Anne McGurty is CEO of Strategize & Organize, a company devoted to training individual's to be more effective with the tools and resources to be productive in their work environment.
If you enjoy this blog, you'll love Anne's transforming productivity training and organizing products to help you organize your business -- and yourself -- ranging from productivity consulting for individuals and executives to small business coaching programs to keynote speaking and corporate training programs to improve efficiencies in the workplace and improve productivity.
While Anne's best known for her expertise in productivity and expert office organizing, her clients share that her biggest impact comes from her philosophy of "personalizing her programs to fit the needs of her clients so they can streamline more efficiently with existing processes" - ensuring to create a sustainable work environment. This, Anne says, is the most important key to bringing an individual to personal freedom with time and organization.
You can learn more about Anne and her services, programs, and products for small businesses at www.StrategizeAndOrganize.com. She is also a partner with Catapult Growth Partners. Catapult Growth Partners is a leading interim executive and advisory firm that specializes in providing turnaround and business revitalization services.
Anne has a BS in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix. She is single, loves to travel, and appreciates great company at fine restaurants before a movie or Broadway show. Her home is in Denver, Colorado (although her heart is still where she grew up at the Jersey Shore!)
Recently, I was working with a client who wanted to get some order in her home. I asked her to please send me some photos of some hot spots that she felt were disorganized.
She sent me a picture of her home living room as seen here. Obviously, she uses this space for her home office. I am sure you would agree that this space is why she felt that she needed my help. We decided to start there, because frankly
As you think about getting organized in your office, here are some tips to get you going.
1.Do the hardest thing first. When you arrive at the office, you may be tempted to first check your messages, rifle through the day’s mail, or plow through some easy administrative tasks. Instead, try doing the hardest, most challenging (or least enjoyable) thing earlier in the day. You’ll be attacking it when your energy level is high and your mind is clear.
2.Plan for tomorrow at the end of today. Take 15 minutes at the end of every day to create
I learned a long time ago that there has to be a system for working with each client. I have several areas we address, and not all clients need to address all areas. We focus on what makes sense to their situation. That being said, it’s kind of simple. As I ask in my keynote address, I pose the question, “What’s going on here?” What is happening is not always as obvious as they think it might be. In posing the question, we begin to dig deeper to ultimately identify root causes. The question registers in their mind that something’s
In an interview, I was asked, “Once you get the client to understand that they are losing money through lack of productivity, how do you address their problems?” You may be thinking the same thing and wonder how it applies to your business. You may think each scenario would be different, because each industry or business has their proprietary ways of doing things.
Ironically there’s a common thread to the majority, if not all, work environments. There are generic checklists for general areas to address, no matter what industry or size. Very quickly, we are able to identify where there
In a recent interview, I was asked about how I deal with clients who are super busy, bouncing all over the place multi-tasking. The question was asked, “How do you decide what will work for them? How do you help people get focused?”
My recommendation as a consultant of personal productivity is that I have to really quiet down the client and start to look at what is going on in their world. What is their vision? It’s up to them to set up the systems by defining how they want to communicate and have people reach them.
I doubt that paying bills is in on your list of favorite things to do, but they are a fact of life and business which cannot be avoided. Also, there are real financial consequences for paying them late, or not being able to prove you paid them at all, even if you did. In addition, the emotional stress takes away from your peace of mind and ability to work efficiently.
The goal here is to organize systems in your home office and to get this job done as efficiently as possible. Along with helping you avoid any financial penalties, these
Schedule time to focus specifically on getting organized.
People often vow to get organized when they can find the time. However, they never seem to find the time as long as they are disorganized. That is why it is important to schedule some time to focus specifically on the process of getting organized. Although this sounds like a simple step, it is very important. Remember it is easier to be organized than disorganized.
Make a commitment to devote a specific block of time to this project. It will take much less time than you think and the significant increase in … Read More>>
Collections can look like works of art, or they can look like piles of junk — it’s all in the presentation and preservation. Having a display is great if you have the room and your items can remain safe while on display.
Here are a few tips to organize your collection.
1. Make a decision that you love what you want to keep. 2. Ask yourself how you want to see the collection, ie., accessible, locked up, with back lighting. 3. Decide on a space to display the collection. You may want to invest in a separate unit, a specialty … Read More>>
Build a habit. Not everyone is a born organizer. Continually ask three questions for your small business: “Does it work?’’ “Do I like it?” “Does it work for others?” Organizing can be learned. Do not worry about mistakes.
I just got back from my Pilates class and it was funny that during the class my instructor referred to habits. I paid attention as this was the topic of my post for the day. She talked about how we needed to make a conscious effort for the change and then eventually it becomes automatic. If you think about exercising, how many
Think vertically. Look at shelving systems to maximize the space on your walls. Making your office space-efficient can add visual appeal as well. Find your individual style from numerous shelving systems available.
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