An organizing client’s email today made my day. It reminded me why I love being an organizer and how organizers can have powerful impact on their clients’ work, lives and happiness.
This client, who I’ll call Ophelia, called me last year because she was frustrated and stuck wrestling with unmade decisions, cluttered bookshelves and a very busy schedule that met everyone’s needs but her own. She wanted to give her career and her motivation a jumpstart by creating more space: space on her shelves for new books, authors and ideas; space in her office for an assistant and fresh thoughts; and space on her schedule for research, thoughtfulness and meaningful work.
For the past few months, we’ve focused on those areas. We’ve framed and hung pictures she really loves. She’s given away books never liked or needed but thought she had to keep. She splurged on a new tape dispenser, monitor stand and cute desk timer. We even assembled an Ikea desk for an assistant, who hasn’t yet been hired. (Note to self: Always carry an electric screwdriver.)
Ophelia was delighted with all those changes. And she’s been smart about taking things slowly, scheduling our appointments several weeks apart to give her time to adjust and then, with my help, tweak them so they’re perfect for her needs.
Today’s email from her brought great news–she’s found several very promising candidates to help her this summer. That was something that just a few months ago seemed like a fantasy. And now she even has a new desk for them to use. Would she have found the assistants without the desk? Or was the desk a totem, attracting just the right people to her?
Here’s part of what she wrote: I AM SO EXCITED about this. Just wanted to share the affirming news — I really feel like clearing things out and making new spaces in my office is drawing new energy and collaborators to me!
I do too. Congratulations, Ophelia. I have a feeling this is just the beginning of a fresh wave of amazing progress.