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This weekend I enjoyed going to the movies and seeing Star Trek.  It seems others thought it would be a good place to send text messages and check e-mails.  Even the week before the person next to me was continually using his Blackberry during the first act of a play.

During the “Time Management at the Age of Speed” session at the NAPO Conference in Orlando last month, Harlod Taylor shared that the fast devours the slow.  Think about it, we have more information to manage than ever before.  Not so long ago, we became overwhelmed by the fax machine.  Now we are averaging over 190 message a day because of the phone, email, Facebook, Twitter and more.

Need to See Time?

Need to See Time?

Time is essential to staying organized.  Do you find it is difficult to see time as it passes each hour?  Are you constantly running in circles to meet deadlines?

Visit TimeTimer.com and check out their products available to actually show time as it passes.  This especially helpful to those with ADD.
If we don’t respond to an inquiry quickly we stand the chance of loosing an opportunity.  But how is clutter effecting your schedule by multitasking throughout the day?  As the saying goes, “stop and smell the roses”.  The same can be said for enjoying the movie or texting your friends.  Don’t dilute your activies and productivity by not focusing on one project at a time.

Check out our latest “O-Tips” for more information to make your life easy. 

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Jody and Boo

Jody and Boo

Before I turned professional, organizer that is, I learned you just can not organize the unwilling.  Working in a family business from college to 1999, I took many opportunities to tidy up my big brother’s office.  And did he hate it.


As a hunter, fisherman, golfer, all around outdoorsman he would never throw anything away…it could be used somehow.  But life was how he liked it, and it took a while to learn that was ok. 




Jody and Betsy

Jody and Betsy

You may not have been one of the 900 at Tuesday’s service, but I would like you to meet the man I wish I could annoy once more by organizing his desk.  The following article was written by Jody’s dear friend and hunting buddy Sam Venable at the Knoxville News-Sentinel.  Thanks Sam!


One More Time If You Please


I’m going to bend a rule of column writing. Just today. It’ll be out of my system by the time you read these words. Then we can press on to other matters.


What I’m going to do is extend a piece that ended a couple of days ago. I can’t help it. I’ve got too many precious memories that wound up on the cutting-room floor, and they beg to be told.


These are memories of my lifelong pal, “Jode” McKenry, who died Sunday and was buried on Wednesday.


As I alluded to the other day, Jode rarely missed a meal. “Heavy Lunch” was one of his many nicknames. That should tell you about his relationship with fork and spoon.


On a September afternoon more than 20 years ago, a bunch of us piled into his vehicle and, with a boat in tow, headed toward Chickamauga Lake to hunt wood ducks.


It was one of those in-between times of the day. Lunch was a distant memory, but supper was just as far into the future. Knowing we’d be on the water for – gasp! – at least three or four hours, Jode decreed the need for sustenance.


At an exit of Interstate 75, he swung into a Dairy Queen drive-through and began taking orders from the assembled masses – all of whom figured what the heck; if Jode’s gonna eat, we might as well, too.


By the time we pulled to the front, he had the itinerary memorized. When the woman opened her window and asked what we wanted, he began counting it out.


I forget precise details of the inventory. But I distinctly recall it was the most ghastly, fat-laden, calorie-packed, grease-dripping assortment of junk food this side of a stroke. Something along the lines of seven or eight double cheeseburgers and as many fries. Plus four or five hot dogs, maybe a bowl or two of chili.


The clerk wrote everything down – this was when you talked to a real person, not a voice – and then pointed to a flyer on the window. It advertised a special on ice cream.


“Would you like any frozen Dove bars?” she asked.


Jode’s face begin to contort, signaling the start of one of his patented laugh attacks. I didn’t know what he was about to say, but already my giggle-o-meter was vibrating.


“No, ma’am,” he replied, his voice shaking. “We’re eating light today.”


Our vehicle erupted in a riot of laughter. So did the Dairy Queen kitchen, plus people at the counter who heard the exchange take place. The poor clerk was heaving so violently, I thought she was going to spit up. There were so many tears in her eyes, not to mention Jode’s, it took them forever to complete the transaction.


Cancer from 50 years of smoking took Jode’s life. But even early-on in the treatments, he still had that same maniacal sense of humor. When I phoned one day to check on him, Jode announced he was drinking a large milk shake.


“You’re talkin’ to a man with a 42-inch waist, and at the doctor’s office this morning they told me something I’ve been waitin’ all my life to hear. They said I needed to be careful not to lose any weight.”


Sam Venable’s column appears on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. He may be reached at 865-342-6272 or VenableS@knoxnews.com. His latest book, “Someday I May Find Honest Work: A Newspaper Humorist’s Life,” is available at bookstores, the University of Tennessee Press and online from the News Sentinel.

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The 4th Annual Los Angeles Organizing Awardsawards-vote-icon

What keeps you organized?  What or who saves you time in your home or office?  It may be a unique container, a favorite retail store, an informative book, blog, or even design company that keeps your clutter at bay.  The 4th annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards wants your input.

Get It Together LA!would like your vote for two categories if you agree; “Best Closet Design Firm” and “Best Blog” – Being Organized by Chris McKenry.  Simply click here and  go to “Click here to vote for Your Favorites”.  You will be asked to sign in just to assure only one vote is placed from each email address.  The ballot has several categories that covers the world of organizing for home, office, and life.

Visit our Closets

Visit our Closets

Winners will be announced at the nationally recognized Los Angeles Organizing Awards to be held on January 30, 2009 at the Luxe on Sunset in Bel-Air.  The Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers is the event sponsor.

See you on the red carpet!

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