It’s just after our annual National Association of Professional Organizer’s conference, known in social media as #NAPO2016. It’s always a high point for NAPO members as we gather to learn, share and connect in real life. I’ve always been a fan of baby steps, and small changes = big difference. Here’s more of what I learned at NAPO2016.
What struck me most this year is that Small Changes = Big Difference.
Small ways to connect
A small, a high five and a warm hello are all the ways we connect in small ways. These are big parts of NAPO2016. Each session welcomed our members into the room. Even calls of WOOT were parts of the connecting. Attendees contributed to a star studded bulletin board of gratitude. Creating coloring books were the sewing bee of the of conference.
Small ways to change your environment
My favorite sessions at conference always include practical tips to share with clients. I learned that for families with ADHD, shifting to what is do-able is not giving a family member a pass. It’s leveling the playing field. Working with peace, order and calm are small ways that change the environment as I work with clients in their spaces. Learning from statistical research of NAPO, I engaged in discussions on how adding small storage changes can create big differences in space use.
Small ways to let go of mind clutter
Scott Greenberg shared with us the challenges of mind clutter. He called is mind set. It’s about all the ways we talk trash to ourselves. Our members called out as they shared their own mind clutter. Scott suggested we remember, “I am a work in progress.” We thrive when we are in growth mindset.
Scott also reminded us about kaizen, the Japanese concept that small changes big difference. As we work together this year, we will keep this concept in mind during our sessions together!
Resources learned at NAPO2016
Let’s connect and start on your small change = big difference together!