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Date added: 09/03/2016 Decatur Book Festival

September 3 - 4 - Squall Press will participate in the Get Organized! booth along with Diane Quintana and Jonda Beattie, authors of Suzi’s Messy Room and Benji’s Messy Room, organizing books for kids available at www.amazon.com

Date added: 05/12/2016 Squall Press is proud to announce the publication of the revised edition of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life.

The new edition includes:

  • The latest thinking on executive function
  • New sections on organizing digital information and managing digital distractions
  • Expanded, fresh section on money management
  • ADD-friendly technology tools and apps to organize time, stuff, and information


The expected publication date is September, 2016. To pre-order your signed copy for just $24.00 click here….. You save 20% off the list price!

Date added: 02/22/2016 Become A Digital Estate Plan Consultant

WHY YOU AND YOUR CLIENTS NEED A DIGITAL ESTATE PLAN?

Your clients have digital assets. We all do. Social media accounts, automatic financial transactions, accounts in the cloud, website and blog content, personal digital assets like photos and videos and genealogy research, seller’s accounts, and log-in information up the kazoo. How do you organize it all? You and your clients need a Digital Estate Plan that:

  • Centralizes digital information in one place.
  • Provides for the safe transference of passwords, user codes and other log-in information to an Executor or other authorized representative.
  • Creates a “paper trail” for online or web-based accounts that have no tangible statements.
  • Accounts for digital assets that might be overlooked by an Estate.
  • Protects your clients from unauthorized access by identity thieves or other digital mischief-makers.

WHY SHOULD I BECOME A DIGITAL ESTATE PLAN CONSULTANT? There are many benefits to your career as a professional organizer to also becoming a Digital Estate Plan Consultant. And it’s so easy (see below.)  You can:

  • Provide a critical, cutting-edge organizing service to your clients
  • Add more value to the services you currently offer
  • Discover a simple, low-tech way to enter the lucrative arena of digital information
  • Create an additional revenue stream
  • Enhance your credibility
  • Give your clients peace of mind

And, because you are not conveying legal, financial or estate advice of any kind, after you complete the below steps you, you can use be a Digital Estate Plan Consultant without a lot of expensive training, education or certifications.<p >HOW DO I BECOME A DIGITAL ESTATE PLAN CONSULTANT?  It’s easy.

  • You sign a Letter of Agreement which you are free to preview in advance.
  • You pay FileHeads a licensing fee of $250.00 that is renewable annually.
  • You and I do your own personal Digital Estate Plan together. That way you have actual experience creating a Plan. We can do it in-person, via Skype, or on the phone with email support.
  • I teach you the possible scenarios that can arise when doing a Digital Estate Plan for your clients.
  • I provide you with the customizable Digital Estate Plan form that you can use over and over again with each client along with a preparation list, a Letter of Agreement sample, a Confidentiality Statement – everything you need to be successful. You can even add your own logo to the Digital Estate Plan form!

You are free to charge whatever you want for developing a Digital Estate Plan for your clients. I’ll even share my pricing information. FileHeads makes nothing off your Digital Estate Plan service to your clients: no fees, royalties, commissions, percentages or compensation of any kind except the licensing fee.

Why not contact us today and look over the Letter of Agreement? Call us at 404-231-6172 or text, or email us at info@fileheads.net.

WHO NEEDS A DIGITAL ESTATE PLAN CONSULTANT?  Many of your clients can benefit from a Digital Estate Plan including;

  • Digital natives and millennials with assets, accounts, and information stored on the web
  • Prudent baby boomers who understand the Digital Age poses special challenges keeping track of information
  • Members of the financial and legal community responsible for the estate planning of others
  • YOU!!

Contact us today with any of your questions, comments or concerns and to look over the Letter of Agreement and other free, no-obligation information at 404-231-6172, by text, or email us at info@fileheads.net.

 

Date added: 02/09/2016 Creating Your Digital Estate Plan Released

 

SQUALL PRESS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE PUBLICATION OF CREATING YOUR DIGITAL ESTATE PLAN

 

How safe are your digital assets?  If you suddenly died or became incapacitated, would your family or authorized representative know what intangible online and “invisible” web-based accounts you have?  Would they know where to find them?  Would they know the passwords?

 

To answer these important and timely questions, we are pleased to announce the publication of Creating Your Digital Estate Plan, an authoritative and comprehensive PDF guide to this vital issue authored by renowned organization expert, Judith Kolberg.

 

Creating Your Digital Estate Plan is a step-by-step guide to securing so many things we take for granted — social media accounts, passwords, automatic deposits and payments, electronic banking authorizations and much more.  It includes a customizable digital estate plan that you can fill in for your own accounts.  The plan and suggestions not only protect people’s digital “afterlife”, they safeguard digital now. Learn how to:

 

 

 

  • Provides for the safe transference of passwords, user codes and other log-in information to your Executor or other authorized representative.
  • Creates a “paper trail” for online or web-based accounts that have no statements or paper trail.
  • Accounts for digital assets that might be overlooked by your estate.
  • Records your wishes regarding social media, protecting you from unauthorized access by identity thieves and other digital mischief-makers.
  • Centralizes all your digital information in one place.

 

At just $8.00  this is an invaluable guide for:

 

  • Prudent baby boomers who understand the Digital Age poses special challenges for planning their estate
  • Adult children of senior citizens who want to be well-informed about comprehensive estate planning for their parents
  • Members of the financial and legal community responsible for the estate planning of others
  • Digital natives and millennials with assets, accounts, and information stored on the web
  • Professional Organizers who want to extend their service offerings

 

 

 

Date added: 11/05/2015 Upcoming 2015-2016 Events

November 10, 2015 – Judith Kolberg will be a panelist at National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), Georgia Chapter , ‘Ask The Organizer Panel’ . For more information, contact Professional Development director, Gigi Miller, gigi@VisionOrganizing.com.


January 20, 2016 – Judith Kolberg will present “Getting Organized in the Era of Endless” at ProWin. For more information contact Carolyn Briner, cbriner@sandler.com


January 25, 2016 – Judith Kolberg will conduct a webinar for the Professional Organizers of Canada, Cyber Chapter, entitled “Information Afterlife and the Digital Estate Plan”. For more information, contact Julie Stobbe, Julie@mindoverclutter.ca


March 8, 2016 – The Georgia chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers celebrates its 20th anniversary! For more information about becoming a professional organizer or attending the event, go to www.ganapo.net


Spring, 2016 – Kolberg is a guest of Dr. Ned Hallowell on his podcast, “Distraction” which airs on the Connecticut Radio Network. For broadcast details, see drhallowell.com


April, 2016 –  Look for Kolberg’s article in ADDitude Magazine titled “Using Self-Talk to Get Organized”, www.additudemag.com


May 18-21, 2016 –  Kolberg will present a workshop called “Information Afterlife and the Digital Estate Plan” at the NAPO annual conference, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. For more information, go to www.napo.net


Summer, 2016 - Look for Kolberg’s article in ADDitude Magazine titled “ADD-Friendly Videos to Help You Get Organized”


Summer, 2016Squall Press, a division of FileHeads Professional Organizers, will exhibit at Publish16, sponsored by Booklogix


Late Summer, 2016 – Squall Press, www.squallpress.net, is pleased to announce that the revised edition of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life, will be released. To reserve your advance copy, send an email to info@squallpress.net with ‘Advance’ in the subject line.


Sept. 2016 – Squall Press announces the launch of the revised edition of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life premiering at the Decatur Book Festival

Date added: 10/20/2015 Holidays or Holidaze?

If you're like most of us, you could use some help getting organized for the holidays. I recommend this workshop, if you live in Georgia.


The Surviving the Holidaze Workshop will enable you to organize your time and space so when the holidays arrive, you will be ready to enjoy them without worry. Come to this fun, one hour interactive workshop and go home with great tips and enthusiasm for the upcoming season.

Your investment of $15 covers a one-hour interactive workshop under the guidance of two Professional Organizers. You will receive a handout for taking notes, some delicious holiday cookies and punch, and a chance to win an organizational door prize.

Location: Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St., Decatur, GA 30030
Date/Time: October 24, 2015/10:30 - 11:30 am
Cost: $15 per person or $25 for you and a friend
Registration: Jonda Beattie, jonda@timespaceorg.com, 404-299-5111 or Diane Quintana, CPO®, CPO-CD®, diane@dnqsolutions.com, 678-537-1160

Drop-ins for this class welcome!

Date added: 09/25/2015 Triage: The New Time Management Skill ©

We live in an era of endless connections, interruptions, distractions and time demands. New tasks come at us at an alarming rate from multiple sources: emails, texts, tweets, calls, friends, fans, family, pings, rings, and vibrations via all sorts of devices. Over the years we’ve developed many ways to cope, capture and conquer the onslaught including urgent and important matrixes decision-making trees, and prioritization strategies

I would like to propose that the era of endless requires a whole different take on managing our time and tasks, something I call “triaging.”

Triage is a disaster management term. I am a Community Emergency Response Team graduate, which is a civilian disaster preparedness training program. We learn that if adequate resources are available (first responders, medical equipment, trained personnel, etc.), you try to save everyone. But if resources are scarce or limited, ‘triage’ is the process used to quickly sort injured people into groups based on their likely benefit from immediate care. In a hospital emergency room, the people who scream the loudest do not get care first, nor is it allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. A triage nurse quickly assesses who needs urgent care and who can wait because there are never enough resources to treat everyone at the same time.

In the Era of Endless, we need to act like the triage nurse. To some of us triage comes naturally. All day long we’re able to volley the bombardment of incoming messages vying for our attention and mentally shuffle our to-do deck, deciding on the run “do this now,” “this can wait,” or “ok, I was going to do that, but this new thing is more important so now that comes next and I’ll move that other thing lower on the list.” Triaging is based on emotions and intuition. First-responders to a disaster scene will tell you they don’t do a lot of analysis. They simply know how to allocate their resources for maximum effect for the greatest number of people. If you don’t have the triage instincts of a first responder, here are some triaging tips:

Go with your gut

David Allen, the productivity expert, observes, “Prioritize [or in this case, triage – JK] according to energy, mood, intuition, and emotion. Learn to listen to and trust your heart. Or your intuition, or your gut or the seat of your pants or whatever anatomy is the source of that mysteriously wonderful ‘still, small voice’ that somehow knows you better than you do, and knows what is better for you than you do. LISTEN to it…take the risk to move on your best guess, pay attention to the results and course-correct as you keep moving along.”

Verbalize your to-do list

Say what you are thinking out loud. This can be very clarifying. If a task sounds important as you say it aloud, there’s a good chance you’ve made the right call.

Alleviate worry and guilt

“I make a careful To-Do list. I prioritize it every day. I assign A, B, and C to each task and integrate new tasks as soon as I learn of them. Then, when I wake up in the morning, I totally ignore my list and do the two tasks that immediately alleviate worrying whether they’re on my list or not,” a client tells me. Dispelling worry is a great use of your limited time. It clears the head and frees you from emotional drains that will thwart all your other work. Like assuaging worry, doing tasks that free you from guilt will also allow you to focus on other work.

Stop the bleeding and open up the airways

Disaster victims in need of complex medical attention beyond available resources are tagged or located to a special area until more medical help arrives. But first their bleeding is stopped and their airways opened. In organizing terms, stopping the bleeding and opening up the airways means doing the most effective thing possible in the time available to you. You won’t be able to complete a complex project all at once, but there’s always something you can do to be effective. That might mean initiating a meeting, developing an action plan, holding a brainstorming session, or doing something as simple as sending a well-crafted email or making a concise phone call.

Triaging incoming messages, time demands and information is not a perfect analogy to the kind of triaging done in disaster management, but I think it begins to move us to another model of time management better suited for the times we live in.

 

Getting Organized in the Era of Endless by Judith KolbergIf you want to learn more about how our world has changed into one full of infinite information, constant distractions and boundless stuff, I recommend my book Getting Organized in the Era of Endless: What to Do When Information, Interruption, Work and Stuff are Endless But Time is Not.

 

Other Posts You Might Enjoy

Future Sense and the Rise of Time Management: Part I

Time Management and War: Part II

Post-Clock Time Management©: Part III

 

Calendar of Upcoming Organizing Events

Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) Annual Conference and Exhibition - September 17-19, 2015, Cleveland, OH.

Professional Organizers of Canada, Virtual Chapter, January, 2016

National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Annual Conference and Exhibition. May 18-21, 2016, Atlanta, GA

Date added: 09/18/2015 Kolberg Interviewed by LA Times About Disaster Preparedness - Are You Ready?

Recently I was interviewed by Bonnie McCarthy of the Los Angeles Times for National Preparedness Month. Along with 2 other experts I shared my thoughts on a few things that you might overlook when preparing for an emergency or disaster. You can read the article in its entirety here.

Date added: 09/10/2015 What We Are Most Likely To Forget In A Disaster

Emergency Checklist

September is Disaster Preparedness Month. Recently I was interviewed by a Los Angeles Times reporter writing an article about things we might forget to do during a disaster. Stress is high. The brain gets overwhelmed. We’re often sleep deprived. It is a perfect storm, if you’ll excuse the pun, for forgetfulness. I am the author of Organize for Disaster: Prepare Your Family and Your Home for Any Natural or Unnatural Disaster and while it’s a great book, you won’t find these ‘Don’t Forget’ tips in it. Disaster preparedness is a very dynamic field. After every disaster, there is always more to learn and implement into our own personal disaster preparedness plans.

So, what might you forget to do?

Don’t forget to periodically download to a flash drive, digital information such as the account numbers and log in information for your web-based bank and brokerage accounts. Make sure you give the flash drive to a designated authorized representative, Executor or Power of Attorney in the event of your incapacitation or death or in the event the disaster wipes out the Internet. See my Creating Your Digital Estate Plan for more tips.

Don’t forget to download a local disaster preparedness app on your phone. A local app is going to tell you about school closings, shelter locations and roads that are flooded. Get one from your state Emergency Management Association or your county American Red Cross office.

Don’t forget to pack a cell phone charger in your disaster kit. I like this one. Solar chargers are good too, but then again many disasters are sunless events.

Don’t forget to set up a Twitter and a Facebook account. You will find it a useful way to communicate with family, friends and co-workers during a disaster even if you don’t use it for any other purpose.

Don’t forget to rehearse your home evacuation plan in the daytime and in the dark of night.

 

Organize for Disaster by Judith Kolberg, fileheads.net

 

If you want to learn more ways to protect your family and home in the event of a disaster, I recommend my book, Organize for Disaster: Prepare Your Family and Your Home for Any Natural or Unnatural Disaster.

 

 

Other Posts You Might Enjoy

Organize For Disaster

Creating Your Digital Estate Plan

 

Calendar of Upcoming Organizing Events

Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) Annual Conference and Exhibition - September 17-19, 2015, Cleveland, OH, Exhibitor

Professional Organizers of Canada, Virtual Chapter, January, 2016

National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Annual Conference and Exhibition. May 18-21, 2016, Atlanta, GA. Workshop TBA

Date added: 08/01/2015 Judith Kolberg to appear at the Decatur Book Festival

AJC Decatur Book Festival


Join Judith Kolberg and Squall Press at the Decatur Book Festival in the Get Organized booth #424 Saturday, Sept. 5   10-6 PM and Sunday, Sept. 6   12-6 PM. Buy deeply discounted books and sign up for organizing services.

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