The Digital Disaster Zone

orgnasing+photosAre you overwhelmed by your digital images?

Digital clutter is on the increase. People are overwhelmed by images that are stored on memory cards, CD, USB, hard drive, phones, tablets, cloud and a plethora of photo sorting and storing software programs. And it is not only digital images that people feel overwhelmed by; it can also be negatives, slides and prints. No matter what format your precious memories are in we understand that all you want to do is enjoy your photos and have peace of mind that they are safe.

Here are our top 5 tips to help keep your digital photos organised.

1. Check your camera settings: having the correct date on your images will save you time and energy in the future
2. Delete the dodgy ones straight away: Resist the urge to keep all your images and be conscious that a bad photo is just digital clutter.
3. Have a place for everything so everything can be in its place: whatever filing system you use be consistent and make sure everyone knows and uses it.
4. BACK UP!: Wherever, however – just do it!
5. Make it a habit: just like your lawns, your photos deserve your efforts with maintenance, if you stay on top of it you can keep organised in just 30mins a month – promise!

ORGANISE | UTILISE | ENJOY

Once your photos are organised it is super easy to utilise your photos in photobooks, slide shows and all the other display options in the current market. Once utilised the enjoyment for you and others comes naturally. As does the peace of mind that you can easily ensure the safety of those images with regular backups.

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Think about your kitchen, if your fridge is full of healthy ingredients and your meals planned in advance how much easier is it to do the right thing?

The Filing Fairies are here to help you over that initial hurdle; be it digitising old prints and slides or searching for images on numerous devices. We manipulate your environment to make the things you should be doing (enjoying your photos) easy.

Our organise > utilise > enjoy concept can apply to a myriad of situations and life scenarios. I hope we have inspired you to think ‘organised’ and look for ways to ‘hide the cookies’.

About the author:

Mara from the Filing Fairies is a Professional Organiser specialising in photo and office organisation including paper and digital filing. They provide easy to use solutions to small business, individuals and families. For more info, contact: www.thefilingfairies.com.au

‘Find your rhythm – you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve’

Kristina KarlssonKristina Karlsson on life, business and style. 

1. Congratulations on the rapid growth of kikki.K. What inspired you to create the stylish and much loved stationery store?

Thank you very much! We have come a long way in 12 or so years, but it feels like we’re just getting started and there are so many exciting times ahead! As for what inspired me, there’s a bit of a story to it actually…

There came a time when I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do with my life. I had just moved from Sweden and I soon became quite restless. I lay awake in bed one night, and my partner Paul, prompted me to get out a pen and notepad and write down a list of what was important to me. This list, which I now call my ‘3am List’ included things like; I want to drive to work on a Monday morning feeling happy, I want to do something that connects me to Sweden and design, and I want to make $500 a week. This list really helped guide my thinking, but it wasn’t until I went to set up my home office that an idea really sparked! I couldn’t find the beautiful stationery and workspace essentials I had grown used to in Sweden. Nothing I found suited my design taste, and the market was very price-driven. As for my love of stationery…well that’s been around ever since I can remember! I always looked forward to the start of a new school year surrounded by new notebooks, pencils and folders and the promise of organisation and joy they bring every day – and I still get just as excited today when a new delivery of kikki.K products arrives at the office!

2. We love seeing people’s offices. Especially productive and stylish ones. What does yours look like? (Could you send us a photo)?

I like to think of my workspace as an extension of my personality and my ideas on design. Being an inspiring place to sit and work is just as important to me as being an organised space. First of all, I like to have a clear, empty desk when I work – free of files that can take my attention off the task that I’m doing. I’m always finding inspiring quotes, designs and photos, so an inspiration board with all these things is a big part of my workspace. I also love the simplicity of white (it gives that wonderful sense of being organised, calm and in control) so I love using White kikki.K Storage Boxes and Magazine Holders to store everything from documents to magazines and stationery. Of course, I’m always burning a beautiful kikki.K candle and surrounding myself with all our gorgeous products to keep me productive and happy!

3. What inspires you on a daily basis and how do you come up with fresh creative ideas for your stationery lines? / What or who inspires you?

Everything! I never switch off and am nearly always open to be inspired. Travelling back to Sweden is something particularly inspiring for me. Just spending time with family and friends, going to cafes, restaurants, forests, lakes, beaches, galleries – it all has me bubbling with ideas! I’m also constantly reading magazines from around the world, blogs and beautiful books. Inspiration is all around us.

4. We’d love to know what do you keep in your handbag?

I’m always carrying around one of our Stockholm Collection Bags because there’s really a place for everything, and it carries my laptop safely too. Generally I carry:

  • MacBook – You just never know when you’ll have time to hop on to do some work!
  • iPhone with earphones – I always listen to an interesting podcast or book when I have a spare minute waiting for a meeting or sitting on the plane
  • kikki.K Notebook – Who knows when a great idea might come to mind?
  • kikki.K Pencil Case filled with pens – I’m a complete stationery freak and can’t resist fresh pens!
  • A ‘reading folder’ where I keep things to read when I have a spare minute on the run. It can be a printed article, blog post or an industry magazine, a page out of a newspaper or magazine. It’s important reading but not urgent, so can be done in between meetings or when I’m waiting for the next plane to catch.
  • A book – At the moment I’m reading ‘Positivity’ by Barbara L. Fredrickson
  • A bottle of water – Water is like coffee for me, I drink lots of water!
  • Coin purse & Wallet – I always refill my coin purse for parking or small purchases on the run.

5. What are your top organising tips for entrepreneurs?

As an entrepreneur, you’ll find yourself anywhere from your own workspace, to on the road, in internal and external meetings or even travelling internationally.

For that reason, my number one tip is to ensure you have suitable working systems in place. Systemising learnings and ways of working means doing it the next time around will be so much more efficient and enjoyable. Once you’re in a perfect rhythm, you’ll be amazed with the things you can achieve!

KK_KikkiPortrait_C2858[1]It’s also important to ensure your workspace has a place for everything, and everything in its place. Paperflow can throw your workspace (and soon your mind!) into chaos. Pick suitable storage solutions like labelled kikki.K storage boxes, file documents intelligently and keep regularly-used items within arms’ reach.

Last but not least, make sure your organised workspace can just as easily become an organised workspace on the move. Have a great workbag that you can easily pack down your laptop, stationery, documents and anything else you need to work remotely.

6. If you had 24 hours left on this earth, what would you do?

I would spend the day with my beautiful family, eat amazing food and drink the best wine I can afford. I would also write a lovely letter to each of my children that they can keep when I’m gone.

7. You travel a lot with your job which sounds exciting. How do you keep fit, sane and organised when you’re on the road?

I always take my runners and get up early in the morning when travelling and go walking to explore the city. It’s a great way to combine my passions for travelling, exercising and having some ‘time for me’ before a hectic day. If I don’t have a late night I try to get up at 5am for my ‘wholly hour’. This is where I write in my journal, read or listen to something inspiring and go through my goals and plans. Then I exercise, and when I return I feel ready to take on a big day, whatever that may be!

 

Your Personal Blueprint for Success

Your Personal Blueprint for SuccessWouldn’t it be great if you could tune into your future self, the self 5 years from now, and listen as she tells you that it’s not all that hard, to stop stressing and that it’s all going to be really great? What else would she say to you? This week in my Momentum masterclass we’ve been working on our visions for life and business.

It’s always a very special part of the program and there are often some hard challenges as well as inspirational highs as people distill what it is they’re really here to be, do and have. It can be a challenge to tune out of what everybody else wants, what the experts think, what the media says, what our family expect and to tap into your own authentic self. To reach that place of clarity about what you desire for your life requires focus, quiet and calm reflection.

I really feel honoured to be able to create that precious space for people who are otherwise so busy, they can’t hear their own thoughts or even feel their emotions.

The good thing is that you don’t have to have all the answers. You don’t have to ‘know’ what you want ultimately from your life right now. All you have to do is to reignite the system of tapping into your imagination and desires – a system that you were totally tuned into as a child. Then as you get better at it, like building your muscles, you get clearer and more confident about your direction. So it’s just takes a little bit of re-wiring. No big deal.

If your goal for example is to…build a profitable business that you love, are you clear about what that looks like? Is it broken down so you know the little steps you need to take, to get there? Or is it just a vague concept of something that should be on your to do list? If you want to ‘get fit’ do you know what that looks like and what it feels like and what it takes to get there? Have fun and get specific – map out your vision in detail.

Albert Einstein observed, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”

So for this exercise, tune out of your current stresses and issues and just move your mind way beyond to a time when the stars are aligned and things have fallen into place. Tune into a future place of confidence and clarity. You’ll have a great sense of certainty when you know what it is you want.

We all want a return on our investment of time. None of us want to feel like we’ve wasted it. If you throw more time at a problem, you’re not going to necessarily solve it. We need new thinking. We are not owned by these 24 hours. They are a man made construct. We have, at our disposal, an infinite source of power – of passion, wisdom and potential. We haven’t even tapped into 5% of what we’re capable of.

For example, you’ve created new life – look at your children. You’ve made someone else the happiest person on the planet (! Well, you know what I mean!) – look at your partner. You’ve overcome countless obstacles – think back to when you recovered from ill health, when you bounced back after a challenge that threw you for a six. Remember those times when you felt like throwing in the towel. And then think again. We’re capable of so much more.

I’ve always loved an in-side out approach, instead of an outside –in approach.

This post is aimed at helping you tap into what you want – it might take you a week, a fortnight or a year. There are no limits. And it’s a process – it doesn’t have to be perfect. But when you find your ‘true north’ then your journey, and the way you spend your time, will shift.

Do this exercise with your children – encourage them to have goals and vision boards. There is a lot of science behind this which you’ve probably heard about and that you will master when you get into the Milking It program.
Creating a compelling vision for your life and business is often put in the ‘do later’ basket because it’s never URGENT. But it’s the most important thing you can do. So we coach you through the process. We have a system to help you do it step by step. We get you to tap into what it is you really want. And resonate with that. It’s not enough to just want to wave a magic wand and make the problems / mess disappear. You need to have a direction.

Oprah says: “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”

Get creative and share your journey here. I’d love to hear how you’re going. And remember, when you’re ready to make life easier, join the Milking it program where you’ll be given the structure and the steps and the coaching to make it happen.

How to Create a Vision for your Business

Are you ready to start turning your ideas / passion into money?

Whether or not you have your business up and running yet it’s critical you begin to see yourself running a successful business.  When I’m faced with challenges in my business, it’s my vision that keeps me going.  When I look at the inspiring vision I set when I started my company, all complications fade and I’m motivated to push through and carry on.

Every major company in the world has a vision or mission statement – a broad, futuristic idea of what their company will achieve and look like in the future. Our five-step process helps you get there, but you need to know where “there” is first.

So, let’s take a look at what a vision statement is, and why it’s important for you to create one for your business.

A vision statement is a broad, inspiring image of the future state a business aspires to reach. It describes without specifying how aspirations will be achieved, or when. It’s ambitious and forward-thinking. It’s not about where the organization is now… it’s about what the organisation will be, or aspires to be.

A vision statement needs to:

  • describe your aspirations and intent
  • be inspirational for your future staff and customers
  • project a compelling story
  • paint a clear picture
  • use engaging and descriptive language
  • be realistic
  • align with your company’s values

The vision statement will also provide a clear criteria or measuring stick for decision-making. When making tough choices, ask “Does this support the vision statement?” If major initiatives don’t support the overall business vision, chances are they aren’t worth the investment of time and money.

If your business doesn’t have a vision statement, it needs one. There’s no time like the present!  If you already have one, then take this opportunity to strengthen it or make sure it’s aligned with the current dream you have for yourself and your company.

Your vision statement – once created, agreed to and perfected – should remain consistent and unchanged for several years.

Your team needs a strong, clear vision statement just as much as you do. When creating a vision statement, keep this in mind. The vision will need to be something that your staff can embrace, get excited about and that will motivate, inspire and build morale.

How will you communicate your vision to your employees once you’ve created it? How can you inspire them to nurture and support your vision on a daily basis, and in everything they do? How can you empower and motivate them to take ownership of the company’s future and their stake in it?

Our next blog post will help you get started with creating YOUR unique vision statement.  In the meantime, if you would like some help, please e-mail me at Brigitte@momentumfirst.com.au and we’ll help you get started quickly and easily.

‘Believe in yourself and keep jumping in’

Lisa Messenger on life, business and playing big

What a huge pleasure it was to interview the inspirational Lisa Messenger for our launch week here at She’s Organised. The Collective team’s mantra is “anything’s possible” and as they champion entrepreneurs from around the globe, their editor Lisa is leading by example, carving her own path and setting an example of what’s possible if you keep following your dreams.

Congrats on double digits for The Collective. Issue # 14 on its way. What inspired you to create the world’s greatest mag?

I was sick of the gossip and negative content portrayed in so much of the media. I wanted something that could showcase brands and individuals and really get the story behind the story to inspire others and show them that anything is possible

We hear you’ve been invited to Richard Branson’s Necker Island this November – wow – what are you going to do there and what will you pack?

Yes, it will be one of those truly amazing pinch yourself moments. I believe there will only be 28 of us on the island and Richard will be there for the whole four and a half days! I’ll be packing my tennis racket. I hear he’s keen for a hit at 7am sharp every day!

We love seeing people’s offices. What does yours look like?

My office is very much like a home. Floor to ceiling glass windows so very light and bright. My dog Benny comes to work every day. We have big fluffy white sofas and a massive deck filled with plants overlooking the city of Sydney. It’s a happy homely space

How does your mantra of “anythings possible” apply to you on a daily basis – how do you love it and what does it help you to achieve?

I truly believe everyone is equal in this world and that there are opportunities absolutely everywhere if you are open to them. You just have to believe in yourself and keep jumping in, taking risks and moving forward. Nobody ever achieved anything great by staying small.

We’d love to know what do you keep in your handbag?

Haha you really don’t right now – it’s a complete mess. I’m moving so fast at the moment that details just fade into the distance. Its probably filled with doggy bags, copies of the Collective, some make up and an assortment of other crazy things. My partner thinks I’m mad – the other day I did say to him randomly “who’d be a woman’s handbag” as I was once again searching in the depths for something or other. In short, it’s a mess!

What or who inspires you?

My readers inspire me every day. They are having the courage to take risks and I literally receive hundreds of emails every single day from them telling me about their triumphs and hardships. It melts my heart.

What are your top organising tips for entrepreneurs?

Surround yourself with a great team. Entrepreneurs move fast and we need a great team to keep us on track, do the detail and implement

Daring and DisruptiveIf you had 24 hours left on this earth, what would you do?

Probably just hang out with my partner, my family and my closest friends and have really close nurturing time. At the end of the day, its these intimate moments of true connection that are the most sacred

You travel a lot with your job which sounds exciting. How do you keep fit, sane and organised when you’re on the road?

I have a “training is not negotiable” mantra. I train and keep fit as a priority. My health has become my number one priority above all else. Without it I have nothing. I realised this late last year when I became extremely fatigued and had complete burn out. I was a crap boss, partner and friend. It was a great wake up that without my health I have nothing and cannot be the very best version of me.

We’re hanging out for your new book Daring and Disruptive – unleashing the entrepreneur. Can you give us a little hint?What can we expect?

Well its not the tell all (that is being written on a daily basis and will be released in about 5 years) but its pretty gritty. Its basically my philosophies on business and life and lots of my personal stories and anecdotes along the way. It’s a pretty personal insight into who I am. You can get your copy here.

Lisa Messsenger, Editor-in-Chief Renegade Collective

LisaMessenger1_smlFounder/Editor-In-Chief Lisa Messenger started her business life in sponsorship and events, brokering international deals for the likes of The Wiggles, Barry Humphries and Cirque du Soleil, before she expanded to PR (managing her own firm) and book publishing (where her company produced more than 400 books for others with a disruptive new approach). In 2013, with a strong sense of purpose and her entrepreneurial spirit firing, she launched The Collective. Under her leadership, it has grown rapidly into a multi-media brand to more than 30 countries, has defied the odds of the print magazine industry and along the way, has created a community of like-minded, driven, talented and inspired human beings. As Uber Australia General Manager David Rohrsheim says, Lisa is… “A powerful combination to make the impossible happen”.

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Your personal vision for success

vision for success‘Map out your vision’ means to get clear on exactly what it is you want. Not what everybody else wants. To reach that place of confidence and clarity requires some quiet and calm reflection.

What is your ultimate life? How do you know if you got there? What does success mean to you? And is that reflected in your diary now and how you manage your time? Do you spend your time on the things that actually matter?

If your goal for example is to…build a profitable business that you love, are you clear on what that looks like? Is it broken down so you know the little steps you need to take, to get there? Or is it just a vague concept of something that should be on your to do list? If you want to ‘get fit’ do you know what that looks like and what it feels like and what it takes to get there? Get specific – map out your vision in detail.

Albert Einstein observed, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” So solving the time problem doesn’t start with dividing the minutes, and splitting the hairs. It starts with a new way of thinking.

So reach your place of confidence and clarity. You’ll have a great sense of certainty when you know what it is you want.

You want a return on your investment of time. If you throw more time at a problem, you’re not going to necessarily solve it. You need new thinking. You’re not owned by these 24 hours. They are a man made construct. You have, at your disposal, an infinite source of power –of passion, wisdom and potential. You haven’t even tapped into 5% of what you’re capable of. You’ve created new life – look at your children. You’ve made someone else the happiest person on the planet – look at your partner. You’ve overcome countless obstacles – think back to when you recovered from ill health, when you bounced back after a challenge threw you for a six. Remember those times when you think you’re ready to throw in the towel. And then think again. We’re capable of so much more.

I’ve always loved an in-side out approach, instead of an outside –in approach.

This post is aimed at helping you tap into what you want – it might take you a week or a fortnight. And it’s a process – it doesn’t have to be perfect. And then your focus, and the way you spend your time, will shift.

Do this exercise with your children – encourage them to have goals and vision boards. There is a lot of science behind this which you will learn when you get into the Milking It program which I’ll show you soon.

This is often hard because it’s never at the top of your ‘to do’ list. It’s never URGENT. So we have this system to show you how to do it step by step. We get you to tap into what it is you really want. And resonate with that. It’s not enough to just want to wave a magic wand and make the problems / mess disappear. You need to have a direction.

Oprah Winfrey says: I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.

Get creative. And share your journey here. I’d love to hear how you’re going.

Organise your Office for Outstanding Results

This month we’ve been guiding our members to overhaul their offices for success. When you organise your work environment, you optimise your surroundings for productivity and increase your ability to work effectively. stunning office 2[1]

The actions you take today to organise your office will also save you considerable amounts of time, money and energy.

A disorganised office costs more to run. Supplies, tools and equipment go missing because nothing is organised or put away properly. Those things have to be replaced to get the job done, and twice as much money has been spent in the end. Plus, you spend valuable time searching for missing items, files or paperwork.

In fact, some studies have revealed that the average business owner spends nearly four weeks each year navigating through messy or cluttered desks, looking for lost information. Does that sound like productive time to you?

In our online course, ‘Milking It’ we cover:

  • The psychological impacts of a clean and organized workspace
  • The financial benefits of an organized workspace
  • How to audit your work environment
  • How to implement small changes in your office that will increase productivity
  • Making sure that your office is equipped with productivity tools

If I haven’t convinced you yet, read these benefits of taking the time to create an organized and well-structured office.

  • Better communication. An organised office environment encourages better internal communication. With a central area for staff communication, it is easier to share sales news, track targets, and plan and monitor projects.
  • A manageable budget. Organised spaces will allow you to quickly see what you have, what you need, and when you might need more. This supports the creation and sustaining of budgets, especially for supplies and equipment.
  • Increased work ethic and morale. When you and your staff take care of your surroundings, it makes the workplace a more pleasant place. Taking care shows that you value your work and the people who work for you.
  • Better time management. Simply put, you spend less time looking for things and more time actually working. An organized office will complement and support your time management strategies.

Stay tuned for some office organizing tips.

Time to change the way we think about time.

Time to changeMore than 60% of Australian women say they are suffering from time pressure. This is causing stress, arguments and inner turmoil. Even our kids are struggling. Employees waste 10 weeks a year searching for missing documents, grappling with sharing files and other lost administrative tasks.

We try to play catch up by multi-tasking, better known as ‘faulty tasking’, but we lose 30 minutes of thinking flow every time we switch tasks, making it the most overrated in our list of bad habits.

When did we lose touch?

My darling grandmother would not believe the way I live my life, were she still gracing this world with her wisdom and charm. With so many “time saving” devices at my disposal – washing machine, iPhone, car, Thermomix, vacuum cleaner, dishwasher, microwave. She may well wonder why I don’t swing in a hammock all day long reading a book, with all the help at my disposal.

How many devices can claim to save us hours per day? And yet here we are, more ‘time poor’ than our grandmothers. Their perspective of time was completely different.

The thing is, time is a totally man-made construct. What’s your relationship to time? What does it mean to you? Is it something to tame? To conquer, keep, spend, waste, have, make? If you could find 12 extra hours per week, would you spend it doing what you’re already doing and feeling as stressed as you do now? Or would you use it in a way that changes your life for the better?

We need to change our inner ‘talk’ about time, and remember that we already have what it takes to make a massive difference in our own lives and the lives of those around us. Of the three sources of personal power – time, energy and money – time is the only one that we can NEVER get back. The clock is always ticking. Spend money and you can go and earn it. Expend your energy and you can re-charge with a good night’s sleep. But no one has ever been able to turn the clock back.

Sometimes it feels like you’re there all alone with that massive ‘to do’ list and your mind racing about endless tasks you haven’t done, worrying about tomorrow, next week, next month. But there are millions of women who all share these frustrating time issues. Time to stop overwhelming and start living. It’s time to change the way we think about time.