I met Barbara Hemphill and Andrea Anderson of Productive Environment at an entrepreneur’s mastermind meeting in January. I wasn’t expecting to hire s...
I met Barbara Hemphill and Andrea Anderson of Productive Environment at an entrepreneur’s mastermind meeting in January. I wasn’t expecting to hire someone to help organize my office, however I had recently moved my home office from a little alcove off of my bedroom to what used to be my son’s playroom (he’s now 14 and has taken over the 3rd floor as his new place to hang out with his buddies). It was a quick move of my 2 desks, my computer and printer, several files, tons of books and a few boxes of office supplies. I also had about ten boxes of “stuff” I brought home a year ago when I left the corporate world. Those boxes contained a lot of what used to be useful “stuff”, but more so they contained a lot of emotional “stuff” that I wasn’t ready to unearth over the past year.----
After learning about the process Barbara uses, and being convinced that it would be freeing to make my office space organized and productive, I agreed to let Barbara work her magic on me. I admit I was a little worried that it would be taxing to make the decisions you have to make when organizing spaces – what would I keep, what would I give to someone who might need it more than me, and what would I throw away, and I wasn’t wrong about that. You see we were going through a lot of my son’s toys, games and school work that had been in the playroom for years – so nostalgia was a big part of the process, but Barbara kept me on task while allowing a bit of time for a few memories, and in 4 hours we were finished clearing out the old playroom and organizing my new office. I really did feel light as a feather.
Barbara returned the next day to begin working on the boxes from my corporate life, and although there were a few things that brought back old memories (of a 20 + year career), I came out on the other side of it unscathed. Barbara’s process of only keeping things that are useful, or that you love helps to remove much of the indecisiveness that typically comes with this type of organizing, and it allowed me to finally be done with those old corporate anvils.
Not only was my new office space neat and orderly, the tools she set up (Swift File and Workflowy) to keep things organized were easy to put in place, and more importantly, are easy to continue using – and they are still keeping my office space organized and productive.
Last week I needed to find my car and home insurance details, and after a quick and easy search in Workflowy, there they were, in File #22. I’m not sure I would ever have found them in time to meet with my insurance agent before working with Barbara.
It is indeed well worth 8 hours of your time to have Barbara perform her magic on you too!
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The Office Miracle