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Career Day

Last week I had the opportunity to speak to about 100 fourth and fifth graders at their school's career day.  They wanted to know what I do for my clients and what it is like to be a Professional Organizer. As is always the case when working with children, I think I learned as much from them as they learned from me. 
Here are some of the things I learned from the very bright kids and dedicated teachers at Cambridge Elementary School:
  1.       The basic filing and organizing principles in place in an elementary school classroom are the basis for the systems used in most small and medium-sized businesses.
  2.       Older children are more than capable of getting each day off to a good start by preparing their clothes and homework the night before.      
  3.       Kids like to be organized and thrive when they have role models with strong organizational skills.
  4.       Any teacher who is considering a career change should consider Professional Organizing to be a viable option.  (These teachers have systems that would put many organizers and small business owners to shame!)
  5.       Kids will not hesitate to tell all their parents organizing secrets! 
One system in place at Cambridge Elementary School that I wish I could convince all my clients to use is the dreaded "Friday desk inspection".  Every Friday, there is a reward for each student who has managed to keep their desk clean and their papers neat and organized through the week.  Those who have let their desk become cluttered during the week have an "opportunity" to get organized on Friday afternoon so they can start with a clean slate the following week.  Wouldn't Monday morning be great at your office if you had a Friday desk inspection?

posted on: 2/9/2008 8:30:00 AM by Shana Prichard
category: Business

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The Organized Entrepreneur

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Shana M. Prichard, MBA owns realign, llc, a professional organizing firm. realign, llc provides small business organizing services including filing system design/implementation, desk and time management and QuickBooks set up and training. realign, llc also provides home-office organizing services to individuals.

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