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By Donna D. McMillan

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Today, becoming and staying organized are not a luxury, they're a necessity. These hot topics appear frequently in books, magazines, newspapers and TV shows. Unfortunately, from these sources, readers/viewers can not ask sensitive questions, discuss details about their specific situations or benefit from customized solutions. Also, the impression is often given that it takes very little time, effort or resources to eliminate the problems and confusion.

In both offices and home offices, clutter and chaos happen for a reason, sometimes for several reasons. Many people say they were never taught organizing skills. Our non-judgmental, experienced professionals focus on solving your organizing puzzles, recommend solutions and products, help you sort out the jumble, create personalized systems, and work side-by-side with you teaching you how to stay organized.

An organized workspace increases concentration, effectiveness and productivity. Organizing decreases wasted time, energy, space and money. It is possible to reduce the stress, chaos and clutter.

Do you really want (or need) to get organized? Would you like to be in control of your time, paperwork, information, space, computer & electronic information, and life? Do you feel paralyzed? Are you committed to making a change? Great ... you don't have to get organized alone!

When you need services for your business, home, car, health, financial or legal matters, you want to hire professionals who are experts in their industries. It's best to choose those who specialize in the issues that are relevant to your unique needs and situation. Choose pros who have multiple years of experience and a range of abilities.

Visit our website for details. Contact us for complimentary 20-minute consultation to see if our services are a match for your needs.

808-943-2053 & 310-391-7392
www.islandorganizers.com ~ contact us
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Disorganization and Clutter Are Expensive
 by Donna D. McMillanDonna D. McMillan

There are many statistics describing the sacrifices and high costs associated with disorganization and clutter. It wastes valuable time, money, space, and energy, plus it causes unnecessary stress.  For the "organizationally-challenged," this important issue not only applies in the workplace and the use of computers, but also in personal lifestyles.

How much money is this costing your company? How much personal free time is it costing you? What are the facts and figures?

How much TIME is wasted?

  • The average U.S. executive wastes six weeks per year searching for missing information in messy desks and files. (That equals one hour per day.)
    -- Wall Street Journal
  • The average desk worker has 36 hours of work on his or her desk and spends 3 hours per week sorting piles trying to find the project to work on next.
    -- The Overload Syndrome (by Richard Swenson)
  • The average amount of time that the average American spends looking for misplaced things over the course of a lifetime is one year. 
    -- Harper's Index

How much MONEY is wasted?

  • The real cost of being disorganized is hundreds of times more than the cost for a professional organizer's services.
    -- Roger L. Drolet, CPA, MBA / Founder, SafeRecord.com
  • Being disorganized can lead to real-life costs, including overdrawn checking and savings accounts, missed payments, purchasing unneeded items, tax deductions and lost productivity.
    -- Jeffrey Strain, personal finance writer, thestreet.com

 How much SPACE is wasted?

  • 80% of what we file never gets looked at again. 
    -- The Leader-Post
  • Many people pay the “document storage” industry thousands of dollars a year to babysit  boxes of files they never use.
    --
    smead.com

How much ENERGY is wasted?

  • 85% of the information that businesses need to operate does not fall into structured formats of automated spreadsheets or databases.
    -- Document Magazine
  • Americans often make drastic miscalculations about the value of their time, taking a do-it-yourself approach to tasks that might be less costly in time and money to hire out.
    -- Wall Street Journal

Need help?  www.islandorganizers.com

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time for changeBy Karen Simon


As a tech specialist, I see that technology drastically changes and drives our lives! I see it in how people and families communicate, how we receive & pay bills, how we buy things. It's even taking over our cars - parallel-parking automatically! Some people fight against it, saying they're going to stick to their own (and old) ways. But tech will not allow it. Soon, all parking meters & lots will be "unmanned," the only option will be to "pay by card." Why? Because tech saves time (our most precious commodity) and labor (our most costly expense).

Do I HAVE To?

Tech forces us to do things we may not want to do - like order online, file electronically, or take & keep photos digitally. Instead of resisting, we can figure out ways to celebrate and embrace it. Use it to our advantage! If you're a business owner, there are ways that tech can FREE you from burdensome tasks. It can save you time, space and money. It can do the same in our personal lives.

Why SHOULD I?

Armed with the right apps and devices, we can relax. We can free our minds of having to recall who we know & how to contact them, where to be & when, and even, how to get there! A business can easily leverage its information and re-use it in multiple ways to get new customers, retain existing ones and engage old ones.

What Does It Take?

With an open mind, little bits of learning and some patience, you can get there. Find someone to help you - perhaps a Digital Trainer. Just like a Fitness Trainer, it's a person you trust, who has an interest in your success! They'll have more impact than one who just "knows more than you." As you set your resolutions for the New Year, be CURIOUS about how tech can help you get those goals!


 
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Organizing is a valuable investment of time and energy. Virtual Organizing is an innovative process to help you become and stay organized. Via phone coaching, email, digital photos and/or video calls, targeted sessions focus on your goals.  By hiring an expert, you receive the guidance and support you need so you learn the skills it takes to FINALLY get organized.

Who benefits from Virtual Organizing Services?

  • Individuals with specific areas that need to be organized
  • Busy business owners who need a "jump start" for re-organizing their office 
  • Self-motivators, self-starters, DYI-ers (do-it-yourself) who are ready to change habits
  • New entrepreneurs who need procedures established
  • Solopreneurs and others who want to maximize their use of technology

Why use Virtual Organizing Services?

Some people have the desire and motivation to get organized but lack specific skills and need a guide. Virtual Organizing is also the perfect fit for those who:

  • Don’t know where to start & how to proceed
  • Can dedicate time to organize in small bites (1-2 hours at a time)
  • Are ready to learn techniques and solutions from experienced professionals
  • Can't find qualified organizing skills trainers in their area

How Does It Work?

By simply using your telephone, digital photos and email, we quickly become your organizing coach/trainer. Get all your questions answered and discover customized solutions. Learn how to become and stay organized – you apply the proven methods that you need to gain control of your time, space and information.

Each session will be empowering, educational and (yes) fun! We transfer organizing skills that you can use forever! You don't have to get organized alone!

More about Virtual Organizing Services

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Contact Us:  808-943-2053 & 310-391-7392


 
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by Karen Simon , Island Organizers

eCalendar

     It's time to set up your calendar for the coming year with birthdays, holidays and special occasions. Before the days of electronic calendars, you'd take out both your new and old calendars or date books. You flip each page of the old to write your days to remember into the new. Those who use an eCalendar on their smartphone, computer and/or tablet can take advantage of the three most useful features that save the time and energy of this chore.

#1 - Recurring/Repeat Events: Birthdays, holidays and annual events that fall on the same day of the year can be plugged in once and will appear every year thereafter.

#2 - Import the holidays: Some holidays occur on different days each year, e.g., Thanksgiving, and some religious holidays. With most eCalendars, these dates can be automatically added in a blink by downloading a small file. Smartphone and tablet users can go to the app or Play Store. Web calendar (Google, Yahoo, etc.) users can just check a box to "turn on" holiday calendars to show the holidays. Note: for Calendar apps like Outlook or iCal and others, do an internet search on "import US holidays" to download. Get it on one device and the dates will sync with all your devices!
#3 - Reminders/Alarms: Especially with birthdays, take advantage of the alarm or reminder feature to notify you several days or weeks in advance of special dates so you have ample time to buy and mail cards or gifts. eCalendars can sound an alarm or popup a reminder; some send a reminder email when it's time.

Start your year off with an organized calendar. Take advantage of our Get Organized Month (January) specials, including one that includes help with e-Calendars! Ask me how to do it now.

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