices to Double and Triple Your Income by Brian Tracy. This book is a single source for all different kinds of information about habit change from all kinds of great teachers over the last 40 years. This book focuses more on the inner work that happens inside of your head as you create habits. Success is a lifelong journey, and I think this is a great book to guide you along the way!

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Aug 09, 2021
430 - Literature Review & Discussion - The Role Women Play in the 21st Century Home and Gender Equity
01:04:26

Today, I am bringing back the Organize 365 lead researcher, Sarah Dyson. We are sharing about our soon to be published literature review scheduled to be in the The Journal of the Arkansas Psychological Association

We share how we needed to define a shared language in order to collect data and discuss solutions. The submitted article is titled The Role Women play in the 21st Century Home and Gender Equality- A State of the Art Literature Review. As soon as it is available, we will share a copy of the publication on our research page at organize365.com/research.

My initial hypothesis was that women were doing more work at home than men. Interestingly, those are not the results of our research! Members of younger generations share housework far more equitably than we expected. Gender roles have changed and we need solutions for all genders, all age groups, and all types of households. Organize 365® is adjusting based on this information. 

The literature review covers four major topics in the home: cueing and goal attainment, gender roles, female entrepreneurship, and future research. Listen in for a sneak preview of all these topics.

Aug 06, 2021
ReAir 192 - Morning Routines For The Modern Day Woman
36:55

In August, our #ThrowbackThursday podcasts will focus on building good routines. This will be especially important in fall as we try to figure out how to be productive and functional in our new normal.
 
This week, we feature Podcast Episode # 192 - Morning Routines for the Modern Day Woman. In this week’s podcast episode, I talk all about productivity and morning routines.
 
You’ll discover why my morning routine is different than everyone else’s and why I make no apologies for that! Setting up routines that you can run on auto-pilot will minimize the number of decisions you need to make and significantly reduces decision fatigue. It's amazing the difference a well-planned morning routine can make!

Aug 05, 2021
Transformation with Adrienne W.
47:37

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 am sharing my interview with Adrienne W. She lives with her husband and 2 kids under 5 years old and she works as a teacher. She shares about getting her home organized has given her control over the whole household. She also shares her tip for using her Sunday Basket® to improve communication with her husband. I hope you enjoy her story as much 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!

Aug 04, 2021
429 - Book: High Performance Habits
07:53

Brendon Burchard | High Performance Habits | Book review by Lisa Woodruff | Organize 365

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In August, in my book reviews, I focus on different books on habits. I share many of the habits I have built over years and the lessons I have learned as I have worked on this life skill. These are the books that have helped me develop better, more productive, more positive, more proactive habits.

The first book review on habits is for High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way by Brendon Burchard and Hay House. The book helped me to build a habit of Prolific Quality Output (PQO) where I focus on creating a LOT of quality content which has helped move the needle in my business and life. The book looks at major companies that have found success using this model  and I share some of them in the video.

The second major habit change I learned from this book is progressive mastery. Brendon details the 10 steps and I share how I applied these principles inside of Organize 365. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

You can also watch this as a video review on YouTube

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Aug 02, 2021
428 - Defining Housework Part 4 - Maintenance
23:46

Learn more at organize365.com/podcast/defining-housework-maintenance

In November of 2020, I did a two part podcast on the four kinds of work in business (361 & 362). It turns out, there are also four kinds of housework, and I introduced these in Podcast 418. There are many of these business concepts that also equate to our homes, we just don’t think of running our household like it is a business. We hear a lot about work/life balance as though these are two separate ways of getting things done. There are so many parallels between your day job and your home job. 

A few podcasts ago, I shared that Organize 365 is pursuing research about organization. One of the first challenges we faced is that we do not have a common vocabulary around work inside the house like we have for work in the workplace. As part of our research, we needed to define the words we were using in the survey questions. That meant, we needed to define housework. This is the final episode of a four part series that defines and explains the different kinds of work we all do inside of our homes. 

Today, I am sharing some details about the fourth kind of housework - maintenance. Home maintenance tasks are the tasks that the owner of the property is responsible for in order to increase the value of the home. This includes things like painting, updating flooring, replacing HVAC units, and purchasing a new roof. It is technically optional, but it is in the best interest of the property owner to keep the maintenance up to date. It is an investment the owner makes to protect the value of the property. Maintenance can be done directly by the owner, or it can be done indirectly by hired help. Renters have very little, if any, maintenance expenses and responsibilities. 

In the most recent research, Organize 365® discovered two important things. Home maintenance is the kind of housework where external help is most often hired by the homeowner. Home maintenance is also the only category of housework that is most often completed by men. 

When Greg and I first purchased our home, my dad taught me a very important lesson. His advice was to make any desired improvements to our home as soon as possible, so we would get the most enjoyment from our purchase. He was so right!

I also remember my aunt recommending an annual home maintenance budget of 5% of the value of the home. That is a lot of money. You may not spend the whole amount every year, but larger expenses can use up several years worth of the budget. 

If you own your home, I want you to think about being the landlord of your home. This will help you determine what maintenance tasks are most important. The Organize 365® Household Reference Binder is helpful in keeping track of your maintenance needs and documentation that the necessary tasks have been completed. Having an organized system for my documents and information has helped me to make decisions about when to replace and when to fix certain appliances. I can also better predict my maintenance expenses because all of my papers are easily accessible and organized. 

I hope that you find these descriptions of housework helpful and I want you to think about how you can become more efficient with your housework to do the work you are uniquely created to do!

Jul 30, 2021
ReAir 165 - The Power of When - Book Review
41:19
The Organize 365 #ThrowbackThursday podcast this week is Episode # 165 - Book Review: The Power of When.
 
The Power of When by Dr. Michael Breus divides people into four chronotypes - bears, lions, dolphins, and wolves. Based on the type of brain and body you have, this book helps you to understand the best and worst times for different life activities. I share how I have used this to better understand my family and the Organize 365 Dream Team. What's your type?
Jul 29, 2021
Transformation with Lisa F.
45:30

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 am sharing my interview with Lisa F. She lives with her husband, three kids, and a whole bunch of animals. She shares so much about how she has slowly increased her organization over the last few years. Lisa found Lisa from podcasts, and has consistently worked to transform her home, her family, and her life!  I hope you enjoy her story as much 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!

Jul 28, 2021
427 - Book: The Martha Rules
04:56

Martha Stewart | The Martha Rules | Book review by Lisa Woodruff | Organize 365

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. On the last Monday of every month, my book review will highlight a female founder or business owner. Most of these women started a company from their homes with less than $10,000.

The July Female Founder book review is The Martha Rules: 10 Essentials for Achieving Success as You Start, Build, or Manage a Business by Martha Stewart. I am fascinated by Martha Stewart - her life, her drive, her ability to function without sleep. Her business prowess and the growth of her business over time is amazing. She wrote this book after her incarceration and shared some of what she learned from the other women who she met in prison. The book details 10 rules of things you need to grow a business, and I was inspired to find out that many of them were things I was already doing. I share a few of my favorite rules on the video - don’t miss them!

You can also watch this as a video review on YouTube

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Jul 26, 2021
426 - Defining Housework Part 3 - Organization
45:46

Learn more at organize365.com/podcast/defining-housework-organization

In November of 2020, I did a two part podcast on the four kinds of work in business (361 & 362). It turns out, there are also four kinds of housework, and I introduced these in Podcast 418. There are many of these business concepts that also equate to our homes, we just don’t think of running our household like it is a business. We hear a lot about work/life balance as though these are two separate ways of getting things done. There are so many parallels between your day job and your home job. 

A few podcasts ago, I shared that Organize 365 is pursuing research about organization. One of the first challenges we faced is that we do not have a common vocabulary around work inside the house like we have for work in the workplace. As part of our research, we needed to define the words we were using in the survey questions. That meant, we needed to define housework. This is the third of a four part series that defines and explains the different kinds of work we all do inside of our homes. 

Today, I am sharing some details about the third kind of housework - organization. Organizing is a completely optional kind of work you do inside of your home. However, organization really impacts our overall sense of well-being. Using Stephen Covey’s matrix, organizing is important, but not urgent. 

As I share in Organization is a Learnable Skill, I first started getting organized with my Sunday Basket®. This weekly review of all of my commitments helped me to move from reactive to proactive by considering what was truly urgent and important in my life. The Sunday Basket® also helps to clarify thinking about what to-do items have significance. Significance, as Rory Vaden explains it, is about the future impact of decisions. You can hear more in podcast episode 386 and on my YouTube book review

Organization tasks keep the home decluttered, organized, and productive. An organized home is one where each item has a place to be, gets put away in that place, and can be found in its designated place. Organization is an investment of time today for exponentially more time in the future. 

In this podcast, I also share a ton of findings from the recent Organize 365® research. Learn how many Americans feel organized at home and what keeps them from achieving their organizational goals. I also share the different ways men and women feel when a home is finally organized - listen in to hear which group is relaxed and which is relieved!

Jul 23, 2021
ReAir 306 - How Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Applies to Your Organizing Journey
30:05
The #ThrowbackThursday podcast for this week is Episode 306 - How Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Applies to Your Organizing Journey.
 
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory looks at different kinds of human needs as a pyramid, and I have found benefit from spending extra time and energy on each level at different times in my life.
 
Applying Maslow’s hierarchy in the podcast, I explain and apply the 5 levels of human needs to different phases of the year and unexpected events. I explain how these different kinds of needs change as our lives cycle through different seasons. I want to help you spend more time in the highest levels so that you can live out your unique gift and share it with the world.
Jul 22, 2021
Transformation with Sheila M.
36:23

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 am sharing my interview with Sheila M. She has been through the 100 Day Program nine times already! She lives with her husband and two sons. Listen in to hear how she has gotten control of her paper and is ready to take on her newest life event - retirement! I hope you enjoy her story as much 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!

Jul 21, 2021
425 - Book: Small Giants
09:21

Bo Burlingham | Small Giants | Book review by Lisa Woodruff | Organize 365

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In July, I will review books that discuss the nuts and bolts of building a business. I also share some of the mentors I have chosen as I grow my own small business. Some of the books are from other business founders.  

This week, I am reviewing Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big by Bo Burlingham. This is my favorite business book from 2019. I started Organize 365 in 2012, and I was looking for information for building a small business that was independent and would not be sold out to a bigger company. Small Giants perfectly addressed the kind of business I was focusing on growing and helped me to set my own principles about how I would run Organize 365. I share some of those in the video. I had models for this style of a Small Giant business in my own life and I share how these have shaped my vision for Organize 365.

You can also watch this as a video review on YouTube

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Jul 19, 2021
424 - Defining Housework Part 2 - Tasks of Daily Living
34:24

In November of 2020, I did a two part podcast on the four kinds of work in business (361 & 362). It turns out, there are also four kinds of housework, and I introduced these in Podcast 418. There are many of these business concepts that also equate to our homes, we just don’t think of running our household like it is a business. We hear a lot about work/life balance as though these are two separate ways of getting things done. There are so many parallels between your day job and your home job. 

A few podcasts ago, I shared that Organize 365 is pursuing research about organization. One of the first challenges we faced is that we do not have a common vocabulary around work inside the house like we have for work in the workplace. As part of our research, we needed to define the words we were using in the survey questions. That meant, we needed to define housework. This is the second of a four part series that defines and explains the different kinds of work we all have to do inside of our homes. 

Today, I am sharing some details about a second kind of housework, tasks of daily living. This type of housework is a set of skills we all need to do or have done for us for our survival. Tasks of daily living are related to the Social Security Disability definition of disability and include things like grooming, grocery shopping and meal preparation, transportation, and paying bills. Some transitional high schools offer training in these skills through Project search and other programs. 

Tasks of daily living follow the individual. In college, as a new parent, and as a grandparent, you will always have to feed yourself and do laundry. Conversely, the amount of cleaning likely went up and down depending on your stage of life. However, once you share a home with another person, you begin to negotiate to divide and conquer the tasks for convenience and productivity. Generally, these tasks become consolidated as the responsibility for the person who is home more often. 

Tasks of daily living are the hardest and most expensive to delegate. Some small portions of them can be outsourced, but it is not convenient to have help with these items. Most of those surveyed reported they did their own tasks of daily living. In the study, we also asked what the major barriers to doing these tasks were, and most of the general population reported a lack of motivation or being too tired. See more about the research at organize365.com/research.

The major solution to keeping your tasks of daily living organized and getting them completed proactively is the Sunday Basket®. You need to create better systems, better habits, and reduce your expectations!  

Jul 16, 2021
ReAir 221 - How the 100 Day Program is Like Montessori Learning
33:17

This week our #ThrowbackThursday Podcast is Episode 221 - How the 100 Day Program is like Montessori Learning.

On the podcast, I share an email that I received from Marcy who likened my methods to the classical model for education (the grammar, dialectic and rhetoric stage). Marcy made so many great points and this intrigued me as it’s not something I was aware I was doing.

This got me thinking about Montessori teaching methods, something that I’m very familiar with having worked as a Montessori teacher. In a Montessori classroom, students are grouped by age groupings, the curriculum is repeated at different levels, and the learning is applicable to the real world.

This is very similar to how I teach in the podcast. I am very thoughtful about what I teach and when. I want to meet you where you are. In the 100 Day Home Organization Program, I take you through your home in repeated cycles and you work through the steps of declutter, organize, and increase productivity. Listen in to hear all of the details!

Jul 15, 2021
Transformation with Lori W.
45:55

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 am sharing my interview with Lori W. She lives alone with her rescue chihuahua and does not have any children. She shares how she is downsizing her paper and clutter collections while caregiving for family members. Lori also shares how The Paper Solution has been helpful in her journey. I hope you enjoy her story as much 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!

Jul 14, 2021
423 - Book: Small Business Life Cycle
07:07

Charlie Gilkey | The Small Business Cycle | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff of Organize 365

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In July, I will review books that discuss the nuts and bolts of building a business. I also share some of the mentors I have chosen as I grow my own small business. Some of the books are from other business founders.  

This week I am reviewing The Small Business Life Cycle: The No-Fluff Guide to Navigating the Five Stages of Small Business Growth by Charlie Gilkey.

I bought this book when I wanted to learn about the different stages of a small business, and how to effectively move from one to the next.

This book walks through five simple stages in small business. I share some of the ways this book helped me navigate these challenges in 2018 and 2019 when I kept chasing my tail fixing new problems and feeling like I was not making traction.

This book also helped me to understand how to transition from riding a rocket ship solo to managing a team and creating for long term stability. 

You can also watch this as a video review on YouTube

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If you are interested in trying Audible for audiobooks, you can get a free trial with my affiliate link.

Jul 12, 2021
422 - Defining Housework Part 1 - Cleaning
40:27

In November of 2020, I did a two part podcast on the four kinds of work in business (361 & 362). It turns out, there are also four kinds of housework, and I introduced these in Podcast 418. There are many of these business concepts that also equate to our homes, we just don’t think of running our household like it is a business. We hear a lot about work/life balance as though these are two separate ways of getting things done. There are so many parallels between your day job and your home job. 

A few podcasts ago, I shared that Organize 365 is pursuing research about organization. One of the first challenges we faced is that we do not have a common vocabulary around work inside the house like we have for work in the workplace. As part of our research, we needed to define the words we were using in the survey questions. That meant, we needed to define housework. This is the first of a four part series that defines and explains the different kinds of work we all have to do inside of our homes. 

Today, I want to explain the first kind of housework - cleaning. This is a type of housework that we all think about when we consider housework. But, we rarely agree on exactly what “clean” looks like. I define cleaning as anything that a cleaning company would do inside your house. There is a level of cleanliness that is necessary for health. Cleaning will always cost you time, and sometimes it can cost you money. Regardless, someone is responsible for the level of cleanliness and the frequency of cleaning in your home. Setting rules for cleaning, determining an action plan, and establishing habits of actually cleaning will help you ensure this kind of housework gets done. 

Remember to find more at organize365.com/research

Jul 09, 2021
ReAir 206 - The Difference Between Excellence and Perfection
23:20
This week our #ThrowbackThursday Podcast is Episode 206 - The Difference Between Excellence and Perfection.
 
I don’t think perfection is something to be idolized. I’m very goal orientated but I’m not a perfectionist, although I have lots of goals that I want to accomplish. I’m definitely a woman of excellence. I try to be excellent in everything I do, but I don’t strive for perfection. Excellence is taking the next step. It’s not about having a perfect outcome. It’s just looking at the next step that needs to be done, taking the action, then figuring out what the next step is. I want you to start thinking about the different feelings you have when acting in a perfect way or acting in excellence.
Jul 08, 2021
Transformation with Jacqui I
52:08

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 am sharing my interview with Jacqui I. She lives with her husband and adult son, but has also been responsible for her aging parents and their estate. Listen in to hear how getting organized has helped her cope with the emotional rollercoaster of some unexpected events over the last year. I hope you enjoy her story as much 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!

Jul 07, 2021
421 - Book: Traction
07:08

Gino Wickman | Traction | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff of Organize 365

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In July, I will review books that discuss the nuts and bolts of building a business. I also share some of the mentors I have chosen as I grow my own small business. Some of the books are from other business founders.

First in our business series are Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman and Get A Grip: How to Get Everything You Want from Your Entrepreneurial Business by Gino Wickman and Mike Paton. 

As an entrepreneur, I am always looking for frameworks for my business and trying to grow myself as a leader. There is no road map for transitioning from a solo-preneur to having employees. The Traction model has 6 cogs in a wheel that work together to ensure a business has traction in growth and income. In the video, I share each of these six core ideas and how they apply to the Organize 365 Dream Team. 

There are four books in this series, and I have read and benefitted from all of them. I share how each of them has helped me to be a more effective business owner, and even some of my own mistakes and challenges in the video. 

You can also watch this as a video review on YouTube

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If you are interested in trying Audible for audiobooks, you can get a free trial with my affiliate link.

Jul 05, 2021
420 - The Weight of Paper in America
22:24

I want to talk with you about the Weight of Paper in American Households. I began talking about paper in 2012, when I shared a DIY version of the Sunday Basket® that transformed my paper organization at home. At that point, I had been using my own Sunday Basket® for ten years. I began using this paper organization system when I had two kids under two years old, and I needed a way to get my actionable to-do’s actually accomplished. I needed a way to manage the mail, the kitchen counter piles, and the kids paperwork. Looking at random papers all over the house kept me reactive, and I wanted to be more proactive and effective when managing my home. 

I learned to delay the things that initially seemed urgent and important to one day a week. By developing the system of giving these things regular attention on Sunday, I was able to have more weekday time to run my direct sales business, be a stay at home mom, and manage our house too. 

This system results in an immediate change, and over time (usually about six weeks) the habit of addressing all of your paper weekly will give you back five hours every week. There was a long time when people believed they didn’t have or need paper, and there has been an expectation of a paperless society. 

In early 2021, Organize 365 sponsored research about the State of the Household in the 21st Century. As part of that survey, I wanted to learn more about how different generations were dealing with their paper. In today’s podcast, I share the outcomes of the research we did on the weight of paper in the American home. For the purpose of this study, the Sunday Basket® refers to a safe holding place for all of your actionable papers, ongoing household projects, kitchen counter piles, and to-do items. 

Here are the main findings I want to share with you today: 

  • Both men and women agreed the Sunday Basket® would be a useful solution for five different kinds of paper clutter: mental piles, kitchen counter piles, unfinished project papers, unorganized reference papers, and important papers. 
  • The same research subjects also agreed that the four main binders offered by Organize 365 would be a useful solution for finding their important reference papers. 

 

  • 84% of Americans believe that organization is a learnable skill!

 

It is so exciting to have the statistical, quantitative research done to back what I have known for years. As a result of this research, I have more information to give you better resources to help YOU get organized!

Jul 02, 2021
ReAir 210 - Changing Your Focus From Money To Time
58:20
The Organize 365 #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode 210 - Changing Your Focus from Money to Time.
 
Are you having trouble changing your focus from money to time? I want you to start valuing and looking at your time differently. Who you spend your time with, what you spend your time on, and how you want to spend your time in the future.
 
In today’s podcast, I am answering the question, “How did I purposefully create the Organize 365 business and organized life that I am living right now?”
 
It is true. I am fulfilled, satisfied, and debt free, but it hasn’t always been like this. It has been a journey. For me, the change came when I hit 40. I think milestone birthdays are like a window of opportunity to think about how we spend our time and money, and to make shifts to propel us through the next decade.
Jul 01, 2021
Embrace Interview with Beth Guckenberger
01:10:53

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 am sharing my interview with Beth Guckenberger. I shared this interview as part of Embrace last weekend. Beth and her husband have 11 children (biological, foster, and adopted). Together, they are the executive directors of Back2Back Ministries. During the interview, she shares how she uses note cards to stay organized and dream. I hope you enjoy her story as much 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!

Jun 30, 2021
Coffee Chat - Back to School Blitz Starts Next Week!
04:25
Jun 29, 2021
419 - Book: Riding HIgh
03:07

Ruth Zukerman | Riding High | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff of Organize 365

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. On the last Monday of every month, my book review will highlight a female founder or business owner. Most of these women started a company from their homes with less than $10,000.

This week I am reviewing Riding High: How I Kissed SoulCycle Goodbye, Co-Founded Flywheel, and Built the Life I Always Wanted by Ruth Zukerman. Ruth is the founder of both SoulCycle and Flywheel. I love listening to all different kinds of female founders no matter what industry they are in. Many of the female entrepreneurial stories where the women are trying to juggle their business, family, and #allthethings​. Along the way they break, and then find their passion when they start over again. This story also includes how one particular woman left her own business and moved onto the next. There is so much that is interesting in this book, I highly recommend it. 

You can also watch this as a video review on YouTube

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Jun 28, 2021
418 - The State of the American Home Survey with Sarah Dyson
43:39

Today, I am excited to announce our very special guest, Sarah Dyson, PhD. I want to introduce you to Sarah who is our new lead researcher here at Organize 365. She is the reason we have been able to launch our research efforts. Sarah has been a listener since 2014 and she has done the 100 Day Program and uses several Friday Workboxes

Sarah is passionate about research because, as she explains, it can be used to find evidence and data to solve almost any problem. After Episode 365, she reached out to Lisa to offer her services and experience to assist Organize 365 to conduct empirical research to prove that the Organize 365 systems work. She has helped us pivot from business research to real, rigorous, significant, academic research.

As Lisa explains, Organize 365 has a great foundation and is building the systems to support what is coming, but we definitely need the help of our audience and supporters to bring our mission and vision to life. Sarah is one of many people who have stepped up to join us - and there’s always room for more!

Sarah and Lisa share about the IRB, literature review, survey construction, and some specific definitions we used in the research. One of the most mind blowing things is that there are no standard definitions of “housework” in the US. Sarah and I talk about four major kinds of housework that we focused on in this first research study - cleaning, maintenance, tasks of daily living, and organization were all defined and studied separately. We also talk quite a bit about how gender roles, depression, and anxiety all play into how we deal with housework.

For more information on the Organize 365 research - check out organize365.com/research

Jun 25, 2021
ReAir 261 - My Personal 7 Year Transformation
58:45
This week's #ThrowbackThursday podcast is Episode 261 - My Personal 7 Year Transformation.
 
This podcast published in January 2019, but still has relevant topics today. It was a reflection on 7 years as the founder and CEO of Organize 365. But, I also include reflections on my growth and transformation as an individual person. I also include some of the struggles I faced and the things I've learned along the way.
Jun 24, 2021
Transformation with Lizzie D
42:19

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 am speaking with Lizzie D. She lives with her husband, their 4 year old son, 2 year old daughter, and a dog. Her husband works at home, and she works full time outside of their home. She felt like a “bad adult” for a long time, but found success with the Sunday Basket® and was able to gain capacity to tackle the 100 Days. She’s a recovering perfectionist and doing such a good job!  I hope you enjoy her story as much 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!

Jun 23, 2021
417 - Book: The Slight Edge
06:13

Jeff Olson  | The Slight Edge  | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff of Organize 365

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In June, I will share different books on mindset, and I again share how my own thinking has been influenced and even changed for the better by these new ideas.

This week I am reviewing The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson. This book was written in 2011 and it totally changed my life. It is about making the teeniest tiniest little changes consistently over time and how they get magnified as you go on. He recommends to not take the easy way out and I show the diagram in the video to show how this leads to change in the long run. What you do today and every day matters. Read this book and see how you can use tiny changes to create the life you want for yourself. 

You can also watch this as a video review on YouTube

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If you are interested in trying Audible for audiobooks, you can get a free trial with my affiliate link.

Jun 21, 2021
416 - Setting Up a Household Home Office
19:36

Today, I want to share with you about my new CEO home office. I’ll be sharing the video of this process in the 100 Day Home Organization Program Facebook Group. 

I share my dream home office, command center, launch pad - a place where everything I want is readily accessible in one space. I want a place to run my household - a dedicated space separate from the planning desk typically found in the kitchen. I have always wanted a place to have to plan and direct everything that happens in my household - a place for my Sunday Basket®, bill paying, processing paper, planning meals, crafting, and mending not related to income producing work. 

I’m definitely not moving to a new home, and our family is changing. But, I’ve been dreaming about changes we can make to our home right now. In the podcast, I tell you about some changes I want to make to our storage spaces and how I’ll move those things into our actual living spaces to enjoy. I also will share how I am planning to update some other rooms to make them more functional. I am planning for about the next three years or so.

I share my thoughts about how I am analyzing how we use our space, the way our family and home is changing, and how I can adapt to the life we are living. In this season of life, becoming a grandma, owning a business, traveling for the book tour, and simplifying, I want you to understand how I think about adapting our living space, so you can figure out how to best use your home. Be sure to check out the video if you’re a member of the 100 Day Facebook Group!

Jun 18, 2021
ReAir 130 - The 3 Stages of Parenting
29:13

This week's #ThrowbackThursday pocast is Episode 130 - The Three Stages of Parenting. 

In this podcast, I share with you three different phases of parenting (for most children). 

Parenting Stage 1: 0-6 years old – You Do It All

Parenting Stage 2: 7-12 years old – You Do It Together

Parenting Stage 3: 13+ years old – Guidance & Support

Just as there are 4 phases of life that I identified in my book The Mindset of Organization, these 3 phases of parenting all need different organization as well. The more you understand where you are in life, the more successful you will be at finding and implementing the organization you need to make your life function better.

Jun 17, 2021
Transformation with Annie S
35:51

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 am speaking with Annie S. She lives with her husband and 3 of her 4 sons. She’s gone from stress and anxiety to joy and confidence. She shares how she left Marie Kondo for Lisa’s message of grace and letting go of perfection. I hope you enjoy her story as much 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!

Jun 16, 2021
415 - Book: Playing Big
03:53

Tara Mohr | Playing Big | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In June, I will share different books on mindset, and I again share how my own thinking has been influenced and even changed for the better by these new ideas.

This week, I am reviewing Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead by Tara Mohr. I listened to this book in the car, and it felt like I was sitting with a friend who was one step ahead of me who shared her insights and wisdom on how she made it. 

So much of my own self improvement and self development is about goal setting. This book takes a radically different approach. It helped me think through and figure out what I was uniquely created to do and to play big in the world. Initially, it was intimidating to take on the responsibility to live out my purpose. She helped me figure out my limiting beliefs and my inner critic so that I could change my mindset. So much of what happens in my life is happening between my two ears. It helped me to think differently and to think bigger thoughts. It helped me to change my thoughts from a position of power.

You can also watch this as a video review on YouTube

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If you are interested in trying Audible for audiobooks, you can get a free trial with my affiliate link.

Jun 14, 2021
414 - The 4 Phases of Pandemic Life
29:40

Today, I want to spend some time reflecting on the COVID -19 pandemic and share some thoughts that a member of this community shared with me. In many ways, getting through the pandemic of the last year and a half is mirrored in the four life phases I teach you about in The Mindset of Organization.

Although we each had unique experiences over the last 18 months, we all experienced the pandemic together, and looking at how these phases of life are applicable to life events can help us to figure out how to get organized when we face unexpected events.

The four phases of life each require different organizational needs. This means, you may be organized in one phase, but struggle in another. There are different kinds of organization you’ll learn throughout your life, and organization is a learnable skill - you can figure out how to be organized in any phase or unexpected event in your life. 

Childhood - birth to 21

Children learn organizational skills on a micro level during childhood. Everything is in one location, they are generally responsible for only a small area like a mini-apartment, and there is a weekly rhythm that helps instill the skills of getting and maintaining organization.

Pandemic - In the first few weeks of the pandemic, we were safe at home for a short term (at least that was the expectation), we had a focus on fun, learning new things, and having a dedicated time to make progress. However, this time passed very quickly, and often whole families were home together and had to rapidly figure out how to balance work, school, and continuously sharing a space. 

Accumulation - moving out of your childhood home until 39 years old

As soon as you leave your parents’ home, you begin acquiring the “stuff” of adulthood and have responsibilities for the whole home. There is also mental, emotional, and educational accumulations of relationships, schooling, and career paths.

Pandemic - Generations continue to be cyclical, and the minimalism peak of 2000 has reversed course and we are headed back towards maximizing. The toilet paper shortages, need for cleaners and disinfectants, and supply chain issues will likely continue to remind people they are no longer able to have what they want as soon as they want it. One solution is to set up storage areas in the home to maintain a little bit more supply or stock on hand. 

Survival - Generally 40-55 years old

As women approach their 40th birthday, there is a mindset shift when they are more comfortable in their own skin and stop caring about what others think. There is also a general acceptance of what and who we are, so people begin to declutter stuff, aspirational expectations, and jobs. By 40, you are truly a “grown up” and feel the responsibility of being an adult. For many of us, our time is not our own and we are sandwiched between elders, children, and our community and work commitments. 

Pandemic - First, I know we did not all survive the pandemic intact. There have been losses of businesses, income, jobs, homes, health and even lives. Those of us who are surviving have been impacted by this difficult, scary, and exhausting time. The greater world is not done with the pandemic, and the results of this worldwide event will be felt for years to come. 

Legacy & Downsizing - 55 and over

Although this generally occurs around the age of 55, moving into a focus on legacy and downsizing is greatly impacted by our life events. I’m becoming a grandma! I have also lost a parent. The lessons we learn about how short life can be, the burdens of leaving too much stuff for others to deal with, and a fatigue that encourages us to minimize our responsibilities are all part of this phase. There can also be an element of wanting to enjoy the reminders of our success and achievements.

Pandemic - For those of us who have survived the pandemic and are beginning to look to the future, we need to look clearly at what our lives will look like going forward. Some people are downsizing habits and routines for a simpler life. Others are making time and space to do more of what has been missed over the last year. 

Tomorrow has never been guaranteed, but the pandemic has given us a renewed appreciation for our opportunities. Give grace, accept grace, and spend time with the people you love when you can!

Jun 11, 2021
ReAir 291 - Kids: Saturday Organization, Sunday Planning
19:04
The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast Episode this week is # 291 - Kids Saturday Organization and Sunday Planning.
 
I want your kid(s) to feel empowered – to feel like they have the skills and tools to keep their home life and school life organized. I want you to feel confident knowing you are raising kids who will one day be responsible, independent adults. This program is designed to give your kids the SKILLS they need to get and stay organized. This week, I talk with you and your kids about Saturday Organization and Sunday Planning.
 
You can learn more about the Kids' Program at organize365.com/kids
Jun 10, 2021
Transformation with Jennifer V
26:40

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 am speaking with Jennifer V. She lives at home with her husband and daughter. She shares about how Lisa is helping her in the survival phase of the sandwich generation, and how she benefitted from upgrading to a real Sunday Basket®. I hope you enjoy her story as much 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!

Jun 09, 2021
Coffee Chat - New Productivity Products
09:08
Jun 08, 2021
413 - Book: The Big Leap
04:43

Gay Hendricks | The Big Leap | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In June, I will share different books on mindset, and I again share how my own thinking has been influenced and even changed for the better by these new ideas.

This week, I review The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks. I listened to this book twice in 2016 because it had such a profound effect on me. Gay talks about our mindset having an internal thermostat that limits how much success and happiness we allow ourselves to feel. I found this to be true about my own dealing with credit card debt. Gay shares how he was able to adjust his own level of happiness and how to remove the blocks and beliefs that get in your way to being happier. 

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.

Jun 07, 2021
412 - #Adulting with Milana - Life Skills Bundle
58:57

I am excited to have Milana back on the podcast today as our guest. She was our summer intern in 2020, and she’s back to talk with me today about #adulting. She was able to go through our Launch Program (a part of the Organize 365 Kids’ Program) to give us feedback.

Today, we are talking about the Launching Life Skills Bundle - now available in the Organize 365 Shop! Launch is aimed at helping older kids and young adults from 16-25 transition from living at home with parents to launching into independence. The Launching Life Skills Bundle includes

  • The Videos from the Launch portion of the Kids’ Program 
  • A starter Sunday Basket® - just the 1.0 weekly folders
  • The Launch Binder - a simplified personal reference binder with slash pockets and printables covering green (money), red (medical), and blue (housing, cleaning, and wardrobe)

Lisa and Milana share how this course gives you everything you need to be an adult and teaches life skills for independent living. These are resources and references for 16-25 year olds to learn the skills of adult living including meal planning, cleaning, basic budgeting, paper management and reference information, and more!

 

If you have a young adult in your life you’d like to gift lessons in the skills of organization and empowerment towards becoming an adult, consider this complete system!

Jun 04, 2021
ReAir 287 - Kids: 4 Phases of a Kid's Life
25:09

The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode #287 - Kids: 4 Phases of a Kid's Life

In this podcast, I share the 4 different phases of a kid's life and how the Organize 365 Kids' Program is set up. I teach you about the phases of organization you progress through as a child. I describe and define the phases - Littles, Learn part 1, Learn part 2, and Launch.

To learn more about the Kids' Program check us out at organize365.com/kids

Jun 03, 2021
Transformation with Ami W
45:15

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 Ami W. She lives with her husband, daughter (8) and son (5) who joined their family via foster to adopt in 2018. Ami was diagnosed with ADHD about a year ago at the age of 44. She’s also caring for her father in hospice care and has been helping him to downsize and declutter. 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!

Jun 02, 2021
411 - Book: Living Room to Boardroom
02:25

Corinne McCormack | From Living Room to Boardroom | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. On the last Monday of every month, my book review will highlight a female founder or business owner. Most of these women started a company from their homes with less than $10,000. 

This week, I am reviewing From Living Room to Boardroom: How I Launched and Sold a Multi-million Dollar Business by Corinne McCormack. This was such a fun and quick read for me. I devoured it in one weekend. I love how Corrine saw there was a market and started a company to fill the need. She shares some of her financial milestones which I really appreciate and each chapter ends with a question to apply to your own business.

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.

May 31, 2021
410 - Organization is a Learnable Skill Chapter 1
01:07:03

You guys, it’s finally here! My newest book - Organization is a Learnable Skill is available for pre-order on Amazon. It officially publishes on June 25, 2021. Listen in to hear about purchase and pre-order bonuses!

Today, I want to share Chapter 1 from the book as a podcast. Remember, if you preorder, you can listen to the audio version of this book on a website up until the book launch. 

This chapter reveals just how reactive and disorganized my life had become, and how much I was struggling in my own life. It is not a matter of if you will experience unorganized periods in your life, it is a matter of when. My relatable story will have you laughing out loud and emotionally releasing the clutter that you have in your life and in your home.

Unlike my previously actionable and tactical books, this book is my story. This is my personal memoir. I share my raw and unfiltered thoughts and I take you along on my transformational journey as I transitioned from a reactive person who moved with the ebbs and flows of life to the proactive person I am today. I share the mindsets and emotional challenges that I experienced during the year that I reclaimed my home.

And, I hope to see you on the book tour in July and August!!! All of the details can be found at organize365.com/booktour (please note tickets MUST be purchased in advance and are limited). 

May 28, 2021
ReAir 267 - Warrior Mamas Monique & Lisa
56:36

The #ThrowbackThursday podcast this week is Episode # 267 - Warrior Mamas with Monique Horb. I

n today’s episode, I’m talking to the mamas out there, or anyone that cares for children. I call myself a Warrior Mama, and on today’s episode, I invited a fellow Warrior Mama (and professional organizer) on to talk about what that looks like, and the tools that helped both of us navigate this journey.

In this podcast, we introduce The Warrior Mama Binder. The Warrior Mama Binder gives you confidence and makes you appear more legitimate in your opinions. While you know what’s right for your child just because you’re the parent, documentation can prove it.

Learn more at organize365.com/warrior-mama

May 27, 2021
Transformation with Leslie S
38:05

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 Leslie S. She has a husband and five children. Today, she’s sharing about her #decluttering2021 journey and progress! I hope you find her story 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!

May 26, 2021
Coffee Chat - NEW Organize 365 CALENDAR!
04:11
May 25, 2021
409 - Book: Fair Play
05:35

Eve Rodsky | Fair Play | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff of Organize 365

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In May, the Organize 365 book reviews will focus on estate planning and home organizing.

This week I am reviewing Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) by Eve Rodsky. This came out in the Fall of 2019 and I interviewed Eve on the Organize 365 Podcast in December 2019 (Episode 312). One of the things I struggled to articulate for years was the mental load I had as the female parent in our family with two kids. Women tend to do more physical in home care and tend to carry the mental load of caring for the home and family. In the book, she helps us identify the many parts of simple tasks like “making dinner” - the meal planning, the grocery shopping, the food preferences of each family member, the food preparation, and even the clean up after eating. 

Not only does this book make you think about the division of labor in your home and family, it explains how we unpack our feelings and better distribute the load. It helps us to level the playing field in our families. If you are looking for a solution to the problem of mental load, Eve has it for you.

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.

May 24, 2021
408 - New Book + July Book Tour Details
33:29
May 21, 2021
ReAir 231 - Creating Summer Routine Days
25:40

This week's #ThrowbackThursday Podcast is Episode # 231 - Creating Summer Routine Days.

Summer is my least productive season (and I’m a productivity NUT, so that’s saying a lot!). Things just don’t get done and, before you know it, the summer has ended and all you have to show for it is a great tan but not much else. When we go head first into summer without a second thought about routines or schedules, we often end up feeling bored because we don’t know what to do with our time.

I have five different routine days for the summer that I’d like to share with you in the podcast. This is going to be an exceptional summer unlike any other in our lives. Spend some time and energy thinking about your summer routine and start planning now.

May 20, 2021
Transformation with Mickela M
52:42

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 Mickela M. She lives at home with her (almost) high school aged daughter and her college aged son. She recently moved, has a family business, and has had both kids at home during the pandemic. Mickela shares her growth using the Friday Workbox (and Lisa shares a secret Workbox update!). I hope you find her story as inspiring as I do! 

Bonus - Hat tip to Mickela for the Stress vs. Chaos podcast topic last week!

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!

May 19, 2021
Coffee Chat - Monique & Lisa Certification Program
30:34
May 18, 2021
407 - Book: Organizing from the Inside Out
04:18

Julie Morgenstern | Organizing from the Inside Out | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In May, the Organize 365 book reviews will focus on estate planning and home organizing. This week I review Organizing From the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern.

This is the oldest organizing book I have in my personal library. Julie came out with this book back in 1998, but her principles stand the test of time. I read this book a few years before we adopted our two children, but I still remember Julie’s story of becoming a mom and feeling so disorganized. 

She applied her professional organizing strategies to her personal life. She followed the steps of analyze, strategize, and then attack the problem. I could not wait to be a mother, and I knew I would organize our diaper bag exactly the same way. I love that Julie has developed a framework to create a solution that can be taught and replicated in different spaces and life situations. 

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.

May 17, 2021
406 - Stress vs. Chaos
30:16

Today, I want to process through some observations for you about what I am expecting for the Summer of 2021. The pandemic continues to change, and we are starting to have updated recommendations and increasing freedom to do more once again. Almost all of us have something that the pandemic took from us, but getting back to our old “normal” brings up feelings of both stress and chaos. I actually expect that we will have at least two more years of life disruptions as a result of the pandemic. 

Stress is a constraint, but is also a force that causes change. Stress makes coal into diamonds. In our lives, stress can be what helps us prioritize the most important thing and eliminate everything else. 

Chaos, on the other hand, is a threat to our survival or resources. Chaos affects our needs, not our wants. It is panic inducing and fear provoking. Think back to the toilet paper shortages of the early lockdowns - that was chaos. 

I want to talk with you about how to apply these definitions to your upcoming summer so that you can use stress to maximize the good, and avoid chaos.

May 14, 2021
ReAir 230 - Setting Your Summer Goals
17:24

This week's #ThrowbackThursday podcast is Episode 230 - Setting Your Summer Goals.

I made the list of throwback podcasts at the beginning of they year, long before we knew there would be a global health crisis. Summer comes on so quickly, and we can miss our goals if we do not plan ahead. Plans will be much harder to make this year, but much of this advice from previous years still stands:

Summer is just around the corner and most of you are probably busy packing your suitcases and planning your summer vacation. It’s an exciting time of the year. I know I’m really looking forward to planning my summer and spending more time with my family.

Is it just me or does anyone else feel like summer is the dreamiest season of the year? Do you know what I mean? Things just seem to merge together and before you know it, you’re right back at the start of the school year again and you’ve no idea where the time went. Weird, right?

Let me share exactly how you can reach your summer goals.

May 13, 2021
Transformation with Amanda P
44:11

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 Amanda P. Amanda has been the podcast editor since the beginning of the Organize 365 Podcast. She also lives full time (and homeschools) in an RV with her husband, and 4 boys (14, 10, 7, and 5). She also has experienced some health challenges during her time with Organize 365. Amanda is sharing her lesson “that less stuff would make life feel lighter and more agile.” I hope you find her story as inspiring as I do! 

Amanda is currently taking new audio clients, and you can find her at https://thepelsersmedia.com/

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!

May 12, 2021
405 - Book: The Complete Executor's Guidebook
05:44

Benjamin H Berkley, Attorney at Law | The Complete Executor's Guidebook | Book Review by L. Woodruff

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In May, the Organize 365 book reviews will focus on estate planning and home organizing. This week I am reviewing The Complete Executor’s Guidebook by Benjamin H. Berkley. 

This book was my lifeline the year my father was sick, fell ill, and ultimately passed away. It answered a lot of the questions I had and helped me to organize my thoughts. There are a ton of checklists and some state specific information in this book. It is a great reference book to have in your home. 

I learned so much from this book that helped us settle our estate more easily and quickly than we might have otherwise have done. It helped me organize the paper and ask the right questions in order to make this process more efficient and to make progress. 

For more information on the binders I created to help you keep financial and medical paperwork organized, check out https://organize365.com/shop

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.

May 10, 2021
404 - My Next Life Stage & Unexpected Event
18:17

This is going to be a bit of a coffee chat style episode. I want to share about an unexpected event that is ushering in my next life stage.

I’m going to be a grandma! Abby is expecting her baby at the end of September. We are super excited about adding a little baby blessing to our lives!!!

I am still processing how this will affect all of us, but I am SO excited to be a grandma! Abby and the baby will be living with us. As many of you know, I have never been pregnant. And, I have never been a grandma before. I am saying yes to this whole new phase of all of our lives - I want to experience all of it and be there for everything. 

I have always seen Greg and myself as a mentor and coach for our kids. I want to be as present and supportive as possible as I help my kids reach adulthood, and beyond. We work together on critical thinking about why we do things, and this transition is no exception. 

So, in addition to sharing this amazing news today, I want to talk through how our family is planning for this change in our lives - especially with a little baby in the house. I am adapting the book tour. I am thinking through how we will support Abby and the baby as they transition to their next phases of life. And, we are reorganizing our house as we will now have three generations living under the same roof. 

Listen in and you can hear my thoughts about this exciting unexpected event!

May 07, 2021
ReAir 241 - Using Your Planner For Productivity
59:22
The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode 241 - Using Your Planner for Productivity.
 
I talk about two things: why most people use their planners incorrectly, and why using a planner at all sometimes causes us to lose focus on the things that truly matter.
 
I want you LIVE your life with purpose. My goal is to help you be productive and be fulfilled. Your kids will see you do that, and then they will be able to live their life with purpose and fulfillment.
May 06, 2021
Transformation with Amy M
35:48

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 Amy M. She lives with her Husband, four children, and her aging father-in-law. Amy has this to share about her journey “Organizing your life really is the secret to making your dreams come true - you just have to plan and execute every single day with baby steps. It's playing the long game.” I hope you find her story 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!

May 05, 2021
403 - Book: Downsizing the Family Home
06:27

Marni Jameson | Downsizing the Family Home | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. In May, the Organize 365 book reviews will focus on estate planning and home organizing. My first book to review is Downsizing The Family Home: What to Save, What to Let Go by Marni Jameson.

Marni wrote this book as she was clearing out her family estate after the loss of her parents. I loved how practical this book was! She shared real, logical thoughts and her process for dealing with all of the stuff. The most profound suggestion in the book is to focus on what to keep, not what to let go. This was especially helpful when Emily and I settled our Dad’s estate. The book also led us through unpacking the memory behind the items. This book also helped me to understand the actual monetary value of the stuff left in the house.

If you are anticipating settling an estate or downsizing, I highly recommend reading this book soon!

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.

May 03, 2021
402 - Lisa's YES List
14:19

I have always wanted to record a podcast about what I am saying “Yes!” to and what I am saying “No!” to. Today, I am sharing my YES! list. 

What I realized people are doing when they share these kinds of lists are actually different ways of thinking about how you are using your time. For me, the “no list” is about decluttering my decision making stress and setting boundaries. On the other hand, my “yes” list is about supporting my priorities.

This week, I will be sharing my “yes” list for the next of my New Year’s - the Summer (May to August). The things on my “yes” list will not get my complete focus, but I will be finding extra pockets of time to use for these things.

This Summer, I am saying YES! to:

  1. Traveling safely in the US! I have been home for the entire pandemic, and I am ready to travel. I’m fully vaccinated. I will be following the most current CDC recommendations during my travel. But, my big news is that I am preparing for a book tour! I’ll be touring my newest book Organization is a Learnable Skill from July 8 to August 10th.
  2. My kids’ requests for my time! As I said last week, I will be focusing on getting my kids to do more of their own #adulting responsibilities. However, any requests to just spend time together will be met with a YES! from me. 
  3. Makeup, fun hair, beauty routines, and enjoying a corporate casual look! I have been having a lot of fun trying out new makeup, a new curling iron, playing with my hair and makeup, and working on my wardrobe. I don’t own yoga pants or sweatpants. We have the freedom to choose what looks good on our bodies and works best for our current life stage. 
  4. Making our home a place we love to be! Greg and I are doubling down on optimizing our home. We want it to be a place we love to be, function well for us, upgrade anything we can, and to make it work for everyone who lives there. I encourage you to do the same for your home - no matter what budget you are working with.

I hope that my “yes” and “no” lists help you to figure out if there are any things for your Summer that you want to firmly establish as a yes or a no for you right now.

Apr 30, 2021
ReAir 198 - Good, Better, Best Goals
33:57

The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode 198 - Good, Better, and Best Goals.

Today, I introduce you to one of my favorite methods of goal setting and one of the reasons that I have been able to make so much progress in my business and in my life. In this podcast, I share some of my goals, and the different ways I have been able to meet them. I also encourage you to set your own goals.

This is a perfect refresher before we start the next round of the 100 Day Home Organization Program on May 11th.

Apr 29, 2021
Transformation with Cailla M
40:45

Listen here: https://organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts/

 

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 Cailla M. She lives with her husband, daughter, and a cat. She shares her story of facing some very difficult events in 2020, both as a teacher and in some health challenges for her husband. Despite all she went through, Cailla shares how she has been able to change her mindset, her self-talk, and her home to better care for her family and herself. I hope you find her story 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!

Apr 28, 2021
401 - Book: Million Dollar Women
04:51

Julia Pimsleur | Million Dollar Woman | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. On the last Monday of every month, my book review will highlight a female founder or business owner. Most of these women started a company from their homes with less than $10,000. 

Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big by Julie Pimsleur is our Female Founder for April. I loved listening to this book on Audible. I was looking for inspiration to keep growing my business income, and I wanted to learn about how to work towards earning a million dollars. This was the first book that taught me to know the numbers of my business. This book also opened my eyes to the fact that growing a business often takes a lot of money and helped me to anticipate what I would need when moving into physical products. 

You can also watch this as a video review on YouTube

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If you are interested in trying Audible for audiobooks, you can get a free trial with my affiliate link.

Apr 26, 2021
400 - Lisa's NO List
19:58

I have always wanted to record a podcast about what I am saying “Yes!” to and what I am saying “No!” to. Today, I am sharing my no list. 

What I realized people are doing when they share these kinds of lists are actually different ways of thinking about how you are using your time. It’s not necessarily calling different things good and bad. It’s about prioritizing (what things get your yes) and decluttering and setting better boundaries (what things get your no).

Over the next 100 Day cycle, I will be saying no to four main things. Different times of year call for attention to different kinds of tasks and areas of focus. When you make a yes or no list, you are creating a rule that helps you spend less energy making decisions. These rules can be for your next of the Lisa’s New Years, or it can be permanent. You get to choose. 

Listen in and I’ll explain why I am saying no to these things. This list helps me declutter activities that are taking time on my mind and in my schedule. These are either things on my calendar or a mindset I am letting go. I am decluttering these things - at least for now. 

  1. Perfectionism
  2. Diet ideas
  3. Working in the evening
  4. Doing things for my kids
Apr 23, 2021
ReAir 196 - The 24 Hour Rule
39:46

The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode 196 - The 24 Hour Rule.

Today, I introduce you to a rule that I impose upon myself that I call the “24 Hour Rule.”
 
The 24 Hour Rule is going to free you up from all the things that you might do, should do, could do, or want to do someday. Instead, it’ll teach you to focus on today.
 
Warning: Please listen to the full podcast episode! You may think at first that the 24 hour rule is a little crazy, but by the end I hope I’ve convinced you to give it a try.
Apr 22, 2021
Transformation with Jordan B
33:49

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 Jordan B. She lives with her husband and two teenage sons. Jordan started with her Sunday Basket®. After doing the 100 Day Program, she finds it much easier to have guests over without stress. I hope you find her story 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!

Apr 21, 2021
399 - Book: Overcoming Underearning
10:55

Barbara Stanny (Huson) | Overcoming Underearning | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. Just in time for tax day, throughout April, I review books on money and money mindset. I share my own beliefs, ideas, and thoughts about money, and I share how I have been able to transform these over time. 

Overcoming Underearning: Overcome Your Money Fears and Earn What You Deserve & Secrets of Six-Figure Women: Surprising Strategies to Up Your Earnings and Change Your Life by Barbara Stanny helped me to overcome many of my personal limiting beliefs about money. 

I started with these books in 2016 and used her quizzes to journal about the thoughts in my head that were holding down my success. Being positive, abundant, and wealthy are available to all of us, but we need to work on our mindsets. This book helped me to cultivate my mindset to move up in my earning and in how I manage my money. 

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.

Apr 19, 2021
398 - The ONE Thing with Jay Papasan
53:06

I am super excited today to introduce you to Jay Papasan. He is the co-author of The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results with Gary Keller. Jay is a best selling author and executive at Keller Williams Realty. 

I quote the ONE Thing mantra regularly - What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it

everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”  Clarifying our number one priority ensures that we make great decisions. We know what to say yes to; and then say no to everything else. 

Jay and I explore the origins of the ONE Thing question, and how I have applied it to my life and business. My understanding of the ONE Thing has grown over time and can be applied in any arena at different levels at different times in our lives. Jay shares how you can use this ONE Thing question to figure out what to do today, and in life. He graciously explains what his own lifetime ONE Thing is in his own life. 

There are limitless possibilities for how we can use our time, so the ONE Thing question can break down your choices so you can clarify what makes the biggest impact for you. Making decisions proactively ensures a better investment of your hours and your minutes so that you have fewer regrets. Time is not renewable. It is a precious resource and who you give it to matters greatly. 

Jay also gives some great guidance on how our habits decide our futures. He shares his ideas about making rules for how you choose to spend your time. Listen in for his amazing advice! He explains how he balances openness to new people with those he already has decided are the most important. 

Jay also teaches us about how to best set goals and the secret to improving our chances of achieving them. He talks about accountability and how to set the steps to stay on track to reach our goals. Systematically working backwards from the goal helps to create a straight line of actions that will move the needle and he shares how to set up a system. This is a proven process that naturally narrows our focus on key goals. 

Perfection is overrated. Let’s make progress.

Follow Jay and learn more at the1thing.com

Apr 16, 2021
ReAir 281 - Decluttering Negative Thoughts
26:02
The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode 281 - Decluttering Negative Thoughts.
 
Your inner thoughts can have a serious impact on your state of mind. If you see the world through a darkened lens, that negative way of thinking can quickly become a way of life.
 
When I tell people that I used to be the queen of negativity, they find it hard to believe. Nowadays, thinking positively comes easy to me. I like to think about negative thoughts as weeds in our mind. Weeds that need to be pulled out from the roots. If the garden of your mind has become overgrown with persistent weeds that you can’t clear, it’s time to tackle the root of the problem.
 
In this episode, I reveal the steps you can take to overcome your negative mindset and start living a more positive and happy life.
 
Ready to say goodbye to negative thoughts? Listen in!
Apr 15, 2021
Transformation with Amber Z
53:20

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 Amber Z. She lives with her husband and four kids. She’s been working on the 100 Day Program since 2018 and shares about her progress (but not perfection!).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!

Apr 14, 2021
397 - Book: Snowball - Warren Buffet
05:46

Alice Schroeder | Snowball: Warren Buffett & the Business of Life | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. Just in time for tax day, throughout April, I review books on money and money mindset. I share my own beliefs, ideas, and thoughts about money, and I share how I have been able to transform these over time. 

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder is our next money mindset book. This is a really long tale of the life and work of Warren Buffett and includes information on prior generations. I learned a lot about his simple lifestyle and how he learned about the stock market. I listened to this on Audible and it was like learning from a grandfather like person about history and money. I loved it!

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.

Apr 12, 2021
396 - Discovering YOU: Curating Your Life with Gail Golden
45:04

This is part four of a four part podcast series on discovering YOU. This week, I will be talking with you about how to curate your life with Gail Golden. Gail is a management psychologist who helps businesses build better leaders. She helps to create powerful interventions and boost the bottom line. 

So far, you have learned how you think and get something done. You now also know how to follow your energy and trust your intuition. Then, we covered how to create and trust your plan - for a day, a week, or a season

I invited Gail to the podcast this week to share knowledge from her new book Curating Your Life: Ending the Struggle for Work-Life Balance.

I want to introduce her to the Organize 365 audience. We are all on a journey from a reactive to a productive life. Everything we organize gives us more time, and some women now have 12-15 hours a week and are wondering “now what?”

Gail shares how she has figured out what she is doing next, and how she is curating her next season of life. 

Gail recommends The Power of Full Engagement. She shares how instead of asking “Do I have time for that?” she asks herself “Do I want to spend energy on that?” For Gail, the management of energy is how she makes decisions about how to spend her time and her life. 

Gail shares how many of her clients feel exhausted, overwhelmed, and inadequate most of the time. She also noticed that people never seemed to develop a work life balance - at least until they curated their life. There are things that matter, but are not important, so we can just do them good enough. This leaves energy left over for the things you want to be great at. 

Lisa and Gail talk about how to increase your energy, and even your energy capacity. Organizing your space means you don’t waste energy looking for things. Knowing yourself and awareness of your energy means you can manage your energy by selecting environments that give us energy. Also - sleep, water, healthy diet, and regular breaks can all contribute to our optimum energy levels. No matter what we do - our energy capacity is finite. This means, we still need to make decisions about how to spend our energy. 

They also talk about mid-life re-curating. Sometimes life happens to you and something changes (divorce, COVID, job loss). Other times, we have changed and we recognize that we need something different in our lives and we elect to re-curate and make choices about our next steps in life. The theme of re-curating honors that our earlier choices were right for us at the time, but do not have to be followed forever. 

Gail also gifts us by exposing the “obnoxious roommate” in our heads that speaks against every decision we make. You know that voice! If you stay home with your family, the voice asks why you are not at work. If you stay home, the voice asks why you “wasted” college or are not contributing more to the world. Gail calls that roommate out, and gives advice for talking back to that cruel voice and ensuring that our decisions about what to curate reflect what is best for us. 

Gail also shares some incredible insights on how we live out our curation as social creatures. When we curate our lives, we do so in the context of many relationships. Listen in for her amazing explanation of how to balance individual needs with those you love. 

We finish up by talking about how to manage our energy as we begin to re-enter the world after COVID. Gail gives some great questions for each of us to consider as we figure out what things to reincorporate into our lives, and what things are no longer best for us and can be left in the past. Listen in and see what you are called to curate in your life. 

Apr 09, 2021
ReAir 227 - Having an Adult Spring Break
25:26

The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode 227 - Having an Adult Spring Break.

About two years ago, I took an improptu adult spring break adventure. I was surprised when I looked up and realized mid-way through the week what i was doing. In the podcast, I tell the story of how I spent the week replacing the windows in our home, cleaning the kids' rooms, and updating my binders. Taking a spontaneous break isn’t something I do very often, but the more I live a truly organized life, the clearer I can see the patterns of how to breed more productivity in organization and a large part of this is taking the time to relax, unwind, and de-stress.

Remember to join us for the Adult Spring Break this year at organize365.com/blitz

Apr 08, 2021
Transformation with Kristin B
52:12

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 Kristin B. She lives with her spouse and her daughter. Her transformational journey has had some major ups and downs! 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!

 

Apr 07, 2021
395 - Book: You Are a Badass at Making Money
04:49

Jen Sincero | You Are a Badass at Making Money | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff

On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. Just in time for tax day, throughout April, I review books on money and money mindset. I share my own beliefs, ideas, and thoughts about money, and I share how I have been able to transform these over time. 

You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero is our first money mindset book review. This book gave me the confidence to think of myself as an income earner. I am reviewing this after the books on sales, because I needed to shift my mindset to keep the money I earned. This book helped me to work on my internal conversations about money and helped me to reset some thoughts that had been holding me back.

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.

Apr 05, 2021
394 - Discovering YOU: Create & Trust Your Plan
26:58

This is part three of a four part podcast series on discovering YOU. This week, I will be talking with you about how to create and trust your plan. I want to help you discover how you might be able to change your future. 

So far, you have learned how you think and get something done. You now also know how to follow your energy and trust your intuition. Now, I want you to see how to create and trust your plan - for a day, a week, or a season. These plans are not for the rest of your life, they are to make specific progress on a goal, right now. 

Planning is the antidote to decision fatigue. The thing that drains my energy faster than anything else is to make a bunch of decisions. The more rules you can create, the less decisions you will have to make, so the more brain power and energy you have to do what is more important.

Think about something you have to decide all of the time (like what’s for dinner) - make a rule! Taco Tuesday is a classic for a reason. It’s a easy rule. It might be boring, but it saves me time, energy, and frustration to make this a rule. This is a proactive solution to decisions and helps to reduce decision fatigue. 

Decision fatigue is only combated when you take responsibility and ownership of the questions and decisions that are being requested of you. Create rules, and eliminate the questions. 

In this season, it is easier for me to make a set plan and know what it is going to be rather than arguing about whether or not I should be in charge of these decisions.

Planning allows you more energy, more bandwidth, more time for the things you want to do more of in your life. 

Think about one thing you want to achieve. Identify one goal. What is the sprint? What is the timeframe for that goal? Start thinking about making a plan for that goal. Are there any rules related to that plan that will make it easier for you to create a habit? What time of day will you have energy to pursue this goal? 

Setting and achieving goals is the way you change your future. Creating an action plan and then trusting (and following) your plan is how you make progress. When you set aside the time, you will get to your goal, and see your new life. 

I hope you discover something about yourself in this podcast, and I’d love to hear all about it on Facebook or Instagram!

Apr 02, 2021
ReAir 263 - From Piles to Productivity with Virginia Deane
01:01:26
The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode 236 - From Piles to Productivity (with Virginia Dean).
 
In this podcast, I talk about WHY The Corporate Workbox helps you get AND stay organized at work. Just because something is in your Google calendar does NOT mean it’s getting done. Ideas can be disorganized too. You may not have physical piles on your desk, but I bet you have piles of ideas and to dos in your brain, especially at work. The Corporate Workbox creates a home for all of those ideas, tasks, routines, projects, and anything else you need to keep straight to be good at what you do. Listen in and learn how a Workbox may help you too!
Apr 01, 2021
Transformation with Deborah I
47:35

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 Deborah I. She lives with her significant other and their cat. She graciously shares her transformation while dealing with mental health issues. Deborah shares how giving herself grace was more powerful than focusing on perfection. 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!

Mar 31, 2021
393 - Book: CEO
05:47

Sandra L Kurtzig with Tom Parker | CEO  | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff

On the last Monday of every month, my book review will highlight a female founder or business owner. Most of these women started a company from their homes with less than $10,000. 

CEO: Building a $400 Million Company from the Ground Up by Sandra Kurtzig is the next book in our female founder series. I devoured this book in a single weekend and loved this story. Although the author had an IT company, I found there were so many things I could learn and use in my own business. The author openly shares her challenges growing and leading a team and in navigating her personal life. I learned a lot about the interplay between the vital resources of talent, connections, and cash. There are lessons in this book for a leader of any size business.

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.

Mar 29, 2021
392 - Discovering YOU: Follow Your Energy & Intuition
32:20

This is part two of a four part podcast series on discovering you. This week, I will be talking with you about how to follow your energy and intuition. I want to help you discover how you might be able to follow your energy and intuition to get things done - more so than you could ever do with just a todo list. 

As I pay attention to thought leaders, I see a major paradigm shift towards following your energy and intuition. This is the latest evolution in productivity. Over time, we can see how new ideas have progressed through our society, with people in different places on the acceptance curve, so I want to bring you along if these are new mindsets for you. 

Intuition is hearing your inner voice, and trusting that knowing feeling in your gut. As you pay attention to your intuition, I think you will find that we have more knowledge inside of us than we believe. 

I also want to share some stories with you about energy and intuition, to start you thinking about your intuition and energy. There are multiple kinds of energy to consider - mental, physical, spiritual, and relational to start. 

In exploring these ideas, I recommend The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. They share paradigm shifts about energy that you may want to consider. I share my experience with changing from a detailed weekly schedule made in advance to building a schedule and making choices to follow your energy. I hope you discover something about yourself in this podcast, and I’d love to hear all about it on Facebook or Instagram!

Mar 26, 2021
ReAir 248 - My "Yearly" Deep Dive
20:49

The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode 248 - My “Yearly” Deep Dive: Evaluating Routines and Riding Seasonal Waves of Energy.

I divide my year into thirds, and each trimester, I sit down and do a review of the last season, and plan for the future. I sit down and evaluate all the areas of my life–my business, my eating, my fitness, my clothing, my schedules, and my family’s routines. When faced with the span of four months time, it’s easy to overdo it. Decide on just a few things you’ll really get to each "year." Keep your changes small and simple. You’ll be much better positioned for true success.

Mar 25, 2021
Transformation with Melissa G
40:43

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 Melissa G. She lives with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. She started her organizational journey by tackling her paperwork! That’s jumping in with both feet. She also shares some of her challenges facing unexpected events. 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!

Mar 24, 2021
391 - Book: Think and Grow Rich
06:37

Napoleon Hill | Thing & Grow Rich | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff

March is all about sales. I share books that have influenced how I sell, the sales process I use, and how I have been able to create enough income to keep a small business alive, growing, and thriving for 8 years. 

Today I am reviewing the book Think and Grow Rich written by Napoleon Hill. This book moves from sales strategies and principles to the mindset of selling. Instead of teaching the tactics of being a good sales person, this book helps develop the emotions required to make sales. We all have beliefs that are inside of our head that hold us back.

This book really simplifies success into two key principles that I explain in the video. I also share with you how I applied these two keys into Organize 365 and how they have helped me find success and share the mission of our company. Make sure to watch to learn these for yourself!

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.

Mar 22, 2021
390 - Discovering YOU: How You Think (Kolbe)
48:43
Mar 19, 2021
ReAir 258 - The Psychology of the Sunday Basket
01:00:10

This week's #ThrowbackThursday Podcast Episode is # 258 - The Psychology Behind the Sunday Basket. This is a favorite episode of mine because I chat with Holly Knill, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland, and get to hear her neuroscientific perspective about why the Sunday Basket is so effective!

We also talk about depression, anxiety, habits, and how to create change. Although I nerd out a bit on this topic, we keep the discussion easy to understand and you can hear about why the Sunday Basket can help YOU keep your kitchen counters free of paper.

You can learn more and purchase your Complete Sunday Basket System at sundaybasket.com

Mar 18, 2021
Transformation with Debbye C
44:58

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 Debbye C. Debbye has been married for 44 years to her high school sweetheart, and she has a son with high functioning Asperger's Syndrome who lives in a basement apartment. Today, she shares about her transition from the survival to legacy phase of life. She is now growing her career as a professional organizer. 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!

Mar 17, 2021
Coffee Chat - Shhh - Surprise for Lisa!
06:42
Mar 16, 2021
389 - Book: Ultimate Sales Machine
02:29

Chet Holmes | The Ultimate Sales Machine | Book Review | Lisa Woodruff

March is all about sales. I share books that have influenced how I sell, the sales process I use, and how I have been able to create enough income to keep a small business alive, growing, and thriving for 8 years. 

The Ultimate Sales Machine: Turbocharge Your Business with Relentless Focus on 12 Key Strategies by Chet Holmes is a book I first read back in 2015 when I was first starting to grow the Organize 365 team as a corporate team. At this time, the business began to sell physical products rather than professional organizing services. This book gives education and case studies on many important topics in building a functional business including time management, training, effective meetings, strategy, hiring, and customers. If you want to learn how to build your business and actually sell your product, I recommend this book. 

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.

Mar 15, 2021
388 - Happy Birthday to the Sunday Basket!
43:25

Happy Birthday Sunday Basket®

The physical Sunday Basket® is THREE years old today. Today, I want to invite you to celebrate the Sunday Basket® with me!

I am re-sharing and re-airing The Sunday Basket® podcast. I share where the Sunday Basket came from, how it starts at the introductory level, how we sell it, what support is available to you, and where to learn more. 

You can learn more at sundaybasket.com

Mar 12, 2021
ReAir 347 - The Paper Solution - How to Organize Papers from Your Physical Home
15:29
This week's #ThrowbackThursday episode is number 347 - The Paper Solution - How to Organize Papers from Your Physical Home.
 
In The Paper Solution, I teach you how to ditch your file cabinet and replace it with portable, functional binders for reference papers. The Paper Solution will tell you how to set up your binders, gives you access to sample printables, and gives you a list of what to include in each of the binders I recommend you create.
 
The Household Reference Binder
 
The Household Reference Binder is the first binder I ever made, and it is one of the easiest to assemble. The Household Reference Binder is all of the papers about your home that you would pass on to a new person moving into the home. It works for homeowners and for renters. The Household Reference Binder is one complete inventory of your appliances, repair information, service providers, and decoration choices like paint colors.
 
My Household Reference Binder repeatedly saves me time, headaches, and money. Everything I could want to know about my home is organized in one place. For details on what to include in your binder, listen to the podcast and then check out page 188 of The Paper Solution.
 
Get your binder at organize365.com/shop
Mar 11, 2021
387 - Book: 80/20 Rule
06:00

Perry Marshall | 80/20 Rule | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff

My March book reviews are all about sales. I share books that have influenced how I sell, the sales process I use, and how I have been able to create enough income to keep a small business alive, growing, and thriving for 8 years.

80/20 Sales and Marketing: The Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More by Perry Marshall takes the traditional 80/20 rule and applies it specifically to sales and marketing. In my book review,

I explain how I saw the 80/20 rule in action as a professional organizer and I use it in the 100 Days Home Organization Program.

As a business owner, I learned about spending time and effort on the most important things, how to understand the “power curve,” and how to determine what to delegate. This book really helped me to scale Organize 365 and I highly recommend it.

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.

Mar 08, 2021
386 - How to Multiply Time with Rory Vaden
30:09

How to Multiply Time with Rory Vaden

I love the way Rory Vaden looks at time and prioritization. I first learned about him when I was getting started in multiple direct sales companies. He is an expert in the principles of success - time management, goals, and positive attitudes. I reviewed two of his books - Take the Stairs and Procrastinate on Purpose on the Organize 365 YouTube channel in 2020. I even have an older podcast about what I learned from his books - Episode 152

I am delighted to share our conversation about time with you today. We talk about leadership, motivating others, achieving goals, and multiplying time. Rory shares some amazing thoughts about how to achieve your dreams - he says:

 

  • It’s not that people struggle from a lack of discipline, as they do from a lack of vision. 
  • The amount of our endurance is directly proportionate to the clarity of our vision.
  • The number one cause of all procrastination is self-criticism [perfectionism]. 

 

We also talk about how to make steady, consistent progress towards any kind of goals (work, home organization, or anything else). He explains how he makes decisions about prioritizing his to do items. And, then he drops his bomb, he teaches me how to multiply time by changing how I think about the items on my list. You multiply time by giving yourself the emotional permission to spend time on things today that create more time tomorrow. 

As Rory talks about how getting organized is a way you can multiply time, we share how my own lessons for you are helping you to multiply time in your own lives. Things like the Sunday Basket® and the 100 Day Home Organization Program can lead you to freeing up ten to fifteen hours a week once you set up the systems. Automation of your organizing can lead to exponentially more time as you continue to build and refine systems. Any time you create a process today, it saves you time tomorrow, and then saves you time every day moving forward. Invest in good habits, invest in your self-discipline, and invest in how you think about and use your time - you will get exponential rewards in the future.

If you want to systematize and grow your business, I recommend you consider working with Rory Vaden and Brand Builders. We help people monetize and build their personal brand. Organize 365 is partnering with them and you can get a free call at freebrandcall.com/organize365

Mar 05, 2021
ReAir 243 - How To Get Organized Faster
48:51
This week's #ThrowbackThursday podast is Episode 243: How To Get Organized Faster.
 
In this episode, I help you to think about the 100 Day Home Organization program as a project, and chunk it together as much as you can. I give special hints and support for especially challenging times like organizing with a chronic illness or when you have little kids at home. Listen in to learn some tips and tricks to get big batches of organizing done.
 
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Mar 04, 2021
Organizing Holiday Decorations
15:12

Organizing Holiday Decorations

Why do we keep the decorations we keep, and what is the best way to store them? As we go through life stages and unexpected events, our holiday items take on new meaning and sometimes add to our guilt or depression. That was true in my case.

This week, your challenge is to organize your holiday decorations.

Visit http://organize365.com/40-weeks-1-whole-house-week-19-organizing-holiday-decorations  for the full blog post.

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Mar 03, 2021
The NEW Organize 365 APP with Emily
33:08

Listen to all of our Wednesday Podcasts at organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts

This week, on the Transformational Podcast for Wednesday, I am sharing how we are transforming the 100 Day Home Organization Program with a brand new smart phone app designed specifically for Organize 365! Emily Kelly - our Director of Marketing - and I speak about the new FREE smartphone app coming soon for Organize 365.

The app will give you access to the FREE trial week of the 100 Day Home Organization Program and a FREE mini-course that will help you get started setting up your Sunday Basket®. For those of you who are already enrolled in paid programs for Organize 365, you will find bonus content in the app and it will be an easy to use, portable way to access the 100 Day Program.

The app is now available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.  Search for "Organize365" - no space!

Mar 03, 2021
385 - Book: Dare to Dream
05:59

Tom Barrett | Dare to Dream Work to Win | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff

My March book reviews are all about sales. I share books that have influenced how I sell, the sales process I use, and how I have been able to create enough income to keep a small business alive, growing, and thriving for 8 years. 

Dare to Dream and Work to Win: Understanding Dollars and Sense of Success in Network Marketing by Thomas Barrett is one of my foundational sales books. Dr. Barrett taught me about  1. consistency, 2. a duplicatable system, and 3. time. These three core principles have helped me to build a growing, thriving, profitable business. No matter if you are working a direct sales business or starting your own business, this book has so much good information. Dr. Barrett also taught me about entrepreneurial time - how your hourly rate for your work improves over time and this helped me to have hope in the early years where I was putting in so many hours for so little money. I hope you enjoy this quick review!

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.

Mar 01, 2021
384 - Transformational Freedom & Lisa's Word of the Year
29:14

Blog post available at organize365.com/word-of-the-year-2021

Last week, I reviewed my 2021 first quarter pink slash pocket projects with you. I shared what has been going well, and what projects I have deferred (or even abandoned without guilt!). The one project I did not deep dive into with you yet is my health slash pocket.

In 2021, I am focusing on my health. I started out by using my 100 Day Home Organization Program planner to track habits and metrics. Knowing where I start means I can see how I am changing inside of my life. 

Transformational Freedom: As you let go of one thing, you are open to receiving the next. We strive to unlock your life’s purpose through the process of decluttering, organizing, and increasing productivity. 

I am tracking and analyzing multiple aspects of my health including sleep, food, steps, and supplements. For 2021, my word of the year is health. I am focusing on my physical, emotional, spiritual, relationship health, and the health of Organize 365. 

In the podcast, I also talk about the Organize 365 focus word for 2021: impact. We are working to make our mission, vision, and values come to life for the growing team

If you don’t already have a word for 2021, take some time and reflect on what your word might be. You are not bound to your choice - but let it serve as a reminder of the goals we have for ourselves and our intentions for who we want to become. 

I hope you choose a word you can grow into and want to be reminded of this year. I hope to see you progress on your transformational journey and unlock the potential you have inside of yourself. 

Feb 26, 2021
ReAir 244 - Organizing With A Chronic Illness - The Spoon Theory
47:42
This week's #ThrowbackThursday podcast is Episode 244: Organizing with a Chronic Illness - The Spoon Theory.
 
I have more natural energy than most people I know, and certainly more than anyone in my family. It’s definitely a major part of the reason I am so productive and organized in my life. However, I also have systems and methods in place that work, so that if I am sick or get busy or something unexpected comes along, my house doesn’t completely fall apart.

During my years as a professional organizer, and in our Facebook group, I’ve encountered lots of people that tell me it would be nice to be organized, but it would also be nice to feel well enough to get out of bed. If you feel that way, today’s podcast is for you.

In today’s episode, I explore Christine Miserandino’s Spoon Theory, which you may have already heard of, especially if you have a chronic illness. This theory outlines the fact that those living with an illness–whether it’s visible to the outside world or not–simply have less capacity for activities than those who aren’t.

We all have different challenges on this organizing journey, and I want to be a source of help and encouragement no matter what you are facing in this season of life.
Feb 25, 2021
Embrace Break Throughs Part 4
31:39

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 month, I have a special treat for you! Normally, you get to hear the transformational story of ONE member of our community. This month, I want to share some of the very special breakthroughs of women just like you as they attended Embrace 2020.

You can learn more about the 2021 Embrace experience at organize365.com/embrace

Feb 24, 2021
383 - Book Review - Motherswork
04:10

Rebecca Matthias | Motherswork | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff

On the last Monday of every month, my book review will highlight a female founder or business owner. 

Motherswork: How A Young Mother Started A Business On A Shoestring And Built It Into Multi-Million Dollar Company by Rebecca Matthias is an inspirational book for me about starting a company from home and growing it beyond all expectations. She shares her 3 simple rules for starting any business.

In the 1980’s, Rebecca founded one of the first companies offering maternity wear to corporate working women. At the end of each chapter, she shares some details about her business growth and gives recommendations for others to apply the same lessons to their own businesses. I share some of what I learned from the book and how I have applied it while growing Organize 365. 

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.

Feb 22, 2021
382 - Update on Lisa's Q1 Pink Slash Pocket Goals
34:01

For the very first podcast of 2021, I shared what my pink slash pockets will be for the first New Year of 2021. Now that we are halfway through that first quarter, I want to share what I have completed, what I have completely let go, and why this has been the best experiment I have ever done inside of my Sunday Basket®.

My Sunday Basket® is my habit and weekly system that keeps my actionable to dos, my ideas, my mail, keeps my family running smoothly, and allows me to focus on work during the week without worrying about household tasks. 

Consistent use of the Sunday Basket® helps your brain move from reactive to proactive. After about six weeks, most users find they have capacity for the Sunday Basket® 2.0 slash pockets. These slash pockets hold the papers and ideas related to larger projects that require a consistent infusion of time, money, and/or motivation to be completed. The 2.0 slash pockets focus on four major life areas: home, family, money, and self. 

In today’s podcast, I am sharing what I’ve been doing so far in my personal pink slash pockets so far in 2021. I was focusing on launching my kids into #adulting, family photo memories, creating an Organize 365 scrapbook, systematizing beauty, and my to be read list. 

Listen in as I share what projects I have completed, what projects I called “good enough to be done,” and which things I have decided to abandon or ignore. And, I’d love to hear about YOUR pink slash pockets in 2021 on Facebook or Instagram

Also mentioned in this episode:

Organize 365 Kids Program

Organize 365 Launch Bundle

Organize 365 Memorabilia Binder

Feb 19, 2021
ReAir 069 - My Depression Story
47:47
This week's #ThrowbackThursday podcast is Episode 69 is My Depression Story.
 
In this podcast I share my personal story with depression and how it affects every area of your life. I also discuss some tips I gave myself and share with clients about how depression affects organization. If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, my heart goes out to you. Organize 365 is here to support and encourage you every step of the way.
Feb 18, 2021
Embrace Break Throughs Part 3
30:08

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 month, I have a special treat for you! Normally, you get to hear the transformational story of ONE member of our community. This month, I want to share some of the very special breakthroughs of women just like you as they attended Embrace 2020.

You can learn more about the 2021 Embrace experience at organize365.com/embrace

Feb 17, 2021
381 - Book Review - The Four Tendencies
04:21

Gretchen Rubin | The Four Tendencies | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff

Gretchen Rubin’s book The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too) has been a game changer in my understanding of personality and uniqueness. 

The four tendencies are how you decide if you are going to do something. Some people respond to what others tell them to do, and others respond best to their internal decisions. Knowing how you respond to expectations will help you understand how to set up your to do list and priorities. This book helped me to understand myself and others in order to have better interactions with them. Listen in to hear MY tendency!

You can also watch this as a video review on YouTube

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If you are interested in trying Audible for audiobooks, you can get a free trial with my affiliate link.

Feb 15, 2021
380 - Creating a Simple System for Filing Taxes
23:50

The older you get and the more #adulting you do, the more you realize there are taxes for everything. There are almost as many kinds of taxes as there are kinds of insurance. When I was younger, and taxes seemed easier, I used to do our taxes myself using TurboTax. Now, our finances are much more complicated, and we use an accountant to file our taxes. However, I have a process that lets me get my paperwork ready in three to four hours total!

When I was an in home professional organizer, I saw many people request extension on their personal income tax filings. Not because they didn’t know how to do their taxes. Not because they didn’t have the money to pay the taxes. All because they did not have their tax documentation in order.They have to get their paperwork under control in order to complete their taxes.

I want to help you become proactive instead of reactive in approaching your taxes, so today I am sharing some of my own processes for making taxes easy. I always work on my taxes in February (usually during the Super Bowl). Back when I was a Creative Memories consultant, I learned to organize my business taxes using the IRS Schedule C categories. 

First, every January 1, I add a green slash pocket to my Sunday Basket® labeled “Taxes” to keep all of my incoming paperwork together and organized. 

As I have shared before, I recommend you make your decisions in advance whenever possible. Establish habits and routines to reduce decision fatigue. Here are my lessons to make tax time easier.

  1. If you have a business, figure out how you will categorize expenses related to Schedule C categories. A few years ago, I made a cheatsheet of my categories and how I group expenses to keep my categories uniform from year to year. I also recommend making checklists for yourself of annual tasks (writing down mileage for vehicles) and for the papers you are expecting in the mail (income, mortgage, bank, investment statements). 

  2. Keep up with recording your expenses monthly. I recommend the Organize 365 Income and Expense Binder as your one place to keep your receipts, documentation, and to track your expenses. This way you will know how your expenses are affecting your profitability every month and can adjust as needed.

  3. Record your income monthly. This will help you to recognize the many ways you are generating income in your business and you can adjust where you spend your energy so that you are focusing on the most effective parts of your business. 

If you spend a few hours each month, then at the end of the year you can do your inventory counts and be ready for tax time. 

The Organize 365 Income and Expense Binder is what I have used in all of my businesses to keep track of income, expenses, and mileage. If you do not have a similar system set up for your business finances already, you can purchase this from our shop at https://organize365.com/product/annual-income-expense-binder 

I am excited to share my simple system for income taxes with you. However, I am not a tax advisor or accountant, so these are my personal thoughts. Please do not use them as tax advice and consult your own professional for information about your specific situation.

Feb 12, 2021
ReAir 087 - What To Save When A Loved One Passes
36:50

This week's #ThrowbackThursday podcast is Episode number 87 - What Do You Save When a Loved One Passes?

As an adult, I have settled my father’s estate and helped many clients as they do the same. It is never easy. This week on the podcast, I delve deep into the thoughts you may have, questions to ask yourself, and tips for how and when and what to take as you say good bye to your loved one. Five years seems to be the magic amount of time that needs to pass before full closure seems to settle in.

If you tend to say, “No, that’s okay, I don’t need anything,” I encourage you to think of one thing that you would like from someone who has passed away. It can be as simple as a button box. Or as complicated as a handmade manger. And, likely, what you choose will not make sense to those around you and that’s okay. It’s all about you.

If you tend to want to keep everything, go ahead. The grieving process is long and individualized. The last thing you want to do is give up something you’re not ready to give up yet.

Listen in and hear as I talk through some of my decisions about what to keep, what to get rid of, and how to honor the memories of those I love.

Feb 11, 2021
Embrace Break Throughs Part 2
26:40

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 month, I have a special treat for you! Normally, you get to hear the transformational story of ONE member of our community. This month, I want to share some of the very special breakthroughs of women just like you as they attended Embrace 2020.

You can learn more about the 2021 Embrace experience at organize365.com/embrace

Feb 10, 2021
379 - Book Review - How the World Sees You
05:40

Sally Hogshead | How the World Sees You | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff

My February book reviews are focused on personality tests, uniqueness, and how learning about your own approach to the world can benefit your personal growth and your business team.

How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination by Sally Hogshead describes 49 different fascination advantages. The matrix helps individuals identify strengths and weaknesses of seven different archetypes (bigger categories).

This week I share how the world sees me along with five adjectives that are commonly used to describe me. Within the advantages, there is guidance for how to work best with your type. This has been highly effective in my own team so that we can optimize our effectiveness by delivering how others work best. Listen in to see what famous people share my advantage and way of being seen!

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.

Feb 08, 2021
378 - Diversity & Inclusion at Organize 365
28:50
Today, I want to talk with you about diversity and inclusion at Organize 365. I have always been intentional and purposeful about creating an inclusive and diverse company over the last nine years.
 
Organize 365 is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and I get to see the great work that Procter & Gamble does to actively work towards diversity and inclusion. I have learned so much from their approach to building intentional depth and breath of their employees. As we grow and expand, we will continue to strive to represent the beautiful colors, thought patterns, races, and religions of the world.
 
While race is one important facet of diversity and inclusion, I also want to share some other ways that Organize 365 strives to build a team of people who represent all different kinds of diversity. In the podcast, I share many of the ways we are already diverse some of which include generation, family structure, and awareness and empathy for people with special needs. I am also delighted that the Organize 365 community is wonderfully diverse and so inclusive of all who join us on the journey.
Feb 05, 2021
ReAir Interview with Milana Yarbrough
01:15:20

In honor of Black History Month, today we are reairing my June 2020 conversation with our summer intern Milana.

Over the last year, I have put a lot of energy into learning about the experiences of people of color and more about the parts of history I did not learn in school. This is one example of the kinds of things I have learned and the many people who have been willing to share their experiences with me so that I, and Organize 365, can do better. 

This is my conversation with Milana. She was open hearted and willing to speak with me about about racism and what I have learned about my part in it. I have learned so much and WILL BE part of the discussion and the solution. I hope you can listen and open your mind, even if these ideas are uncomfortable. I am working to be better and do better. I hope you will join me by listening in.

Feb 04, 2021
Embrace Break Throughs Part 1
26:12
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 month, I have a special treat for you! Normally, you get to hear the transformational story of ONE member of our community. This month, I want to share some of the very special breakthroughs of women just like you as they attended Embrace 2020.
 
You can learn more about the 2021 Embrace experience on our website. 
Feb 03, 2021
377 - Book Review - Power of When
06:01

Michael Breus | Power of When | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff

My February book reviews are focused on personality tests, uniqueness, and how learning about your own approach to the world can benefit your personal growth and your business team.

The Power of When: Discover Your Chronotype - and the Best Time to Eat Lunch, Ask for a Raise, Have Sex, Write a Novel, Take Your Meds, and More by Dr. Michael Breus begins by describing four chronotypes. Your chronotype is the internal biological clock that runs your body. In this book, he explains what the best time of day is to do literally everything based on your personal chronotype. In my book report, I share how we use this information at Organize 365 to improve productivity. 

I would love to hear if you have learned about your chronotype and how that has helped you get more organized or live a better life.

You can also watch this as a video review on YouTube

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If you are interested in trying Audible for audiobooks, you can get a free trial with my affiliate link.

Feb 01, 2021
376 - Black History of Home Ownership
40:48

As we get ready to celebrate February as Black History Month in the United States, I want to share some of the history I have learned about the differences between Black and White Americans owning houses in the US. I am doing my best to use preferred terms and inclusive language, so I am asking for grace as you listen. I am always open to learning new things, but I also want to use this platform to share information about the US history with people who may not have learned these things in school and who have not yet added this topic to their learning journey. 

During the Summer of 2020, I dove into reading and learning about the historical differences between the experiences of Black and White Americans. I am a lifelong learner. I love history. I love to learn about different cultures. I love to learn about all people all over the world. I am learning about myself, my home, and broadening my horizons by learning about the experiences of others in the world. 

As a White woman celebrating Black History month, I want to be respectful, and I want to share information that would be relevant to my primary topic of organizing your home. I also want to acknowledge that my experience is different than that of African Americans, and I thought back to all the things I have been reading and learning about home ownership. I believe that the more we understand the differences that shape our lives, the better we are together and the more empathetic we are towards one another. 

In my history studies last summer, I began to learn how many White people were able to gain college educations and grow their wealth because of home ownership. I was initially shocked to learn about some of the differences I describe on the podcast. My family of origin had very different experiences, and by learning about the history of US housing, my eyes were opened to the reality of the differences in the US. I want to share some of the fascinating, eye-opening information I researched last summer. Links to several of these resources are below:

Black Wall Street - Podcast

The Color of Law - book by Richard Rothstein

NPR interview with The Color of Law author Richard Rothstein 

The Banker - Movie 

In the podcast, I share some of my own learning, insights, and a raising awareness of my own biases and assumptions. I offer you some resources to do your own research and learning. Knowing each other’s stories will bring us better understanding, and better conversations. I want all of us to leave more educated. What unites us is far greater than what divides us.

Jan 29, 2021
ReAir 273 - It is Impossible to be Behind if You Are Organizing
25:54

This week's #ThrowbackThursday Podcast Episode is #273 - It is Impossible to be Behind if you are Organizing.

Do you ever feel like you’re behind in your organizing routine? You might feel anxious, worried, or even a little guilty. But, here’s the truth… After you start, it’s physically impossible for you to be behind in organizing.

Listen to this episode of the Organize 365 podcast to find out why your organizing journey is more like an endless escalator than a staircase with an infinitive first and last step.

Jan 28, 2021
Transformation with Zetty M
56:05

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 Zetty M. She lives with her husband and three daughters (9, 11, and 14). They have been a nomadic sailing family for the last five years, but are now settled down in Wisconsin for the next nine years while the kids finish school. She shares how she has transformed her home and life along her organizing journey. And, she started her own business! I hope you find this conversation as inspiring as I do! You can find Zetty at https://zippypt.com 

  

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!

Jan 27, 2021
Coffee Chat - Organize 365 Merch Store
11:18

This is a special Coffee Chat episode, available only in your podcast player. Coffee Chats are time sensitive, so this episode will disappear once the content is no longer relevant.

Listen in for all of the new Organize 365 products available in our brand new Merch Store!

Jan 26, 2021
375 - Book Review - Tupperware
03:14

Bob Kealing | Life of the Party | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff

On the last Monday of every month, my book review will highlight a female founder or business owner. 

This week, I am sharing Life of the Party: The Remarkable Story of How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, a Tupperware Party Empire. This is the story of Brownie Wise. Although she was not the founder of Tupperware, she moved sales from a door to door model to the in home party sales we know today. She helped to create the direct sales model and influence the role of women working from home. 

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.

Jan 25, 2021
374 - 2021 Resetting My Evening Routine
17:30

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.

Jan 22, 2021
ReAir 147 - Getting Organized: Step 3 - Increase Productivity
29:30
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?
Jan 21, 2021
Transformation with Anna D
43:09

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

Jan 20, 2021
373 - Book Review - Malcolm Gladwell
05:48

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. 

Jan 18, 2021
372 - 2021 Resetting My Afternoon Routine
16:15

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!

Jan 15, 2021
ReAir 145 - Getting Organized: Step 2 - Organize
41:33

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!

Jan 14, 2021
Transformation with Melinda K
43:04

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!

 

Jan 13, 2021
371 - Book Review - Generations
10:41

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

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Jan 11, 2021
370 - 2021 Resetting My Morning Routine
23:31

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!

Jan 08, 2021
ReAir 144 - Getting Organized: Step 1 - Declutter!
42:42

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!

Jan 07, 2021
Transformation with Jamie J
34:46
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
Jan 06, 2021
Coffee Chat #1 - January 5, 2021
09:10

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!

Jan 05, 2021
369 - Book Review - Laura Vanderkam
08:20

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

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Jan 04, 2021
368 - My 2021 - 100 Day Round 1 - Pink Slash Pockets
33:22

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

Jan 01, 2021
Complete Sunday Basket Q&A
53:36

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.

Dec 30, 2020
367 - Content Consumption Tips from Lisa & Teddy Roosevelt
37:17

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!

Dec 25, 2020
Transformation with Jennifer B
44:50

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!

Dec 23, 2020
366 - Organizational Math
23:04

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!

Dec 18, 2020
Transformation with Sara P
29:11

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 Sara P. She lives with her husband of 9 years, son who is 6.5. and daughter who just turned 5. She started with the Sunday Basket® and said: “I was sick of getting irritated and cranky when I got home from traveling to see papers everywhere. I needed a paper system before the next traveling contract started.” She’s had great success in changing so many of her mindsets and household systems. 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

Dec 16, 2020
365 - 365!! Organize 365 Mission, Vision & Values & 3 year picture
21:43

The Organize 365 Mission, Vision, and Values. I will also be sharing our Vivid Vision for the next 3 years!

Our Mission

Organize 365® helps busy women, in all phases of life, learn the skill of home and paper organization in one year with functional organizing systems that work. By acquiring these skills, women are free to pursue their passions and gift the world with their unique, God-given talent.

Back in Spring 2017, I started to realize that Organize 365 was becoming bigger than me. I needed to build a team to see my vision for the future of the company materialize. I hired 7 people in 7 weeks, and we began to work towards the 3 year goals I set back then. In those three years, we have created and sold a physical Sunday Basket®, binders, and a traditionally published book The Paper Solution

The mission statement I wrote back in 2017 is still the foundation of the service we provide today, though it has been expanded a bit over the years. In the podcast, I share my mission, vision, and values with you directly. 

We have achieved all of the practical, actionable goals I set back in 2017, and today I am sharing where I see Organize 365 going over the next three years. I want you to know exactly how we will be improving the customer journey, how we will continue to refine and add value to the lifetime programs you have already purchased, and the new content we will be creating to continue to help you achieve home and paper organization. 

I have always envisioned Organize 365 as an educational and transformational company. You come to Organize 365 when you need to learn how to get organized. As your teacher, I can ensure that you can really truly learn the skill of getting organized, reduce the number of hours it takes to organize and maintain your home, and have your house be a haven that does not talk back to you, so you are free to get out there and do what you are uniquely created to do. I look forward to helping YOU get organized!

Dec 11, 2020
Transformation with Stephanie S
43:59

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 talk with Stephanie S. She lives with her husband, her mother, and 5 kids. She shares how her husband now is working on projects that have been on hold for over 3 years! Together they balance a family, a kinship placement, homeschooling, and the rest of family life. 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

Dec 09, 2020
364 - Take Control of Your Thoughts
24:10

Take Control of Your Thoughts

Today, I want to talk with you about metacognition (thinking about your thinking) and how that helps you to take control of your thoughts. It really is a cognitive choice to see the positive in every situation.

I start by sharing a letter from a member of the Organize 365 community who is struggling with her negative thoughts about the could have, should have, and would have things that she missed out on before having a functioning Sunday Basket®. From the many of you who have reached out, I know she is not alone in struggling with giving herself grace and celebrating progress (not demanding perfection).

In the podcast, I will share with you some experiences in my own home and family that could definitely have been seen through a negative light. However, I share with you how I practice thinking about the good even in these challenges and sometimes even disappointing events. I am giving you concrete examples of how I choose to see the positive side of whatever life brings my way. Shifting your mindset in this way requires practice and you will not always get it right. I even share how I had some (brief) tantrums when things did not go as planned, but how I was able to practice taking control of my thoughts and reframing what was happening in my life.

I want to help you learn to become a more positive, proactive person. I want you to move towards the future you dream of for yourself and your family. The future that will have will be the result of your design. Adjust your mindset so you can see what you want for your own future, and then we will work together to transform your life and make it happen.

Dec 04, 2020
Transformation with Sarah T
34:43

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 talk with Sarah T about how her life has been transformed and how she is learning to identify as an organized person. Sarah has a full house with her husband, 10 year old daughter, 8 year old son, 5 year old son, 2 dogs, and some other small animals. We talk about how she has adopted multiple systems to stay organized while working and schooling from home and getting a new dog in 2020! Listen in to hear how she organizes her clothing in a way that works perfectly for her! (#permissiongranted to do what works in your home and family!!!)  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

Dec 02, 2020
363 - Understanding Inventory at Home
30:43

This episode, Understanding Inventory at Home, is directly related to Episodes 361 and 362 on the different kinds of work. I am sharing some of my thoughts about analyzing how we use the principles we use to run a business and relate them to how we run our households. I think this is super useful because it allows us to take the emotion out of our thinking, and to realize that there is work to be done. 

Our work will never be done - at work or at home. Once we recognize that, it reduces our stress. We can then conscientiously pace ourselves to prioritize what is truly important and urgent. Because of the COVID pandemic, we are home more and we are using our homes differently than before. This means that the nature of our work and our homes is changing. 

We are now keeping a larger stockpile of many home goods (toilet paper anyone?). My previous productivity advice to outsource, hire help, or automate things is not always available or economically feasible anymore.

Let’s start over and look at the home through a different lens. I want us to think about our household inventory in terms of time, money, and physical items inside our homes. In the podcast, I share with you some business terms, and then apply them to our homes and lives. Bottom line: The goal of living an organized and productive life is to achieve as many goals as possible using the least amount of time and energy. Then, you can use the remaining time, energy, and money to do what you are uniquely created to do. 

Right now, I am looking at the inventory we keep in our house. Is it the right amount? Is it in the right location? And, I think the key question is: how many of those to do list items and goals are even necessary at all? Listen in and I’ll explain how our inventory continues to change (and what I predict will happen after the pandemic is finally gone). I even include some of the ways I am thinking about inventory inside my own home and family.

Vocabulary Lesson (based on The Phoenix Project - Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford):

Throughput

  • Business - the rate at which the systems generate money through sales
  • Household - the number of to do and goal items you can accomplish (per day)

Inventory

  • Business - all the money the system has invested in things it intends to sell
  • Household - all of the items the home has that it intends to turn into to do items or goals

Operational Expenses  

  • Business - all the money the system spends on turning inventory into throughput
  • Household - all the time and energy we spend turning inventory into finished to dos or goals
Nov 27, 2020
Blessings We Have Received From 2020
17:15
Listen here: https://organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts/
 
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, our transformation will focus on being able to see the positive and the good that is happening in every single situation. 2020 has been a challenge in so many ways. I definitely do not want to repeat 2020 in any way. However, I would love to give you a perspective shift and help you to see all of the wonderful things and blessings we have had in 2020. Today, I want to share some of the blessings that have been experienced by the Organize 365 community in this crazy, unprecedented, extraordinary year.
Nov 25, 2020
362 - The 4 Kinds of Work Part 2
29:36

This week, we are continuing to look at the different kinds of work. Having labels for things like types of work allows us to see things differently and sometimes leads to better communication. 

Prior to founding Organize 365, my entire life was reactive. Everyone else got to tell me what to do - the economy, my family, my stuff. I just kept reacting to what was happening in my environment. In 2011, I drew a line in the sand. Sink or swim, I am in charge of my life from here on out. I started by taking care of my home and began proactively attacking my life. Unless you actively decide to do planned work and work to create a life where the majority of your work is planned, you will remain in firefighting mode and continue to be reactive.

Until I read The Phoenix Project, I did not even have a mindset for types of work like this. I did not realize the two other kinds of work we are talking about today were a thing that existed. Last week, we explored proactive and reactive types of work. Today, we add in maintenance and change orders. 

Work: Maintenance - maintenance is the repeating tasks that result in the care and upkeep of your home and life. Many people ask Organize 365 for a cleaning checklist or a home maintenance checklist. There are tons of them on Pinterest. However, if you are using the internet for a list consider how often you need to do the tasks. Are you sure everything you are doing on your checklist needs to be done (at all) or needs to be done as often as you are doing it? 

Your standard and comfort level is unique to you. Maintain at the level at which you want to maintain your home. Make a list of the tasks you want to be done - daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly timeline. Make sure that the frequency you assign each task matches with the home you want to have. 

Work: Change Orders - anytime things change, it creates work. When a person, assignment, or locations changes, you need to think through the new situation, and you need to do the work to make the change happen. Change is part of life - try not to add a lot of drama. Pivot, adjust, and keep making progress. Often, these kinds of change orders are reactive.

Tip! With meetings, book 5-30 minutes after them for your change order work meeting. Follow up as immediately as possible - adjust the agenda (maintenance), and then get your to do items into your Sunday Basket or Friday Box, make decisions, give approvals, or adjust deadlines. At home, you may need to adjust to new dietary requirements or adjust for your energy level or adjust to someone else (sick kid, spouse stuck late at work, etc.). 

I have learned to proactively adjust my plans based on my energy levels. As I analyze my own patterns, I have learned that I need to have a certain kind of energy in order to be effective at content creation - writing books or recording podcasts. Other kinds of work I can do no matter what my energy level is at a given moment. I adjust my schedule each evening for the next day based on my energy level. 

I am giving you permission to make your own maintenance checklists and your own change orders. Just because we have work to do in our own homes, does not mean that we need to do it at a certain time or in a certain order or on a certain day. I give you permission to loosen the standards you have set for yourself that are so high. They may be robbing you of your joy. Do what is right for you. Try it without worrying. There is no failure, it is just an experiment.

Nov 20, 2020
Transformation with Betsy H
46:15

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 am answering a listener request to do a virtual organizing session on the podcast. Betsy reached out and requested my assistance to help her tackle the 100 Day Home Organization Program. She had already purchased a membership, but is trying to balance kids at home, multiple part time jobs, and ADHD in the midst of our current global pandemic. Together, we rethink how she can participate in the 100 Days in this challenging season.  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

Nov 18, 2020
361 - The 4 Kinds of Work - Part 1
36:31

I have recently been enjoying parable based books to learn new things and to gain confidence that my own analysis and plans are “right” in the world of business.Reading a fictionalized version of important information helps me to apply learning and see nuances rather than just read dry facts. Recently, I listened to The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim and learned how they describe four different kinds of work. 

In this podcast, I will introduce you to the first two kinds of work. I then also share my thinking about how these kinds of work are also present in our home and household lives. By thinking about these kinds of work, we can get better work patterns and be more effective in the work we do. 

Constraints - constraints are limits that are difficult or impossible to change - in this episode, I give examples of time, money, and space. When we do not have enough of these things, it can be a limit on our organization and productivity, and changing our situation can require a major effort.

Bottlenecks - are problems that can be analyzed and solved - in this episode, I give examples of time, money, and space. I explain how we are not using what we have effectively. It is vital to discern whether you are facing a constraint or a bottleneck - many times there are effective changes you can make.

Work: Firefighting - reactive work that has deadlines, stress, or feels like a crisis. This work shows up unexpectedly and causes us to pivot, iterate, and adapt rapidly. In the home, the Sunday Basket® contains and then puts out fires. Firefighting is reactive by its very nature.

Work: Planned Work - Planned work is proactive. When you plan your work, you use your time, money, and space more effectively. Organize 365 members accomplish large goals without stress, overwork, or being hurried. The 100 Day Home Organization Program focuses on planned work. Each day is planned out for you and you make progress in 15 minute chunks.

Try it! For the next 10 days, every evening I want you to write out your plan for the next day in the order you will accomplish your tasks on a notecard. Write down your appointments, any household tasks you need to accomplish (pick up a prescription or clean the oven or do laundry). When you write out a plan for your day in order, you can see if you days are smoother. Bonus: the evening before, also add to the index card what clothing you will wear and write down what you will eat. Spoiler alert - there are no perfect days and no perfect plans! The goal is to move from reactive to proactive. You can learn more about using notecards in Episode 310: Ditch Your To Do List with Notecards.

Listen in next week for the other two kinds of work!

 

Books mentioned in this episode (affiliate links):

Traction - Gino Wickman  Lisa’s YouTube Review

Get a Grip - Gino Wickman and Mike Paton 

The Phoenix Project - Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford

The Goal - Eliyahu Goldratt

Nov 13, 2020
Transformation with Stephanie F
41:58

Listen here: https://organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts/

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!

Today’s Transformational Podcast features my conversation with Stephanie Fowler of Austin|Fowler: Chic Bags That Simplify Your Life on the Go. We talk about how she has progressed in her own organizing transformational journey and now has time to create and run her own company. I know many of you are either ready to take this next step, or are dreaming of the day when you can do what you are uniquely created to do, and I want to share this conversation with you. She and her husband have 4 kids at home and she runs her business! I hope you enjoy her story and find her 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!

Nov 11, 2020
360 - New Organize 365 WFH Products!
34:57

Today, I want to announce and introduce some brand new Organize 365 products to increase your working from home productivity. 

Organize 365 believes and teaches that organization is about changing your mindset, decluttering, and focusing on what’s functional. I am announcing some new products today, but they are not needed to get your home and paper organized. You need a Sunday Basket®, the 100 Day Home Organization Program, and the four basic binders to establish your foundation of organization. We have had those products for almost 3 years now. We continue to make improvements and add value to your purchases, but these core pieces have not changed.. 

I have promised you for years that once you get organized, you will have more free time, and many of you are finding that to be true! And, now, you are asking, what do we do with all of this time? Today - I have answers for you! All of the products I am sharing with you today are specifically designed to equip you to do the work  you were uniquely created to do. 

I have been able to adapt the Sunday Basket® into various Friday Workboxes to empower me to have a multi-passionate life - I homeschool my daughter, run a corporation (Organize 365), volunteer, and pursue my other hobbies and passions without dropping anything.

Organize 365 App - I appreciate your patience in getting this app out there in the world. There are no organizing emergencies, so we continue to work on this so it is 110% ready for you. It will be completely integrated with the Organize 365 website, and once it’s ready, we will be sure to let you know.

Winter 2021 Planner for the 100 Day Home Organization Program - changed out the beginning pages of the planner to better focus on setting goals, figuring out your time, and establishing your morning, afternoon, and evening routines. I haven’t removed any of the pages, but I want to continue to add value and support your success. (If you have already ordered this planner, we are mailing you the updated pages as our gift!)

Friday Workbox Planner - This is designed to be used with any Friday Workbox you use to earn an income. (It is not designed to be used with the Teacher, Homeschooling, or Volunteer Workboxes at this time). The planner will walk you through taking all of your ideas and to do items, organizing them, and then doing the work to make progress and achieve your goals. This is an undated, quarterly (3 month) planner.

Workbox Planning Day - Our first ever Workbox Planning Day will be Saturday December 5, 2020 from 10am-3pm EST. For work related planning, I always spend the month before the next business quarter setting goals, prioritizing my projects, and making my plan. This gives me enough time to really think, analyze, and plan so I can hit the ground running and start making progress as soon as the new quarter starts. This will be a guided time to deep dive through your whole Friday Workbox and to set up your planner along with me. 

Colored Lattice Binders - At times, you will find that you have slash pocket information that need to be held for reference or as archive information. We now have colored lattice binders to match the 2.0 slash pockets - pink, purple, blue, and green are now available. Since you can order them individually, you could also order them for your kid’s Lisa Binder for school.

Income and Expense Binder - Organize 365 now has a complete and ready to use binder to track your income and expenses. Every year I have been in business (23 years and counting), I make a binder like this for my own business finances. It is a game changer and a life saver! This keeps my business expenses separate from my personal (home) expenses. Every year, I can send my accountant my paperwork in early February and have my taxes done. This binder has 3 sets (15 individual) green slash pockets and specialized printables for each month. This binder will hold your expense receipts, your income trackers, and has a mileage log. Using this, you will be able to keep a running profit and loss statement so you can keep a close eye on your profits.  

Single Color 2.0 Slash Pockets - By popular request, we are now able to offer a single set of 5 slash pockets in one of the 2.0 colors - pink, purple, blue, or green. While you can still buy additional sets of the whole 2.0 set, you can also purchase colors individually.

Organize 365 Notepads - Available in single pads or sets of 3, we now have branded notepads of 100 sheets of paper in the size of index cards. These are super fun and easy to keep stashed in places where you have great ideas (home, car, bedroom, work desk, etc.) to jot down your ideas to toss in your Sunday Basket® or Friday Workbox. These are the sheets I use when writing out my schedule and project list for the next day. 

Embrace 2021 - Please save June 26 and 27th of 2021 for a combined virtual and live, in-person Embrace experience. We are in the process of securing a hotel location, and we will be selling tickets in early 2021.

New Sunday Basket® Colors - We have four new colors to add to the Sunday Basket® selections. Now available in - Basic Black, Champagne, Trendy Teal, and Sapphire Blue. 

I hope that you are as excited as we are about these new products to help you apply your organizing skills to your work and figure out how to adapt to continue to be safe in this pandemic. I want to continue to be an inspiring, encouraging, and positive voice in your life right now. We are here with you!

Nov 06, 2020
WFH Productivity - Interview with Emily - Workbox Additions & Retreat day
01:03:27
Nov 04, 2020
359 - 2020 Declutter Entertainment
18:29

These weeks between October 1st and Thanksgiving are typically the most productive weeks of the year. I want to help you make October super productive by helping you declutter. I want to give you tasks you can complete in 15 minutes a day so you can declutter some different areas of your life. I am focusing on decluttering only, not on organizing or productivity.

Have you been listening, or have you been taking action this month? We’ve talked about files, hot spots, and hot mess rooms. Today, we are going to talk about decluttering entertainment. 

This pandemic has taught me that Americans are entertainment hoarders. We have long lists of things we pursue for the sake of entertainment like kids’ activities, restaurants, shopping, TV shows, sporting events, and even travel. We have become so used to consuming entertainment that the pause in novelty during the pandemic has led to boredom. There was even a meme that said: “I finished Netflix today, what’s next?”

Today, I want to share my thoughts about decluttering the entertainment we have inside of our homes. Those games, puzzles, and hobby materials that you were keeping just in case - have you used them? Can you plan to use them this winter? If you have entertainment you no longer wish to keep, clear out your house and make more space for the things your family does use. 

Listen to the podcast as I talk with you about board games, video electronics, that mega box of cords, and even analog entertainment (waffle makers, for example). 

I want you to use the entertainment you do have and enjoy to make memories with your family. And, for the things you no longer need, can you pass them on and bless some other family? I bought a bunch of puzzles when we first started staying safe at home. I have passed them along to people who passed them along to others - the puzzle train means that many families get to enjoy spending time together working on a puzzle, but do not have to keep storing a puzzle they have already used. I’d love to hear what things you have passed along to others on Facebook or Instagram

Oct 30, 2020
Transformation with Renee C
46:52
 
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’s Transformational Podcast features Renee. She and her husband have 2 daughters, and a dog. She also works as a speech language pathologist. She shares how she has gotten her home and kids organized, and how the Mini Medical Binder helped her family during COVID (get yours at organize365.com/emergency)!
I hope you enjoy her story and find her 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.
Oct 28, 2020
358 - 2020 Declutter Hot Mess Room
18:20

These weeks between October 1st and Thanksgiving are typically the most productive weeks of the year. I want to help you make October super productive by helping you declutter. I want to give you tasks you can complete in 15 minutes a day so you can declutter some different areas of your life. I am focusing on decluttering only, not on organizing or productivity.

Today, I want to talk with you about decluttering your hot mess room. A hot mess room (HMR) is where we lovingly place (shove?) things we don’t know what to do with, can’t part with right now, are not sure about, or want to keep “just in case.” Depending on your home, a HMR can be a garage, shed, storage room, basement, attic, shed, or sometimes even a whole house.

If you are working through the rest of your home (like with the 100 Day Home Organization Program or All Access Membership), you declutter your main living areas, and end up dumping your extra stuff into an area that becomes a HMR. This area becomes overwhelmed as you put things into the space “for now” while you delay making a decision to actually get rid of the stuff. This is perfectly normal - it’s a rest stop for your clutter on the way out the door.

All Access members have a deep dive course to help clear out a HMR, but for today, I want to help you to make progress simply decluttering this space. Unlike a kitchen or a living room, HMR can be hard to clear out because they accumulate stuff from everywhere in the house. Today, I want to help you make progress decluttering this area so that it is more useful to you.

First - be realistic about any item you are considering continuing to keep just in case you need it. Remember that you have just lived through the ultimate just in case scenario - you were safe at home (sometimes for months) during a global pandemic. If you didn’t use the item (food, clothing, or hobby) during that time, you probably never will. Let it go. If you do keep just in case items, you should know what you have and how to find it when you need it.

Second - clear out the things you don’t need that will make the biggest difference in the space - empty boxes, broken items, orphan pieces of furniture, and household items you no longer want or do not use (vases & holiday decorations that do not fit your taste or style anymore). See if you can reduce the stuff by 25-30%. Send things to trash, recycling, or donation centers and reclaim your storage space for the things you do want to keep in storage. 

Oct 23, 2020
Transformation with Melissa F.
52:05

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’s Transformational Podcast features Melissa F. She and her husband have 13 year old twins, a dog, and a business. She shares how she has organized her home and her paper - and we celebrate her progress!  I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

Melissa's kids Allie and Brady have an Etsy shop. Feel free to check it out!

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

Friday Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

Oct 21, 2020
357 - 2020 Declutter Hot Spots
18:33

In today’s podcast, I want to inspire you to take quick action to address the clutter hotspots in your home. A hotspot is anywhere that paper or physical stuff accumulates. As our lives change, we often use our homes in ways that are different from the organizational systems we have already set up. This leads to stuff sitting out and making hotspots. There are three major reasons a clutter hotspot develops:

  1. You have not made a decision about an item.
  2. You have a project you are deferring (not taking action on right now).
  3. You have brought new items into your living space that need to be given a home.

In the podcast, I will walk you through several different hotspots that have popped up in my own home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how I was able to declutter them. I bought some food items but did not have a plan to actually prepare them for a specific meal, so they were left out. Some hotspots were from aspirational purchases where I purchased things I thought I wanted to do (breaking my own 24-hour rule), and left the items out in our living space. Another hotspot was from purchasing new kinds of supplies for the pandemic (gloves, masks, hand sanitizer) without a place to store them or a sense of how many we needed to store in our home.

I want you to take some time and look around your home for your hotspots. Which of the reasons above are these items sitting out randomly around the house? What can you do with your items? What can you donate? What can you work on right away? What can you finish up?

As you look for solutions, think about the Sunday Basket® has helped to eliminate your paper clutter hotspots from your kitchen counter. You know where to put items while you make a decision, you have a place to store your paper that is supporting deferred projects, and you have a home for every piece of paper that enters your home!

Make your home function for the way you use it every day, the way your family lives right now in the present moment. I want you to know that if you need it, you have #permissiongranted to choose functional organizing for your actual daily life.

Oct 16, 2020
Transformation with Jill M
40:02

Listen to all of the transformational interviews at organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts

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!

Today, I am sharing my conversation with Jill M. She lives in IL with her husband and 2 kids. She recently completed her Master's Degree and is now starting her own business. I hope you enjoy her story and find her 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!

Oct 14, 2020
356 - 2020 Declutter Files
17:19

These weeks between October 1st and Thanksgiving are typically the most productive weeks of the year. I want to help you make October super productive by helping you declutter. I want to give you tasks you can complete in 15 minutes a day so you can declutter some different areas of your life. I am focusing on decluttering only, not on organizing or productivity.

When decluttering, the way to make it easier, faster, and more effective is to create rules for your items. Rules free us! With rules, you will make quicker decisions and reduce your decision fatigue. You don’t need to stop and consider each item’s value or importance, you will refer to your rule and rapidly decide to keep or toss. 

This week, we are focusing on decluttering the file cabinet. The Paper Solution launched in August of 2020, and I am hearing from many of you how helpful that book is in getting your paper under control. For the fall, I want to help you declutter and reduce the amount of paper you are managing (and will later organize). 

When it comes to paper, you need rules. There are different kinds of papers - I think of papers as being parts of different categories. First, all actionable paper belongs in your Sunday Basket®. For the podcast today, I am focusing on decluttering your archive (sometimes called reference) papers. 

When you make your rules, you need to answer two questions:

  1. What will I save? (or what will I toss/not save)?
  2. How long will I keep this category of paper?

In the podcast, I share examples of the rules I use in my own life for my own paper for several different categories:

  • Manuals & warranties
  • Phone books
  • Kids’ school papers
  • Pets
  • Home decor paperwork
  • Automobiles

I do not always keep papers, and I’ll explain why I now discard many papers in these categories. If you sort through 3-5 folders from your file cabinet each day, it will typically take around 15 minutes. Focus on identifying what you want or need to keep, and toss the rest (of course, shred sensitive private information). Most people are able to reduce their saved paper by 50-80% when decluttering this way.

Oct 09, 2020
Transformation with Audrey N.
31:26

Listen to all of the Transformational Podcasts at organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts

This week, we are back to our traditional transformational 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!

Today, I am sharing my conversation with Audrey N. She just started her 2nd round of the 100 Day Program. She is married, works part time outside the home, and is a parent. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

Audrey recommends the meal planning app Plan to Eat (no affiliate). 

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!

Oct 07, 2020
355 - Is COVID a Golden Window?
24:42

These weeks between October 1st and Thanksgiving are typically the most productive weeks of the year. You will get to see your productivity skyrocket and your 2020 goals come to fruition. Once the holidays come, you will turn your focus to social events and making memories, so I want to talk with you about how COVID may be a Golden Window for you.

Some of you have been barely surviving this pandemic. And, that’s perfectly reasonable. I am not asking you to do more, but I want to share some short, actionable podcasts that can help you cultivate a mindset so you are prepared for when you can deep dive into organization and productivity. 

A Golden Window is a time in your life where you have an unusual period of energy, drive, and focus to take back your life and get organized. Are you in a period of your life where you are reevaluating your life? Have you stopped to think about how you use your time, where you live, your job situation, or your home? Everything has changed - for all of us. For a Golden Window, you are ready for the change. If you are merely reacting and surviving, you may not have the extra time, energy, and motivation that a Golden Window brings. 

If you are not in a Golden Window, do not worry. Keep going and give yourself grace. Your turn will come. If you are in a Golden Window (Podcast 242), I want to help you analyze and plan for this opportunity. 

If you are entering a Golden Window, I want to help you end 2020 strong, and to start thinking about how you can use this opportunity to look ahead 5-10 years and begin making the changes towards that future. Listen in as I help you figure out what you want to start and how to take the first step.

Oct 02, 2020
Transformation with Kerstin H
41:15

This week, we are back to our traditional transformational 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!

Today, I am sharing my conversation with Kerstin H. She lives in Germany with her husband and foster daughter. She started with a Sunday Basket® and has found much more peace in life and control of her time. I hope you enjoy her story and find her 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!

Sep 30, 2020
354 - The New Economy and Our Homes
35:01

As we continue to explore our interim normal from COVID-19, I want to share some insights on the economy and how we are changing the way we use our homes. I am not an economist or a real estate expert, but I am a questioner and I want to share my own personal thoughts about how we continue to adapt to these extraordinary (unprecedented) times we are in.

We are in the middle of a transition in technology, working from home, social media, and how we are living in our current reality. As I have shared before, my study of different generations has shown that history is cyclical and we move from one end of a particular pendulum to the other, and then we come back again. 

The Stuff We Keep

In the 1980’s we were at the height of consumerism and stuff. Near 2020, many people were very minimalist. In the next few years, I expect that people are not going to declutter as much. We have now faced supply chain issues, shortages, and have learned we cannot always go shopping for (or even order delivery) of the things we want right now. 

Our families are also changing. More people are living at home, indefinitely. While young adults used to go out and begin living independently, the health and economic issues are meaning more are living at home for longer periods. This also changes the amount and type of stuff we are keeping in our homes. 

Economic Changes

Retail stores are going bankrupt. The economy was shifting prior to the pandemic, but COVID creased a condensed timeline. While businesses usually change at a much slower pace than individuals or families, they are now being forced to adapt more quickly, and not all will be successful. 

Supply chain issues are also a real thing, and will likely continue for a while. For people who traditionally stockpiled things, you may not have access to the same quantity as before. You may not have space to store extras while you are also housing additional people in your home. Your ability to afford to shop and plan ahead may also be altered. 

Living at Home

If you decluttered something and are regretting letting it go, because your “just in case” actually came true, give yourself grace. There is no benefit to blame or anger at this unpredictable global health crisis. If you have not used something in the last 6 months, I want you to really consider letting it go and allowing it to bless someone else.

As we head into our first Fall and Winter seasons in this pandemic, I want you to think about what you will need to get through this season. What items do you want to be sure you have for this season? What do you need to change or adapt in how your physical home is functioning? What do you want to have at home? What can you afford? What do you have space to store? How will you adapt your holiday plans for social distancing and public health? How will you make your home feel like home for all who are living there?

IDS

At Organize 365, we use the Traction model for our business operating system. One component is that we IDS problems and issues. We identify, discuss, and solve challenges as a team. I share some fun examples in the podcast - so be sure to listen in for an insider peek at some recent decisions we made.

Sep 25, 2020
Sunday Basket® Workshops in the Pandemic
25:59
Listen in at organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts
 
This week, Monique Horb and I share our conversation about how the COVID-19 Pandemic has affected Sunday Basket® Workshops.
 
We start out by talking about the rapid growth we have seen in the Sunday Basket® community. As people continue to be safe at home and find a new interim normal during the pandemic, paper organization has become even more important.
 
More people than ever have taken advantage of the FREE Sunday Basket® Club membership included with the purchase of a Complete Sunday Basket® System. Having accountability and a virtual community has been a game changer for many people in making progress organizing their household paper.
 
Monique and I also talk about how Organize 365 has pivoted to allow Certified Sunday Basket® Workshop Organizers to host their own VIRTUAL Sunday Basket® trainings to grow their own businesses. The Certification Program is open WORLDWIDE now through October 12, 2020. There is a FREE webinar to learn more available October 3 at 11 am EST. (Replay available!)
 
Learn more at sundaybasketcertification.com and please learn more to see if this is the right time for you to join us in bringing The Paper Solution to the world. Feel free to contact Monique with any questions!
Sep 23, 2020
353 - Go with the Flow is Gone
38:14

The COVID-19 Pandemic has taken away our ability to go with the flow. We are living in a snow globe where our city, job, government, and public health are continually shaken up and we are chasing around. So many people are sharing that life feels so hard right now. There is no flow. The pandemic has stopped our hustle, bustle, and flow. 

Most of us have lived through hard times like this before, and humanity has definitely survived times of uncertainty and upheaval similar to what we are facing now. In the podcast, I share about how we have survived and have the lessons from other times in history when our lives were similarly out of control. 

However, catastrophic events do not impact everyone equally. Depending on your location, family, job, and other factors, you may be experiencing a lot or a little bit of life disruption. Today, I want to talk with you about how to find your flow again - even though it will be different than it was before COVID-19.

First, if you are not a natural flow generator, find and follow good leaders.

Second, get started. Let go of perfection. Release the need to do it all. But, actually taking action and moving your body will produce much better results than thinking about what you want to do.

Third, I really want you to work on your schedules and routines. These basic steps will get you moving in the morning and can keep you moving throughout the day. When you clean up - you know the drill - pick up trash, clothes, and food in that order. Start simple, and just get started.

I also share how my morning, afternoon, and evening routines have helped me to continue to be engaged in my life and make progress during the pandemic. It is typical to be less productive than you were before the stay at home events, but using routines will help you to transition to the next part of the day and keep the momentum going. I share suggestions for setting up your routines and share my own inside the podcast. 

For links to the items Lisa is using, please go to the show notes page on the website

Sep 18, 2020
The New Corner Office with Laura Vanderkam
47:08

This week our Wednesday podcast is my conversation with my absolute, most favorite author - Laura Vanderkam!

We discuss many things she writes about in her new book, The New Corner Office. We talk about all things working from home - how to manage time, organize your workday, still be productive, and get energized to get things done.

Laura is also analytical so we talk about different ways to apply routines, rituals, transition time, separation, and habits so we can find success in this interim normal as many continue to stay safe at home.

Sep 16, 2020
352 - Interim Normal & Our Homes
26:03
Listen here: organize365.com/podcast/interim-normal
 
We are living in the middle of a global health pandemic during COVID-19. The middle of any kind of change or transition is messy!!! As we go through the middle, we can end up feel trapped - we cannot go back, but we are not yet to the place we want to be. 
 
I want to help you make sense of this pandemic and disruption we are all facing. I want to share my analysis of what is going on in society, our homes, and our responses to this uncertainty we have all been living with since at least March of 2020. I am hearing from many of you that you are facing anxiety, depression, and feelings of loss. Every single person on Earth has had plans derailed this year.
 
So - what do we do about the messy middle? We are certainly not yet to the "new normal" that will come someday, but we do have to begin to function more effectively and make some progress in life. We are all struggling to make sense of our current reality and to figure out how to function in a new world. We cannot live our pajama day, Netflix, and quarantine cocktail life while we wait for the end. We must work our way through this messy middle.
 
I want to walk with you, provide inspiration, and help you to survive (and maybe thrive) in this unexpected life event. I cannot fix everything going on, but I can help you to find your bearings so you can get some traction while we all stumble through this middle place together. 
 
Listen in as I talk to you about how to analyze and adapt for:
 
School (in person or from home)
Vacations & Fun
Work
Adult Children
Thinking Time
Schedules & Routines
Cash Flow & Money
 
Just as getting organized begins with your mindset, so does getting yourself and your loved ones through this time. I am here as your teacher, your coach, and your friend. You are not alone in this journey, and I will walk along side you and continue to share and inspire.
 
Furthermore, if you are struggling with mental health during this time, that is a true, real, and vital medical need. Please seek medical attention for your medical needs. Please reach out to your health care team and ask for help. If you want to hear more about the time I struggled with depression, you can listen to that podcast here. However, I am not a medical professional, and I cannot provide medical assistance. 
Sep 11, 2020
The Paper Solution - Excerpt from the audiobook -
13:27
 
I am so excited to share with you a short excerpt from The Paper Solution audiobook! My publisher has allowed me to share this reading from the book with you all. I hope that you are making progress on your home papers and getting them organized, but if you find this helpful, be sure to pick up your own copy of The Paper Solution.
 
Sep 09, 2020
351 - The Paper Solution - Kid Papers From 0-18 Years Old
20:04

The Paper Solution - Kid's School Memory Binder

In The Paper Solution, I teach you how to ditch your file cabinet and replace it with portable, functional binders for reference papers. The Paper Solution will tell you how to set up your binders, gives you access to sample printables, and gives you a list of what to include in each of the binders I recommend you create. 

The Kid's School Memory Binder

Binders have so many benefits - they are easy to update, they help limit how much we save, and they are far more portable than a file cabinet. This is one place to keep art work, stories, awards, certificates, and those adorable school photos. 

I have even made these binders for Greg and myself. We had some great times reading each other's school papers, sharing stories, and just being surprised by each other. One binder for each person in the house is really fun and a great way to keep a reasonable amount of school memories in an organized way.

The Kid's School Memory Binder helps to keep your child's school papers, memories, and certificates in easy to enjoy (and space limiting) binders. When you use page protectors, it is easy to add and remove papers over time. I am always astounded by how much kids enjoy looking back at their own work and sharing the stories. For details on what to include in your binder, listen to the podcast and then check out Chapter 14 of The Paper Solution

In the podcast, I also share about the Warrior Mama IEP Binder - a way to help you get and keep your paperwork organized if you are dealing with special needs or individualized education plans.

Sep 04, 2020
Wednesday Transformation - Melissa S - Work & Motherhood Organization Journey
49:48

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!

Today’s Transformational Podcast features my conversation with Melissa S. Missy lives with her husband and 3 girls. This is the second part of our conversation. Today we talk about work, motherhood, and other organizational parts of life. Missy works in a family business with 180 employees that focuses on media and trade publications. She and Lisa share about how Missy uses a Workbox and Binders to keep all of her papers organized so she can be an organized business owner. They also share how the Workbox and Sunday Basket® help Missy plan her week and stay proactive rather than reactive!

I hope you enjoy her story and find her 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!

Sep 02, 2020
350 - The Paper Solution - How to Organize Your Family's Fun & Daily Living
15:57
Enjoy the podcast: organize365.com/podcast/organize-fun-paper
 
In The Paper Solution, I teach you how to ditch your file cabinet and replace it with portable, functional binders for reference papers. The Paper Solution will tell you how to set up your binders, gives you access to sample printables, and gives you a list of what to include in each of the binders I recommend you create. 
 
 
The idea for this binder grew from my career as a teacher. I think of this binder as a lesson plan for my home and family - I want to keep track of and grow the traditions that are meaningful to the people in my family and I want to reduce the things that do not bring joy or value to my family. 
 
I created this binder to help keep track of ideas for celebrating and decorating for different holidays. I also keep childcare information, pet information, and meal plan information in this binder. I want it to be a single place someone could go to step in and help with our family routines and care. This is a place to keep the things you want to remember from our three times a year Blitz - like summer ideas or winter holiday plans. 
 
The Household Operations Binder allows you to hand off care of your home, children, or pets to another person. It keeps all of the details and information in a single place. It also helps you to keep your ideas together in one place so that it is easy to transition into fun. For details on what to include in your binder, listen to the podcast and then check out page 218 of The Paper Solution. 
Aug 28, 2020
Wednesday Transformation - Melissa S. Home Organization Journey
49:09
Listen here: https://organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts/
 
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!
 
Today’s Transformational Podcast features my conversation with Melissa S. Missy lives with her husband and 3 girls. She shares how she has used the skills she has learned from her Sunday Basket® and the 100 Day Program to transform her paper and home. She shares how she makes time for her 15 minute a day task, has helped settle her mom's estate, and how the Warrior Mama binder has helped with her kid's education. Missy shares her own challenges with ADHD and how she has gone from living a reactive to a proactive life (and how that is so much easier on her brain!).
 
I hope you enjoy her story and find her 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!

Aug 26, 2020
349 - The Paper Solution - How to Organize Past, Present & Future Monies
13:30

In The Paper Solution, I teach you how to ditch your file cabinet and replace it with portable, functional binders for reference papers. The Paper Solution will tell you how to set up your binders, gives you access to sample printables, and gives you a list of what to include in each of the binders I recommend you create. 

The Financial Organizing Binder

In full honesty, this is last binder I made for myself, but it was probably the most important binder I made. Money can be a tricky and emotional topic, so give yourself grace if you are new to this topic. I help as the executor of both my grandmother and my father, and I saw what a blessing it is to the people you love to have your financial papers in order and organized. 

The Financial Organizing Binder is meant to keep track of past purchases and closed loans, current bill pay checklists and active accounts, and dreams for the future with retirement accounts and some celebration of life (funeral) information. It is meant to be a help to your family, or you can use it when you need to settle someone else's estate. 

The Financial Organizing Binder allows you to keep your past, present, and future finances together in a portable and organized system. For details on what to include in your binder, listen to the podcast and then check out page 196 of The Paper Solution

Aug 21, 2020
348 - The Paper Solution - Saving Your Medical History
15:18

In The Paper Solution, I teach you how to ditch your file cabinet and replace it with portable, functional binders for reference papers. The Paper Solution will tell you how to set up your binders, gives you access to sample printables, and gives you a list of what to include in each of the binders I recommend you create. 

The Medical Organizing Binder

Before my father passed away, I was his power of attorney for health care. I was doing my best, but I did not know his medical history, diagnosis, or even his medications. I started out writing down information on scraps of paper, but I was traveling several hours between my home and his, and it was hard to keep it organized. Having test and lab results recorded in an organized way helps me to feel less anxious and more informed.  

The Medical Organizing Binder keeps track of your diagnosis, family history, and what is normal for you (or for the person you care for). Everything I and the medical team could want to know about my children is organized in one place. And, in the US, digital medical records are not kept indefinitely and they do not always transfer between providers. The Medical Organizing Binder allows you to keep a complete personal medical history in a portable and organized system. For details on what to include in your binder, listen to the podcast and then check out page 209 of The Paper Solution

Try out a sample FREE mini Emergency Medical Binder printable at organize365.com/emergency - Feel free to share this link with family, friends, and co-workers!

Aug 14, 2020
Hi - I'm Lisa Woodruff
05:39
Listen here: https://organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts
 
This week, I want to welcome all of you who are new to Organize 365, especially if you have found me through my new book, The Paper Solution! I am so glad you are here, and I just want to share a brief introduction to Organize 365.
 
First, you are NEVER behind when getting organized. Just give yourself grace for what's in the past, and join us in celebrating progress over perfection!
 
If you are new, please make sure you are subscribed to the Organize 365 Podcast in your favorite podcast player. We have 2-3 podcasts a week all designed to help you get your home, paper, and life organized. Organization is a learnable skill, and I want to be your teacher along your organizational journey.
 
You can find out more about The Sunday Basket®, the 100 Day Home Organization Program, and All Access programs at organize365.com
Aug 12, 2020
347 - The Paper Solution - How to Organize Papers from Your Physical Home
14:55

In The Paper Solution, I teach you how to ditch your file cabinet and replace it with portable, functional binders for reference papers. The Paper Solution will tell you how to set up your binders, gives you access to sample printables, and gives you a list of what to include in each of the binders I recommend you create. 

The Household Reference Binder

The Household Reference Binder is the first binder I ever made, and it is one of the easiest to assemble. The Household Reference Binder is all of the papers about your home that you would pass on to a new person moving into the home. It works for homeowners and for renters. The Household Reference Binder is one complete inventory of your appliances, repair information, service providers, and decoration choices like paint colors. 

My Household Reference Binder repeatedly saves me time, headaches, and money. Everything I could want to know about my home is organized in one place. For details on what to include in your binder, listen to the podcast and then check out page 188 of The Paper Solution available at organize365.com/book

Aug 07, 2020
40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club - from Home with Angela Watson
46:07

On the Wednesday Podcast this week, I share my conversation with Angela Watson. Angela is the creator and teacher of the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. Her program helps teachers become more prepared and organized so they can spend less time at work and have a sustainable career.

We talk about the many choices we have made to pivot during the safe at home experience. Angela and I deep dive into some of the challenges teachers are facing while teaching remotely. We also talk deeply about the challenges parents have faced with remote learning and an unpredictable school year in the fall. We talk about how to balance the administrative tasks for teachers too. We talk about how to balance professional AND personal development.

We both want you to show up as the best version of yourself - and that means time away from work to rest and recharge. I think this will be fascinating as a parent, teacher, or just someone working on self-care. Learn more about the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club and how you can join now as a friend of Lisa (even though it's closed to the public!) - organize365.com/angela

Aug 05, 2020
346 - The Paper Solution Book Launch Day Details
16:09

We hope you can join us for this non-traditional book launch!!!

The Paper Solution book is launching August 4, 2020 and I want to share some details with you! While it is disappointing that I cannot safely travel and hug each and every one of you in person, I still want to share the celebration as The Paper Solution launches. Today, I am sharing my plan with you!

I want you to have The Paper Solution - I don't want to just sell you a book, I want you to have a paper reference guide in your hands - so you can finally get your household papers under control. We all know that we are still having supply chain issues, and books are no exception. Please consider preordering so you can be sure you get a copy! You can order your copy at organize365.com/book

Jul 31, 2020
Adapting to Teaching from Home with Lorie
37:29

This week, my Wednesday conversation is with Lorie G. She was on a previous Transformational Podcast and she is back with an update and some super helpful information this week. Lorie started the 100 Day Program after some damage to her house and after losing nearly 100 pounds.

In our conversation, she shares how she adapted to schooling from home in the spring, and how is doing her best to make ideas and plans for the uncertain fall school year. She is honest about how she has been challenged to be consistent with her Sunday Basket®. At the same time, she customized her Friday Teacher Workbox to help her adapt to teaching during the pandemic. She is frank about how she has make important choices and rearranged priorities. Listen in to hear grace in action, and to be inspired to face whatever comes next year.

Lorie has been super generous, so we are sharing two bonus items. Her sign in document is available here, and you can watch a special video here

Jul 29, 2020
345 - Too Much or Too Little Time - How to Make Time Work for You
32:23

As we enter July 2020, I want to talk with you about time. I want to talk about how time is passing during this global pandemic. You either have so much time you do not know what to do with it, or so little time you do not know how you will get it all done. In my life, I have vacillated between those two thoughts, but it is different now. 

We will probably be living with the virus for a while yet to come. It is going to take time to sort out all things that have been disrupted or changed by the pandemic. During our Ready For the School Year Blitz, I kept reminding you to focus on what you can control. What are you in control of? How can you take control of your time (knowing "pandemic time" is different)? No matter how productively we had been living prior to the pandemic, now most of us are living reactively. To move towards proactive living and productivity once again, we need systems, routines, and habits. But, July is not the time to do any of those things. I am working on how I can best support you in September when your productive energy and focus will increase. 

As you enjoy the rest of summer, I want you to let your brain noodle on a few ideas before we head into the fall. I answer two reader questions and share my own mindset about some concepts around time. Listen in as I talk about these questions: 

How do you know when you have done enough? How do you balance the concepts of planned neglect and Laura Vanderkam's idea of 168 Hours - You Have More Time Than You Think

Do you have to be doing everything that you are doing related to the care and maintenance of the house and the people that live inside of it? With everyone living inside of your house 24/7, the workload related to caring for your home and people needs to be divided more fairly among the people who share your home. For this, I recommend going back to the podcast or book review of Eve Rodsky's Fair Play.

Jul 24, 2020
Lifelong Learners - Changing our Home Libraries with Maria Dismondy
50:45
Listen here: organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts
 
“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” - Charlie "Tremendous" Jones
 
This week, my Wednesday Podcast is a conversation with children's author and my virtual friend Maria Dismondy. We pack so much into this quick interview. Listen in to hear how we talk about living a life with healthy balance and discuss virtual book tours.
 
We also talk about how to change the conversations we are having inside of our homes. We talk about how to build a library of books that represent all of the children and how our books should reflect the world around us. Maria has written books with the goal of making sure there are children's books that celebrate our differences so that any kid can open a book and see themselves in the pages.
 
You can find her books or learn more about Maria Dismondy at https://mariadismondy.com/
 
You can still preorder your copy of The Paper Solution - launching August 4, 2020.
Jul 22, 2020
344 - Space Planning for Pandemic Living
26:11

Brace yourself - I want you to think about your house in way unlike you have ever thought about your house before. I want to challenge all of us to change from how we think we should live in our homes, and embrace how we are actually living in our homes. I am hoping we will not be forced to stay safe at home again, but I want us to be prepared.

As women, we often feel like when people come into our homes that we are being judged and graded. Most women I have spoken with have felt this way at some point in their lives. We take pride in having a clean and hospitable home, but we are often short in time and money to make that a reality. I want to help you make some mindset shifts for living in this pandemic.

Walk through your house with index cards or a note pad. Stop in each zone and make notes about what worked and what did not. I share with you some of the thinking I did about my own house and family. 

Walk through your house with index cards or a note pad. Stop in each zone and make notes about what worked and what did not. I share with you some of the thinking I did about my own house and family. For example, everyone in the home needs a place to work, alone space, passion projects, and adequate technology. I also share some changes you can consider making to the spaces in your home. You can make new rules. You can change how you are using your spaces. I'd love to hear from you in our Facebook community if you are using spaces in new or unusual ways. 

Mentioned in the podcast:

Kids Program & Planner

Getting Ready for the New School Year Blitz

Jul 17, 2020
Professional Organizers Think Tank (POTT) with Monique Horb
50:08
Listen here: https://organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts/
 
This week for our Wednesday podcast, Monique Horb and I deep dive into the Professional Organizer's Think Tank (POTT). We have both worked as in home professional organizers, and I share some of the history of how Organize 365 has transitioned along the way.
 
The POTT is the largest FREE Facebook group for professional organizers. It is a blend of seasoned professional organizers and people just exploring professional organizing as a career path. We share how the group is a great place to learn about this as a potential job.
 
We also share about the POTT podcasts (Lisa shares details about setting prices and policies in that podcast) and we share about the Sunday Basket® Certification Program that you can add on to your professional organization business. The conversation also shares some information about the SALES part of running your own professional organization business.
Jul 15, 2020
343 - Decluttering for Fall Productivity
26:26

As we try to plan for the fall, I want you to be more thoughtful about your home. We are processing a massive amount of change every single day. It is also impossible to make an effective plan for even the near future in our current world. It is very hard to live with the constant unknown we are facing right now.

I am recommending that you spend some time this summer focusing on ruthless decluttering. I want you to embrace your current phase of life, and get rid of anything you no longer want or need. Ruthless decluttering is a physical activity that makes you feel great. You will create physical, energetic, and emotional space in your home. Get the stuff out! Focus on the life you are actually living right now. If you haven't used something you had been saving "just in case" during the pandemic and all the supply chain shortages - let them go!

Jul 10, 2020
The Paper Organizing Retreat with Monique Horb
44:50

Listen here: organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts

Welcome to week two of our updates with Monique Horb. This week we talk all about the Paper Organizing Retreats. We talk about where they come from and why people find them so helpful in finally getting their paper organized and ditching their filing cabinets. One of the real gifts of a Paper Organizing Retreat is a chance to focus on your papers without interruption in a dedicated space - it allows you to really make progress! They are also way more affordable than hiring an in home professional organizer. We also talk about how we converted these in person Paper Organizing Retreats to virtual in the COVID pandemic hosted by our All Paper Certified Organizers. Some are even offering deep dives into specific binders.

Remember, if you preorder 5 copies of The Paper Solution and submit your receipts by July 17th, you can join our virtual POR as a preorder bonus. You can place your preorder at organize365.com/book We also share how the Sunday Basket® Certified Workshop Organizer program can add to your business. Monique also shares some of her paper organizing packages and workshops.

If you are looking for a local or virtual Paper Organizing Retreat, please check our directory.

Jul 08, 2020
342 - Creating a Massive Possibilities List
32:20

Blog post: organzie365.com/creating-a-massive-possibilities-list

This year has been challenging, unpredictable, unplannable, unusual, and unprecedented. We have had to pivot and adjust more than ever before in our lives (at least for many of us). Our brains are processing so much change all the time. Everything needs to be thought about all the time. Our habits and routines have been completely disrupted. We are using our decision making power so much more often and are getting exhausted so much more easily than before.

I want to help you create a massive possibilities list, and not using a to do list. I want to help you to change how you think to focus on chunking and orienting your thinking to bigger priorities. All month, we will be talking about how to adjust our thinking, homes, and lives to take more control of our homes as we continue to move forward during the pandemic. Listen in and hear how I have transitioned from a to do list to a possibilities list.

Learn more about The Sunday Basket®.

Jul 03, 2020
Sunday Basket® Club Updates & NEW Friday Workboxes Club with Monique Horb
48:10

We are continuing to transform our Wednesday Transformational Podcasts. In July, we are starting with 3 podcast conversations with Lisa and Monique. Monique is the leader of our Sunday Basket® Club. Lisa and Monique talk about the new #sundaybasketclub (with a NEW mug you can win). Organize 365 wants to continue to encourage and support you and you build new habits and change your life. They also explain the new Friday Workbox Club launching on July 17th. All people who have purchased a Friday Workbox are welcome to join us in the Facebook group (LIVE Friday at 4pm EST) or watch the weekly recording when you have time.

Jul 01, 2020
341 - NEW Sunday Basket & Embrace Announcements
26:47

I know some of you missed our regular Friday podcast this week. But, because Embrace sold out, and we are making several exciting announcements during our time together, I want you to get the same information in real time. Listen in for all of the details, but here are the major highlights:

-We have a NEW physical Sunday Basket® available NOW in the shop!

-We have a brand new #SundayBasketClub mug that you can earn by sharing your Sunday Basket® on Facebook or Instagram. Check out the rules and get more information at organize365.com/contest

-Starting July 17th, 2020, we will be hosting a Workbox Club on Fridays from 4-5:30 pm EST in the Workbox Facebook Group.

-Finally, the 100 Day Home Organization Program is getting an app to help you get your home organized. The next round starts September 7th, 2020. There will be NO additional charge - it will be included with your purchase of the 100 Day Program. Sign up and get started today!

Jun 28, 2020
Transformation with Eva C
49:52
Listen to all the Wednesday Transformations.
 
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’s Transformational Podcast features Eva C. She has a full house! She lives with her husband and three teen aged sons. Her oldest child, a daughter, moved out last year. And, her in-laws live in the basement suite! Listen in as she describes the transformation after 20 years of marriage, four kids, 15 years of homeschooling, and 8 moves. She also shares her most important lesson: "I found out that I would be okay if I gave things away." I hope you enjoy her story and find her 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
 
To learn more about the programs and products described here, please go to Organize 365.
Jun 24, 2020
340 - Special Circumstances that Impact Your Organization ~The Organize 365 Story Part 8
35:00

See the full blog post at organize365.com/special-circumstances-organize-365-story-part8

This is part 8 of a series sharing the Organize 365 Story. I want to talk with you about some special circumstances that impact your organizational journey. As always, I start with helping you to get the right mindset about home organization. I want to give you the ability to look at your life circumstances and understand the ways in which they are impacting your organization. Getting your thoughts and mindset ordered is vital to ordering your physical spaces. I want to share with you some life circumstances and talk about how they affect your thinking and your organizing work. This week, I want to share some special circumstances you may face in order to help the Organize 365 community to have a shared vocabulary and foundational language.

No matter when you begin your transformational journey (or when you need to reset or restart), this information will be here as a reference for you. Listen in as I teach you about how I special circumstances and their impact on organization. These ideas are at the core of everything I teach and how I approach organizing and will help you take those first steps towards learning the skills of organization in order to progress along your transformational journey. 

See all 8 parts of this series at organize365.com/glossary

 

Jun 19, 2020
Transformation with Verna R
53:29

See all of the Wednesday Transformations at https://organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts/

This week, we return to our regularly scheduled Wednesday Transformational Podcasts. This week I am speaking with Verna R. She has had several unexpected events in her life and is busy doing international humanitarian work. She finished her first round of the 100 Day Home Organization in just 35 days.

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.

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