I made a thing!
I have designed a program on the Coach.me platform. What it does is to break down the complicated task of organizing a desk into micro-steps, so you can do a little at a time over three weeks. Each time you complete a step, you can check it off, and the next step will be ready the next day. If you need a break, or if one step takes you longer than a day, you can simply stay on that step until you are ready to move to the next one. You can also ask me questions about specific steps through the platform.
How much does it cost?
$4.99. That’s cheaper than a book or a magazine. It’s also cheaper than a week of coaching. You own it, so you can start again from the beginning every year if you like.
How does it work?
You start by creating a profile on Coach.me, which is free. It has lots of other features besides programs like mine. You can use it on a desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone – any device that can load a website. I use the iOS app. If you’re looking at my blog, you have all the computing power you need.
Will it ever be available in another format?
Probably not. This material was specifically designed for this platform. I don’t think it would work in a book format. I will probably do a print book at a later date, but it will not include this ‘Unclutter Your Desk’ material.
I have put up hundreds of pages of free material on my blog, and it will stay that way, but the juicy stuff is going to have a price tag on it. I need to pay off my student loan and replace my ailing old laptop.
Will there be other programs?
Yes. I started with desks because even people with no other organization issues often have desk clutter. It is also the area that tends to have the most impact on career, finances, and professional reputation.
One thing I have learned from helping people deal with their clutter is that they don’t know how to do it on their own. People get stuck on strategic thinking, on visualizing what they actually want, on making decisions, on figuring out where to put things. There are emotional components, such as flooding with sorrow or regret when thinking about a certain item. Mostly, though, it seems to be the lack of a clear plan or an understanding of what ‘get organized’ means. This is why getting organized and clearing clutter is so powerful: the process organizes our thoughts, too. By the time we’re done clearing a space, we’ve made decisions and developed a mental flowchart for everything in that area. My people usually have various books or articles on getting organized, but they don’t seem to do the trick for some reason. That’s why I’m writing programs with nitty-gritty, extremely specific tasks. Each day you work the steps, you will have tangible results. Each day, the problem area will be visibly more organized. You can have the satisfaction of checking off a level of progress. Once one area is completed, you will have more confidence in your ability to handle this sort of job.
Thanks for reading about my program!
I've been working with chronic disorganization, squalor, and hoarding for over 20 years. I'm also a marathon runner who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and thyroid disease 17 years ago.