Practicing Mindfulness and High School Graduation

Exploring Mindfulness and High School Graduation

“What do you miss?” my father asked recently while on our weekly shopping trip. Having suffered a mild stroke last year, I now take him on his errands, and we occasionally find ourselves having deeper conversations than the price of bread. Though the question was random and without context, I knew instantly my answer: “I…

How a Keystone Habit is Changing My Life…

a woman doing a tree stand on top of a mountain

The countdown is on.  I’m 49 years old with fewer than 12 months before the Big 50; so naturally, I made a list of all the goals I’m hoping to reach before I hit the half-century mark. Health goals, intellectual goals, family goals, spirit goals, financial goals. And I want a theme – something catchy.…

The Secret Ingredient to Great Habits

The Power of Habit Book

How are those New Year’s Resolutions coming along? It took me all the way into February to decide on mine – but I’m off to a good start thanks to The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. I read this amazing book last year and put Duhigg’s…

Do these 5 Holiday Prep Actions Today!

Our long, lazy Thanksgiving weekend will be here in the blink of an eye - followed by twenty-four days of complete holiday frenzy. Who’s ready? Not me – not by a long shot (despite my Christmas obsession confession I wrote about here.) Certainly, the decorating and shopping and wrapping can wait, because they concern your own…

Are You a Nester? 5 Lessons from Cozy Living

A baby bird in the tree

I’ve got that nesting feeling. That hunker-down, fluff the house, prep-for-the-long-dark-winter feeling. And fortunately for me, I recently picked up a few nesting skills from an expert extraordinaire, and I’m happy to share them with you here. This summer a Robin built her nest on our front porch. She flew by with a twig in…

Today is a special day for Totally Orderly

Balloons

Happy Anniversary to Totally Orderly! And where was I in 2004? Carpooling my little tots, still sharing an email address with my husband; my mental health career long forgotten. I don’t know why I thought I could launch a business. I knew nothing about marketing, accounting, or strategic planning. ROI and COGS were acronyms too mysterious…

Productivity Tips from Dory the Fish

Regal Blue Tang Fish

Do you remember Dory from the Disney/Pixar movie Finding Nemo? She was the show-stealing neurotic and forgetful regal blue tang fish with the Ellen Degeneres voice. Her most memorable line, to me anyway, was this mantra: “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” She would sing song her way through life, not always knowing the point or where she was…

10 Items Obsolete in 10 Years

A cell phone

In honor of Totally Orderly’s 10 Year Anniversary (2004-2014!), I bought myself a new work bag. We, professional organizers, love our work bags full of little organizing gizmos and gadgets.  I’ve had at least five bags - one so big my client hesitated to allow me through the door! Another so small I had to ask to borrow…

Friday Finds: Time Timer

Time Timer clock

Recently, I attended the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) conference. At the Expo, I came across the newly designed Time Timer... a useful tool for anyone who struggles with time management. I was thrilled to see their new fashionable line of colored desk clocks and updatedTime Timer PLUS. For a limited time, the 3" desk clocks come in bright spring colors (personally,…