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  • The Service to NAPO Award is bestowed to a NAPO volunteer, or group of volunteers, whose dedication and commitment to NAPO and their area of responsibility goes above and beyond. This award recipient is selected by the current NAPO President. During the NAPO 2021 Virtual Conference, NAPO President, Susie Hayman, announced that Wendy Buglio of Wendy Buglio Consulting, LLC is the recipient of the 2021 Service to NAPO Award!
  • 79% of homeowners desire more garage storage space, according to the Woodworking Network. From gardening tools, to the kid’s toys to storing holiday decorations, homeowners are struggling to store everything due to the lack of garage storage space. Support your clients storage goals by supplying them with these six easy steps to garage perfection from the experts, Organized Living.
  • As I reflect on the incredible success of NAPO2021 and write my final message to you as your NAPO President, I think it’s only fitting that I take this opportunity to share some of my “State of NAPO” address from the annual meeting. Two years ago, I stood before you in Fort Worth Texas and began my journey as NAPO President. At that time, I asked that you celebrate with me -- the value of NAPO, the value of us AND the value we, as NAPO members, bring to others. You embraced that theme then, and you have continued to embrace it, especially over the past twelve months.
  • The Service to NAPO Award is bestowed to a NAPO volunteer, or group of volunteers, whose dedication and commitment to NAPO and their area of responsibility goes above and beyond. This award recipient is selected by the current NAPO President. In 2020, NAPO President, Susie Hayman, gave Sarah Karakaian of Nesters.com the Service to NAPO Award.
  • "This 15-year Golden Circle NAPO member is a CPO® and has earned all five Specialist Certificates. She has been a chapter leader, a national committee chair, a NAPO board member for two terms, and a mentor to many. She’s an introvert by admission, a witty woman by choice, and an advocate for NAPO members.” – Susie Hayman, NAPO President, when presenting the 2020 President’s Award to Lisa Mark, CPO®. Lisa founded her business, The Time Butler Productivity Organizing, in 2004. Lisa’s own life transitions took her from a career in high tech, to personal assistant, to business owner. Lori Reese, a member of the NAPO Awards Recognition Committee, interviewed Lisa about her career path and NAPO experience.

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  • Professionals in our field work with a very diverse range of clients, and for today’s episode, we have brought in Kathleen Crombie, a counseling psychologist who has extensive experience working with neurodiverse populations. This work experience, combined with the fact that Kathleen is a gifted person herself, make her the perfect candidate for giving advice to anyone who works with gifted or highly sensitive people, which she does today in abundance. Kathleen explains the differences between these two groups, as well as the importance of not using these labels as a judgement, but rather as a way of understanding someone who may be different to yourself. Our conversation also covers the joys and challenges of working with gifted or highly sensitive people, and the value in having self-awareness. Being gifted can often be more of a curse than a gift, and it is up to us to meet our clients where they are at, and make them feel as comfortable and accepted as possible.   Key Points From This Episode:   An introduction to today’s guest, Kathleen Crombie, and her extensive educational and professional background working with neurodivergent clients. [00:02:12] Common characteristics of highly sensitive people (HSP). [00:05:09] Similarities and differences between HSP’s and gifted people. [00:09:35] Why being gifted can be more of a curse than a gift in certain settings. [00:12:45] How Kathleen discovered that she is gifted. [00:14:03] Kathleen shares more characteristics of gifted people. [00:16:14] The importance of focusing on working with people’s strengths, not just on fixing their deficits. [00:21:08] What it means when someone is referred to as twice exceptional. [00:21:46] Labels should not be a form of judgement, but rather a form of care. [00:22:52] Why Kathleen chooses to disclose her personal struggles to her patients, even though her training discouraged it. [00:25:58] Practical advice from Kathleen for people who are working with gifted or highly sensitive clients. [00:27:12] Claire explains how the Brain in Hand app is useful for gifted and highly sensitive people. [00:32:19] The value in having self-awareness as a professional dealing with other people. [00:34:19] Questions to ask your clients which can help you put yourself in their shoes. [00:34:54] Why Kathleen and Claire will usually meet with clients outside of the cluttered rooms that they are going to work on. [00:39:10] Joys and challenges that Kathleen experiences working with gifted and highly sensitive people. [00:40:56] Never stop learning. [00:46:15]   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:   In Order To Organize — https://www.inorderto-organize.com/ Kathleen Crombie Email Address — InOrderToOrganize@me.com Kathleen Crombie on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/inordertoorganize/ Kathleen Crombie on Twitter — https://www.pinterest.com/kathleencrombie/ Brain in Hand — https://braininhand.co.uk/ Happy Space Pod — https://www.facebook.com/groups/happyspacepod/ NAPO — http://napo.net/join NAPO Podcast — https://napopodcast.com
  • We all know the feeling of setting goals and intentions, only to find that we were unable to reach them because we became distracted by something else. What you may not know is that there are specific mechanisms which cause us to become distracted, and there are practical tools we can utilize to help us overcome them (these are not just life-hacks, they really work). Nir Eyal, after a profound moment in which his daughter showed him how easily distracted he was, went on a journey of discovery which culminated in his second book, Indistractable. In the pursuit of indistractability, the importance of planning cannot be overstated, but Nir stresses that we need to move away from to-do lists and plan in a way that allows us to live in alignment with our values. In today’s episode, Nir also explains the three other steps in the process of shedding our distractibility, and how we can learn to harness our psychological powers in order to live our most fulfilling lives.   Key Points From This Episode: Hear about the profoundly impactful moment with his daughter which inspired Nir to write Indistractable. [00:02:59] How our tendency to live in a distracted state negatively impacts our entire lives. [00:06:00] Definitions of distraction and (its opposite) traction. [00:07:48] How sometimes, even things that feel productive are actually distractions, and why this type of distraction is so dangerous. [00:09:23] The healthy way to make use of technology. And no, you don’t have to give up social media! [00:10:49] Internal triggers versus external triggers, and which ones lead to more distracting actions. [00:11:10] Step one to becoming indistractable. [00:12:26] Why it’s better to tell yourself, “Not yet,” rather than, “No”; the 10-minute rule. [00:13:55] What it means to surf the urge, and the type of dialog you should have with yourself during this time. [00:17:00] How planning your day on a time-focused basis differs from running your life on a to-do list; and which one will help you become indistractable. [00:19:46] Psychological reactance; an explanation of our inherent tendency to rebel against being told what to do. [00:23:50] Ways that we can change our mindset around planning our time. [00:25:03] What it really means to be an indistractable person. [00:28:47] A practical example of how to hack back external triggers (many more of which can be found in Nir’s book). [00:30:05] How Nir defines values, and how planning will help you live in accordance with your values. [00:32:30] Reasons that, on average, people take three times longer to finish a task than they had planned. [00:34:07] Pacts as the last line of defense against distraction. [00:36:01]   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Hooked by Nir Eyal Indistractable by Nir Eyal Focusmate NAPO — http://napo.net/join NAPO Podcast — https://napopodcast.com
  • The world of tech can feel overwhelming, with endless resources available and many ongoing changes arising. On today’s episode we speak with Kim Osner, owner of Need Another You, a virtual, organizing and productivity company based in Washington, DC. She shares some golden tips for organizing and automating your tech life to support and organize your life, rather than being a hindrance to your productivity. We start off the episode with an introduction to our guest and she tells us why she considers herself to be a ‘tech extrovert’. We go on to talk a bit about Clubhouse, the new kid on the social media block. Next, Kim offers us a pearl of wisdom: most technological glitches can be resolved by changing a setting. She touches on the coin shortage during the COVID19 pandemic and tells us why it is beneficial to stick with one host when you are securing domains. We talk about marketing automation as a home base and Kim shares with us her preferred method of organizing content. She gives us some insight into the ile system she currently uses and tells us about the four inboxes that support this. Next up, we talk about the two parts of a tech audit and Kim emphasizes the value of setting reminders in your calendar. We talk about Clubhouse and TikTok and Kim stresses the importance of not just giving up your time to anyone who wants it. Tune in today for some stellar practical insights on making technology work for you. We hope you join us!   Key Points From This Episode: A bit about Kim’s background and why she considers herself to be a ‘tech extrovert’ [00:00:30]. Kim’s tips on how to get comfortable using Clubhouse, the new kid on the social media block. [00:03:36]. Why you should ask yourself: what part do I want to take on? [00:06:22]. How most technological problems can be solved by changing a setting [00:09:37]. Why there was a coin shortage during the COVID19 pandemic [00:11:45]. Why it is beneficial to stick with one host when you are choosing a domain [00:13:44]. How to find the domain that suits you and why this comes down to preference [00:17:23]. Your marketing automation method as your ‘home base’ [00:17:30]. Kim’s preferred method of organizing content [00:25:06]. How Kim developed the file system she currently uses with four inboxes [00:27:31]. The two parts of a tech audit: what you download and what you subscribe to [00:29:15]. The value of setting reminders in your calendar [00:31:34]. Thoughts on Clubhouse and TikTok [00:35:47]. Why you don’t have to give up your time to any random person who wants it [00:38:12].   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Kim Oser on Twitter Need Another You on LinkedIn Need Another You on Facebook Need Another You on Instagram Need Another You on YouTube Happy Space Podcast Facebook Group NAPO
  • Get ready to change your definition of swagger, and to be inspired to do the work to find your own! Our guest today is Leslie Ehm; creative director, training guru, author of Swagger, and an all-round love-filled badass. As you’ll hear in more detail in this episode, finding your swagger is all about stepping into your authentic self and living your truth. Swagger looks different for everyone and leaves no room for judgement. It is a common occurrence for human beings to feel fragmented and experience an inability to be themselves; this is largely due to a few “blockers” which Leslie describes for us. Fortunately, there is a way to overcome these, and Leslie is just the right person to teach us all how. We explore the three main driving forces behind swagger, why you shouldn’t be afraid of asking for a do-over, the value that lies in F bombs, and the importance of knowing when you should apologize and when you absolutely should not. If you’re ready to experience the magic that comes with finding your swagger, this is a great place to start!   Key Points From This Episode: Swagger, as defined by Leslie. [00:03:35] Who Leslie’s swagger icon is, and why. [00:05:24] Where Leslie’s ideas intersect with Todd Herman’s (author of The Alter Ego Effect) and where they diverge. [00:08:14] Fragmentation that many people experience, and how Leslie has learned to overcome this. [00:09:24] Clare explains how she has evolved as an entrepreneur over the years. [00:10:43] Magic that happens when you start speaking your truth and stepping into your authentic self. [00:12:02] Blockers that Leslie has identified which prevent us from fully being ourselves. [00:16:40] Leslie’s motivation for writing [00:18:16] Why Leslie is an advocate for F bombs and other swear words. [00:19:37] The importance of being non-judgmental; everyone has a different kind of swagger. [00:22:10] Situations in which you should apologize and those in which you shouldn’t. [00:23:47] Understanding intention, truth and self-belief (the three drivers of swagger) and an example of how to manifest these in the right way. [00:29:55] Everybody makes mistakes; don’t be afraid of asking for a do-over. [00:34:36] The importance of figuring out if you click with someone before doing business with them. [00:36:18]   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:   Swagger — https://www.leslieehm.com/book/ Combustion — https://combustionco.com/ The Alter Ego Effect by Todd Herman — https://alteregoeffect.com/ Google — https://www.google.com/ The Walt Disney Company — https://thewaltdisneycompany.com/ PepsiCo — https://www.pepsico.com/ TD Bank — https://www.td.com/us/en/personal-banking/ Uber — https://www.uber.com HBO — https://www.hbo.com/ Brené Brown — https://brenebrown.com/ Oprah Winfrey — https://www.oprah.com/app/the-oprah-winfrey-show.html Lady Gaga — https://www.forbes.com/profile/lady-gaga/ Beyoncé — https://www.beyonce.com/ Ru Paul Charles — https://rupaul.com/ Ru Paul’s Drag Race — http://www.vh1.com/shows/rupauls-drag-race The Four Tendencies Quiz by Gretchen Rubin — https://quiz.gretchenrubin.com/ Michael Bungay Stanier — https://www.mbs.works/about/ NAPO University — https://www.pathlms.com/napo NAPO — http://napo.net/join NAPO on YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/c/NAPONet/ NAPO on Twitter —https://twitter.com/NAPOnatl NAPO on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/napo_natl/?hl=en NAPO on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/NAPONatl/ NAPO on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/company/naponational
  • In today’s society, we often put so much value on busyness that it forces us to neglect ourselves. We find ourselves trying to earn our places in the world through doing, and the more we do the more is expected of us. Our guest today, Katie McDonald, understands this too well. After early success as a high-performance corporate executive, followed by the intense responsibilities of motherhood, chronic self-neglect led her to the depths of overwhelm, depression, and illness. This is what led her on a journey to become a self-care strategist and inspired her to establish b.nourished, a holistic coaching program for executives. By viewing self-care as a key to success rather than an obstacle, Katie has curated proven practices through decades of self-study, speaking, and concierge coaching engagements. Katie and b.nourished are a testament to how, with intentionality and mindfulness, peace-of-mind and productivity can actually go hand in hand. In this show, Katie explains why self-care is a smart, effective business strategy, and it doesn’t have to come at the cost of productivity. She speaks about how slowing down is a powerful tool for getting things done and why self-neglect is actually selfish in a world that needs us at our best. Tuning in you’ll hear what “revenge bedtime procrastination” is and why we do it, the difference between being self-involved and self-evolved, and why the first assignment Katie gives her clients is to sit in silence and have a cup of tea.   Key Points From This Episode: Clare’s personal revelation of the importance of self-care through her own auto-immune disease. [00:01:10] Katie describes her own experience from being a high-powered executive to coaching executives to help them integrate well-being with productivity. [00:03:53] Thoughts on what is wrong with our culture that we overvalue busyness and neglect ourselves. [00:05:53] How and why people are terrified of having nothing to do and being alone in their own thoughts. [00:06:40] Why the first assignment Katie gives her clients is to sit in silence and have a cup of tea. [00:08:08] Katie explains that we need to repair the relationships we have with ourselves. [00:09:46] Why people are good at saying yes, and bad at saying no, and until the basics are in place, the answer to everything else should be no. [00:10:36] The importance of asking ourselves “What do I need?” and staying quiet long enough to hear the answer. [00:12:40] How Katie works with clients to figure out what they need and comes up with a plan, as motivation is not enough. [00:16:24] What “revenge bedtime procrastination” is and why we do it. [00:21:54] The importance of checking in with your future self, or “paying yourself forward”. [00:22:51] The implications of context and adjusting one’s self-care routine for the specific season or situation. [00:28:04] The importance of knowing what you want or who you want to be so your life is intentional and not just reactive. [00:30:01] The difference between being self-involved and self-evolved: self-awareness is not just a birthright, it’s also a responsibility. [00:32:17] Your duty to stop being a doormat and set other people free to do the same. [00:35:07]    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: b.nourished — https://bnourished.com/ b.nourished on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/bnourished/ b.nourished on Twitter — https://twitter.com/bnourished b.nourished on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/bnourished b.nourished on Instagram —https://www.instagram.com/_bnourished/ b.nourished on Pinterest — https://www.pinterest.com/lotuslight/bnourished/ NAPO — http://napo.net/join NAPO Podcast — https://napopodcast.com

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