Motivation

As some of you may know, I had an ad on Living Social during the month of February and March.  The offer was 2 hours of organizing services for $50. The response was really good, especially with regards to clicks on my website.  So what does that have to do with “motivation”???…. Well, I’m getting to that!  Two (2) hours really isn’t a lot of time to complete an organizing project, so you either want the client to buy additional hours of your services or you want them to be motivated to continue the project without you.  Both are WIN-WIN scenarios!!

There was one client in particular that was given the Living Social voucher as a gift. She had taken the time to make a list of questions for me prior to our visit and was really excited about getting started.  She has a sincere desire to de-clutter and become more organized, but again, we only had TWO hours.  We started our time together by sorting and purging through her dresser drawers.

Here is an excerpt from the email that she sent me after our visit…

Ms. Candy! 
I had a great time with you Saturday, I am so glad you came. Thank you for the motivation, I truly needed it. As for separating my work and casual clothes that are folded I think I am going to keep that as is. It’s more important that they are folded up and put away in the drawer.  There were numerous items that we decided to hang in the closet, so the closet became our 2nd area of focus.   I was drawn to the nearest Walmart to purchase those things you spoke of called “skirt hangers”. Those things you called “skirt hangers” really do exist, AND they hang up skirts perfectly! … LOL!!!   :-D.  I purchased 3 skirt hangers that hold 6 skirts each, so I have extra hangers if I purchase more skirts. 

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I’m even amazed myself on how much we were able to accomplish in 2 hours.  We didn’t have time to work on other areas of her apartment, so she did the kitchen after I left.

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I love it when a plan comes together.  My goal is truly to have the client motivated, so that they will de-clutter and organize on their own and maintain it after I leave. This client suggested that I FaceTime with her, every once and a while to check on her progress.  AWESOME IDEA!

I appreciate all your suggestions and motivation. Thank you for helping me declutter my apartment of all the clothes! Everything is on the up and up and I plan to keep it going. Have a wonderful day! 

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I am honored once again…

I am always very honored when I am nominated for a blogger award.  I believe that it speaks very highly of your blog when a fellow blogger takes the time to recognize your blog to other people.  I think that it is also a great opportunity to bring light to other blogs that you follow and enjoy.  I want to thank Carol at The Hurt Healer for nominated me for the “Super Sweet Blogging” Award.  I believe Carol & I met on the 2012 Blog of the Year Award Facebook page and we have been fast friends every since.  Her blog is very enlightening and encouraging.  It always makes my day when she takes time to comment on something that I have written.  Thank You, Carol!!

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So now I am going to graciously accept my award nomination, but add a little different twist.  First, I will answer the super sweet questions, but I want to give the bloggers that I nominate to either accept the Super Sweet Blogging Award or the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  The rules are very similar, but more importantly, I just want others to take the time to visit the sites of the bloggers that I follow.  As I was reading through the recent posts, there was somewhat of a common thread or theme, that someone out there needs to read.  Well, I have rambled enough…. so here goes!

The super sweet questions:

1.   Cookies or cake?  cake

 2.   Chocolate or vanilla?  Chocolate, but sometimes vanilla is a welcome change of pace.

 3.   What is your favorite sweet treat, cheesecake or frozen yogurt?   Chocolate brownies with nuts, i am not really crazy about cheesecake or frozen yogurt

 4.   When do you crave sweet things the most?   When I am bored.

 5.   If you had a sweet nickname what would it be?   Candy, fancy that!

Finally let me offer you my list of the Bakers Dozen. In no particular order these are bloggers who bring love, light and interest to the blogging world. (Phrase taken directly from Carol, but very appropriate!)

http://aligonde.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/the-healthiest-version-of-me/

http://dyandiamond.net/2013/02/18/who-can-you-trust/

http://chasingthesamerainbow.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/who-strengthens-me/

http://ministryofsmallthings.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/bless-who/

http://organizationalspecialists.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/the-purpose-of-organizing-who-else-can-get-you-to-let-go-of-your-elementary-school-report-card/

http://imusthavethisthing.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/organizing-for-the-creative-innovator-2/

http://faithpondering.com/2013/02/13/ode-to-potatoes-a-poem-for-lent/

http://lezoemusings.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/no-roses-here/

http://prayerworkscafe.org/2013/02/14/a-love-like-this-by-trudy-ross/

http://motivatah.com/2013/02/16/time-for-you/

http://crustybreadblog.com/2013/02/15/waiting-grace/

http://blueucalyptus.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/love-is/

http://organizednowplease.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/worth-doing-badly/

ATTENTION Nominees:  Please don’t feel obligated to respond. Just have fun with the attention and add you own twist if you like.  🙂

There is only a slightly different twist to the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, so the rules are as follows:

Rules:

1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.

2. Post the award image to your page.

3. Share 7 facts about yourself. 

4. Nominate 15 other blogs and inform them about it.

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“I could probably find the time, BUT I really don’t want to do it!”

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Yes, I believe that we have the time to tackle our clutter, but we channel our time and energy into things that we would rather do!  Why don’t we make time to do the things that we know that we really need to do?  Getting organized is no difference than losing weight, exercising on a consistent basis and eating more healthy…. We must be motivated, committed and have the willpower to stick with it.  “So how are going to group “organizing” with that other stuff that has a real impact on me living better”?  Because (broken record speech again) Our Lives Need ORDER!  OK, I won’t go into the rest of the speech, BUT disorder & Chaos in our lives creates stress, frustration, etc. etc. etc.  I hear it all the time.  So why don’t we take the time to get it done?  Most times, we just need a little motivation!

I worked with a client recently, who just needed a little motivation.  She owns her own business and business has been going very, very well, but unfortunately, she just could not keep up with all the things that needed to be done.  The BIG things that impacted rather she got paid or not, and the small things that just made the business run smoother.  When she hired me, she was already on a mission.  She was determined to get more organized because she knew the impact that it was having not only on her business, but on her life overall.  Our project was 90% paper management.  She sorted and purged her paper so quickly.  She was on a mission!  She was motivated, but she needed me to keep her focused and on track.  She knew that when I left, she would stop working.  We whipped through the paper, like a knife through butter.  She had A LOT of paper, but once we purged, organizing was easy.  We set up a filing system that she could maintain and developed a work process together that would be easy to follow because we made only minor adjustments to how she worked naturally.  (Click on the link to read her testimonial)

So the question is “what will it take to get you motivated?”  Sorry, I don’t have the answer.  But I would strongly suggest that you tap into your inner spirit to find the answer.  It applies to ALL the things that you really NEED to get done… but you really don’t want to do it!  It may be just having someone there working with you.  It could be a professional organizer, personal trainer, nutritionist, etc. OR it may just be a friend or your spouse whose mere presence is enough to keep you motivated until you get the job done.

What are your thoughts?