We talk about productivity and organization a lot here at LearnDoBecome because “Building a Command Central” is Part One of our Three-Part Journey.
But sometimes money can feel like the biggest barrier to getting started, so we’ve pulled together a variety of true stories from our Steps to Everyday Productivity (STEP) community members to demonstrate how this program is an investment in YOU.
Getting organized sets you up to be able to earn more money.
One of our members used STEP to convert her spare bedroom into a guest room that she and her husband could list on AirBnB. Here is what she said:
“My husband and I decided last week that we are going to put our spare bedroom/ office on AirBnB… And now we have our first booking in 3 weeks! I’m super excited to get this room fixed up into something we’re proud of instead of it being functional but messy. With people coming to stay here, we’ll no longer be able to use it as dumping ground for “future projects” and things we don’t know what to do with! Some accountability to make it better and keep it that way is going to be good for me!”
She came back later to celebrate:
“…After we get paid for this second weekend, we will have made more than I spent on the room. We got all new bedding and pillows, a head board from Facebook yard sale, new curtains, new towels, and a few small storage solution items. We were very frugal, but we did invest. We are sooooo happy now that we did it!” – Cheryl
Getting organized helps you find things that were buried in the “piles.”
So many of our members have found cash, checks, gifts cards and more as they have processed the “piles.” Two of the biggest finds include a $17,000 trust fund for a son–found in a mother-in-law’s piles after she’d passed away–and a $6,000 escrow check, buried in a pile for months, but still good!
Here are just a few additional stories:
“It paid to clean off the top of my fridge… literally! The thing that gets me is that my birthday is in December. It was way back in the forgotten space. I’m fairly certain this card is from 2-3 years ago. ” – Angie (posted in July)
Getting organized helps you keep track of important deadlines and incoming tasks so you don’t have extra fees or missed payments.
There is a real cost to disorganization, whether it be late fees, making extra trips to the store to pick up forgotten items, or missing a subscription cancellation deadline! One member shared how simply being on top of her emails and calendar has saved her hundreds of dollars:
Eric and I understand the complexities of raising a family, building a business, and making everything work together, but if you are ready to earn, find, and save more money–while getting totally organized along the way, we’d love to have you inside the STEP program with us!
Not yet a member? Come join our free class to learn four simple steps to get you out of overwhelm right away!
Do you have friends or family who could benefit from getting organized? We’re holding an online party to help achieve our vision of “a Command Central on every desk” – and we’d love to give you a special prize for sharing. Click here to learn more!
I wish the hour class was on demand. I have scheduled twice but missed both.
Taryn Wood says
Thanks for asking, Ann! We have recently added a “just-in-time” option so that you can sign up and see the class when you’re available. New class times are consistently added through this link: www.LearnDoBecome.com/STEP. If you click this evening, you’ll receive times in the very near future, as well as a few times in the next day or two. We look forward to having you jump in the class and know this will be time well spent. Enjoy! Please let us know if you have any questions at all.
I can’t wait!
Very inspiring, motivating, & energetic presentation! Thank you for providing the brilliant ideas & analogies (Pez Dispenser!) to get us started on the path to better organization & eliminating “pile-itis!
Taryn Wood says
Teresa, thank you for your kind words! If you enjoyed this, you may also enjoy being a part of our LearnDoBecome Community Facebook group. You can find us here, LearnDoBecome.com/FBfamily. Thanks for being with us and “see” you there! 😀
Crystal McGowan says
I have been medically retired and living with multiple chronic illnesses for five years, including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. I used to be somebody who got things done and made things happen. Now I’m happy if I get a shower and brush my teeth in a day.
At the beginning of August I watched the free video and downloaded the ‘current projects and next actions’ template and stared blankly at it, as I pondered the energy I didn’t have to do anything I might write on the list. There were a couple of ‘doozies’ that needed to go on it. And a looming deadline in September to prepare for two family memorial services for which travel was required.
I was inspired by Eric’s success at booking a family vacation and immediately got working on making our own travel arrangements. With that completed, I began filling in the blanks on my project list. Then I pondered the next action for the first item. Once I got it boiled down to what I call the least common denominator, I was able to do it for the other seven. And once I was able to get past the mental block of doing that first action on the first project, I was off to the races. Not only did I complete seven of the projects I lined up for myself, I recognized one wasn’t urgent, so took it off the list, and then proceeded to write another ten in the margins (including making 16 commemorative necklaces for family members). And I finished them all! Not only that, but medically I survived pulling off a volume of work I have not been capable of for years.
While I had a specific deadline that prompted me to push myself, the reality of my health is that I can’t continue to function at that high level on an ongoing basis. Having returned from our family gatherings two days ago, I am now in full shut down/recovery mode. BUT…after feeling useless for the last five years, I finally have a sense of accomplishment about SOMETHING, similar to when I was healthy. So I will press on, at a lesser but no less satisfactory pace, having been reminded I am still a competent person and still have something to offer.
That, in itself, is a huge gift to me. Thank you so much for making it happen.
Taryn Wood says
Crystal, this is beautiful! Thank you SO much for sharing your story with us. We’re thrilled to have you with us and we look forward to hearing your success stories!