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 back to school season again! For many, getting the kids back to school is a sign of a return to normalcy. Along the way, however, we uncover all the processes that we've let slip with the lazy summer days. Now's the time to get back in gear and remind yourself and your family of the great processes and tools you used during the year to keep your life in order. This week on the show, join Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright for a conversation about making the transition from summer, and back into real life!
You know you have things to do. You may even have a gut feeling of when these things need to be completed. But if your list exists in your head and gut alone, you're likely going to end up tied in knots, unable to complete anything at the expense of the mess in your head. This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright take on prioritization, particularly in the light of ADHD, and share tools for getting organized and staying on top of your todos!
Don't let summer slow you down! When the weather gets warm, productivity can suffer. This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright share ten tips to beat the productivity slow-down and get things done any time of year!
Motivation is an elusive animal! One day you have it firmly in your hands, you're getting things done, you have a direction and then the next day: Gone! This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright talk about motivation, momentum, that sweet space where time is no longer a factor, and what happens when you lose it and need to get it back!
Beware the invisible clutter. It's the stuff that gathers around you, that you grow blind to, that can cause you the greatest long-term, insidious stress. Then, one day, it'll all hit you at once. You're not alone, and you can get control of it. This week on Taking Control, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright talk about reclaiming your space from the clutter that has taken over!
If you're struggling with ADHD and you're not able to take care of yourself, you may be magnifying your stress and making your journey to an organized lifestyle more complex. Taking care of yourself is about exercise, food, and rest, and if you don't have a handle on those three pillars of self-care, it's time to get started. This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright talk about the challenges that come with self-care and ADHD and how to break the negative habits that come with stress in your life.
Change is a central part of getting organized and living the organized lifestyle. This week, we talk about the discomfort that comes from things going right. Whether you feel like you must be forgetting something, or your home is suddenly functioning too well, the early stages of organization will likely strike you sideways. This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright talk about the challenges that come from learning to trust your organizing systems and yourself, and shaking anxiety that's in the way of the new you!
The secret to making the transition to an organized lifestyle is not in being able to tackle big, audacious projects, but it's in being able to finish them! For so many, we take on big jobs only to leave the last 10% of the work unfinished. What can you do to train yourself to finish what you start? This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright talk about how to condition yourself to be aware of where the last 10% bottlenecks occur in your projects, and how to wrap up your biggest projects feeling great.
If you're struggling with moving toward the organized lifestyle, you've no doubt run into the questions along the fine line between sacrifice and excuse. The first question asks whether you're willing to do the things you will have to do in order to achieve success. The second asks why you haven't been able to do those things so far. This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright talk about the nature of excuses and sacrifice, and give guidance on how to turn both toward the organized life you want to live!
Throughout the process of discovering the organized lifestyle that works for you, you'll fall in love with a few tools that you will come to cherish. Whether it's your label maker or your bins, there will be something that you can't live with out. For us, one of those key tools is an application called Evernote. It's a digital memory, and with it's ability to store and index just about any kind of media, and allow you to search all your notes across your phone, tablet, web, and computer, it has become the key tool we count on for reducing paper clutter and going digital. This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright share their tips for getting to know Evernote, and digging in to a few of the rich features that make Evernote so powerful!
As fast as summer sneaks up on us, it'll be gone! Don't let your pile of summer projects overwhelm you—be smart! In this week's episode of Taking Control: The Organizing Podcast, we help you make a smart evaluation of your summer organizing projects, then break them down into manageable pieces to ensure you get them done!
You have it all together, right? Even though people come to your house and marvel at the wondrous paths of piles, you're sure you can find anything and everything right when you need it. You're a master of "organized clutter"! But what if you're tested? This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright talk about the role of clutter, what it really means to own your organized chaos, and how you might be more out of control than you think!
Don't let yourself get stuck processing! You know it when it happens: you're faced with a daunting project but just can't get over the hump to start. So you sit. And sit. And think. And think. And with all that thinking, exactly nothing happens. This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright talk about making the transition from thinking to acting and how to get your organizing projects off to a great start.
You're challenged by this set of behaviors that we call "ADHD", but those behaviors don't have to rule you and the life you're trying to live. The real question is: are you letting it? This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright talk about how not to let your behavior become an excuse for poor choice, but to take control of your ADHD and learn from it!
You're working hard to develop the systems that will allow you to live a confidently organized lifestyle. But what about that inbox that you can't see? The one in the magic box on your desk? The email inbox is a source of great stress to many, as messages pile up and demands for attention scale out of control. This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright discuss methods to tame your inbox, email bankruptcy, and how you can get control of your email without losing your sanity!