166 Sandra Lane: How to Organize Your Life and Business

In this episode you’ll learn how to organize your life and business as Rob Oliver talks with Sandra Lane on the Learning from Smart People Podcast. Sandra is based here in Pittsburgh and helps her clients, and their businesses, elevate their productivity and focus on what really matters. Her tips are practical and apply whether you are working from home or in the office.

Here are several of the key points that Sandra Lane and Rob Oliver covered as they talked about how to organize your life and your business:

· Why Sandra didn’t have to learn to pump gas as a girl
· Sandra’s path to starting her own business
· The progression of her business from being hands-on to more consulting and speaking
· Organization is about running your own space more efficiently which makes you more productive
· Structuring your office in a way that is conducive for work
· Preparation for a productive day starts the night before
· Everything you do the night before is one less thing you have to do the morning of
· Set up a “shutdown” procedure in the office to prepare you for the next morning
· We need to carefully set boundaries
· Phone rings, door knocks, text alerts, emailed dings are all things that stop us from doing work
· Let the other people in your house know when you are working and should not be disturbed
· The human brain cannot multitask well
· Become familiar with Parkinson’s law
· You need to “block” your schedule
· Set aside times during which you will focus on a single task
· Don’t forget to set a time to end your day
· Schedule time to check and process email, to take a break, go for a walk, etc.
· Use whatever means is most comfortable for you to create your schedule
· Making work a contest or making it fun is a great motivator
· Be sure that you maintain a high level of quality
· “Strive for less” – the less stuff you have, the less clutter you have, the easier it is to find things
· Utilize a “one in, one out” rule
· The 80/20 rule applies to what we wear as well
· “Sleep deeply!”
· Develop a sleep routine to ensure good rest
· Why you shouldn’t sleep with your smart phone beside the bed

You can learn more about Sandra Lane and Organization Lane through the links below:

You can learn more about Sandra Lane and Organization Lane through the links below:

Website: https://organizationlane.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/organizationlane
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/organizationlane/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandra-lane/

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