Questions Clients Ask
What do I do with the business cards I collect at conferences? I put them in my data base but miss the visuals and notes that help me remember the context of the conversation.
A few options:
1--Low cost, low tech: A simple binder with business card pages. Separate with tabbed inserts: by trade, by name, by professions, by conference, or whatever you decide.
2--Card Scan: A small, reliable, fast card scanner that allows you to look at both sides of the card on your screen, including your notes. New between $125-$250. I've seen them on eBay for under $60. Bring it to the conference and be finished before you get home.
Free, 1-2-3 Start-up
1 Phone discussion
What do you need?
- Accountability partner
2 "Vent Visit"
Get it off your chest
- Short onsite assessment for organizing clients within service area.
- Coaching & Consulting clients skip to Step 3.
3 We discuss the path that's right for you, then you decide. No risk!
"Leslie has been enormously helpful to me in many ways. As an artist who was recently diagnosed with ADD, I always have multiple ideas and projects going on simultaneously. I frequently feel 'overwhelmed' with all the things I need to do to follow up and keep things moving.
Leslie has helped me put systems into place both on my computer desktop and my actual desktop that still work for me several years after we set them up. She is a terrific
listener and a creative problem solver who goes the extra mile to help her clients. Give her a call and let her help you!"
You can't organize and work at the same time.
It is a revelation to many that, generally speaking, you cannot simultaneously organize something and produce other work.
Yes, you can be organized in what you do. However, organizing anything requires your full attention to planning and moving things from place to place. This applies to emails, documents, supplies, socks, commitments, thoughts, plans and anything else in your life.
Organizing is an activity that requires time and attention to plan and complete. Multi-tasking while organizing leads to more chaos and frustration.
It's something that people usually feel is low on the priority list; it always seems there are more important things to be done.
You're usually right, there are.
At some point though, unless you are diligent and self-controlled about what you allow into your day and surroundings, what you keep, how you store it, your time and your surroundings will become disorganized, cluttered or both.
You then feel conflicted about "wasting" time reorganizing something. You feel there are more important things to be done, you can't muster the focus, you feel bored or overwhelmed or cannot seem to find the time, and so back around the circle you go.
The results of not addressing disorganization and clutter are like taxes: either take care of them sooner or pay a LOT more later.
Skip the resolutions.
Instead, give yourself a deadline to fix what's bugging you. And if it passes.....call us. We're here to help.
I am often asked about the stories of other clients. While I won't share personal details, these fictional, typical clients will give you some idea on the challenges others face and how you can use their experience to improve your own situations. So...
Meet Philip--a middle-aged therapist who is moving his home office to a group practice and preparing to marry Sandy. We've met twice, once for his free Vent Visit and for one work session. (See previous emails for details.)
Did he do his "homework" of continuing to separate his current paperwork from what needs to be archived or tossed?
Nope, he didn't. That's OK because we'll work on it together today.
Instead, what he got involved with was sorting through the garage, which gave him some kinesthetic diversion from sorting paperwork.
This next section was written by someone who responded to last month's "Questions Clients Ask" about how he handled what to do with unneeded things that might be valuable:
Philip recounted his process: I want to donate my old corded drill, bought 25 years ago for $55 but I want the tax deduction.
Overvalue it, and I feel guilty. Undervalue it, I feel resentment.
Someone suggested the Intuit ItsDeductible website which says the used drill is worth $6. Ouch. So I go to EBay which has this drill, NEW-IN-BOX, for $14.25. So it's a $6 deduction, case closed. Easy to let go, along with 27 screwdrivers, two stud sensors, paint rollers, a potato peeler, old chisels, etc. hiding underneath the drill and an old volleyball. The best part is the thrift store folks are happy to see me visit since I never donate trash, always wipe off the sensitive stuff (like the silverware trays) and usually find something brand new in its original package left over from years of bargain-hunting/hoarding and that's sure to brighten someone's day. It's Deductible Online (IRS and Goodwill Charities also offer value guidelines.)
****He realized: The space is worth more than the stuff!****
Philip and I then concentrated on finishing sorting his professional and personal paperwork. We reviewed where he needs accountability on some projects and commitments and agreed he'll call twice me a week for a 10 minute check-in on what's been accomplished and what needs to be done next.
He agreed that keeping on top of so many commitments is a challenge even without the big projects of moving and a wedding.
We met four more times over the next two months. His bride Sandy was excited that he took care of these issues himself, and he enjoys his now clutter-free home office. He calls for occasional help when things get really busy.
Next month: Meet Natalie, Executive Director of a non-profit community assistance organization, and her organizational quirk. We all have one!
Workshops and presentations available for your community or business groups. Partial list here.
Current public workshops with a personal focus in February and March: managing paper clutter, organizing your surroundings, speed cleaning & understanding hoarding.
Nothing to lose coupon:
Schedule a FREE VENT VISIT and get 20% off your first onsite organizing session or refer someone who schedules a work session and you both get 20% off your next organizing session.
EXPIRES January 31, 2013.