This episode's guest is Claire Tompkins (a.k.a. the Clutter Coach). Claire works with clients to organize and declutter their homes and offices, to manage their time and get things done better. She works with artists, writers, entrepreneurs and more as a professional organizer by creating simple, practical systems for real people.
If you’ve been following the podcast and my other work, you’d know how big a fan of simple I am. That's something that Claire also promotes. Claire and I chatted on this episode about clutter - from physical to digital, workflows, apps, clients, books, and influencers.
Some of the specific areas we’ve discussed are:
- Her perception of what clutter is – from the physical ones occupying our spaces, those hidden behind drawers and cupboards, up to the ones that occupy our minds and our devices (1:29).
- An epiphany that motivated her to start decluttering her (4:05).
- How she starts the process of decluttering, and dealing with clients who identify and define clutter very differently (5:18).
- One of the methods she uses in task management which is to make your tasks into a card game (6:33).
- Books she is interested in that deals with resistance (8:00), willpower (9:09), habit-creation (11:16), and procrastination (21:15).
- The process of working with her clients by identifying pain points and urgency, sorting clutter and items, and dealing with resistance and the return of clutter (15:19).
- Getting people to step back and recognize the need to re-organize and declutter, and a very interesting story of how one client did not recognize their own living space immediately after taking a photo of it (23:00).
- Her preference for paper to-do lists, and the influencers that have inspired her to fit her to do list to the larger context of how she intends her life to be (25:40).
- How she observes her clients’ productivity and organization techniques, asking them the logic behind their habits and practices, to help them personalize their workflow to create a sense of ownership and accountability (29:10).
- The reason for her shift from productivity to zero in on clutter (31:54), the lack of women working on productivity and why she thinks it is such (33:00).
- We also discussed how we want to introduce workflows so it becomes easier for people to absorb (35:22), the problems we’ve experienced with systems and clients (39:45), and the integration of online and offline task managements (43:46).
Relevant links to today’s episode are found below:
- Clutter Coach | Less Overwhelm = More Joy
- Podcast 029: Make your tasks into a card game | Clutter Coach
- The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield, Shawn Coyne | Amazon
- The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal | Amazon
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business: Charles Duhigg: 8601406381322: Amazon.com: Books
- It's About Time!: The Six Styles of Procrastination and How to Overcome Them by Linda Sapadin, Jack Maguire | Amazon
- 43 Folders
- About : zen habits
- Getting Things Done with David Allen | The Productivityist Podcast
- The Ivy Lee Method: The Daily Routine Experts Recommend for Peak Productivity | James Clear
- The Emergent Task Planner™ | Dave Seah
- 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized (download) | Clutter Coach
- Professional Organizing | Clutter Coach
- Claire Tompkins | LinkedIn
- Claire Tompkins (@ClaireTompkins) | Twitter
- Clutter Coach Claire | Facebook
That was a great conversation that Claire and I had. Thinking of decluttering or doing a complete overhaul of your productivity systems? I’d love to hear about it so leave them on the comments on the blog post for this episode. I also want to hear your feedback and recommendations so we can make improve the shows further.
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