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Improve your productivity. Get back your time. Are you a busy professional with a to-do list a mile long? If you struggle with time management, paperwork and productivity or just have too much to do this podcast is for you.

A former queen of clutter, this recovering Type-A Wall-Streeter and cancer survivor/thriver, will teach you how to combine your personal design sense with her proven business systems and productivity tactics to help you gain control over your time, space and information.

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Episode 27: The Great Lie of December, Reflection and Intentional Holidays

In the first of this month’s series “Uncluttered Holidays”, Catherine talks about the importance of reflection in the month of December whether you’re Christian and believe in the quiet time of Advent or you celebrate in other ways embracing the peace and darkness that comes in the winter.

Catherine busts through the unrealistic expectations of the season and let’s you know that you’re ok even if you aren’t wildly enthusiastic about the holidays. She asks that we give one another space and grace as we navigate this busy time of the year.

She gives a strategy (and handouts) to help you create your intentional and less stressful holiday season. You can reduce that stress by releasing what’s not working for you, whether that’s skipping baking 5 kinds of cookies or limiting your time with the relative who has too much eggnog.

 
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Episode 26: Productive Environment, Emotional Clutter, and Gratitude

In this special Thanksgiving episode, Catherine interviews Barbara Hemphill founder of the Productive Environment Network and author of ‘Less Clutter More Life’.
 
Catherine discusses with Barbara about her “Why”, starting Productive Environment Network and how the team has evolved to tackle “emotional clutter”.  It is important to remember that when we deal with clutter to improve our productivity that there is a ripple effect that goes well beyond the office or cubicle.
 
Catherine wraps up her conversation with a discussion about gratitude, what it means to Barbara and to herself.
 
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Episode 25: Digital Declutter, Tech Organization, and Social Media Detox

In part 3 of the NO’vember series, Catherine lays out the hard facts about digital clutter.

She gives the 10,000 foot overview on decluttering your digital, so you can free up space and make your life ever so much easier.
She shares digital storage options, an app to clear out your inbox, a study on security in your smart phone, and wraps it all up with a social media detox.

Links:
Digital Hosting: https://hosting.review/comparison/dropbox-vs-google-drive-vs-onedrive/
Cyber Study: https://www.kaspersky.com/blog/my-precious-data-report-one/14093/
Declutter Your Data by Angela Crocker: purchase here

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Episode 24: NO’vember, Decluttering, and Your Productive

 
In this episode Catherine talks about saying “No”.  Many of us don’t do this often enough, then we have “yes regret”.  We end up worrying and stressing about how we are going to fit it all in and get it done without giving up something. We need to say “Yes” to those things that we are passionate about and bring satisfaction and say “NO” to everything else.
 
Catherine discusses her decision to say “NO” to worry. Worry definitely drains your energy, right? She surrendered and allowed solutions to surface instead.
 
This month Catherine is promoting “NO-vember”, join her as she discusses ways of saying “NO”, so you can make room for the “YES”.
 
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Episode 23: Systems, Surrender, and the ‘Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ 

 
When you were a child or when your children were small, did you read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day to them?
 
Sometimes we have days that don’t go the way we want them to. Sometimes it can be days or months in a row.  How do we deal with that? Do you throw in the towel immediately? Or do you go to your happy place, take a deep breath, and say your mantra “Everything will be alright”? Or are you somewhere in between?
 
In today’s go-go-go environment, it is very easy to jump to the first.  That isn’t going to be productive for you in the moment, but no judgement.  You’re perfectly imperfect human.  A year from now, this day probably won’t have made a huge impact on you or your business.
 
In this podcast, Catherine, shares her terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.  Then walks you through the steps to come through those days relatively unscathed and to help you be more prepared for them in the future.
 
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Links to products mentioned:
The Pressured Child by Michael Thompson, PhD
Almost Everything by Anne Lamott

Episode 22: EPIC Office, the Benefits of a Virtual Admin, and Juggling 

 
This week Catherine interviews Heather Richmond of HR Administrative Services.  Heather is a Virtual Admin (VA) who participated in the recent EPIC Office Transformation. She is also Catherine’s VA.  During the interview, Catherine and Heather discuss the outcomes of the Transformation in Heather’s office, as well as the overall process.
 
They also outline the benefits of having a Virtual Admin, especially a Heather! And talk about strategies Heather uses to balance her two businesses.
 
Join us on this podcast to hear about some real outcomes from the EPIC Office Transformation, as well as some insights into how a VA can help move your business forward.
 
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To learn more about Heather: HR Administrative Services

Episode 21: Space Walk, Productivity, and (Un) Forgotten

When we succeed do we really do it on our own?
 
Successful people have had people in their corner, a team behind them, a mentor, and opportunities. They’ve had a game plan, set goals, kept their focus on the prize, and learned from their failures.
 
That’s the recipe for success, big and small.
 
Speaking of success, Katie Settel just had an amazing photography exhibit (un)Forgotten a tribute to her brother. She has chosen to be the voice of those who can’t speak for themselves through her gift of photography. I’d call that success and heart.
 
We all have our own definition of success. What’s yours?
 
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Episode 20: Connection, Mental Health Day, and Sawa Bona

In this episode, Catherine speaks about the importance of connection in a disconnected world. And how it has become her mission to help others be more productive, so they have more time in their lives to pursue their dreams. 

She highlights recent events that show the value of that connectedness. And she explains the cult of busy and offers two strategies to claim back your time.
 
Tune in to find out all of this and the meaning and origin of Sawa Bona.
 
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Episode 19: Impulsive V Cliff Hanger

This podcast we look at two more personality types when it comes to work and how we take action.  Are you impulsive or a cliff hanger?
 
If you are impulsive you might:
 
  • Act spontaneously
  • Miss deadlines, letting others down
  • Act in haste – Act first. Think later.
 
If you are a cliff hanger you might:
 
  • Procrastinate
  • Like the adrenaline rush/time pressure helps focus
  • Like a last minute start that can add stress, missed deadlines
  • Underestimate the time tasks take
 
If you are one of these types or a combination of the two, Catherine is going to discuss in this podcast how you can adjust or modify these traits to be more productive and efficient in your workplace setting.
 
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Episode 18: Busy, Fast Track Golf, and Doing Less

Busy.
 
Are we really that busy? What are we missing because we are too busy?
 
Find out why busy is an excuse. And how in doing less you can be more productive. Yes, it’s counterintuitive but it works. Hint – it’s all about setting your intentions. And being present.
 
Want to learn more beyond the podcast?
 

Join Catherine on the Productivity SeminarConnection in a Disconnected World: Using Online Tools to Build Offline Relationships.

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Episode 17: Big Picture, Perfectionists and Perspective

Are you the big picture or perfectionist type?  Maybe a combination of both?

If you are more of a big-picture type, some of these probably describe you:

Prefer global strategies.

  • Produce multiple ideas.
  • Under-estimate time things take especially detail-oriented tasks.
  • Expect others to be mind-readers and magically understand.

Sound like you?

Maybe you are more of a perfectionist and these characteristics are more like you:

  • Have to be able to do everything yourself and do it well.
  • Hard time saying no.
  • Worried about others’ approval.
  • Struggle to understand the difference between having high standards and being superman/wonder woman.

Either way you have a way of doing things that work for you, or does it?

In this podcast, Catherine helps you understand these two types of styles. She will give you easy ways to implement strategies to work more efficiently and productive within your own work style.

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 Episode 16:  9/11, Honoring the Pause and the Snitch

None of us will ever forget where we were on September 11, 2001. 18 years later, we still need to stop and remember those people whose lives were lost.
 
Pausing, meditating, taking a walk, gardening, or any quiet activity gives you a chance to reflect. Catherine shares some of the pauses in her life – both chosen and unexpected. You don’t have to be Wonder Woman or Superman all of the time.
 
Catherine relates her own life stories in this podcast to help us understand how time for reflection and random acts of kindness can not only help your productivity but also enhance your life for the better.
 
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Episode 15: The Big Picture, Creepy Critters, and the Garden

Gardening and office productivity, how are they related?  Think about it, gardening isn’t a one-time thing where you plant and that is it.  You need to plan before you start,  you need to observe what is working and what is not, you often need to tweak or prune to make your garden more vibrant or more in line with your plan and sometimes it is necessary to move items around in your garden just like you need to do in your business life.

Catherine, your host, will guide you through the garden path that is your office environment to help you weed and dead head things that need to be removed or fertilized so as to make you more productive.

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Episode 14: Hoppers, Hyper-Focus, and Managing Priorities

What type of worker are you? Do you tend to move from one priority to another, and like to multi-task?  Do you tend to stick with one project at a time and not move on until it is done?  How can you get the best of both worlds?  That is the challenge that Catherine discusses in this podcast.
 

Listen here for Catherine’s lessons and suggestions to help you to work more productively by managing your priorities no matter what your working style is.

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Episode 13: Uncluttered, Unplugged, Undeniable

In this episode Catherine, your host discusses why we need to Just Take the Damn Vacation. Vacations help us to relax, clear our brain, and get unplugged.
 
What do you do when you go on a vacation?  Are you able to just “be”?
 
If you work for yourself, it is very hard to do a stay-cation, as your office is always calling you back. You just have to get away and do activities that you love and that bring you joy.  Even if that is sitting in a comfy chair reading a good book that you have been trying to finish for months.
 
Your brain needs some down time.
 
Taking time for BEing is super important to productivity.
 

Listen to the podcast for Catherine’s lessons and suggestions to help you to unplug, clear your mind and enjoy your time off.

 
 
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Episode 12:  Mompreneurs, Mastery, and Mayhem

In this episode your host, Catherine, interviews Cena Block, the Productivity Guru™ and founder of Sane Spaces.
 
Catherine and Cena discuss what it means to be a mompreneur and how to juggle all that comes with it.
 
Cena provides an overview of the Time and Space Style Inventory™ (TSSI) assessment tool that she created to help business owners determine who they are and which provides their productivity style and offers their best strategies for being successful.
 
Cena is on a mission to help professional women and entrepreneurs with ADHD who struggle to manage it all, align and live productively balanced. She’s a business consultant, author, trainer and master facilitator. Cena is the founder of SaneSpaces.com and creator of the Time & Space Style Inventory™ (TSSI).
 
Catherine and Cena go way back. Listen, learn and laugh.
 

How To Be Organized In Spite Of Yourself by Sunny Schlenger and Roberta Roesch Purchase here

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Episode 11: Angels, Rebels, and Disorder

In this episode Catherine, your host discusses How You Tolerate Disorder.  Are you someone who wants everything in its place, to look pretty?

Catherine outlines how to use convenient and simple storage solutions to alleviate certain situations.  How to get help and have accountability:

  • hire an organizer
  • partner with a friend

Then you need to:

Motivate, celebrate, reward!

Listen here for Catherine’s lessons and suggestions to help you become more organized and thus more productive in your environment.

 

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Episode 10:  Faith, Balance, Be the Board

In this episode your host, Catherine Avery provides an overview of her business retreat in Carolina Beach, NC. She had set 3 intentions for herself on this retreat:

• build a sales funnel/strategy;
• be open to all possibilities; and
• have fun.

As part of this she took surfing lessons. Catherine had never surfed before; she was both exhilarated and terrified at the same time. She knew that if she wanted to be able to shift in her business, she would need to get out of her comfort zone in other areas too. Surfing was all of that and then some.

Being an entrepreneur can be compared to learning to surf:

• Feel the fear, do it anyway;
• Failure is a data point – new information;
• Easier with a coach;
• To stay balanced you have to focus on the horizon; and
• Be the board, just be.

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Episode 9:  Keep it, Toss it, Give it Away

In this episode your host, Catherine Avery looks at Savers vs. Minimalists. She defines what each is and gives examples.  She explores the differences between the two, how to identify which one you are and provides recommendations for both.

By knowing yourself and your inherent preferences when it comes to your possessions, business or personal, you will be better prepared to maximize your productivity.

The more work you take on, the more streamlined your productivity needs to be.

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Episode 8:  Filers, Pilers and Denialers

Catherine provides a brief overview of the tool, Time and Space Style Inventory, that she uses to help clients understand themselves.

In this first episode of a 7 part series, Catherine explains the major components to Space –

  • Arranging Space
  • Assigning Value
  • Tolerating Disorder

She then describes the Everything Out/Nothing Out styles, which are how you arrange your space.

The Everything Out needs to see all of their papers and other items, so they don’t forget to get the work done.

The Nothing Out dislikes clutter and mess but may be prone to stashing items away making it difficult to find them later.

Catherine enters the judgement free zone to describe the challenges of each while quipping about the denial that can be inherent in each style. She then offers strategies for each style.

Links:

How To Be Organized In Spite Of Yourself by Sunny Schlenger and Roberta Roesch Purchase here

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Purchase here

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Episode 7:  Lawn Mowers, Mad Skillz and the Matrix

Catherine explains how running a lawn service business is similar to running any business including yours.

She focuses on:

  1. The efficiencies in batching
  2. Delegating
  3. Knowing and focusing on your skills

She then explains the Eisenhower Decision Matrix and how you can determine which tasks are urgent vs. important, so that you can grow your business more efficiently and effectively.

Stephen Covey “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”

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Episode 6:  Productivity Styles, Assessments, and Your New Normal

Catherine explains several personality assessments that help you determine who you are, in order to create the best office environment and best systems to suit you.
The ones that she discusses today are: 

•   Myers-Briggs (MBTI)
•   Fascinate
•   Strengths Finder
•   TSSI – Time, Space, Style & Inventory
•   DISC

Catherine also delves into the following questions: 

•   How is your space best designed for you?
•   Are you a filer or a piler?
•   The difference between action vs. reference files?
•   How do you create your productive environment and then live with your new normal?

You are sure to find these personality assessments and the corresponding recommended strategies applicable in your daily business life.

Have you taken any of the assessments mentioned and how have they changed your productivity?

Links:
Myers-Briggs (MBTI)
Fascinate
Strengths Finder
DISC Assessment
Flow

 

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Episode 5:  Garages, Gratitude and Grace

Mindset is everything. Life is messy. How we deal with the unpredictable events becomes part of the journey. It might not feel like it, but we really can decide how to react and respond.

Here are 3 ways this has showed up for Catherine.

  • Understanding the gift of today
  • Maintaining perspective when the unexpected occurs
  • Recognizing opportunities to express gratitude

Learning to shift to grace and gratitude means deciding to take the moment and be in the present. Just be.

Being productive is about getting things done, and we know when we are present in the moment, we can be clear and focused on what’s in front of us.

What’s your biggest productivity challenge?

Resources Mentioned:

Miracle Morning

Faster Than Normal

 

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Episode 4: Joyful Living, Letting Go, and Learning to Receive

Today Catherine talks with her friend Yasmin, creator of the Joyful Living Project.  They talk about how joy can be a part of everyday life, even in a world that can be stressful and challenging at time.
 
The Joyful Living Project is about traveling the country gathering stories of joy and spreading joy to others. Yasmin shares how he stays productive on the road and how he manages the uncertainty when he’s not at home.
 
Yasmin shares the 3 key forms of joy.
  • Redefining what home is
  • Letting go
  • Learning to receive
Yasmin believes that when we intentionally create space to rest, grow, connect, and give, we refuel the fire of our impact. In the last 3 years, he has refined his approach to burnout recovery and created the Retirement Day Practice™ and Organizational Gratitude Practice™ methods.
 
Yasmin’s passion for helping women in business is inspired by his mother’s courage and sacrifice for a better life for her children. In 1978, she led her three infant children through the jungle to board a small boat. Fleeing Communist Vietnam, they were rescued at sea as their boat sank to the bottom of the ocean.
 
Every day he is so grateful for the gift of his mother’s courage and the opportunity to transform lives through this work.
 
 
Connect with Yasmin:
Follow Joyful Joe
Website
Instagram
 
 
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Episode 3:  GI Joe, Thin Mints and Happiness

In this episode host Catherine Avery shares how a course in happiness, The Science of Well Being, is changing her life.

She’ll explain the GI Joe Fallacy “knowing is half the battle”. But, in fact, it does not matter what you know if you don’t act on it. Enter Thin Mints and not eating an entire sleeve at a time.

Happiness comes from gratitude. Hear how Catherine focuses on gratitude to ensure a happy life no matter the circumstances.

See how gratitude can change your life. And try not to eat all of the Thin Mints.

The Science of Well Being

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Episode 2: Genius, Competence, and Just Not Bothering

We all do things we don’t want to do. It’s a necessity. Things like laundry and errands. They are part of life. That’s not what Mr. Drucker is referring to.

Per Gay Hendricks of The Big Leap –

Zone of:

  1. Incompetence
  2. Competence
  3. Excellence
  4. Genius

Understanding what you can do easily, almost effortlessly is where we ideally want to spend our time, focus and energy.

How do you match your strengths with your values? Catherine explains how a method that can set you up to be your most productive.

  • What can you automate?
  • What can eliminate?
  • What can you delegate?

Resources:

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks Purchase here
Strengths Finder by Tom Rath Purchase here
IFTTT App
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Purchase here

 

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Episode 1:  Choices, Values and Systems

In the inaugural episode host Catherine Avery shares how our choices create our reality. You’ll hear her personal story and the way that she chooses to make decisions.

It’s based on a framework that supports her life. That means important things don’t get missed, and the little things don’t cause stress.

It also decreases the chance for the overwhelm and paralysis that can happen when it’s time to make a choice.

She’s sharing practical tips that will make choosing a no-brainer.

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