- What's ADHD Got to do WIth It?
- Organized Mind, Organized Life: Brain Hacks for Productivity
The last session, Organized Mind, Organized Life: Brain Hacks for Productivity, was by Allen Brown. He is a thought leader in the ADHD community and a very entertaining presenter. He gave us 14 of his "brainhacks" and I think the timing of his presentation was perfect for me. As a business owner, mom, wife, president of one non-profit, and secretary of another, I wear many hats to many different people. Admittedly, managing all of these commitments (yes, even as an organizer) can be challenging. I went into his session thinking that I would walk away with great tips for my clients, which I did, but he also reframed some of the ideas that spoke to me as well. Some of my favorites were:
- Understand the Now. He had many great tips for this topic but my biggest (and yet smallest, haha) take-away was the notion of using a post it note to write the one task you are trying to accomplish and then clearing your desk top of all other distractions. This sounds really simple, yet effective. I would carry this over to your computer as well and close down any windows that are not required to complete the task at hand.
- Do What You Are Doing Now. Simple enough right? I love this for myself and my clients. This commits you to that one thing you are working on (the post it note above.) If something else comes up, you can ask yourself: Is this what I am doing now? The answer is likely no and then you have to decide if it is BS or important. The reason this is so powerful is that it gives us permission to stay on task and identify that what we have dedicated our time to is important. It gives you permission to kick distractions to the curb and call them BS. Likely they will be there later if you are still interested.
If you are interested in learning more about Allen Brown, check out ADDcrusher.com. There are tools you can pay for, but he also provides a lot of great free content including an eBook.
Finally, I thought I would share a little about my trip and the amazing people I met along the way!
I arrived in LA late on Wednesday evening for the National Association of Professional Organizers 2015 Conference. I had a beautiful view from my room of downtown LA!
Stop over to www.napo.net to find a local Professional Organizer that you can trust, learn how to become a professional organizer, or find information on attending the next conference in Atlanta in 2016!
Early Thursday morning I sat for an exam. I have been studying for the Hoarding Specialist Exam for a few months. It requires taking several classes and reading five books. I am pleased to say that I passed and will be applying for my certificate in May.
If you would like to learn more about the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, give me a call. I highly recommend it!
Really enjoyed the Keynote speakers! Josh and Ryan are the Minimalists. They talked about how things did not bring happiness to their lives and how getting rid of the excess brought them calm and clarity...Love people, use things! Words to live by!
I had the opportunity to chat with Geralin Thomas from Metropolitan Organizing and pick up a signed copy of her book From Hoarding to Hope. She was so sweet! You may recognize her from her appearances on A&E's "Hoarders."
Who knew that you had to fly thousands of miles to run into neighbors?!? These lovely ladies, Cindy Wendzicki and Kristin Surk, are the owners of Daily Details Concierge LLC up in the Fox Valley, my old stompin' grounds. I look froward to finding ways that we can partner together!
I ran in to Shauna Cassidy from Chaos Defeated on the shuttle to the hotel. We had met last year at the NAPO conference in Phoenix. Shauna and I share some relatable life experiences and I am grateful to have had the chance to get to know her better this year.
Thank you to the lovely NAPO Seattle Chapter and their president Cindy Jobs from Organize to Simplify for sharing some great conversation on the tail end of our conference! That group of ladies was a lot of fun and a wealth of knowledge. It is really great to be surrounded with such successful people in the organizing industry. They fuel my fire and motivate me to reach to greater heights!