Lisa Woodruff is a home organization expert, productivity specialist, and author of The Mindset of Organization, Take Back Your House One Phase at a Time, and How ADHD Affects Home Organization.
Lisa teaches functional organizing and is often caught quoting, “done is better than perfect” and “progress over perfection.” Lisa’s sensible and do-able organizing tasks appeal to multiple generations. Her candor and relatable style make you feel she is right there beside you, helping you get organized as you laugh and cry together.
Lisa believes organization is not a skill you are born with. It is a skill that is developed over time and changes with each season of life. Lisa has helped thousands of women reclaim their homes and finally get organized with her practical tips, encouragement, and humor through her blog and podcast at Organize365.com.
Organize 365 Friday Workboxes
It’s finally time to talk about the NEW Friday Workboxes!
I’ve worked on the Friday Workboxes for a very long time (and by that, I mean three years), so I feel like they’re more than ready to go out into the world and start changing people’s lives!
If you want to take a trip down memory lane with me and travel back to around two years and four months ago, that was when I first introduced the idea of a Friday Workbox with you. Time flies, huh?
It may have taken a few years to get here, but it took that long to make sure the Friday Workboxes would be as awesome as possible. And as the saying goes, it’s “better late than never,” right?
Friday Workboxes Are For Home-Based Businesses Are you an entrepreneur or the owner of a home-based business? If you are, the Friday Workboxes are PERFECT for you!
There are four Friday boxes available, including a box for:
Direct Sales Home Schooling Entrepreneurs Teachers (this one will be available July 1st) If you’re familiar with the Sunday Basket® system, navigating your way around the Friday Workbox will be a piece of cake. They share some similarities such as the use of the 1.0 and 2.0 Slash Pockets, but they also differ regarding their use and purpose.
The Friday Workbox is a complete system and costs $150. You can’t buy each part of the box individually, but you can make your own workbox with materials from the Organize 365 Store, if you prefer. But I would advise that you save yourself the hassle and go for the complete Friday Workbox to get the most out of your investment.
Friday Workboxes Vs. Sunday Baskets® : What’s The Difference? You’re probably wondering how the Friday Workbox differs from the Sunday Basket®. When you think of the Sunday Basket®, what pops into your head? Bills, letters, medical information, finances, and everything in between, right?
The Sunday Basket® is built for organizing the home, and everything that’s connected to that is kept in your Sunday Basket®.
The Friday Workbox, on the other hand, is all about organizing your home-based business or “passion project.”
The NEW Golden Hour – (Friday at 2pm) I’ve designed the Friday Box to be done on a Friday at 2pm. That’s very specific, I know. Of course, you can do the Friday Workbox at any time of the day. But if you’re anything like me, you want to be done with work by 2pm on a Friday!
You’ll need at least one hour to work on your Friday Workbox. As you’ve probably heard me say before, for every minute you spend planning, you GAIN five in execution. So, if you spend just an hour planning, you’ll save yourself five hours next week – how awesome is that?
Reviewing The Week & Planning Ahead Some of you may still be thinking, “But why choose a Friday?” and I have two reasons:
When I do the box on a Friday, I can review the week and plan for what needs to be done the following week. It gives me a clear perspective and saves me a lot of time when Monday morning rolls around again. I don’t like to work over the weekend. I’d rather respond to emails and get in touch with people on a Friday rather than wait for the beginning of the next week. This way, I can enjoy my weekend and not have to think about work again until Monday morning. Inside Your Friday Workbox The Friday Workbox comes with a Sunday Basket® in the color of your choosing, one set of the 2.0 Slash Pockets, and two sets of the rainbow 1.0 Slash Pockets.
One set of the 1.0 Slash Pockets are set up in a similar way to the Sunday Basket® while the second set includes labels for each day of the week.
You’ll also receive a guide for your workbox about how you can sort out your slash pockets.
Each one is focused on the traditional sales cycle and color coded as follows:
Pink Slash Pockets – Leads Purple Slash Pockets – Customers Green Slash Pockets – Finances Blue Slash
Paper Organizing Retreats
My second big announcement from the Organize 365 National Convention is the exciting news that we are going to have Paper Organizing Retreats!
That’s right, you can literally pack up all of your paper into boxes, travel to Cincinnati, and organize your paper during a productive weekend retreat with key members of the Organize 365 Team – how awesome is that? I’m so excited!
I’ve wanted to start these Paper Organizing Retreats for years. When I began Organize 365 in 2012, I knew I needed to launch a unique organizing retreat where people could bring their paper and organize all of it (while listening to some great music and snacking on delicious food as we go) – it was the PERFECT plan.
But it took six years to turn that vision into a reality, and in many ways, I’m glad it took so long because now I’m 100% sure that I’ve come up with the best products, best structure, and the best team possible.
After six years of long hours and lots of hard work, we have finally done it!
Organizing Paper Is Hard Organizing paper isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, especially if you aren’t a passionate organizer.
At home, it’s easy to get distracted and procrastinate, which is why it’s such a good idea to join one of my Paper Organizing Retreats where you can focus and actually get work done.
But one of the main reasons to attend a retreat like this is so you can have the opportunity to ask questions to professional organizers. You’ll know exactly what you’re doing, and you’ll be able to avoid shredding a file that you really shouldn’t have because, unfortunately, there are no time machines when it comes to organizing paperwork!
The REAL Reason For My Paper Organizing Retreats Yes, I like to help people organize their paper, and I love the community of organizers we have here at Organize 365 and the Sunday Basket®. BUT there is a deeper, more personal reason why I decided to launch these retreats.
When my kids were young, they got a lot of different diagnoses including things like autism, ADHD, bipolar, food sensitives, and so on. And you know what? It was so overwhelming!
I soon transformed into a protective mama bear. I was determined to know as much as possible about their conditions and I’m sure a lot of mothers who find themselves in similar situations do the same thing. Who can blame us?
Whenever we receive unexpected news like a medical diagnosis or a sudden death in the family, it’s like your entire world comes crashing down.
One minute, you’re sailing through life, the birds are singing, and your only concern is what you’re going to cook for dinner. And then BANG, you hear some terrible news. Then you’re devastated and left with all this paperwork you didn’t even know existed.
I know that feeling all too well, which is why I wanted to create the Paper Organizing Retreats to help reduce stress at a time in your life when you feel like everything is just falling apart.
Getting Organized On The Retreat On a more light-hearted note, when you attend the retreat, you’re guaranteed to leave a lot more organized than you were when you arrived!
If you’ve got your hands on one of the new Friday Workboxes that have just been released for your home-based business, you can take it with you to the retreat and get stuff into it.
The Friday Workboxes can really help you to get an effective system in place so you have more structure and direction to take your business that extra step further.
The retreat begins at 9 am on Saturday morning. When you arrive, you’ll have your own organizing table which includes a shredding bag and a recycling bag. You’ll spend a lot of time during the first half of Saturday going through your paper and organizing them into three piles: shredding, deleting, and the keep pile.
Everything you want to shred can go into the shredding bag, the paper
The Sunday Basket System
The Sunday Basket System If you are brand new to my site, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Lisa Woodruff, a professional organizer and productivity expert. I have another podcast called Organize 365, and it’s been going strong for almost six years!
This podcast is only 1 episode long. The Sunday Basket® Podcast is an actionable podcast. I hope to inspire you to take action in order to get your household paperwork organized.
Where The Sunday Basket® Idea Came From Going back 18 years ago, when my kids were 6months and 2 years old, I was running a couple side businesses that equated to full-time jobs. I was a wife, mom, caretaker, homemaker, cook, laundress… sound familiar?
I had a lot of paper.
Plus, I had an addiction to these beautiful baskets made in Ohio called "Longaberger." You can already see where this is going!
One particular evening, I decided to tackle the 12-inch pile of paper on my kitchen counter. The paper stack was disorganized and there were a lot of actions for us to take within that stack of paper – including bills to pay, adoption paperwork, invoices to send out, orders to place, etc.
The first action that I took was to sort the paperwork into piles.
I had 40 different actionable kinds of piles.
I found I’d been paying bills late simply because I didn’t know where they were.
Being disorganized can be demoralizing and you start to question yourself. It can feel like your life is out of control. This is how I felt with my 40 piles of paper. I was overwhelmed, but I knew what I needed to do.
I created a plan to tackle each pile of paperwork one at a time.
Well, that was 15 years ago and that’s when I consider the Sunday Basket® System to have been created.
During the 15 past years of having a Sunday Basket®, I’ve gone from having just a few bits of paper in it, to having an overwhelming pile of paper. It ebbs and flows, but I always have one.
In essence, it was a basket that I sorted through on a Sunday. Sunday has always been the day of the week for me when I manage to get some time to myself and I have the most energy.
Let Me Help You I am a teacher by trade, a professional organizer, an Amazon no.1 bestseller, and I have taught thousands of women how to organize their homes online and in my local city of Cincinnati.
I am going to help you create a system in your household for organizing your paperwork so that it never has to be overwhelming again.
Get your Complete Sunday Basket with On Demand Workshop here!
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Just what I needed!
I always have a million things going through my head to remember. Where do I put that until I can get to it without having to repeat it in mind over and over so I don’t forget? The Sunday Basket! Where do I put that piece of paper or receipt that I may or may not need just until I figure out if I DO need it? The Sunday Basket! Where do I put that paper that I need to take care of, but not right this minute? You got it!! Over and over it helps me stay sane and rest assured that I’m not going to miss something!
The Sunday Basket Works!
I was able to setup my own Sunday Basket by listening to this serial podcast about the system. I did end up purchasing the pre-made system, and I'm very glad that I did. However, the magic is not in the product. It is in the consistency of working through the basket each week. I found an old check in my papers once I got everything going, and that more than paid for the investment of her basket system. Any time I feel stuck, I go back and re-listen to the steps while I work.
Do as Lisa says and you will get organized
My goal this year is to declutter my home and organize my important documents. Together with the Sunday Basket podcast and 365 Podcast, Lisa will help me achieve this goal, so I’m killing it!