Supercharge Your New Year’s Resolution during National Get Organized MonthSM!

January 7, 2008

Messy desk?  Cluttered calendar?  Overflowing email?  Out of control files?  All are factors that contribute to millions of working Americans choosing “to get organized” as one of their top 5 resolutions for the New Year.  In fact, the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) is sponsoring their 4th annual Get Organized Month this January to raise awareness and promote the benefits of getting organized. 

“January is the perfect time to get your office and work environment organized, as this is often the same time you are determining your goals and prioritizing your projects for the year,” says Lori Vande Krol, Professional Organizer and Certified Productivity Consultant with Life Made Simple, LLC.  A great way to motivate employees to get organized is to hold a Productive Environment Day (PED), a day set aside for a department or organization to create their ideal productive environment -- that in which employees are most creative, effective and productive.  A successful PED involves four components:

1) Pre-Day Preparation:  Prior to the PED, it is imperative management prepare for a successful day, including stressing the importance of blocking calendars and being involved. 

2) Kick-Off Seminar:  Start the day off right with activities or seminars, including tips for deciding what to keep and what to throw away and reminding employees about retention guidelines for the department or company.

3) On-Site Activities:  Include activities to help participants remain focused, identify areas that
need to be addressed, and make the day pleasant.  Food and rewards are often popular.

4) Follow-Up Activities:  In order to get the most benefit from this event, it is essential that management respond to concerns that were raised by the employees during the process. 

To ensure a successful Productive Environment Day, a department or company can hire Life Made Simple to assist with each stage of planning and activities for the day.  In addition, Life Made Simple can work with particular individuals to organize their offices, including paper and electronic filing, time management, work flow and calendar management.

About Life Made Simple, LLC
Life Made Simple was founded with the mission of helping businesses and individuals become more productive, allowing them time to focus on what matters most.  Life Made Simple provides organization and productivity consultation and seminars, covering time and calendar management, paper management, electronic file management and workflow management.  The processes and systems Life Made Simple provides help to save clients hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars each year.

Life Made Simple also provides residential solutions, including organization and storage solutions, custom painting and home décor.

For More Information
For more information about the benefits of a productive environment and how Life Made Simple can help, contact Lori Vande Krol, (515)360-8347, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit our website at .