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Design thinking

1/17/2018
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This is Podcast 86 and it's about design thinking. I got reintroduced to this concept by Chris Wilson, the founder of Unstuck School, at a workshop he gave recently. The five stages Simon identified are empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test. Although they're called stages, they don't always happen in order and sometimes they loop around. Each stage informs the others. The podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into...

Duration:00:06:44


Mastery

1/10/2018
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This is podcast 85 and it's about mastery. A new client dubbed me the Clutter Master. It made me smile because I just watched a kung fu movie the other night where two men vie for the title of wing chun master. Imagine me holding my hands board straight and moving my arms gracefully into position to attack my enemy: clutter! The podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll...

Duration:00:07:41


New year's resolutions

1/3/2018
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This is podcast 84 and it's about new year's resolutions. Of course it is! It's January 4 and if you made any resolutions, the holidays are definitely over and you have to face putting them into action. If you didn't make any resolutions, or think they are complete baloney, listen in anyway. The podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing...

Duration:00:07:37


Paying attention

12/28/2017
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This is Podcast 83 and it's about, mindfulness, or paying attention. What I mean when I talk about being mindful is nothing to do with Buddhism or meditation, it's just paying attention to the present moment. In podcast 53 I used the word meditation, so let me explain. There, I meant a state of mind you can get into to help you carry out mundane tasks. It's a state of gentle focus, of turning your attention away from distractions. The podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get...

Duration:00:07:14


Piggyback new habits

12/19/2017
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Today is a historic day! My topic is Simple Way #52 , Piggyback new habits, and it's the last chapter in the book. Yay! This is podcast #82 so I've done plenty of shows on content that isn't in the book, probably another book worth. To celebrate, how about a contest? The prize is a PDF copy of the book. The podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different...

Duration:00:06:58


Low energy productivity

12/14/2017
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This is Podcast 81 and it's about how you can be productive even if you're sick, or tired or just feeling those low energy winter blues. In podcast 70 I talked about categorizing your tasks by context the way David Allen suggests. That's what this is. You need a category of stuff to do when you're not up for doing any of the hard stuff. The podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some...

Duration:00:07:17


Seeing

12/7/2017
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This is Podcast #80 and it's about Seeing. I mentioned the concept of inattentional blindness in podcast 69 about Noticing but I didn't elaborate on exactly what it is. Basically, it means that you can look directly at something but not be conscious of seeing it, or remember seeing it. The podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics. If...

Duration:00:06:26


Work backwards

11/30/2017
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Working backwards is a technique to use when you can't seem to find a way into your project. It's similar to the Time Travel concept I talked about in Podcast 64 back in July. Are you stuck because you don’t know how to do something? You know what the desired end result is. You can imagine it and visualize it. But you can’t figure out how to get from here …. to there. The podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater...

Duration:00:06:54


The iterative process

11/15/2017
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This is podcast 78 and it's about the iterative process. In the design world, an iterative process is one in which a prototype is tested to see if it fulfills its purpose. Feedback from users can show flaws and shortcomings that the designers didn't notice or didn't anticipate. They can be fixed for the next iteration. The podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take...

Duration:00:07:03


Stories we tell ourselves

11/8/2017
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This is Podcast 77 and it's about stories we tell ourselves to excuse our behavior. We think they're helpful because they explain ourselves to us. And that's true. But these stories can be dangerous too because they prevent us from moving forward and changing things we want to change. The podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics. If...

Duration:00:07:11


Organizing challenges for couples

10/26/2017
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This is Podcast 76 and it's about organizing challenges for couples. I usually work with individuals, but sometimes I work with couples and families too. Even when I'm working just with an individual, there are family members lurking in the background and they have their own wants, needs, agendas, resistances and bad habits that we have to take into account. The podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about...

Duration:00:08:46


Do It Your Way

10/19/2017
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This is Podcast 75: do it your way. Back in podcast 17 I talked about how you can make your office less boring and conventional by outfitting it with patterned file folders and a tape dispenser shaped like an animal. Today I'll talk about making your processes and systems less boring. The podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics. If...

Duration:00:08:33


The power of labeling

10/12/2017
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It's to be expected that organizers like to label things. They run around with their little machines and slap a label onto anything that's not moving. I don't go that far, and not everything needs a label. Ease of finding things and ease of putting them away are two big reasons that getting organized matters, for anything you organize. It's supposed to save you time and make your life easier, not turn you into an obsessive compulsive freak. But in some cases labels come in super handy, and...

Duration:00:07:15


Journaling

10/4/2017
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Why journal? When I write about my day, particularly about work related activities, I record what happened, but I also write how I feel about it and do some analysis if that seems appropriate. I compare what I'm doing now to what I did a few years ago. I write about it in relation to where I want things to go. The podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on...

Duration:00:06:23


Have what you love, love what you have

9/28/2017
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The current challenge I'm giving myself is general decluttering. I decided that there's too much visual clutter in my apartment. It's distracting and I feel that I can't completely relax because so much is calling my attention. I need to remove some things. The podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics. If you’d like to comment on the...

Duration:00:07:28


Not starting

9/13/2017
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This is podcast 71 and my topic is starting. I talked about that a few podcasts back, where I gave some ideas on how to get into action when you find yourself continuing NOT to. This time I'll talk less about technique and more about mindset, or the emotional background to starting. Or not starting. The podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different...

Duration:00:07:11


Chunking

9/7/2017
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Hi, gang, this is podcast 70 and it's about chunking. This is a concept you should be familiar with if you're a regular listener. I talk often about how to make an unmanageable project manageable by cutting it into small pieces or chunks. The podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics. If you’d like to comment on the podcast, please...

Duration:00:06:56


Start somewhere

8/23/2017
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This is podcast #68 and it's called Start somewhere and it's about a trick you can use if you're having trouble starting something. Back in podcast 24, called Baby Steps, I talked about a similar thing, how you can make progress on a project by taking the smallest possible step; the least intimidating, easiest step. The podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on...

Duration:00:06:19


Project strategies

8/9/2017
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Got a big event coming up? Here's how not to go crazy and get the wrong things done. The podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics. If you’d like to comment on the podcast, please leave a review! I read all your reviews, and your positive, creative comments help others find my podcast. If you have a question for me that you’d like me...

Duration:00:06:31


Attachment to things

8/2/2017
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People keep things they aren't actively using for many reasons. Sometimes these things are valuable items that could be sold. Sometimes they're gifts one can't bear to get rid of. The podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics. If you’d like to comment on the podcast, please leave a review! I read all your reviews, and your positive,...

Duration:00:06:24

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