Author: janice-simon

“Not My Circus, Not My Monkey” is The Perfect Mantra to Help You Stay Focused

The message was simple, powerful, and absolutely beautiful.

I stumbled across the mantra in a meme on social media, and I audibly gasped. The background was a picture of cotton candy, and the words across the photo were “Not my circus. Not my monkey.”

When our beleaguered associate director walked into my office, I waved the printout around, declaring that he needed to read it right now! I’m certain at some point he said he couldn’t read it if I was waving it around. Once he had a look at it, he had the same reaction as I did.

Why, you may ask, were we so excited to discover this piece of sage advice?

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I’m Janice. I’ve been a Professional Organizer since 2001, and I love every minute of it. I’m also the Organized Auntie on the Savvy Auntie blog and the in-house professional organizer at a major cancer center.

Be Nellie Bly, Stay Focused, and Remain Productive

Former newspaper reporter, ground-breaking reporter, Nellie Bly is one of my heroes.

For those who don’t know the story, Nellie went undercover in an insane asylum by posing as a patient, and the article she wrote after her 10-day stay changed the way New York City treated people with mental illness.

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I’m Janice. I’ve been a Professional Organizer since 2001, and I love every minute of it. I’m also the Organized Auntie on the Savvy Auntie blog and the in-house professional organizer at a major cancer center.

Prioritizing is Like a Box of Chocolates: 5 Ways to Focus on Your Priorities

Forrest Gump, one of America’s early life coaches, taught us all many years ago life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you will find.  Sometimes prioritizing (and organizing) is like a box of chocolates, too.

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I’m Janice. I’ve been a Professional Organizer since 2001, and I love every minute of it. I’m also the Organized Auntie on the Savvy Auntie blog and the in-house professional organizer at a major cancer center.

Product Review: The Magnetic Organization System

This post was updated on December 1, 2015. The makers of MOS have expanded their product offerings.

It’s amazing how many cords we have in our lives, and inevitably, the one we need is usually hiding somewhere on the floor behind our desk.

If you’re as klutzy like me, you wind up risking a head injury crawling underneath your desk to retrieve the pesky cord.

Enter the Magnetic Organization System (MOS).*

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I’m Janice. I’ve been a Professional Organizer since 2001, and I love every minute of it. I’m also the Organized Auntie on the Savvy Auntie blog and the in-house professional organizer at a major cancer center.

Help! I’ve Become a Grown-Up!

It’s tough being a grown-up. You have to do stuff, take care of stuff, and sometimes take care of other people and their stuff. But it’s always a challenge when you have to deal with your own stuff.

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I’m Janice. I’ve been a Professional Organizer since 2001, and I love every minute of it. I’m also the Organized Auntie on the Savvy Auntie blog and the in-house professional organizer at a major cancer center.
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