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Today’s mail is tomorrow’s pile!

I just spoke with a woman who attended a Less Clutter More Life presentation I gave and expressed an interest in learning more about how to create a  “Finding System™” as opposed to a “filing system”  for her home.  When we talked today she said, “I think I’m going to put this off until the end of next year.  We are building a home.  I’m so busy, and there’s really no point in figuring out something for this house when we are moving.”

Last week I spoke with a couple who are planning to open a new medical office in another year.  Both of them admitted to having lots of paper clutter, but said, “Let’s just wait until we move, and then we’ll figure out what we need.”

So here’s my challenge to anyone who is frustrated with too much paper, or an inability to find what they need:IMG_2674  The best time to solve that problem is NOW!  If you will give us four hours of focused time, we will help you implement a Finding SYSTEM (Saving You Space Time Energy Money!) which will STOP the filing problem in your life forever.  As you have time, you can go through old papers to decide what you want to incorporate into the new system.  If you never go back, it won’t matter, because eventually they will become old enough you don’t have to go through them — or you can let you kids, or the next owner of the business, through them away!

What Message Are You Communicating?

IMG_1955Recently I was talking with a woman who made the difficult decision to leave her corporate job after 20+ years to begin a consulting business of her own.  She was considering joining our training program to become a Certified Productive Environment Specialist (www.BecomeaSpecialist.com). As I was explaining how our program works, I mentioned that my personal passion is “helping leaders create Productive Environments — intentional settings in which everyone can accomplish their work and enjoy their lives.”  I mentioned that in my experience many leaders (especially entrepreneurs!) have messy offices.  As a result they communicate to their employees that organization is not important, and even worse, fail to empower those employees to implement the very systems that would increase profit, productivity, and peace of mind.  She replied, “You’re absolutely right.  My boss’s office was always a mess, and I often wondered how he could run a business if he couldn’t even organize his own desk!”

That’s the bad news.  The good news!  After 30+ years, I have scores of testimonials from clients who have discovered that if they are willing to invest eight hours of focused attention with one of our consultants to implement The 8-Hour Miracle™, not only can they be a role model for organization, but they can empower their employees to do the same.

What message is your office sending to your employees, your team, your family, the world?  Does your office reflect the quality of products and services you provide?
If not, click on this link to schedule a 30-minute phone consultation to see how we can help:  www.vcita.com/v/barbarahemphill

 

 

Releasing Fear – reaching a life giving moment

I began my journey to doing a Bat Mitzvah, which is the jewish coming of age tradition, when I was 12.  At that time, the world was all flower power, but I didn’t feel powerful, nor enough self-confidence to stand in front of the entire congregation and my family and risk failure.  In those days, I defined failure as making even one mistake.  So I let myself down, and did not complete that which as an adult I realize that I always wanted to do.

As I stepped up to the Bimah to begin my reading this past Saturday, I was standing together my mother, my brother, one son and one daughter.  My voice trembled as I began to sing the Amen.  So many times I had practiced and still in this moment I felt my voice shake.  Our dear Cantor Ruth, standing behind me reached and put her hand on my back; I felt the warmth of her hand suffuse and give me strength and the blessing was that my voice began to flow.  I chanted my portion correctly and was able to be in the moment and enjoy chanting the portion as each word began to come.  It was exactly as she had suggested, I didn’t look at the congregation; I was just one with me and each word on the Torah scroll.  How magical.  I feel today that an important part of what has been missing is now whole within me.

Without releasing the clutter, I would not have been able to focus these past two years.  It has been an important part of the journey of becoming fully me.  I am grateful for the 15 other women and men in the Adult B’Nai Mitzvah class; together we reached this life giving moment.

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