Sunday, March 23, 2008

me on tv

On Thursday and Friday of this week (March 21 and 22, 2008) I was featured in two news segments on Toronto's City TV. My colleague April Poppe and I organized and redecorated a child's bedroom in a viewer's home. Video clips can be found on the links below.

Part 1: "Before"
Part 2: "After"

My "big" interview, featuring tips on how to stay organized, is shown during the second segment. I hope to share more information on the behind-the-scenes experience soon.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

i'm going to be on city tv!

So here's the full scoop: I was approached by City TV reporter Jee-Yun Lee to be the professional organizer for a contest that City was holding. Viewers had been invited to send in photos of a room they wanted organized, and we selected a winner this past Monday, then spent all day yesterday shooting the "before" footage, including a shopping spree at (I hope I can say this before the segment airs) IKEA.

Today we're filming the work session and the "after" shots. I invited fellow Toronto professional organizer April Poppe to help me with the entire project, and we're both having a blast.

The story will air in two segments on the City TV 6 o'clock news this Thursday and Friday March 21 and 22. The ironic thing is that I don't even own a television...

p.s. The photo was taken yesterday morning in my apartment: The tools of my trade...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

the real secret to getting (and staying) organized

Insomnia.

(Sad, but true.)

I am living it right this moment. And you know there's something wrong with your life when you look forward to being awake in the middle of the night because at least then you'll be able to get some more stuff done.

I am going to be filmed by City TV later today, and my life is suddenly insane. I am already incredibly busy with my day job as Artistic Administrator for the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and to top it off yesterday I had a migraine. There's nothing more crazy-making than driving around with a pounding head and a queasy stomach at 7 p.m. on a Monday night trying to find a lululemon store that's open so you can buy some new yoga pants for your upcoming television appearance.

I got home and promised myself that if I went to bed at a decent hour (rather than staying up extra late to get things done), I could work in the middle of the night when my chronic insomnia woke me up. (Which it has. And I am. Working in the middle of the night, that is.)

Since 4 a.m. I have been folding and putting away dry laundry, putting away dry dishes, making my bed (I may nap on top of it later this morning, but let's face it - I am not getting back in that puppy again tonight), working on an operating budget for the Chorale and (wait for it) pressing wrinkled photocopies of a recent Chorale newspaper article that somebody gave me (and getting photocopy toner all over my iron in the process).

This is how I stay organized, folks. I'm ashamed to admit it, but these days I depend on my sleep deficit to take care of all the dirty work.

And I feel really bad about my previous blog entry (on getting things done by giving them to a busy person). Because there's such a thing as being too busy.

I just replaced all the ink cartridges in my printer/copier/fax machine (it had been out of ink for about three weeks) because I only just bought the replacement ink last night. During my lululemon search. The re-inked printer did its rumbly cleaning routine, and then spit out a single sheet of paper. I'm assuming it's the last print job I tried to do before I ran out of ink; four tiny words on a sea of white space admonish me.

The Music We Are


(Which reminds me, I need to go over my Easter choral music before the end of the week.)

To be continued...

Sunday, March 16, 2008

how to get things done

There's an old adage: If you want to get something done, ask a busy person to do it.

Sometime last fall I walked into my church choir rehearsal and the conductor (and my now-employer, Brainerd Blyden-Taylor) asked me how I did it.

Did what?

My writing... where did I find time for it all? (I guess he'd been taking a look my blogs - all six of them.)

I don't know, was my reply. I guess the real answer was that I loved doing it, and it was easy to find the time to do the things I loved.

Thinking back on it now, though, I realize that there's something to be said for momentum. It's the getting started that hampers most people - the inability to overcome the inertia of inactivity in certain areas of their lives.

I am looking forward to an insane couple of weeks. I am very busy at work with upcoming grant application deadlines, and I got a phone call late Friday afternoon from City TV wondering if I would be the professional organizer for a spring-cleaning contest they're holding right now for their viewers. If that goes ahead as planned (although knowing TV-land, there's a good chance that it might not), I am going to need a few 30-hour days just to keep pace with everything I need to get done.

The great thing about being busy, though (at least for finite periods of time - I wouldn't want this to go on indefinitely!) is that I'm already moving. As long as I can take care of the basics - getting enough sleep, nourishing food and some built-in downtime - everything else will (hopefully) fall into place.

The answer to this post's title, I guess? Give it to me... LOL

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

how to buy really green

How do you know if what you're buying is really green or not? My favorite eco-friendly consumer advocate, Debra Lynn Dadd, has written a new book that answers exactly that question. Really Green covers easy green principles that anyone can learn, to help each of us understand the kinds of things that really DO help health and the environment.

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* What "green" really means
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* The life cycle of green products
* The eighteen basic principles that define what's green
* The five basic types of green products
* All about green packaging
* Various shades of green products
* The cost of green goods
* How to spot misleading "greenwashing"
* How to change your buying habits to be green

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