1. 569 - Increased Productivity Comes from Organization Lisa Woodruff 54:04

Today’s episode is going to be a refresher to some of you, and new to a lot of you. I’ve recorded two podcast series that I’m going to reference, plus a concept I created years ago. This will get us all to the same place of thinking as we end the year.

Are you the one thinking: “Ok, I want that productivity that Lisa has and I’m doing #allthethings. So why don’t I have what I think I should have as productivity?” You’re busy running around like a chicken with your head cut off, trying to make the merriment for everyone around you the entire month of  December. What you’re craving and what you want is to figure out how to finally get organized so you could be more productive, so you could be less stressed, so you can get more done. 

So why is it that we can declutter, get kind of organized, and then get to productivity – and yet we still don’t achieve our goals? Or we get some time back, but not a lot of time…then one little unexpected life event comes and you feel like you’ve been put behind 6 months at home. Why is it such a regular occurrence that getting sick or an unexpected event can derail us so badly? 

Organization is a three-part cycle: Decluttering, Organization, Increased Productivity. I’m going to add a fourth part to the cycle – Impact. This is the one that most people never get to. We’re always going for productivity, but really I think we’re going for impact and productivity is the step before impact. Now consider the Lisa Math that I do…and let’s fit all of this together. 

Adding is organizing. Subtraction is decluttering. Multiplication is productivity. Division is the impact. 

Impact comes from organization. Not productivity – impact. Productivity will increase the speed of the organization you have, but that’s it. If we’re only as productive as our organization will let us be, how do we optimize organization? Productivity is time bound. You can only get so much done in a day. 


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Lisa Woodruff Founder & CEO of Organize 365®

Lisa Woodruff is the founder & CEO of Organize 365®.

Lisa, along with 87% of America, believes organization is a learnable skill. Yet less than 18% of those same Americans feel they are organized. Through The Productive Home Solution course, Lisa aims to teach Americans young and old the skill of organizing and unlocking their time for what they are uniquely created to do.

As the host of the top-rated Organize 365® Podcast (which has 17 million downloads and counting) Lisa shares strategies for reducing the overwhelm, clearing the mental clutter, and living a productive and organized life. Her sensible and doable organizing tasks appeal to multiple generations. Her candor and relatable personality make you feel as though she is right there beside you; helping you get organized as you laugh and cry together.

Under Lisa’s direction, Organize 365® has conducted academic research establishing the definitions of housework, home organization and the weight of paper in the American home. This ongoing research is making the invisible work at home visible to all. The goal is to eliminate it and free people from the monotonous tasks of daily living; and unlock their time for what they are uniquely created to bring forth in the world.

She is the author of four books including: How ADHD Affects Home Organization and The Paper Solution. Lisa’s understanding of the lived female American experience has helped her to create products & courses like the Sunday Basket®. These products and courses externalize the routine tasks that take up the executive functioning capacity of our brains; freeing us up to think and create again!