January 2010 Professional Organizers Blog Carnival, Part 2

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As promised, I’m back today for the second part of the January Professional Organizers Blog Carnival. If you’re not familiar with this feature, it’s a monthly collection of blog posts submitted by our readers. On Monday, we read about Christmas, New Year’s Resolutions, and time management, and today we’re going to learn about a few other topics to help you and your business.

Today we’ll start off with one of my favorite topics: technology.

For those of you looking at ways to eliminate or reduce your collection of business cards, Deb Lee brings us The Business Card vs. 7 iPhone Apps.

While we’re on the subject of handheld devices, Jacki Hollywood Brown tells us how she uses her iPod Touch to stay organized. Jacki says,

New technology can be expensive but if it is easy to use and increases your productivity it is certainly worth the effort.

Michelle Deo introduces us to a wonderful e-mail marketing service, in Friday Fave : MailChimp. I have just started using this service on behalf of a client and can honestly say it’s one of the best I’ve used (and I’ve used quite a few)!

Also on the subject of marketing, Janet Baker describes Two Great Ways for Professional Organizers and Virtual Assistants to Market their Business.

If you’re looking for new ways to support your clients, check out Stephanie LH Calahan‘s I’ve Had Enough and I’m Doing Something About It!. Stephanie explains,

I’ve had a lot of clients over the years that have waged war on their paper, but a while ago I received a letter in the mail that made me smile and say, “You GO Girl!”

Mary and I had completed a strategy session that included ideas for how she could manage the ever mounting piles of paper in her home office. She had good ideas about what she needed to keep and what to let go of, but over time, the piles had just accumulated and had grown to an overwhelming amount.  We came up with an idea that was fun and managed the situation really well.  I’ll tell you about it today.  See if you have any clients that could use this strategy.

If any of your clients are dealing with hoarding or other serious issues, you should read Geralin Thomas‘s post about the Harm Reduction Method. This topic is explored further in the book reviewed by Jeri Dansky in her post, Good Book: Digging Out. Jeri says,

This new book is a great resource for anyone dealing with a friend or family member – or a client – who has hoarding issues. The focus on harm reduction is something I’ve not seen elsewhere, making this one of the few “organizing” books I’ve read that taught me something totally new.

Lelah Baker-Rabe explains why Simplicity is revolutionary, and this month’s carnival closes with a caution from Lisa Montanaro: Don’t Fall Into the Trap of the Shoemaker’s Shoes: Benefit From Your Own Expertise!

Thanks so much to everyone who submitted a post this month! I am just delighted about the growing popularity of the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival, but I’m concerned about the amount of time it’s taking me to compile the rapidly increasing number of submissions, and for you to read them. Therefore, I’m going to try something new next month.

Since February is National Time Management Month, next month’s Carnival will be dedicated to the topic of Time Management, and only submissions related to that subject will be accepted. If you haven’t blogged on that topic recently, you are welcome to submit an older post – or maybe this will inspire you to write something new!

Topics for 2024

Forming New Habits
Submission dates: December 21 to January 17
Sponsor: Geralin Thomas, Career Coach to Professional Organizers

Creative Storage Solutions
Submission dates: January 18 to February 14
Sponsor: Sabrina’s Organizing & Admin Services

Money Management
Submission dates: February 15 to March 20
Sponsor: Mindflows for ADHD

Education and Organizing
Submission dates: March 21 to April 17
Sponsorship available

Filing Systems
Submission dates: April 18 to May 15
Sponsor: Sabrina’s Organizing & Admin Services

Submission dates: May 16 to June 19
Sponsor: Peggy Wonder, Space For You

Writing and Organizing
Submission dates: June 20 to July 17
Sponsorship available

Meal Planning
Submission dates: July 18 to August 14
Sponsorship available

Organizing Meetings
Submission dates: August 15 to September 18
Sponsorship available

Organizing for Seasonal Changes
Submission dates: September 19 to October 16
Sponsorship available

Best Organizing & Productivity Books
Submission dates: October 17 to November 20
Sponsorship available

Best of 2024
Submission dates: November 21 to December 25
Sponsorship available

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A former professional organizer, I now eliminate stress for my clients by hosting, monitoring, and maintaining their WordPress sites so they don’t have to worry about security, downtime or performance issues. When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy reading, photography, watching movies, and cooking.

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  1. Avatar Lelah on January 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    What an impressive collection of links and ideas! I think a time management-focused edition is a great idea. Thanks for all your hard work, Janet!

  2. Avatar Janet Barclay on January 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I’ll look forward to reading your time management post, Lelah!

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