September 30, 2015
by Susan Hunsberger
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Newsletter September: Kids – They’ve Got the Right Idea

Background

In the organizing world, we often talk about turning tasks into games, making the task more interesting and (not coincidentally) more motivating.  Recently, I worked alongside a *3rd grader who, with no prompting, did just that!

Our job was to organize her bedroom.  In every session “Jane” discovered ways to turn our tasks into games.  Read on to inspire your own inner organizing child!

To read more: Click on this link to access the Organizing Tips: Kids – They’ve Got the Right Idea – September 2015 newsletter.

June 30, 2015
by Susan Hunsberger
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Newsletter June: Attention and Connections

Background

I’m taking a coaching class right now.  It’s called “The Coach Approach for Organizers.” My purpose for taking this course is to learn about coaching and see how I can translate what I learn into my organizing business. In this newsletter, I’m going to share some ideas from an article called “A Brain-Based Approach to Coaching” by David Rock, based on an interview with Jeffrey M. Schwartz.  There are four ideas about attention from this article that I find interesting. Perhaps you will find some of them interesting as well.

Attention

Throughout the article, Rock and Schwartz discuss the relationship between our attention and the connections we make. In this newsletter, I quote ideas from the article and then briefly apply these ideas to my business.  The ideas may seem quite simple and one may even think “of course,” but I think these ideas are quite profound and challenging to think about and apply.

To read more: Click on this link to access the Organizing Tips: Attention and Connections – June 2015 newsletter.

September 2, 2011
by Susan Hunsberger
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Sidetracked?

PROBLEM: When I put away my groceries I notice that the cloth bag is dirty so I start a laundry load of grocery bags which takes me to the basement where I remember that I need to change the bulb and as I get the bulb I walk by a picture of my niece whom I call because today is her birthday. A few hours later I see that I still haven’t put away my groceries but more importantly I realize that this way of working at things just isn’t effective.

SOLUTION: Decide on the the task that you want to be working on – your goal. As other tasks pop into your head, write them on a piece of paper. Establish a time when you can look through these tasks to evaluate their importance and if and when they are going to get done.

HINT: Write out your goal as a reminder of what you are working on. Put or post it where you can see it.

May 19, 2011
by Susan Hunsberger
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Where to Begin?!

PROBLEM: I have so much stuff. I’m so overwhelmed. I
don’t know where to begin.

SOLUTION: Limited your focus. One way to do this is to make a *physical ring around what you will work on. In the picture, the only items to focus on are in the ring. Once you are done with the first ring of things you can move the ring and get started on the next.

HINT: The ring was made with a piece of string. *This idea was adapted from Judith Kolberg’s paper towel tube idea. http://on.fb.me/il8Rty