Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
Lessons from My Garden > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

Lessons from My Garden

What does "Lessons from My Garden" have to do with "getting organized? One of the things I've learned after 20+ years as an organizing consultant is that organizing has something to do with everything!

Here's how organizing principles apply to the art of gardening:

"Half of any job is using the right tool!" (Note I said "using" ? not "having!") It took a blister to convince me to buy a new pair of loppers to finish trimming the butterfly bushes. With the new tool, pruning was easy and painless.

"Today's mail is tomorrow's pile." While it's certainly important to clean up the trash, weeds, and other undesirables in your garden, if you limit yourself to that activity, you can work very hard and see little results. One of the things my landscape designer taught me was to pick one small area and plant beautiful things to inspire me to keep going. With Paper Tiger, we encourage you to start using Paper Tiger to organize your desktop ? you can worry about all those old piles later! After you get the new system in place, you can incorporate the old files into the new system ? and if you don't, they'll eventually be old enough that tossing them will be easy. In the meantime, you have what you need to do today's work, and you won't be creating new unidentified piles!

"Clutter is Postponed Decisions®." One of the first steps in creating any rewarding garden is determining what kind of garden you want ? vegetable, herb, cutting, perennial, etc. As great as all those options are, if you try to have all of them in the same space, the result will be disappointing. Or, to apply another Paper Tiger principle, "Put like items together!" Create a specific area in your garden for herbs, another for cut flowers, etc. In the same way, you can create separate "locations" in Paper Tiger for personal papers, active projects, CDs, clients, etc.

"Successful organizing begins with a vision." The most beautiful gardens are first planted in someone's mind! The initial question I ask every client is "If we were to meet three years from now, what has to happen for you to feel happy about your progress?" Their answers are varied, and include such statements as "I'll be making $100,000/year," or "I'll be taking six weeks of vacation every year," "I'll be working at home," or "I'll have a full-time assistant." If we don't have something to aim for, we'll never get there.

"Organizing doesn't have a 'right' or 'wrong.'" The most exciting aspect of my work is the "art of organizing." I frequently tell my clients, "You paint a picture for me of what you want to accomplish, and I'll help you create and sustain an environment to make that happen!" What works beautifully for one client would be a complete disaster for another.

"Organizing is a process not a destination." A garden, like organizing, is a continual process of reassessing what you like, what you don't, rearranging existing plants, and trying new varieties. And so it is with organizing! Continually asking three questions: "Does it work?'' "Do I like it?" "Does it work for the others I care about?" Be willing to take risks, don't worry about mistakes, and just keep learning!

© Barbara Hemphill is the author of Kiplinger's Taming the Paper Tiger at Work and Taming the Paper Tiger at Home and co-author of Love It or Lose It: Living Clutter-Free Forever. The mission of Hemphill Productivity Institute is to help individuals and organizations create and sustain a productive environment so they can accomplish their work and enjoy their lives. We do this by organizing space, information, and time. We can be reached at 800-427-0237 or at www.ProductiveEnvironment.com

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

Forbes

How To Surprise Your Way To Success
Forbes
Surprise is an indelible part of success. By surprising shoppers in a good way, a business can not only sell more goods but also strengthen the loyalty. of its best consumers. It can avoid the threat of tedium, in which familiarity breeds contempt ...


Motley Fool

Walmart Is Trying to Copy Target's Success Via Acquisition
Motley Fool
Private-label brands have been a cornerstone of Target's (NYSE:TGT) recent success. Walmart is taking a shortcut by buying well-established brands, but it has yet to show whether it can successfully integrate those brands into its existing properties ...

and more »

Inside Higher Ed

Feeling the Need to Defend Your Credentials
Inside Higher Ed
But is the notion that racial preference may have played a role in Warren's academic success something that must be aggressively countered? It appears Warren thinks so. The video quotes Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House spokesperson, criticizing ...
Warren releases results of DNA testThe Boston Globe
Elizabeth Warren's family storyYouTube
Elizabeth Warren's Heritage Played No Role in Her Hiring | Elizabeth Warren for MassachusettsElizabeth Warren For Senate

all 2,023 news articles »

TechCrunch

Hinge is first dating app to actually measure real world success
TechCrunch
Dating app Hinge is today launching a new feature aimed at improving its recommendations, based on whether or not matches had successful real-world dates. The feature may also help to address one of the major problems with today's dating apps: that no ...

and more »

Forbes

Developers Matter -- And Your Success Can Depend On How You Treat Them
Forbes
In many ways, large, well-established organizations that have dominated industries for decades are only marginally different from each other. Consider, for instance, that two-century-old banks can be direct competitors yet offer their respective ...


Forbes

Celebrate Success: The First Big Purchases Of 6 Entrepreneurs
Forbes
Solidifying funding or scoring that first major paycheck can be a monumental moment in the life of an entrepreneur and is certainly worth celebrating. We asked six successful, young entrepreneurs what they treated themselves to after their first big break.


UtahJazz.com

The Culture Code and why the Utah Jazz are poised for success
UtahJazz.com
What makes a successful company successful? What are the characteristics of successful teams? In his New York Times best-selling book “The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups,” author Daniel Coyle examines organizations—ranging ...


Herald-Whig

Reading for future success
Herald-Whig
QUINCY -- Quincy Public Library's newest program wants to put young children on the path to success one book at a time. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, which kicked off Monday at QPL, encourages parents and caregivers to read aloud ...


Bleedin' Blue

St. Louis Blues: Canada Trip Vital For Blues Season Success
Bleedin' Blue
The St. Louis Blues will be tested during an upcoming three-game road trip through Canada and could set the tone for the rest of the season. The St. Louis Blues have started slow start this season, going 1-2-1 to start the year and with a competitive ...

and more »

KATU

Chess for Success
KATU
As a program manager for Chess for Success, he travels to more than a dozen schools around Portland mentoring teachers on how to coach the after-school club. Malone says he loves chess because it teaches students skills that help them succeed inside ...

Google News

A Field of Multiple Opportunity

Opportunity is all around us and has many facets, but... Read More

Looking for Harvey Weinstein - The Book and the Business

Two Immigrants Live The American DreamSome may call it a... Read More

True Success is Generous

"Write checks on a regular basis to those who you... Read More

Success: How to Ask the Right Questions

Q. My problem is that I have trouble keeping my... Read More

The Amazing Success Secret Anyone Can Start Using Today

However there is one success secret that costs nothing. And... Read More

What Constitutes a Good Life?

The ultimate expression of life is not a paycheck. The... Read More

Top Ten Success Strategies

1. Believe in yourself and what it is you do.... Read More

Mind is the Forerunner of All States

Our lives and the circumstances we live in are largely... Read More

Number One Killer Of Could-Have-Been Success Stories

Fear.Everything in this world has its opposite.Good has bad.Optimism has... Read More

The Gravitational Pull of ANTs, WORMS & FEARS

What is an ANT? An ANT is an acronym for... Read More

Self Improvement and the Power of Concentration

One the most important Self Improvement skills to develop to... Read More

Success = Prosperity

Material or physical success is often measured by the level... Read More

Discipline

I've been thinking a lot about what I believe to... Read More

Trusting The Higher Self

As very few people achieve enlightenment in one lifetime, as... Read More

Keeping Your Mind Tuned for Success

Absolutely no one can underestimate the power of the mind... Read More

What is Optimum Performance?

What is Optimum Performance? This question raises different responses from... Read More

Success Through The Eyes Of A Child

Adults, with eyes to see, can learn so much about... Read More

Dont Just Read About It; Be About It!

Far too many of us struggle through life despite more... Read More

Powering Up Your SUCCESS Mechanisms!

An effective self- concept generates the desire to strive for... Read More

Extend Your Influence Without Shortening Your Life

Please repeat these four words out loud: "Maximum Impact....Minimal Touch"... Read More

No Shortcut To Success

Sometimes short cuts are not worth taking. They may bring... Read More

7 Things You Can Do To Reach The Success You Truly Desire

Ever have those days where no matter what you try... Read More

Five Ways To Take A Vacation Without Taking A Vacation

Last month Along The Purpose Path was about how to... Read More

Success - Your Are What You Think About

You have complete control over your thoughts. Thought patterns develop... Read More

Success: By The Numbers

What is "success"? Why does it seem everyone wants "success"?... Read More