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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 33: Course Planning, Juggling Life, and the Godfather
Episode 32: On Being Behind, the Impossible, and the Planning Process
In this second episode of 2020, Catherine shares why it’s ok if you’re already “behind” in the New Year and how important rest and fun are to productivity.
Catherine explains how her two words of the year, Possibility and the Impossible, work together to create magic.
Then she lays out her planning process step by step. She assures the listener that the only right way to do something is not how you should do it, but how you will do it. Catherine reminds you to plan for some flex time because life gets lifey.
She wraps up with the 20 Day EPIC Office Organization Challenge, which starts on National Clear Your Desk Day, Monday January 13th. This is her gift to you for 2020 – a way to start your year right in just 10 minutes per day.
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Episode 31: Paper Planners and Digital and Calendars, Oh My!
It’s a bright, shiny, sparkly new year. You have goals. But do you have plans?
You’ll likely need a planner to support you in making those goals happen.
Join Catherine as she takes you through the what and why of planner purchasing. You’ll hear the difference between paper and digital and the latest funky hybrid. Not to mention the many different types of planners out there. Catherine explains why not every planner is for everyone and that it’s better to use your planning system if it helps you meet your goals.
Episode 30: Holiday POP! Planning, Organization, and Pausing
In this fourth and final episode of Uncluttered Holidays, Catherine focuses on the POP of the holidays – planning, organization and productivity. Yes, we’re back to work.
Fear not for the week between Christmas and New Year’s tends to be the quietest work week of the year. Catherine shares strategies to get a ton done, using her own two digital organizing projects as examples.
Episode 29: On Scrooge, Gift Giving, and The Cancer Couch
Episode 28: Intentions, Families, and Your Magical Holiday Calendar
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.
Episode 26: Productive Environment, Emotional Clutter, and Gratitude
Episode 25: Digital Declutter, Tech Organization, and Social Media Detox
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.
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Episode 24: NO’vember, Decluttering, and Your Productive
Episode 23: Systems, Surrender, and the ‘Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’
Episode 22: EPIC Office, the Benefits of a Virtual Admin, and Juggling
Episode 21: Space Walk, Productivity, and (Un) Forgotten
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.
Episode 19: Impulsive V Cliff Hanger
- Act spontaneously
- Miss deadlines, letting others down
- Act in haste – Act first. Think later.
- Like the adrenaline rush/time pressure helps focus
- Like a last minute start that can add stress, missed deadlines
- Underestimate the time tasks take
Episode 18: Busy, Fast Track Golf, and Doing Less
Join Catherine on the Productivity Seminar: Connection in a Disconnected World: Using Online Tools to Build Offline Relationships.
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.
Episode 16: 9/11, Honoring the Pause and the Snitch
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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.
Episode 14: Hoppers, Hyper-Focus, and Managing Priorities
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.
Episode 13: Uncluttered, Unplugged, Undeniable
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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:
- The efficiencies in batching
- 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”
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)
• Strengths Finder
• TSSI – Time, Space, Style & Inventory
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?
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.
Episode 4: Joyful Living, Letting Go, and Learning to Receive
- Redefining what home is
- Letting go
- Learning to receive
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.
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 –
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?
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.