Beware of Energy Vampires!

For a very big part of my 30’s, the more I talked about the things that bothered me the grumpier that I became.  I have always noticed that when one person starts to complain it doesn’t take long for someone else to follow suit and before you know it a complete “bitch-fest” is going on.  Face it, we all have our own problems, people that make us crazy, family stuff to get over, etc.  The problem is that we don’t need to make it everyone else’s problem while we’re at it.  I’m not suggesting that you bottle this up, you need to be able to talk to a good friend or sometimes even a therapist but complaining and moaning to anyone that will listen will only serve to make you feel worse the longer it goes on.

This can also go another way… is there someone in your life that constantly complains? They can be just as draining (if not more so). Your time is very valuable so choose how you spend it wisely. I’m not saying we can avoid those “energy vampires” completely but we can certainly minimize our time spent with them!

Do you know someone that sucks your energy dry?!

Do your most dreaded task first

I am not the best at returning phone calls (ask any of my friends & family) but it is an extremely important part of my business. When faced with having to make a call to a client or anyone else for that matter I try to make the phone calls the first thing that I do once office hours are “open”.

One of the reasons for this is that my energy is highest in the morning along with the fact that I can get de-railed very easily with my day if something comes up that needs my immediate attention.  I want (and need) to make phone calls a priority so that I am able to think quickly and give my clients the attention that they deserve.

What is your least favorite task and how do you go about taking care of it when you need to?

Email overload? Sub-divide your Inbox!

If you are like me, you have more than one email address (sadly I have 5).  This makes keeping up with everything extremely challenging so I decided many years ago to “sub-divide” my Inbox(es). This allows me to move something into a folder that I might not need to access immediately anymore but might need to reference at a later date (airline tickets for example).

Here is an example of how my Personal Email Inbox is divided up:

  • Gators (football)
  • Jordan (daughter)
  • Peyton (son)
  • Cirrus (dog – yes in my world the dog ranks enough to have his own folder…)
  • Travel
  • Online orders
  • Photos (these are from family/friends that I might/might not download onto my hard drive at some point
  • Meekster (my nickname and where I put nice notes from friends or funny jokes, etc.)

When I’ve read and replied to an email but I don’t want to delete it I can move it into a “sub folder” and know it will be there when I might need to reference it.  That is one of the ways that I “keep myself honest”, it doesn’t leave my Inbox until it’s been replied to/dealt with and from there it either goes in the trash or one of my sub-folders.

I follow the same format & rules with my business emails too.  What do you do to keep your emails organized?

Forgive yourself for getting disorganized

If you read my blog post about being humbled recently  you will most definitely appreciate this one too.

Each and every one of our clients is certain that we’ve never seen anything worse than what we are looking at in their home or office. It amazes me how high we set the standards for ourselves but with 24 hour HGTV and Martha Stewart, Real Simple, etc. out there it’s hard not to want to aspire to that 24/7.  The only problem is that just with fashion magazines, sometimes the setup isn’t realistic and/or budgets were obscene to begin with or my favorite: they had an entire design team at their disposal and they got it done in less than a week.

Personally I find that “org porn” is pretty hot, but it’s just not realistic.  Anyone can come into a space and organize it but unless YOU are there giving suggestions and working through everything with a Professional Organizer it won’t make any sense to YOU when we head out the door.  It’s your house, you need to know where to find everything, not me!

The guilt that comes along with disorganization can be debilitating and it’s also like dieting, if I blew it by mid-morning when I had my Snickers bar then why bother the rest of the day.  Just do one thing today towards the path towards overall organization: forgive yourself for letting it get disorganized and just move forward one step at a time on a positive note and before you know it you won’t be getting in over your head anymore. Change takes time but stick with it and you’ll be amazed how much more on top of things you’ll feel.

What are you struggling with organizationally today?

Big o’ slice of humble pie….

017_meek_0612_print_4646Over the past few weeks I have been feeling completely overwhelmed with a few big projects and was feeling quite disorganized and “over cluttered” myself.  One of my Associates does “home staging” for realtors and I thought she would be perfect to help me thin out a few things in our house.

We have lived in the same home since 1998 and I have raised my two kids there so we’ve gone through several “purges” already in getting rid of the baby stuff, then the toddler, etc. BUT, I didn’t realize how much other stuff we’ve accumulated over the years.  I was always able to find it but given our busy life I was feeling like it was controlling me vs. the way it should be.  Susan to the rescue!

I was reminded in a very blunt fashion how overwhelmed our clients are with their “stuff” and truth be told, I felt like I was the shoemaker with no shoes, here I am a Professional Organizer without a labeled pantry, laundry room or office storage space, GASP!

My kids and I spent a wonderful week in Texas last week and I let Susan have complete control of my entire house, she was in charge and as I’m sitting on the plane writing this post, I’m very sad to leave our friends in the Great Lone Star State but I am excited to see what I’ve got waiting for me at home.  Even the Pro’s need a hand every once in awhile and it never, ever hurts to ask.

What is overwhelming you at the moment?

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