How to not be unproductive and procrastinate

What to Do About Procrastination and Feeling Unproductive

Do you wake up in the morning with a plan of what you expect to get done, but by the end of the day it just doesn’t seem to work out “your” way due to procrastination?

Do you have a constant nagging feeling of guilt because the most important things you wanted to accomplish didn’t get done AGAIN?!

As the days and weeks roll along, that unproductive feeling becomes an avalanche of undone tasks snowballing into one another….

So, what exactly does being unproductive mean?

Overwhelmed? It’s that moment when you kick yourself in the butt because important action items written on some itsy bits of paper are lost in a pile of other random notes and reminders, some which were written so long ago that you can’t remember what they mean.

Those same random pieces of paper are posted all over your computer, your wall, stuck to other pieces of unrelated paper on your desk, the kitchen counter, your bathroom mirror, or even hiding in one of your drawers…

The bottom line is unproductive means missed opportunities.

Being unproductive means that you are not producing your desired results.

You are not reaching your fullest potential. Not getting any closer to your end goal.

What To Do About Procrastination

To achieve your goals and reach your desired results, you need a structure with goals and steps to achieve each goal. This structure has to have a map defining priorities of the steps required, and the deadline completion date for each item.

With my help, you don’t have to figure it out on your own!

to-do-checklistI’m a list maker – seems like I’ve always been.  On Sundays I make my weekly to-do list for each day.  The few times that it went “MIA” (IE: left in a shopping cart or lodged in with the mail when my hands were full) has sent me into sheer panic.

I must clear out my head and write things down and I have clients that still use the same organizational tools I left them with during my last visit.

My experience has taught me that an organized environment and planning productivity work hand in hand.
It creates accountability and allows us to see exactly what needs to be done and when. It prevents us from “chasing our tail” while scurrying around trying to figure out the next move.

It’s time to stop the snowball effect.  

No more excuses.
No more procrastinating because “the phone rang” or “I had to answer my emails” or “someone stopped at my desk” or “I had an emergency” or “I was supposed to…”.

Sound familiar? You are not alone!  

When I work with a client, we do a “brain dump” and get all those “un-dones” out of their heads and into a detailed “map” to work from.  In a personal setting, we actually make a separate list for each aspect of their personal lives including children and house projects.

Professionally we list projects that have been put on the “back burner” for months and even years.

It’s amazing how the stress is immediately reduced by simply clearing out your mind.

Imagine what it is like not having those “un-dones” swimming around your head while you’re sleeping?  The use of the “daily map” has rewarding benefits turning your unproductive life into one of accomplishments you can see and feel good about.

It is time to Step Into Action and pat yourself on the back.

Need help? I invite you to click here to set up an appointment for a Free Discovery Session.

I can hear you rustling to take the steps necessary to join my “Step Into Action” Program today.

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What You Need to Know About Clutter and How It Affects Your Life

What You Need to Know About Clutter and How It Affects Your Life

Clutter: A Quick Definition

What exactly is clutter? Here’s some thoughts to put it into perspective:

  • Something you don’t need
  • Something you wish you didn’t have 
  • A whole lotta nothin’
  • Useless “stuff”
  • Meaningless mania
  • Unsorted mess
  • Illogical thinking      
  • Junk
  • Valueless items  
  • Someone else’s…
  • Unrelated items
  • Postponed decisions
  • Unfinished actions
  • VISUAL NOISE                                                   

How Clutter Makes You Feel

Can you relate to any of these?

  • Disorganized
  • Unproductive
  • Sloppy
  • SadToo Much Stuff
  • Tired
  • Overwhelmed
  • Like you want to run away!
  • Unprofessional
  • Drained
  • Guilty
  • Out of control
  • Unfocused
  • Out of sorts
  • Guilty
  • Angry
  • Stagnant/Frozen

What Clutter Causes

The sad truth is, clutter can have a very adverse effect on your personal and professional life. Here’s a variety of ways clutter can be causing you costly mistakes:

  • Lost time looking for things              
  • Lost $$$
  • Misuse of valuable time
  • FrustrationPaper Avalanche
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Arguments
  • Miscommunication
  • Paper “pain”
  • A physical mess
  • Lack of space
  • Confusion
  • Inefficiency
  • Depression
  • Lack of focus and concentration
  • Distraction

If you feel like you’re the only one on the planet who feels disorganized because there’s cluttered chaos in your home or office, rest assured you are not alone.

From my 23 years of being a Professional Organizer, I have heard words listed above directly from clients and those who have shared their feelings in general life conversation.  It takes over your life resulting in the causes I listed.

Huffington Post did a recent survey stating 84-87% of those polled worry their home is not clean or organized enough causing anxiety over maintaining their homes.

What’s interesting is that people have similar issues – a/k/a “symptoms” – however they still need a customized solution.

When dealing with disorganization, I use an “outside-the-box” approach that caters to a client’s specific needs and personalities.  Each person is unique in their situation. I help clients understand the why and then develop a long-term solution.

Why do they feel this way? I listen with compassion and design systems from their comprehension of how it will work for them.

These days home offices are the “norm” which has taken over space unplanned for in their original design and success only happens when systems are set up. Business owners, department Managers, and employees need to be on the same page via an organized, systematic environment improving the bottom line.

Organization starts at homeMost of the time I find that it goes back to their roots. Was organization taught at home? Did they have a place for everything? What role models did they have to show them the logic behind the solutions?

School does not teach you how to keep your bedroom neat or how to keep your kitchen set up to cook with ease.  You learn that from your environment.

I came from an organized environment.  When Sundays used to be Sundays – oooh so long ago – we all gathered at Grandma & Grandpa’s house – aunts, uncles, cousins.  Whoever was left at the end helped clean up assembly style.

I remember the routine fondly.  The men got the living room back in order the way Grandma had it.  The women handed each other items off the kitchen table in line to the appropriate cabinet to store dishes, glasses, silverware to the exact spot they came from.

My fondest memory was standing in front of the open fridge next to my Grandma and handing her the next item for her to store.  It went exactly in a specified spot.  Just to be a prankster with her, I moved things around when she wasn’t looking and she laughed.  But it always came back to her system.

Little did I know then that she was actually teaching me the profession I so enjoy when I can teach others the logic behind what goes where.  Having set chores on Saturday was a built-in benefit that started young.

I started my business after she passed and I would sense her hand on my shoulder at the end of client sessions in recognition of a job well done!  I will add that she taught each of her 6 children the “art” of organizing.

I never knew what a cluttered home looked like until I had my first babysitting job. I took the task of washing the dishes and cleaned up the kitchen for the parents who were busy with their 5 children – trust me, there were no organizational skills taught in that house so my help was so appreciated!

Time to DeClutter

It’s Time to DeClutter!

Whatever age you are, it is not too late to learn. Let’s discover together how to remove the “chaotic clutter” from wherever you are nationwide through virtual organizing sessions in your office, home office, or home.

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“Think Out Loud” Sessions also available to declutter your brain!

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