One Thing Learned

One Thing Learned: Play More!

The Power of Dopamine Most weeks I listen to teleclasses through the Institute for Challenging
Disorganization (ICD). A recent class was about helping ADHD clients
succeed by using play. Clinical psychologist and Certified ADHD Coach,
Kirsten Milliken, spoke about the connection of play, getting dopamine
flowing more often in ...
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One Thing Learned: Keys to Minimalism

Being A Minimalist The desire to work toward being a minimalist is a byproduct of being a Professional Organizer. Daily, I witness how “too much stuff,” “inherited stuff,” and “over acquiring” causes stress for my clients. I come home each day and want to let go of the excess ...
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One Thing Learned: Before and Better!

Fay Wolf Coins "Before and Better" In the world of Professional Organizing, we tend to focus on “Before and After.” That perspective changed when I went to the #NAPO2016 conference and participated in my friend, Fay Wolf’s session, “Imperfection Rules!” She shared a term she’s coined
as “Before and ...
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One Thing Learned:
Preparation Defeats Worry!

Becoming a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO) At the end of 2014 I was close to logging 1,500 client hours to become eligible to
sit for the Certified Professional Organizer (CPO) exam. Carving out CPO “reading
time” each week and participating in a monthly book club was part of my ...
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One Thing Learned:
Compassion Fatigue Is Real

What is Compassion Fatigue? Patricia Smith, the founder of the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project, spoke at
our 2015 ICD Conference. She shared symptoms and ways to manage Compassion Fatigue. Definition of Compassion Fatigue: a combination of physical, emotional, and spiritual depletion associated with trauma-related work where others are in significant ...
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Learning to Pause

One Thing Learned: Learning to Pause

The Power to Pause As a subscriber to The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) I have the opportunity to listen to teleclasses. “The Power of the Pause," Presenter David Giwerc was a recent Teleclass. "Learning to pause is the difference between reacting impulsively and responding rationally. Pausing is a disciplined skill which ...
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One Thing Learned: Well-Roundedness Doesn’t Work

This was a quote from one of the speakers, Jessica Butts, at the NAPO 2018 Conference.  It struck a cord with me.  How often has it been said that we ought to be well-rounded?  Jessica suggests that we focus on doing the things in life that we enjoy and are ...
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One Thing Learned: Use my Filter!

This past week I experienced my own whirlwind.  I left the house at 10:00 a.m. on Friday to meet my friend from kindergarten at the Cincinatti IKEA. After spending three hours exploring we rested for an hour and then enjoyed dinner at a cozy lodge. Saturday morning she ventured home ...
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