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Organize for Success, LLC’s Favorite Organizing Links
Definition of Professional Organizer… Ever wonder what a “professional organizer” can do to help you be and do your best? Visit here for more information.
Definition of Productivity… Ever wonder what “productivity” really means? The dictionary definition might be a little different from what you’ve heard in conversations with others.
Institute for Professional Organizers™… In October of 2006, Emily Parks attended Anne Blumer’s Professional Organizer Training Institute™, which is a training program for professional organizers that own their own businesses. While the name has evolved since Emily attended, the standards and practices taught by the Institute for Professional Organizers™ are based on the principles and Code of Ethics of the National Association of Professional Organizers, providing an excellent foundation and compass for ongoing business development, growth and service to the clients of Organize for Success, LLC.
Top Sources for Information… This shares Emily Parks’ top 10 sources for information on productivity, technology and running your business.
Top Sources for Organizing Tools… It can be overwhelming to keep track of all the amazing websites offering storage and productivity tools. This list includes those websites from whom Emily Parks obtains tools to help her clients organize for success.
Evernote… Look smart and one-up the competition! Evernote helps you be a rock star in minutes anywhere in the world. Evernote is a secure suite of apps that allow users to capture typed text, video & audio files, checklists, web clippings as well as photos, including photos of handwritten notes. In this database, content can be created by the user or culled in from other sources. All elements of the database are easy to sort, edit, search and share, making it easier to collaborate and move items from “to-do” to “done”. Even writing within imagery, whether handwritten or typed, can be searched! When you click the aforementioned link, complete the top form to sign-up for a Business account or scroll down that screen to sign-up for a Basic, Plus or Premium level account.
Time and Space Style Inventory… The Time & Space Style Inventory (TSSI™) helps you understand your natural styles of managing time and organizing space so you can create systems and utilize tools that mesh with who you are in your basic essence, making you naturally more productive, connected and satisfied.
Olalah Njenga’s Grow and Win System… In the Grow & Win™ System are easy-to-use tools to help your business with purposeful planning. The workbooks and templates are written in simple language to provide you with a functional strategic plan, a functional sales plan and a functional marketing plan, accelerating your success.
Simple Change Team for Wellness and Well-Being… Simple changes to how you eat, move, rest and relax greatly impact how you create a sustainable, healthy lifestyle that boosts your productivity and aids your well-being. The Simple Change Wellness team creates engaging office cultures for businesses in the Triangle area of North Carolina with customized wellness programs.
Sampling of Available Technological Tools to Boost Your Productivity
Customer Relationship Manager Tools: 17hats; ACT!; Bitrix24; Infusionsoft; Insightly; Less Annoying CRM; MemberClicks (for non-profits); Neon (for non-profits); Nimble; Nutshell; OntraPort; PocketSuite; Zoho CRM (For an explanation of the value in regularly using a CRM tool, visit this website; see an in-depth comparison of the automated marketing software included in Infusionsoft and OntraPort here.)
Stock Photo Resources: Alamy; Albumarium; bossfight.co; Cupcake; Death to the Stock Photo; Designer Pics; Dreamstime; FreeDigitalPhotos.net; Gratisography; ISO Republic; Jay Mantri; Kaboompics; Life of Pix; MMT; morgueFile; Negative Space; Pexels; Picjumbo; Picography; Pixabay; RGB Stock; Shutterstock; Snapwire; SplitShire; Startup Stock Photos; StockSnap.io; Stock Vault; Stocksy; Stokpic; Unsplash
Bundle Your Email Subscriptions: Unroll.me
Tools to Schedule 1-on-1 Appointments: Acuity Scheduling; Booked In; Booking Bug; Calendly; Meetin.gs; MINDBODY Software; Pick; SchedFAST; ScheduleOnce; Schedulicity; Setster; TimeBridge; Time Trade; Vcita; Vyte.in; YouCanBook.me
Travel Tools: AroundMe; CityMapper; Field Trip; Find. Eat. Drink.; FireChat; FlightAware; GateGuru; Gogobot; Hipmunk; iExit; KnowRoaming; Offline; PackPoint; Peek; ringID; Roots Rated; TripIt; Uber / Lyft; Urgent.ly; XE Currency Converter; Wanderu; Waze
Tools to Organize Resources, References and Reading Materials: Pinterest; Twitter; Evernote; OneNote; Klip.me; Feedly; Instapaper; Pocket; Readability; Morning Coffee; Morning; Flipboard; FeedReader; NewsBlur; News360; RSSOwl; Texture (formerly Next Issue)
Charitable Causes Supported by Organize for Success, LLC
http://www.lungcancerinitiativenc.org/… Lung cancer is the #1 cancer-killer, taking the lives of almost twice as many women compared to breast cancer and three times as many men compared to prostate cancer. The Lung Cancer Initiative works to decrease deaths and provide support to those affected by lung cancer through research, awareness, education and access programs across North Carolina, working towards life beyond lung cancer through a network of hope and action.
http://www.kappaalphathetafoundation.org/… Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation supports the leading women of this sorority with college scholarships as well as grants for alumnae. In addition, the Foundation funds Kappa Alpha Theta’s Educational Leadership Consultants’ program to send alumnae around to each college chapter in an effort to support the growth, leadership and pursuit of highest scholarship for all members, empowering every Theta to truly make a difference.
http://www.seniorservicesinc.org/williams-adult-day-center/… The Elizabeth and Tab Williams Adult Day Center provides a safe, caring environment for adults who need daily supervision, socialization and assistance with the activities of daily living. It is a practical and appealing program for older adults who need specialized care but want to continue living in their own homes or community setting for as long as possible. A structured program of meaningful activities, nutritious meals and opportunities for socialization are provided. Medical supervision is included as well as the opportunity for baths and hair care. This was an amazing resource while Emily’s grandfather was living with Alzheimer’s disease.
http://www.arboracres.org/… Arbor Acres retirement community provides comfortable and secure senior living for those in independent or assisted living situations in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, including skilled care and memory care services. For those unable to afford the facility’s services, Arbor Acres provides a scholarship program, which is funded via donations.
http://www.dressforsuccesstrianglenc.org/… Dress for Success Triangle is passionate about leading women out of poverty, one job at a time. Their services, support and belief in the potential of every woman work to empower the women they serve to gain and sustain meaningful employment.
http://www.holyangelsnc.org/… Licensed, equipped and committed, Holy Angels, located in Belmont, NC, provides specialized, round-the-clock care for children and adults with intellectual development disabilities and delicate medical conditions. In an environment that fosters loving and compassionate care, opportunities for dignified living and innovative learning programs, the Holy Angels team strives to empower those who are differently able.
Tools to Protect Your Financial Stability and Growth
http://www.annualcreditreport.com/… You can monitor your credit and watch for identity theft by pulling each of your credit reports for FREE once per year. Emily Parks recommends pulling your Equifax report in January, your Transunion report in May and your Experian report in September, all from this site.
http://money.cnn.com/… A service of CNN, Fortune and Money, this site offers the latest in financial news.
http://www.jeanchatzky.com/… A regular on Today & Oprah, Jean is “making money make sense” with her advice.
http://www.thethinpinkline.com/… Dr. Lois Frankel & colleagues write about issues that most impact women today.
https://www.optoutprescreen.com/… Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Consumer Credit Reporting Companies (like Equifax, Transunion and Experian) can include your name on lists used by creditors or insurers to make firm offers of credit or insurance that are not initiated by you. However, the FCRA also gives you the right to “opt-out” of receiving such offers via mail… If you are tired of getting all that credit-related “junk mail”, visit this site and Opt-Out, either for five years or permanently.
How to Eliminate Junk Mail
https://www.paperkarma.com/… With this app, simply snap a photo of the address label for the mail from somewhere you no longer want sending you mail, and you’re done; PaperKarma automatically contacts the mailer to remove you from that distribution list. Available for Android, iOS and Windows devices.
http://www.41pounds.org/… Since the average adult gets 41 pounds of junk mail each year, this company works on your behalf to stop 80-95% of your unwanted catalogs and junk mail.
http://www.catalogchoice.org/… This is a free service that lets you communicate your mail preferences to companies, allowing you to reduce the amount of unsolicited mail in your mailbox.
https://www.dmachoice.org/… This site allows you to make sure the mail you are getting matches the mail you want and to stop getting the mail you do not want.
http://www.proquo.com/… This is a free service that lets you choose which mail you want or don’t want and get less unwanted mail within 8 weeks, allowing you to stop up to 90% of your junk mail.
What to Do with Items You No Longer Need (or Want)
http://www.anythingwithaplugrecycling.com/… Free electronics removal service in Wake and Durham counties of North Carolina, the duo of Dennis Carter and Braxton Jones collect all of your electronics (computers, kitchen appliances, printers, copiers, stereos, cords, cables, CRT monitors, TV sets, game consoles, batteries, cell phones and more) for recycling while being very cognizant of keeping sensitive data secure as they physically destruct your hard drives.
http://www.bbb.org/us/charity/… The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance supports this list of recommended charities, where you can inquire about, complain and research available giving options.
http://www.guidestar.org/… This database of 1.8 million IRS-recognized organizations enables you to find a charity, benchmark your nonprofit’s performance, research each organization and much more.
http://www.goodwill.org/… Through the sale of donated clothing and household goods, Goodwill raises funds for education, training and career services to help people with disadvantages, like welfare dependency, homelessness or lack of education / work experience, as well as those with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.
http://www.cristina.org/… Through the sale of donated computers and other technological equipment, this organization raises funds for training that enables people with disabilities, students at risk and economically-disadvantaged people to lead more independent and productive lives.
http://www.clothingdonations.org/… Through the sale of donated household goods, the Vietnam Veterans of America organization raises funds to serve the needs of veterans from the Vietnam War era, selling those donations via a bidding process to qualified retailers.
http://www.kramden.org/… Through this organization, your used PCs and related computer equipment (except printers and Apple computers) are refurbished for students who do not already have computers in their homes.
http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/deao/recycling/electronics/households… Offers tips for households on reducing electronic wastes as well as North Carolina local government electronics recycling programs.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Global-Promotions/Recycling-Electronics/pcmcat149900050025.c?id=pcmcat149900050025… This site shares details on how Best Buy makes it easy to recycle TV and video products, computers and tablets, cell phones and radios, appliances, ink and toner, rechargeable batteries, audio devices, music and movies, video games and related gadgets, cameras and camcorders as well as car audio, video and GPS devices.
http://www.ebay.com/… With a large number of individuals locally and nationally searching this site for used goods at great prices, you can make money off items you no longer need but that might be of benefit to others. Be sure to read the “Selling Tips” and “What’s Hot” sections to get started.
http://www.craigslist.com/… The Triangle has its own section for selling your unwanted goods on this website, but check out the craigslist factsheet before getting started for all the details on how to best utilize this tool.
http://www.thecdexchange.com/… Specializing in buying, selling and trading used CDs & DVDs, this site’s philosophy is “Used discs should be just like new ones, only much cheaper,” making this process safe & easy.
http://www.edmckay.com/… Edward McKay Used Books & More feeds folks’ heads by reselling your used media items, like video games, CDs, DVDs, textbooks, fiction, nonfiction and some kinds of consumer electronics.
http://www.earth911.com/… Your one-stop shop for reducing your impact, reusing what you’ve got and recycling your trash, including a search functionality for recycling sites of electronics, automotive, household, garden, paper, metal, hazardous, plastic and glass materials.
http://www.recycle-steel.org/… Provides details on recycling cans, cars and appliances
http://www.freecycle.org/… Donate items you no longer use but might benefit others to the Wake County Freecycle Network (or whatever area in which you live) for others to better utilize, “keeping good stuff out of landfills.”
http://www.betterworldbooks.com/go/donatebooks… If you have books to donate, this site offers local drop-off sites; then, every purchase of those donated books from this site helps fund world literacy efforts.
Women’s and Family Organization Sites
http://www.realsimple.com… Solutions and tips for “life made easier” updated daily
http://www.womansday.com/… Provides ideas to “live well every day”, including ideas for home, health and style
http://www.familycircle.com/… Check out topics from the latest issue as well as much more for self & your family
http://www.solutions.com/… Specializes in practical, problem-solving products for the home
http://www.howtocleananything.com/… Tricks to make cleaning easier or to target a trouble spot
http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/… DIY suggestions for organizing in the house and home