After my preview call for the DECIDE to be Organized Group Coaching Program last week, many of you have sent in questions, which I appreciate. It made me realize that many of you may have the same questions… so here’s a look at a few common questions and the answers so that you can make an informed decision about joining the DECIDE program.

And while I am a person that likes to stick to deadlines, all of the questions coming in made me realize that some of you may need a bit more time to “decide”, so I am extending the early bird rate of $397 ($100 savings!) until Friday, February 17th. The program starts next week on February 21st. When you are ready (but before the rate goes up!), register here: http://bit.ly/decidetobeorganized

Is the DECIDE program delivered online or on the telephone? Please explain the format.
The program is delivered via teleclass, which means all you need is a telephone to participate. You’ll receive a special dial-in number and access code. Of course, if you want to be in front of your computer while we are on the live teleclass, you can do so. You receive the 58-page workbook when you register, and can choose to follow along on your computer, but you don’t have to.

What if I can’t make the live calls? Will that affect what I get out of the program?
Absolutely not! I’ve created this course to fit a variety of busy lifestyles. After each week’s class I’ll post the audios – so you can listen on the web, or download an .MP3 file – that way you can listen at the gym, during your commute, while runni ng errands or working around the house. If you still have questions about the material on the call you missed, just email me with any questions or comments. You can listen to the audios over and over if you wish. And you can come back to the program months or years later to refresh or deepen your learning.

What if I don’t know which organizing projects I want to work on?
Part of the process of the DECIDE group coaching program is learning to discover what your organizing goals are, which projects you want to work on, and what will bring you the most satisfaction if accomplished.

Does the DECIDE program deliver great value for the cost of the investment?
Yes! Do some research. You’ll find this is one of the most affordable programs (and the most comprehensive) of its kind. I have kept the cost down so that many people can access my services in an affordable manner and get the assistance they need. The cost of the program is a fraction of what it would cost to work with me one-on-one. Yet, you still get personalized access to me due to the small size of the group, and the chance to learn from other participants too!

I’ve tried to get organized in the past, but did not have much success — how is your approach different?
Hopefully the preview call I did on February 7th gave you a little window into my approach. Trust me, if you enjoyed that call, you’re going to LOVE the actual program as we dig a lot deeper!

But here’s the bottom line:

I can’t make you listen to the calls, or work on your organizing projects in between the calls. But I can tell you that the content I’ll be covering and materials provided are powerful! They allow you to dig deep and change your mind-set, tap into your unique organizing style, and allow change to happen. Plus, there is a healthy dose of practical tools and tips, so it is not all pi e-in-the-sky and you can implement immediately and get results.

I’ve also experienced first-hand the strides past participants of the program have made – some going from piles of clutter to organized systems; some letting go of old habits that have stood in the way of their living a more productive life; some getting better organized which leads to more time to focus on what truly matters; and some even changing their lives in drastic ways during or after the program, like changing careers!

Trust me, I understand that you’re a smart, busy person who wants deep, lasting changes. That’s why I’ve designed the program to provide the following support:

  1. Weekly Teleclasses – so you keep your momentum – great for auditory learners!
  2. Email access to me and the group – so you are not alone and can share your experience with others.
  3. A comprehensive 58-page workbook with interactive exercises to reinforce your learning – so the program is experiential – great for visual + experiential learners!
  4. Downloadable audios – so you can listen at your leisure, or review again and again to deepen your learning.
  5. Feedback to your questions – so you don’t get stuck, and can get personalized feedback.
  6. An MP3 recording of my most popular audio program “Record Retention 101: Organize Your Paperwork” – so you know what papers to keep and for how long — just in time for tax season! (This is the first time I am including this bonus because so many past DECIDE participants needed special help with paper.)
  7. Assignments and accountability – so you keep your momentum, and get the most possible from the program.
  8. Post-program laser coaching call – so you can check in with me after the program to ask any lingering questions and, hopefully, share your continued progress.

When are the classes being held?
The DECIDE program runs for 6 weeks, with 90 minute calls every Tuesday evening, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Eastern), from February 21st to March 27th.

I have a busy life – I’m not sure if I can devote enough time to the program.
I completely understand! But here’s the beauty of the program: there’s absolutely no “right” way to do it.

If you can’t listen to all of the calls, or do all of the exercises, don’t fret! You have the audios and workbook to go back to for years to come.

Even if you only walk away with one amazing new insight (which is almost impossible, because I’ll be sharing a TON!) — that one insight can affect your overall behavior and results in a serious boost in productivity which can help you achieve results at home, in business, and in life. I promise.

I ‘m thinking of taking this program at a later date – when will you be teaching this again?
I usually offer this program in February and October. But this program isn’t on my calendar again for 2012. There are other programs that I need to make room for that are launching later this year (great stuff coming — keep on the lookout!). So there’s no guarantee that I’ll be repeating the DECIDE program in the near future. In fact, it may be the last time I offer it live…

What I do know is this: for what you’ll receive, and how this information can affect the rest of your future — it’s a total steal.

I want you to think about something that we cover in depth in the program: delayed decisions are what most likely caused you to get disorganized in the first place! Don’t let the decision of whether to join this program that has the potential to change your behavior, space, time, relationships and life be just one more “delayed decision”! That would be a s ad irony.

Now, if you know that this program is not for you, then, by all means do not feel compelled to join us.

But…

If this program is calling you, then I have to gently nudge you and ask:

“Isn’t INDECISIVENESS what got you into this mess in the first place?”

Take action! It is time to decide to DECIDE. Register here: http://bit.ly/decidetobeorganized

I am a Professional Organizer looking for continuing education. Does this program qualify?
Yes! If you are a professional organizer and are looking for continuing education, the DECIDE group coaching is perfect for you too! You can take the program to learn a great new organizing process that you can use with your clients. I will issue a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the program that you can use to support 9 hours of continuing education credits. In the p ast, organizers have taken the program along with non-organizers as a way to further their organizing skills and add a new process to their repertoire. You can too!

What if I want to refer my clients, friends and colleagues to the DECIDE program and earn a referral fee?
I bet you have colleagues, clients, and friends that would like to find out how they can lead a more organized, productive, and peaceful life. I have an affiliate (referral) program where if someone purchases one of my products or programs that you referred them to, you automatically get 20% of the sale! It’s that easy… tell your friends, colleagues and clients and if they buy, you earn a commission. All you have to do is sign up to be an LMOS affiliate and you’re given a special link to pass on to your colleagues, clients and friends.

I hope this special Q&A session has helped you ” decide” to join me for the DECIDE to be Organized Group Coaching Program. (I don’t want you to have this program sitting around on your “to do” list all week!)

Have more questions? Ask away! Just reply to this email . . .

I can’t wait for the opportunity to start working with you.

PS: Remember, the early bird rate of $397 now ends at midnight on February 17th and then the price goes up to $497 – don’t miss out on that $100 savings! Register here: http://bit.ly/decidetobeorganized

The Social Media Club 2.0 is hosting a Book Launch Networking Party for Lisa Montanaro of LM Organizing Solutions, LLC to celebrate the launch of her new book, The Ultimate Life Organizer. The event will be held at the Warwick Valley Winery on Thursday, June 30th from 6-8 pm. Come join us for a glass of wine and a peek at the new book! Lisa will be signing copies for those that want to purchase one. Visit www.facebook.com/SocialClub2.0 for details.

“I wrote The Ultimate Life Organizer as your best friend who also happens to be a professional organizer and life coach,” explains Ms. Montanaro. “It’s a very creative book, which serves as an interactive tool for people to use as they organize their home, work, or life.”

“The Ultimate Life Organizer is a perfect choice for someone that wants to try to organize his or her life and may not be able to afford one-on-one organizing services with an expert. The book is like having your own personal organizer with you every step of the way!”, says Ms. Montanaro. “It is vital that anyone that wants to get organized has access to expert advice in a way that is approachable and encouraging. This book does that by making the organizing process less intimidating.”


Last chance to join the DECIDE to be Organized Group Coaching Program. It starts this Tuesday, October 5th so don’t delay!

Many people say they want to get better organized, but in order to act upon that wish, you must deeply examine your motives for wanting to do so. Your motives must be strong enough to sustain you through the change process. DECIDE is an empowering process that leads to change. It will assist you in achieving results at home, at work, and in life in general. While the process guides a person in making decisions that lead to a more organized state, it is itself a decision; a decision to take control. How do you do that?

The DECIDE to Be Organized Online Group Coaching Program

  • Dates: Tuesday evenings, October 5 to November 9, 2010
  • Time: 7:30-9:00 pm EST
  • Investment: $249
  • Bonuses: Includes MP3 recordings, the DECIDE to be Organized 58 page e-book, email access to me, and more!
  • Click here for Details and to Register

If you are ready to change and need help with any of your organizing or time management projects, then join me for the DECIDE to Be Organized Online Group Coaching Program, a 6-week teleclass program that allows participants to be guided through the entire DECIDE process in a group coaching environment.

During these teleclasses, I will offer guidance, support, and expertise as you embark on this empowering process for change. Through DECIDE, you will learn the tools needed to get better organized, take control, and make positive changes.

Listen to my message about this exciting program AND a free 10 minute audio about the DECIDE process.

If you are interested in having your very own organizing coach, but aren’t able to invest the money to work on a one-on-one basis with an organizing expert, this affordable program is the answer!

Take a look at the program details and “decide” for yourself!

Organizers Take Note: If you are a professional organizer looking for organizing education, the DECIDE group coaching program is perfect for you too! You can take the program to learn a great new organizing process that you can use with your clients. I will issue a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the program that you can use to support 9 hours of continuing educationcredits. In the past, organizers have have taken the program along with non-organizers as a way to further their organizing skills and add a new process to their repertoire. You can too!

Referral Program: If you are a NAPO member and bring in a participant, you will either receive 15% off of your own registration if you take the program, or a 15% referral fee if you are not enrolled yourself! Just let me know the registrant’s name(s), or have them tell me they were referred by you.

One of the best books on writing – and life itself for that matter – is Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. Among the pearls of wisdom she offers in her funny, witty style, is to take baby steps. Apparently, when she was a child, her brother was facing writer’s block as he attempted to write a book report on various species of birds. He was overwhelmed, realizing there was so much to do, and didn’t know where to start. Her father advised her then 10-year-old brother to, “Just take it bird by bird.” 

Wiser words were never spoken, and not just about overcoming writer’s block. The same can be said of how to get organized. One of the biggest obstacles that people face when attempting to ‘get organized’ is that they bite off more than they can chew. They forget that it took them years to get disorganized, and that they should allow ample time to reverse the trend. If you truly want to get better organized, the bottom line is that you have to be willing to make changes in your systems and the way you are doing things (or not doing things), and you have to be prepared to act – to put the principles in place. Be ready to put in the time to make or break habits – psychologists say it takes approximately 18 days to do so. Organizing is a way of life that requires maintenance and ongoing effort until it becomes second nature. Remember that change is a process, not an event. Don’t try to change everything at once. Pick one area of your life that needs changing the most and focus on it first.

So, how do you take it ‘bird by bird’ when organizing? First, do a ‘brain dump.’ This is when you put down on paper (or on your computer, in your iPhone, etc.) every organizing problem and challenge you face, all of the tasks and activities you need to accomplish to have a more organized home, office and life, and what your organizing goals are. Next, get your calendar out, and start scheduling organizing sessions with yourself. At the very least, map out one thing you intend to do and what steps it will take to do that, then schedule them.  Even if it takes you six months of scheduling, in six months from now, you’ll be better organized.

In order to stay motivated while organizing, post your goals in a conspicuous place, especially if you are a visual person. Before and after photos also help many people get and stay motivated. Reward yourself along the way as you would with any other behavior modification program. For example, when you finish a certain portion of your organizing project, treat yourself to some stylish new organizing products, like bins or baskets (or any other dangling carrot that works for you!). Play music while you are organizing. Not only will it help you keep moving, but it can also serve as a great timer so that you don’t overdo it and spend too nuch time organizing and burn out. When your favorite CD is over, so is your organizing session. Lastly, consider working with a buddy (perhaps as a couple?) in a team/group effort (a family project?), or go to the pros and hire a professional organizer. Involving others is often a great motivator and keeps you accountable!

Where and how do you start organizing? Attack what’s visible first. For most people, this serves as the best motivator, gives them a sense of accomplishment and, therefore, offers the most ‘bang for the buck.’ Sort one section at a time, room by room. Try to finish an area, project, or room before moving onto the next. Remember, the space often looks worse before it looks better. The process of organizing is messy, as you have to pull everything out to sort, purge, and create new systems. Stay focused by making a separate box labeled “action” and tend to it later. Also, create an “out” box near the door of the room you are organizing for items that belong somewhere else in the home or work place. Do not leave the space you are organizing to go put things away!

I know it’s tempting to try to tackle the whole house, office, or your life, but exercise some restraint. If not, you will most likely be setting yourself up for failure. Trying to do it all generally leads to feelings of overwhelm and inadequacy. Then you will wonder why you ever tried to get organized in the first place, and stop trying at all. Instead, just take it ‘bird by bird.’