Organizing Videos (Day 27 of 31 Days of Organizing)

A few years ago, I was on a tear creating organizing videos. Some of them have been very popular, with upwards of 2,000 views.

If you’re more of a visual learner, check out some of my best videos:

Organizing your desk in 3 minutes

Filing using only three bins

Keeping track of receipts

Using a padfolio to stay organized

If you struggle with organization, I hope you’ll watch these quick organizing videos to understand how simple and easy it can be!

Make Some Room,


P.S. Note these organizing videos are a few years old and use the original name of my company “Mattson Business Services.” The videos are still totally useful and I don’t want you to be confused.

Being organized (Day 23 of 31 Days of Organizing)

I’ve been yammering on for the last 22 days about being organized and managing your time and becoming more productive.

And I want to hit the pause button and ask you to NOT take my message to heart.


That’s right…in a way, I don’t want you to listen to me expound upon the virtues of being organized. Or managing your time. Or being more productive.

There’s a sickness in our culture that makes productivity a measure of our self-worth.

It also makes exhaustion a status symbol (you know when you say, “I’m SO tired” and the other person puts on their sympathetic face and whispers with conspiratorial glee, “Me, too”).

That is so completely NOT what I’m about.

In no way to do I want you to become some Productivity Automaton. I don’t want you doing more, more, more…better.

Rather, I want to help you to do less, well. It’s a radical way to think about being organized.

And part of that starts with letting things go. It includes making time for what matters to you. And it ends with getting enough rest.

So don’t be thinking I’m some crazy, Type-A, Productivity Dominatrix who aims to whip you into shape.

I’m here to help you get organized and productive so you can get stuff done. The right stuff. The stuff that matters to you.

All the rest? Kick it to the curb along with the ideas that exhaustion is some kind of status symbol and your productivity (or lack of it) in any way measures your self-worth.

Got it?


Make Some Room,


The gift of time (Day 17 of 31 Days of Organizing

Recently, I heard a great interview on NPR with Chris Rock (the straight-talking, tell-it-like-it-is comedian). He was pretty funny, even for the fairly serious NPR format. At least, he was funny until the interviewer brought up a comment he made about being in comedy for 30 years. The interviewer pondered, “At this point in his life, what does he consider success?”

His answer blew me away. Chris said, “What is success? Success is just hanging out with my kids. I mean, I always say if you have options, you’re rich. To me, success is the fact that hey, I just did a movie and maybe I’ll do some stand up, maybe I’ll will write a book or maybe I will do a play. Like, I literally don’t know what I’m going to do next. That’s successful. And just having time, you know, I’ve got – this whole upheaval in late-night – late-night and day-time – so I got a few job offers – And they work all the time. Like, work all the time when you do one of these shows. And I always said, you know, my dad worked every day. I didn’t get into show business to work every day. So the fact that most days I get to like, spend really good time with my kids – that’s what success is to me.”

In essence – having time is what he considers as a measure of his success.

And I have to agree with him.

Two of my friends, Kim and Brian, sold everything they owned and have spent the last three years traveling the world.

Their greatest gift and lesson: having TIME.

Whenever I ask people what they wish they had more of, they either say money (so they could travel more) or time (so they could travel more).

I think the 8-hour workday is stupid. I think the 5-day workweek is stupid. And for Americans, I think working 50 weeks a year is killing us (and many people don’t take any vacation at all). Jeez.

I recently heard Danielle Laporte say she was going to start a movement for a 4-day workweek. She and her staff instituted a 4-day workweek. She’s thrilled because her folks come back to work rested and full of new insights and ideas after their 3-day weekend.

Part of my work is helping people whittle down what they do to focus on what they do best. To do less, well (not more, better).

How about you? What would more free time do for your business? For your life? What would change?

And what would have to change in order for you to adopt a 4-day workweek?

Would you need to get more organized? More focused? Drop some things? Change things?

I believe you can do it.

And my upcoming “Make Some Room 8-week Challenge” will help you.

Details tomorrow. And a quiz! A very revealing quiz – and you don’t have to show anyone your results. It’s for your eyes alone.

Make Some Room,


P.S. Details tomorrow about the “Make Some Room 8-week Challenge.” Are you excited? I am!

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