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Collaborate for Success

Dana Arkinzadeh and Katherine Korlacki - 1

This week we are celebrating our 200th blog post!! Let’s take a step back and tell you the story of our blog. It’s a story of risk taking, growth, and collaboration.

Back in November of 2012, both of us felt some pressure that we “had” to have a blog to be “legitimate businesses” and jump in the pool of social media marketing. At that point Dana had been in business 10 years and Katherine for 16 so we both felt established and reluctant to take on a new form of promotion. We decided to tackle the project together – to co-write a blog that we would publish jointly and could each re-purpose for our own use.

Here are 10 lessons we’ve learned through 200 posts:

  1. Don’t go it alone – tough jobs are way easier, and often actually fun, if done with a friend
  2. Have courage to move forward even if you don’t know what you’re doing – things have a way of sorting themselves out and you learn along the way
  3. Commit regular time in your calendar – make it realistic if you want to get something done
  4. Don’t give up – your partner may have energy when you’re flagging
  5. Honor your limits – over the last 6 years we adjusted our start time, adjusted the frequency of posts, and gave us ourselves permission to repost old blogs when feeling uninspired
  6. Go for good enough, instead of perfect – don’t let perfectionism be a roadblock; done is better than perfect
  7. Keep things simple
  8. You don’t have to have all the answers – bring in outside experts to help with topics or technical issues
  9. Make your own rules for success – don’t let others’ expectations drive your goals or standards
  10. Celebrate your accomplishments – it’s often only the negatives we focus on, celebrating helps you remember and savor the positives

Does the blog get us new business? Hard to tell. But we get consistent feedback from current clients that they like hearing from us and get value from the topics. Taking the time to think through topics keeps us curious and open to ideas and creates content that we can use in presentations, newsletters, and other places. One of the biggest benefits to us is a regularly scheduled time to stay connected, support each other through business challenges, and celebrate business and life successes.

How could you collaborate to achieve some of your goals? Have you had a great collaboration experience related to organizing? Share your story with us!

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Top 5 Tips To Keep You Disorganized

Not putting things away will help with disorganization

Not putting things away will help with disorganization

Do you feel like you have too much time and money on your hands? Is your life too simple and you’d like to mix it up a bit? Bored easily and need projects to do?

Here are 5 easy ways to create a bit of chaos and overwhelm in your life … just to keep things interesting:

  1. Have multiple planners, datebooks, or calendars. Not knowing where to look to figure out where you’re supposed to be creates instant challenges. This technique works especially well when you mix paper and digital formats.
  1. Don’t modify your closet design. Just using the hanging bar ensures that folded clothes end up on the floor or stuffed in too-small drawers. Keep shoes in the middle of the room for easy access.
  1. Stuff things where they “fit” as opposed to assigning them a sensible “home.” This goes hand-in-hand with cleaning up by filling bags of random things that clutter your living space and hiding them in the closet or garage – to be sorted “later.”
  1. Never give anything away. Everything has potential. This gives you lots of things to fill up closets and cabinets so active items can live out on surfaces where they’re handy and visible.
  1. Put decisions off. Allow your decisions to accumulate until you are completely overwhelmed – then put them off for another day.

We hope this tongue-in-cheek advice helps give you a different perspective. Sometimes we see things more clearly when we look at them turned upside down. If you take the unconscious choices you make and flip them around as if they were deliberate, you get to see that you do have power in a situation.

If someone were to observe you in your natural habitat, how would they describe your organizing style? What routine behaviors would they notice that contribute to your disorganization? Changing habits isn’t easy but developing new organizing skills starts with awareness.

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