VUCA is a four-letter word

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VUCA, an acronym for “volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity,” means, in other words, “STUFF HAPPENS.” Drs. Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus, originators of a business research discipline known as  “Leadership Studies,” are generally credited with developing the concept. Joseph Mitchelli explicitly references their 1985 book Leaders – The Strategies for Taking Charge which outlines the…

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Casual Uncluttering joins the Amazon Associates program

Full disclosure: Casual Uncluttering is now a member of the Amazon Associates program, which earns me small commissions on successful sales of the products which I recommend through Amazon. BUT I NEVER recommend a product unless I think extremely well of it, and/or colleagues I trust and respect recommend it to me. So have some…

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The ICD Guides

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The ICD Guide to Challenging Disorganization For Professional Organizers, Kate Varness, CPO-CD, MA, Editor This book, written and edited by organizing specialists, ADHD experts and psychologists, is a primer for people who are trying to understand individuals who suffer from particularly complex organizing challenges.  Its primary audience is professional organizers, but it can be of…

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A face and a Little Free Pantry

Not all “establishment” food banks such as Hopelink are currently able to take donations of actual food. So I’ve got a scattering of Little Free Pantries, close cousins to Little Free Libraries, programmed into my GPS in order to make donations of non-perishable food items on behalf of my clients. Better yet, I’ve got one…

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Fanlight Productions – powerful resource

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There are days I wish I was a billionaire. Because I would turn Fanlight Productions,  “a leading distributor of innovative film and video works on the social issues of our time, with a special focus on healthcare, mental health, professional ethics, aging and gerontology, disabilities, the workplace, and gender and family issues (quoted from its…

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Grandma Organizer

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Granny Frump. Grandmama Addams. Grandma Georgina and Grandma Josephine. Nana Fern Schaeffer. Grandma Moses. And now Margareta Magnusson, who I dub “Grandma Organizer.” Ms. Magnusson is the author of The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, and best I can tell the first to illustrate this particular decluttering philosophy for the rest of the world.…

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Organizing from the Inside Out for Teens – Jessi & Julie Morgenstern

Organizing from the Inside Out for Teens I’m writing this as a 50+-year-old, not a teenager. But for my money at least, this is NOT just a reprinting of Julie Morgenstern’s Organizing from the Inside Out. Julie’s daughter Jessi offers an independent, spirited and insightful young person’s fresh opinions about Julie’s techniques which hopefully make…

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Organizing from the Inside Out – Julie Morgenstern

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Organizing from the Inside Out Julie Morgenstern’s book is the “cheat sheet” of organizing books. It is PACKED with her insights. She offers everything from estimates about how long typical projects will take, to her observations concerning common emotional obstacles people encounter in their efforts to get organized. She is generous when providing techniques to…

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Getting Things Done: the art of stress-free productivity

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Getting Things Done: the art of stress-free productivity David Allen’s system is incredibly simple. But it is also powerful and takes discipline. He makes a very persuasive argument for his technique, which pared down to its absolute essentials is: “WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN AND DATE THE NOTES!!!” Which, did I mention, takes discipline? And practice. What…

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Eat That Frog – Brian Tracy

Eat That Frog Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog is a source for techniques which may help some people organize their creative thinking in a manner which will help them use it more productively. It is a book which advocates common-sense time management habits. Some examples are: write checklists of your tasks; start, first thing in…

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