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Are you a busy professional with a to-do list a mile long? Do you wish you could just control your brain, time, clutter, or ADHD? If you struggle with time management, paperwork and productivity, this podcast is for you. Your host, Catherine Avery, is an ADHDer and Neurodiversity Coach, so she gets you. On this podcast, she and her guests will offer productivity tactics that work with your differently wired brain, not against it, to help you gain control over your time, space, and information.

Uncluttered Office with Catherine Avery Catherine Avery

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Are you a busy professional with a to-do list a mile long? Do you wish you could just control your brain, time, clutter, or ADHD? If you struggle with time management, paperwork and productivity, this podcast is for you. Your host, Catherine Avery, is an ADHDer and Neurodiversity Coach, so she gets you. On this podcast, she and her guests will offer productivity tactics that work with your differently wired brain, not against it, to help you gain control over your time, space, and information.

    Organizing, Circulation, and Muppets

    Organizing, Circulation, and Muppets

    Matt Baier discovered his super power organizing skills while working as department head of Design Services at The Jim Henson Company.
    Matt’s philosophy on organizing is all about circulation. Think of things moving in and out of your home.
    Matt explains entrance/exit depots where you can keep items like your briefcase or your child’s backpack.
    And as you organize and declutter, you can have a spot to gather your donations in the garage. His team set this up for Catherine.
    Tune in for a super power hour with Matt’s brilliance and decades of experience in home organizing!
    And be sure to check out his book ‘The Circulation Solution’.
    Matt's Bio
    Matt is the owner of Matt Baier (by-er) Organizing, LLC which began in 2004.
    His business features TEAM clutter relief in homes throughout Fairfield County and Westchester county.
    He is the author of The Circulation Solution, which features an easy plan for getting AND staying organized.
    Links
    Circulation Solution Book
    Free download
    Monthly Special - Clutter Cutter
    About Catherine
    To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:
    Productivity by Design
    To connect with Catherine: Productivity Breakthrough Session
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    • 37 min
    Meal Planning, Back Pocket Dinners, and Not a Drag

    Meal Planning, Back Pocket Dinners, and Not a Drag

    Claire Tansey, meal planner extraordinaire wows us with simple ways to get dinner on the table without stress. A food pro, working mom, and solopreneur, Claire takes us through the 5 types of food planning styles - see if you can identify your preferred method. She even reveals which one works best for Catherine.
    Claire explains how a customized meal plan can be the gateway to easier, happier, and more fun dinner times. And she offers ideas for quick and easy backup plans and meals on the run.
    Meal planning doesn’t have to be a drag. Tune in to learn how!
    About Claire:
    Claire Tansey is Canada’s Master of Mealtime. She is the author of national bestsellers Dinner, Uncomplicated (2020) and Uncomplicated (2018). She’s been in the food business for over 20 years as a restaurant cook, night baker, test kitchen manager and food critic. Along the way she sang lead in a rock band, got a master’s degree and was Food Director of Chatelaine. Claire is a guest expert on Cityline and CBC Radio and she runs a virtual cooking school where she inspires home cooks with easy, delicious recipes.  
    Originally from Montreal, Claire lives in Toronto with her partner, Michael, who eats everything and their son, Thomas, who does not.    
    Links:
    learn.clairetansey.com
    Back Pocket Dinners: https://learn.clairetansey.com/bpds-three-faves
    Book: Dinner Uncomplicated
    About Catherine
    To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:
    Productivity by Design
    To connect with Catherine: Productivity Breakthrough Session
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    • 36 min
    Being Prepared, CALM, and the Rule of 26

    Being Prepared, CALM, and the Rule of 26

    September is National Preparedness Month. Today’s conversation with guest, colleague and friend, Judith Guertin, will set you up for long term preparedness success.
    Catherine and Judy dive deep into her new book: “Beyond the Estate Plan Guide”, which not only provides the many forms that you need to keep all of your important information but also the how to gather and manage your information using her CALM process.
    We discuss why we (and our families) need to have ready access to life documents and why the pandemic made us realize it’s more important than ever. For example, Judy takes us through how to compile your emergency contact list and estate plan.
    You won’t want to miss this episode filled with nuggets of Judy’s brilliance. And she explains how to join her new group if you find this all overwhelming and need step by step guidance like Catherine!
    About Judy
    Judith Guertin is a Master’s Level Certified Productive Environment Specialist with the Productive Environment Institute.
    She is a Golden Circle Member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) the New England Chapter of NAPO.
    Judy started her career in Occupational Therapy over 40 years ago. After 20 years in the field, she added a professional organizing business, All ways Organized to her services.
    In 2021 she published Taming the Digital Tiger Gmail Edition with her mentor Barbara Hemphill.
    About Catherine
    To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:
    Productivity by Design
    To connect with Catherine: Productivity Breakthrough Session
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    • 31 min
    Focus Vs Attention, the Focus Crisis, and Flight Mode

    Focus Vs Attention, the Focus Crisis, and Flight Mode

    Guest, Penny Zenker, talks about how focus can help our productivity, get strategic, and make little shifts in our mindset.
    She explains the difference between focus vs attention. 
    Then Catherine and Penny take a deep dive into how social media and the pandemic have affected our focus. 
    They also discuss how this can lead to a trauma response.
    Tune in to hear Penny answer the question, “Why are we in a focus crisis?”
    And how we can all become focusologists by taking back our focus on the areas that we can control and letting go of the things that we can't.
    About Penny
    Penny Zenker is a Focusologist, an international speaker, business strategy coach and best-selling author. 
    Penny founded, developed and sold her first multi-million dollar business while living in Zurich, Switzerland. 
    Later at the world's 4th largest Market Research company, she managed business unit turnarounds and was a Tony Robbins business coach helping business leaders and entrepreneurs around the world to build a strong leadership, a culture of ownership, scale their businesses.
    Her clients tell her, her gift is cutting through the clutter and helping them focus on the most important and relevant areas to sustainably grow their businesses.
    Links:
    Penny Zenker: https://pennyzenker360.com/
    The Productivity Zone by Penny Zenker: https://www.amazon.com/Productivity-Zone-Stop-Tug-Time/dp/0986307505
    Adam Grant Meh Ted Talk:
    https://www.ted.com/talks/adam_grant_how_to_stop_languishing_and_start_finding_flow?language=en
    Text Expander:
    https://textexpander.com/
    To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:
    Productivity by Design
    To connect with Catherine: Productivity Breakthrough Session 9
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    • 31 min
    Summer Recap, Planning, and Bright Shiny Pens

    Summer Recap, Planning, and Bright Shiny Pens

    Catherine starts this episode with a recap of her summer with burnout and setting some stronger boundaries particularly around work not bleeding into vacation.
    She explains a new work routine and how this is helping her battle the burnout. And offers up her routines around personal time.
    Catherine shares her realizations from a summer of truly honoring when her body and brain say enough. And how you can honor being intentionally unproductive.
    All of which leads up to September's theme of back to school planning but for adults! So here’s your permission to buy some bright new shiny office supplies while you get the notebooks and pens for the kids.
    Catherine wraps up with a preview of the guests in September, so grab that new pen and paper because it’s going to be note-taking worthy!
    To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:
    Productivity by Design
    To connect with Catherine: Productivity Breakthrough Session 9
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    • 24 min
    Decluttering the Rest of Your Office, Setting up Stations, and The Magic 6™ Part 3 of 3 Bonus Replay

    Decluttering the Rest of Your Office, Setting up Stations, and The Magic 6™ Part 3 of 3 Bonus Replay

    In this third of our 3 part mini series on uncluttering your office, Catherine takes you through decluttering the rest of your office.
    She mentions clearing out books and permission to give them away. She suggests you get rid of excess office supplies, broken pens, old tech, manuals, and those endless random cords.
    She takes you through how to set up stations in our office space – different areas for different types of work. For example, you might have different areas for sorting your mail or client invoicing.
    Finally Catherine explains the Magic 6™ and how it can help you get your desk space organized for productive work.
    This is our second mini series. The first was in March.
    What do you think of mini series? Would you like more? Which subject would you like Catherine to address? Email us at support@productivitybydesign.com
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     To learn more about your host, Catherine Avery:
    Productivity by Design
    To connect with Catherine: Productivity Breakthrough Session 9
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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Jmom82012 ,

Love it for focus

I love this podcast for the way it makes me be able to focus from an ADHD lens. There are so many interesting topics and points that I’m able to think about later on. Catherine nails it!

Donna Cravotta ,

Great Podcast - Fun and Practical

Catherine is a wonderful host. I really enjoy learning from her and her guests about productivity and the importance of living and working uncluttered.

Reinvention Rebel ,

Breath of fresh air!

Love this podcast, so happy to have discovered it. Catherine is a welcoming host and shares helpful information and insights about decluttering our minds (and spaces) to zoom in on deeper focus (and more joy). So good and very inspiring!!

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