Ladies (sorry gents… I may do a co-ed retreat in the future, but this one is Ladies Only!),

retreat_locationFor those interested in the Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat for Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders in beautiful California Wine Country from November 6-9, just wanted to let you know that the early bird rate ends Friday, September 5th (and there is still a 2 pay option available if you want to pay in two installments). All the details are here.

I am so excited about the ladies that have registered so fa r! They are so high quality and ready to dive in to explore their next steps personally and professionally.

I’m still putting the final touches on the agenda, but here’s a peek at some of the “big picture” topics that the focused retreat sessions will encompass:

  • Personal and professional branding (online and offline presence)
  • Your leadership style and the role leadership plays in your personal and professional life
  • Stepping outside your comfort zone/making bold choices
  • Owning your value and how that shows up in your personal and professional life
  • Decision making for your personal and professional life
  • Figuring out what your purpose is personally and professionally and seeing if they’re in sync and if you want them to be in sync
  • Figuring out what your passions are personally and professionally and whether you want those to be in sync and how to incorporate them
  • Marketing and networking principles for your business or career
  • Productivity principles like life-work balance, how to say no, how to efficiently delegate and whether control freak syndrome is holding you back
  • Break through plateaus that have developed in your personal and professional life
  • Make some important decisions about what your next move is personally and professionally, and make a plan to move forward
  • And much more!!

There are limited spots left as I want to keep the event small and intimate. Come join us if you haven’t registered yet — and learn more about this amazing opportunity in my video here.

And if you want to chat with me before registering, feel free to reach out by email or by phone!

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When you put in so much time and effort to get organized, the last thing you want is to backslide and wind up back where you started. The good news is that you can stay organized once you reach an organized state of bliss (or even a semi-organized, “it’s better than it was and I can live with it state”!). All that is required is active maintenance. Oh no, you think – more work! Yes, but remember, it is a lot easier to stay organized than it is to get organized.

Maintenance Should Become Second Nature

Organizing is a way of life that requires maintenance and ongoing effort until it becomes second nature. Think about something you do everyday, like brushing your teeth, for example. You just do it, right? It is a habit, something that comes naturally to you. You don’t need reminders, checklists, alarms and prompts. But imagine you just started brushing your teeth today. It is an entirely new grooming activity that you are now required to do. You may need a prompt to remind you to do this new activity. But after a reasonable amount of time, you would naturally incorporate this new activity into your routine and would no longer need reminders. You would just do the activity automatically. In order to stay organized, you need to slowly incorporate maintenance of organizing systems into your daily routines. After awhile, you don’t even think about it anymore, you just naturally maintain your systems.

Develop Simple Maintenance Routines

Integrate a daily and periodic maintenance program into your routine, but keep it simple. You’ve heard the old adage, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Well, it goes a long way if your goal is to maintain organizing systems. Put things away at the end of each day at home, and at the office. If you start something, complete it if possible. If not, put the project items off to the side so that they do not become clutter in your way. If you use up the last of an item in the house, replenish it (at work, give notice to whoever stocks the supply cabinet). If you open something, close it. If you take something out to use it, put it away when you are done. Make this “finish it” policy a rule that all users of the organizing systems follow.

15 Minutes a Day Keeps Clutter at Bay

Want to maintain an organizing system? 15 minutes a day keeps clutter at bay! Once you’ve created an organizing system that works, take 15 minutes a day to keep it that way. If it needs much longer than that, chances are it is too complex of a system, or you are still in backlog mode with too much clutter. If so, then you need to focus on continuing to declutter and setting up simple, user-friendly organizing systems.

It is entirely possible that some areas of your life will be in maintenance mode while others will still be in the process of getting organized. That is expected. While you are getting organized, you will naturally finish some areas before others. For the areas that are already organized, use your maintenance routines. For the rest, keep plugging away! You will get to maintenance mode if you hang in there, I promise.

Don’t get caught up in the actual amount of time. 15 minutes at work, and 15 minutes at home, is an average. Some people need much more time to maintain their organizing systems, some need much less. It depends how many organizing systems need to be maintained, how complex they are, how many users are involved, whether someone is sabotaging the system by not cooperating in maintenance efforts, etc. Use 15 minutes as a benchmark to measure your maintenance efforts against.

Some people do their maintenance in the morning (washing dishes from last night’s dinner, choosing outfits for day, planning their schedule on their calendar, putting away files no longer working with, etc.), while others do it at the end of the day before they leave work and before they retire for the evening at home. The right time to maintain organizing systems is when it is easiest for you and you will actually do it. If you decide to maintain systems at the end of the day, be sure to finish activities at home and at work 15 minutes before you close shop, in order to leave enough time for maintenance.

Exercise: Schedule 15 Minutes a Day

Schedule in a recurring appointment on your calendar that prompts you to do 15 minutes per day of maintenance of organizing systems at home and at work. Remember, maintaining an organizing system should become second nature, like brushing your teeth everyday. But it may take time for it to become a habit, so be patient. Meanwhile, 15 minutes a day will help keep clutter at bay, and maintain your orderly new life!

Copyright © 2010 Lisa Montanaro of LM Organizing Solutions, LLC.

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Copyright 2010. Lisa Montanaro is a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker and Author who helps people live successful and passionate lives, and operate productive and profitable businesses. Lisa publishes the monthly “DECIDE® to be Organized” e-zine for success-minded individuals, and “Next Level Business Success” e-zine for entrepreneurs. Subscribe today at www.LMOrganizingSolutions.com. Lisa is the author of The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life, published by Peter Pauper Press. Lisa also publishes the DECIDE® to be Organized blog at www.DecideToBeOrganized.com. Through her work, Lisa helps people deal with the issues that block personal and professional change and growth. To explore how Lisa can help take your business to the next level, contact Lisa at (845) 988-0183 or by e-mail at Lisa@LMOrganizingSolutions.com.

I hope you are having a wonderful summer! I can’t believe it is almost over.

I’m popping in today with a special heads-up for you regarding my Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat for Women Entrepreneurs which will take place in beautiful California Wine Country from November 6-9.

The Fast Action Bonus allowing you to pay in 3 easy installments with no extra change is officially ending this Friday, August 15th (a 2-payment option will still be available, but not at this fabulous rate). So if this type of budget friendly option appeals to you, be sure to register by Friday (just make your first payment and then my shopping cart will do the rest!). www.LisaMontanaro.com/WineCountryRetreat

Early registrations are coming in, and I’m excited that we are getting such a high level group of women. It’s going to be an wonderful combination of personal and professional development in a beautiful setting. It will be like combining the La Dolce Vita lifestyle with some business learning and exercises, a mini-vacation, and an opportunity for collaboration and sharing with other women.

If you are serious about joining us, don’t wait too long to register! There are limited rooms available at the Geyserville Inn, and I will be capping registration once I reach a certain number of attendees to keep this event small and intimate, and allow for the type of interaction and access to each other that will make this retreat so special.

If you have any questions for me, feel free to email. Or we can even jump on the line if you’d prefer to chat! 🙂 I’d love to find out your goals for attending, and answer any questions that you may have.

Hope to see you in inspiring Wine Country this fall!

Lisa-tvshowJust finished segment on @Fox40News with anchor Bethany Crouch on to-do lists. Lots of fun! Looking forward to doing some future segments.

Bethany said they’re hoping to bring me back. She wants to try to do a regular segment on the show with me as the expert. That would be amazing. But I don’t want to get my hopes up because she probably says that everyone. 🙂 She’s very charming…

The station’s producer contacted me to come to the studio and talk about how to actually get things done on your to-do list – to make your day more productive. She heard that I was presenting on this topic at the American Marketing Association of Sacramento Valley on July 23rd and wanted me to share some tips with viewers in advance of my presentation.

“To-do or not to do?” – the perpetual question that races through your mind as you try to figure out how to navigate your to-do list and actually get things done. So how can you make leeway without stressing yourself out?

Watch this segment where I share some tips with Morning Show News Anchor, Bethany Crouch, about to-do lists.

Hope it helps you to be more productive and get those to-do list items done!

(Sorry, there’s a short advertisement before my 3 minute segment)

Well, it is finally here! My team and I have been deep in preparation mode behind the scenes in order to get this ready to launch. So without further ado…

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You are invited to attend the inaugural Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat for Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders! This amazing retreat will take place in beautiful California Wine Country from November 6-9, 2014. It starts Thursday afternoon with a meet and greet wine reception and ends Sunday afternoon. We will be staying at the Geyserville Inn, in the heart of Sonoma Valley. See the details here.

Men, please don’t feel left out! This retreat doesn’t apply to you this time, but I bet you know some amazing women who may be interested. Please feel free to forward this email to them.

I love live events because there is so much power in them. They allow you to get out of your day-to-day routine, meet other high-caliber women entrepreneurs and leaders who are working on the same level as you (and make amazing connections with them!), so you can return home with new ideas and a refreshed feeling of excitement for your business/career and life.

Lisa-drinking_wineSay yes to this event, and to yourself, and come join me in this inspiring and beautiful fall-foliage setting. It will be an intimate, nurturing, meaningful, interactive experience that helps you to identify and clear your blocks, define a specific plan for playing a bigger game personally and professionally, and gain the confidence to believe that you can.

We have an amazing retreat planned for you with focused retreat time, nourishing meals, really cool excursions to get out and experience the area, and some fun extra opportunities for rejuvenation, pampering and relaxation. I am so excited about this!! I will be busy the next few months planning a one-of-a-kind experience for you.

I have priced the retreat at an affordable level for all that’s included — only $999 early bird rate! Once you see the details of this event, you will see what a great value that is. And I will over-deliver, as many of you know I always do.

But here’s what YOU need to do… act fast!

I know that this will entail time away from your home/family/business (although for some of you, that’s a big part of the beauty of the retreat!), and an investment of funds.

So my gift to you is a Fast Action Bonus that allows you to pay in 3 easy installments (30 days apart) with no extra charge if you register by August 15th! So all you need to do is put down your first deposit of $333 by August 15th, and you are in! My shopping cart will take care of the rest by charging your card 2 more payments of $333 at 30 days and 60 days. That’s it. Easy and quite do-able for almost any budget. (And if you own a business, you can probably write it off as a tax deduction!)

vineyard-fallSpace is limited so don’t delay if this is calling you! The retreat is for a small group of women only, and the Inn rooms will book up fast. (Details on reserving your room are available here.)

Visit the Retreat Page for all of the details, including Retreat Features, Itinerary, Logistics, and Transportation.

It has been my dream for many years to gather women like you in a phenomenal setting like this so that I can help you unwind, reconnect, step into your power and transform your life and business/career in meaningful ways. Now that dream is coming true… for me, and if you join me in November, for you too!

So psyched to be the featured speaker at the July 23rd event hosted by the American Marketing Association chapter in Sacramento, CA. I’ll be presenting “Boost Your Productivity to Be More Successful!” If you are local, come join us. Should be a great event — here are more details:

productivity-July23rdWould you like to achieve new heights through greater organization and productivity?

Come learn tips and tools of the trade as productivity expert, Lisa Montanaro, provides solutions to real-life productivity problems. This fast-paced and entertaining presentation provides practical techniques for managing time, paper, information, projects, and yourself. Enhance your organizational and time management skills to become more productive, achieve your priorities, and make your business more successful.

Grab & Go Strategies:

  • Take control of your day by effective planning & scheduling.
  • Focus on your priorities and work more productively.
  • Handle interruptions and time wasters that drain productivity.
  • Overcome procrastination and minimize reactively running your business and life.
  • Delegate and use others more effectively.
  • Manage information overload.
  • Develop a personal action plan to enhance organizing & time management skills.

Schedule:

5:30-6:30 Registration and Networking/Cocktails/Appetizers

6:30-7:45 Presentation + 15 minutes for questions

Location:

Seasons 52
1689 Arden Way Suite 1065, Sacramento, California 95815

See the details here, and register here

Time is one of our most precious resources. Yet we battle daily to make the best use of it. This presentation addresses how to get more done in less time with less stress by maximizing your productivity and setting priorities. Learn to pinpoint where you need to take control. Improve your comprehension and focus and more effectively perform when juggling people, paper, and priorities. Topics Include: self-assessment, tools of time management, how to say no, project lists and to-do lists, conquering procrastination, the myth of multi-tasking, and dealing with interruptions.

Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal life/work, and for motivating you to turn this vision into reality. Discover how to set up benchmarks, choose an accountability partner, and get motivated. Learn how to identify and conquer the distractions that threaten to lure you from your course. Setting and achieving goals leads to increased productivity, greater happiness, and satisfaction at work. With tips that cover your business and personal life, this well rounded program will get you on the right path to achieving your goals in the New Year.

Confused by all of the emerging tools that you can use on your smart phone, lap top, tablet, and at home computer? Want to figure out a way to use old fashioned methods combined with newer ones? Finding it hard to keep up, let alone stay ahead and master the ones that are best for you? Then this workshop is for you! Learn tips, tricks and tools for boosting productivity, including electronic options, such as applications, software, and other technology related programs.

Designed to teach participants how to master technology, use it to their advantage and not let it take over their life! Many of us have powerful devices at our disposal, but don’t harness their power to boost our productivity. Learn the tools you have, expand your knowledge of what’s available, and ask questions to make sense of the ever growing array of products available. Be the master of technology, not its servant!