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  • The Chapter of the Year Award is bestowed to a NAPO Chapter, which, by its achievements, goes above and beyond to further the ideals and mission of NAPO. This Chapter provides its members with opportunities to develop leadership skills, prioritize camaraderie and support between and for members, and participate in community outreach projects by utilizing its professional and corporate members’ talents. This award recipient is selected by the Awards Recognition Committee. The celebrated winner of the Chapter of the Year Award for 2021 was the NAPO Houston Chapter.
  • Whether you are just launching a career in professional organizing and productivity or are a seasoned veteran — the NAPO Stand Out podcast series has something for you! In Episode 64, NAPO Stand Out Podcast Host, Clare Kumar speaks with interior design and space efficiency specialist, Tricia Sinon Murray about tiny homes. Not only is she an expert on the subject, but she also happens to live in a tiny home with her two children.
  • Is 2022 your year? Is the time right for you to use your volunteer leadership skills and experiences to serve NAPO on a strategic level? If you have the desire to continue your volunteer path, and if you aspire to lead our association into the future, I encourage you to apply for one of the open positions on the NAPO Board.
  • “The President’s Award recognizes a NAPO member who has made a significant contribution benefiting the NAPO membership.” In presenting this award to Kathy Vines, CPO, NAPO President Susie Hayman said, “This NAPO member of eight years works behind the scenes, serving in many capacities. She’s been an active member of her Chapter, while volunteering nationally as a member of the Conference Program Committee, the Membership Committee, the Nominating/Leadership Development Committee, the New to NAPO Community, and most recently, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Focus Group. Always viewing her volunteer work through the lens of “what’s best for NAPO”, she is a supportive force for all of us, no matter where we are in our career, what we look like or what we do. In fact, she probably doesn’t realize the true impact she has on our association. This year’s President’s award goes to star cheerleader Kathy Vines, CPO.”
  • The Founders’ Award is presented to a NAPO member, or a group of NAPO members acting in concert, for outstanding innovation, inspiration, and creativity both within, and outside of, the field of professional organizing and productivity consulting. The vote of NAPO professional members determines the winner of this prestigious award. The NAPO Founder’s Award is evidence that your peers admire and respect your professionalism and achievements and are proud to say that you are a member of our association. We are pleased to highlight the 2021 Award recipient Gayle Goddard, CPO, of The Clutter Fairy.

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  • Joining us in conversation today is Ron Friedman, social psychologist, former academic, speaker, and author. He is here to share wisdom from his latest book, Decoding Greatness, where he draws on his research into pattern recognition, skills acquisition, and creative genius, to discuss insights about high-performing athletes, musicians, chefs, and business leaders. Tune in to hear Ron's thoughts on the purpose of collecting, his opinion on productivity programs, and how he feels about marketing his writing. Ron talks about the fallacy that commercial success reflects the quality of your work and why we believe it, as well as why the pandemic has hampered our collective creative growth. We touch on the debate around whether we should all return to the office or not, and Ron reveals some of the secrets behind his writing process. He also tells us why Don Draper’s “derivative with a twist” is the sweet spot of creativity, and shares who he considers to be his greatest influences. Find out what he hopes the book will give readers: plenty of practical tools, and an opportunity to demystify the great works that have inspired them. Join us today to hear all this and more.   Key Points From This Episode: An introduction to today’s guest, social psychologist, academic, and author, Ron Friedman. [00:00:29] Ron shares what forms part of his collector landscape: books and stories. [00:03:10] The purpose of collecting which is to look for insights beyond the surface. [00:04:11] Some of the productivity programs that are gaining traction like Mem and Notion. [00:07:15] What it is like for Ron to revisit his book during podcast interviews. [00:09:20] How Ron feels about the marketing piece of being an author: he would rather not! [00:10:38] The fallacy that commercial success is equal to quality work and why we fall for it. [00:12:24] Economic uncertainty and anxiety as factors that have limited creative growth during the pandemic. [00:13:15] What Ron thinks about the debate around whether we should return to the office. [00:15:15] Ron’s writing process and how he illustrates ideas with stories. [00:18:00] Why derivative with a twist is the ideal sweet spot. [00:18:40] One of the arguments in the book: you should have license to experience broadly. [00:20:35] Pliio, the folding tool product that Clare designed which never took off. [00:23:05] Who he considers his greatest influences as a writer and creative. [00:25:15] Deconstructing TEDtalks according to Ron. [00:29:18] His hope for the book: to give you practical tools and demystify the great works that have inspired you. [00:30:02] Where you can find out more about the book and purchase it with a free course. [00:30:54] An invitation to reach out and give us feedback so that we can improve our podcast. [00:33:14]     Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Ron Friedman Ron Friedman on Twitter Decoding Greatness The Best Place to Work Notion Mem Pliio Happy Space Podcast Facebook Group NAPO — http://napo.net/join  
  • December marks the start of a very important event in NAPO’s calendar: Go Month. Here to tell us more is none other than NAPO president, Amy Tokos. Along with being a certified professional organizer, she is the owner of Freshly Organized and a productivity expert whose work has been featured in major publications. Tune in to hear how Amy stumbled upon NAPO, how it became pivotal to her development, and the story of how she came to be president. We also talk about the amazing opportunities that come with being a product exhibitor at NAPO, why you should join a virtual chapter, and how volunteering can help you to find what works for you. Amy shares why she wishes she had gone to conference sooner, and what she would have done differently when she first got involved, before sharing her tips on getting the most out of conference. Go Month is one of the best ways for newcomers to get involved at NAPO. Tune in to hear what you’ll get out of it, why you should join us, and how to get involved!   Key Points From This Episode: •    An introduction to today’s guest, NAPO president Amy Tokos. [00:01:23] •    How she has been participating in NAPO and how she became president. [00:02:32] •    What listeners can do to become involved in Get Involved Month at NAPO. [00:04:01] •    What NAPO Point is and how you can find answers to your questions there. [00:07:59] •    The business-building piece of NAPO that goes beyond organizing. [00:09:43] •    What the virtual chapter is and the meetups Amy considers to be the best part. [00:11:02] •    Why being a product exhibitor at NAPO is an amazing opportunity. [00:15:03] •    How, if you are an introvert, you should find the opportunities that resonate with you. [00:16:48] •    Amy recommends that you volunteer to learn more about what works for you. [00:18:43] •    Why Amy wishes she had gone to conference sooner. [00:21:17] Her tips on getting the most out of conference, and choosing a roommate. [00:23:06] How Go Month is one of the best ways for a newcomer to get involved at NAPO. [00:26:04]     Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Amy Tokos on LinkedIn Amy Tokos on Twitter Crystal Washington Happy Space Podcast Facebook Group NAPO — http://napo.net/join
  • Today we are so lucky to welcome productivity consultant, Debbie Rosemont, to the show to talk about her journey as a business owner, the important transitions she has made, and why adjusting your company to suit your needs and goals can be one of the most powerful tools for success! In our chat, we get into some thoughts on finding fulfillment, facing fears, dealing with leads, and building the right kind of business. Debbie started her company, Simply Placed, almost 20 years ago, and since then has used specific moments of her life as the compass for deciding the next direction to head in. Our guest has a strong commitment to community, and we also talk a little about referrals and the benefits of a network of like-minded professionals. So to hear all about this inspiring business and its fabulous owner, be sure to join us for another great episode of Stand Out!   Key Points From This Episode: [00:01:42] A little bit about Debbie, her background, and her company Simply Placed. [00:03:32] Clarifying the work that Simply Placed does, and their evolution over time. [00:05:20] The part-time model that inspired Debbie's business and the pivots they have made. [00:07:59] The need to redefine success and realign goals constantly. [00:09:14] Increasing impact and revenue; the important variables for these goals. [00:11:59] How Debbie approaches the idea of fulfillment and its relation to the growth of her business. [00:13:05] Escaping the negative impacts of hustle culture and our conditioning. [00:15:08] The power of saying no and opening up more space through focus. [00:18:02] The lessons and signals that we can use to evolve our business. [00:19:40] How Debbie deals with leads and her approach to referrals. [00:21:35] Debbie's advice for listeners looking to make a shift and wondering where to start. [00:23:30] The constant process of refinement of a business; how excitement translates into success!   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:  NAPO — http://napo.net/join Debbie Rosemont on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbierosemontsimplyplaced Simply Placed — https://www.itssimplyplaced.com/  
  • This conversation weaves together our love of organizing and helping clients with the idea of  better understanding how to motivate and inspire clients who may not be excited about this particular prospect. Our guest today is Gretchen Rubin, she is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, Outer Order, Inner Calm, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, and The Four Tendencies. Gretchen has insight, not only into getting organized, or as she calls it, 'creating inner order and outer calm', but also has deeply explored motivation, personal preferences, and tendencies for ways of showing up. Gretchen delights in enormous readership of her blog and books which have sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide in more than 30 languages. She has made frequent TV appearances and is in high-demand as a speaker. She’s also a CBS News contributor and on her weekly podcast, you can get direct access to Gretchen’s wisdom! Today we will be exploring both Outer Order, Inner Calm, and The Four Tendencies, so make sure to tune in for an amazing conversation with a super special guest!   Key Points From This Episode:   [0:04:35] Gretchen describes the concept of each of The Four Tendencies: upholder, questioner, obliger, rebel [00:05:39] The difference between inner and outer expectations. [00:05:56] Upholders: their motto is, “Discipline is my freedom.| [00:06:05] Questioners: their motto is, “I’ll comply if you convince me why.” [00:06:25] Obliger: their motto is, “You can count on me and I’m counting on you to count on me.” [00:08:07] Rebel: their motto is, “You can’t make me and neither can I.” [00:08:40] How to keep in mind tendencies when you are working with clients or customers. [00:09:50] The thing about rebels and their partnerships; factors to keep in mind! [00:13:08] We discuss the amount that outer order contributes to inner calm. [00:14:40] Hobby organizers, inspired organizers, reluctant organizers, and wishful organizers. [00:17:02] We talk about the highly sensitive person, and catering to them out of love. [00:21:00] Is it your problem to solve? How to navigate different personalities. [00:24:07] It’s not about throwing everything out, but rather the clutter that’s getting in the way of what’s important to you. [00:25:09] What’s piquing Gretchen’s interest these days; My Don’t Break the Chain Tracker. [00:27:43] More on Gretchen's Know Yourself Better Journal!   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:   NAPO — http://napo.net/join Gretchen Rubin — https://gretchenrubin.com/ Gretchen Rubin on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/gretchenrubin/ Gretchen Rubin on Twitter — https://twitter.com/gretchenrubin Gretchen Rubin on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/GretchenRubin Gretchen Rubin on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/gretchenrubin/ Outer Order, Inner Calm — https://gretchenrubin.com/books/outer-order-inner-calm/about-the-book The Four Tendencies — https://gretchenrubin.com/books/the-four-tendencies/intro/ The Quiz — quiz.gretchenrubin.com Happier with Gretchen Rubin — https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/ My Don’t Break the Chain Tracker — https://the-happiness-project.com/products/dont-break-the-chain-habit-tracker Know Yourself Better — https://the-happiness-project.com/products/know-yourself-better-journal
  • Today we have two wonderful guests on the show to share their thoughts and experiences in our ongoing discussion of diversity, equity, and inclusion, or DEI. Janine Sarna-Jones is a certified professional organizer and certified move manager, and has a history with NAPO stretching back 20 years! Todd Allan started his work in organizing focusing on residential projects but has graduated to the digital space, applying his love of technology to help clients deal with digital clutter, specializing in Google Workspace and Evernote. In today's chat, we spend some time unpacking the personal and professional realms to diversity, equity, and inclusion, talking about awareness, alignment, action. Our guests highlight the power of noticing, share some ideas about speaking up and how to go about this, the role of the ally, and much more! This conversation fully embodies the nuanced nature of the subject, and the need for personalized choices, a strong stance, and most importantly, necessary change in the world around us. So to hear it all from Clare, Todd, and Janine, be sure to listen in today on Stand Out!   Key Points From This Episode:   [00:04:54] Opening thoughts from our guests on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion. [00:11:56] Janine's upbringing in East Palo Alto and experiences of otherness. [00:16:27] The idea of masking and how Todd's early years impacted his later life. [00:21:04] Balancing genuine curiosity with sensitivity to the offense that can be caused. [00:25:48] The kinds of questions that might make people uncomfortable in certain circumstances. [00:32:44] An approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion that focuses on overcoming hurdles. [00:36:39] Thoughts on the continual journey of learning, compassion, and questioning. [00:38:02] The work of allies and some simple steps towards better awareness and action. [00:43:48] Todd's story of a homophobic joke, speaking out, and the positive results. [00:47:17] Applying the lessons of diversity, equity, and inclusion to the organizing profession. [00:51:37] Reflecting on the DEI initiatives at NAPO and the work that is still to be done!   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:   NAPO — http://napo.net/join Todd Allan on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/todd-allan Strctured Space — https://structuredspace.net/ Janine Sarna-Jones on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/jsarnajones Organize Me Inc. — https://organizeme-inc.com/ Evernote — https://evernote.com/ NASMM — https://www.nasmm.org/ NABPO — https://nabpo.org/ The Painted Bird — https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18452.The_Painted_Bird Clare Kumar on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/clarekumar/?originalSubdomain=ca

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