Taking Control: The Organizing Podcast
Summary: Since 2010, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright have been helping listeners live the organized lifestyle. From ADHD to life management to time and technology tips, this podcast is dedicated to anyone looking to take control by getting organized.
It's time to move! Very special thanks for this question from one of our listeners: "You have a lot of wonderful information for reclaiming space, but what about setting up a new one? I'm in the process of moving and would love advice for both effective packing as well as starting organizing systems without the baggage of having to clear existing clutter from a space." This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright take on the challenge of moving with tips for setting up your move and getting ready to load the truck.
We may complain about them — some of us may complain about them A LOT! — but deep down we know that at some level, deadlines help us to get motivated to finish things. It's simple calculus, really: when we know that others are counting on us to do what we say we're going to do, more often than not, we can get it done. But what about that list of tasks that don't come with natural nagging? It's the list of todos that you know you want to do, but with no one checking in, how do you get yourself motivated to dive in? This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright take on the pesky topic of digging for stores of precious motivation, when we'd really rather hang out on the couch and eat something decadent!
We're catching up on listener comments this week, and in a follow-up to last week's nerdcast, we take on a question that plagues so many: how to best manage digital files and folders to work more efficiently? This week on the show, Pete Wright and Nikki Kinzer share smart digital file management, and share the tools and process you need to make it work!
On this month's nerdcast, we're talking about digital file automation with the introduction of two classes of tools that allow you to act on your digital clutter without actually taking up brainspace to do so. It's a magical ride through digital document management! This week on the show Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright walk through the life cycle of a bill, from delivery to scanning to paying and archiving, and Pete introduces Text Expander and Hazel with a mind-blowing sample workflow!
Big projects are tough to start. Whether you're mired in shopping for organizing products or easily distracted in new, more pleasant directions, you're not alone if you suffer the start! That's why it's so important to recondition your behavior and learn that the very first step of any project is to sit down, apply pencil to paper, and make yourself a solid plan. This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright walk through the power of planning, and share how a good planning process can help provide the structure you need to get to work on the toughest projects. BONUS: we've added a new download to the free templates area — the Zoning Worksheet!
We're always on the lookout for great tips and new resources and this week we have a great one. If you're struggling with ADHD and clutter, we've got three tips for helping you make decisions and keep moving forward toward organization. As a part of our research, Nikki has been reading Nancy Ratey's, "The Disorganized Mind," which we doubly recommend you add to your ADHD reading list! This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright introduce three tips for tackling clutter and finding your center through organization.
Go ahead, read that title again: It's OK to fail. Not only is it OK to fail, but we recommend you do it! Failure drives us toward success in so many vectors it's hard to cover them all. Yes, for some of us, failure is a motivator to keep on trying. But even more important, at it's very core, failure is one of the richest platforms for learning that we have. This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright celebrate failure and call for all of us to embrace it for future success!
Let's just say you have a great task list. You know everything you have to do and when you have to do it! And yet, you still feel like you're stuck in a dark place, buried under obligations, with no muscle to dig your way out of it. You're stuck in perpetual overwhelm. Now, let's say you don't have such a great task list. The dark place just got darker. This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright talk about this state of perpetual overwhelm, how many people find themselves there, and a framework for digging back out of it over time to take back control in your life!
Tackling organizing projects can be tough. No matter how great your motivation may be to live an organized lifestyle, digging into the grit and grime of actually organizing can kick up unique challenges that can drive you right to distraction! This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright discuss techniques to help you save your sanity and stay focused when facing your toughest projects. From time and alarms, to getting better sleep, this week we'll help you get back to work and on task!
Hot on the heels of "Taking Control of Your Space" and the TCO 101 live interactive seminar with Nikki, we're thrilled to introduce the TCO 101 Self-Study Program! This week on the show, learn about this new program designed to give you the framework and structure you need to build the habits of the organized lifestyle. Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright discuss the practical exercises and tools that help you take control of your space on your time!
You know the feeling: maybe you know that you have something out there to do, maybe you don't, but whatever the case, you have a lot of time and no direction so you might as well kick back with a movie. Not a great use of time! This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright take on this listener-submitted question: what do you do when you have too much time and too little motivation? It's a tough one, but we've got tips!
Project deadlines! Vacations! It's the end of the year and you're limping across the finish-line! Fear not: you have a tool at your disposal to help you keep track of all those tasks looming out there with discrete deadlines in the form of Back-Scheduling! This week on Taking Control, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright share how back-scheduling works and how you can make use of it to manage stress and stay productive.
You've done all the right work of getting your tasks out of your head, freeing yourself from the stress of carrying it all with you. But that brain dump yields stacks of paper, cards, stickies and more of task after task after task. How do you manage your analog work management process so that it works for you, and doesn't add more stress to your life? This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright discuss the evolution of the process, and Nikki shares a toolset from a recent client meeting that might just work for your epic todo list!
It's time to check in on progress toward checking off our tolerations list this week on Taking Control. Predictably, lessons are being learned ALL OVER THE PLACE, some simple, some humiliating, all useful! This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright review the reality check that comes with tackling the things in our homes that have gone invisible to us tackling tolerations and lessons learned!
Perseverance. It's the magic ingredient that can help provide the muscle you need to get through your most difficult tasks. From the practical challenges of wading through an impossible task list, to the emotional challenges that come from dealing with failure, perseverance can give you the guts and gusto to get back on your game. This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright talk about the challenges that require the greatest practical perseverance and share strategies for staying on top of it all.