Our Philosophy and Values
I believe in ‘teaching you how to fish’. There is a Chinese proverb that says “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” I want you to learn the process so that you can grow and accomplish your future goals on your own. I love to see clients achieve their goals.
I am objective, non-judgmental, and supportive. I don’t believe in wasting your valuable time on things that won’t get you results. In addition, our work together is completely confidential.
I know that being organized is a process and not an event. Whether you were ‘born organized’ or far from it, I can help you learn and understand the process for getting and staying organized. Once you know the process, you can apply it to many areas of your life or space.
I believe that organizing your time, space, and belongings involve clear-cut skills that anyone can learn. Then it’s a matter of applying those skills to create systems that work for you. Usually, you will discover that you already have good systems in place…they just may need some adjusting and simplifying to bring you to the next level of productivity.
I am flexible. You and your situation are unique and cookie cutter solutions just won’t cut it. I take the time to listen and see how you live and work in order to assist you in creating customized systems for you and your lifestyle.
I believe in steady progress. I don’t believe in the ‘all or nothing’ approach. Many people try to change their lives in one day. I know that you have a better chance for success if you take baby steps and succeed as you go.
I am as committed to having fun as I am to getting results. In fact, I believe that you get better results when you do have fun. This doesn’t mean that we waste time- when it comes to implementing change and forming new habits though, having a positive, upbeat attitude is not only desirable, it keeps you motivated and inspired – and it rubs off on others around you.
What Makes Us Unique?
Many Professional Organizers consider themselves ‘Born Organized’ and try to apply their strategies and severe level of organization to your life or business. I have been able to conquer clutter and chaos in my life and have learned the process the hard way so that you don’t have to. I truly understand that “life is what happens when you are busy making other plans” (John Lennon), so it is my goal to help my clients achieve a life that is ‘reasonably organized’ so they can spend more time actually producing results and less time organizing.
About Lauren & The Organization Connection…
Lauren Halagarda is a Clear & SIMPLE Certified™ Professional Organizer, Speaker and Trainer and is known as the Technology Translator, Efficiency Innovator and Tamer of Information Overload.
Her company, The Organization Connection, works with dynamic & innovative micro-business owners, solopreneurs, and web workers both in the Washington, DC Metro area and virtually throughout the world to help them strategically choose and use software to take their productivity to new heights & live their most meaningful life! Lauren is passionate about helping you detox your inbox, organize your files and get control of your to-do list.
She has presented at 3 NAPO conferences on Detox’ing your Inbox, Tackling the Towering To-do list and most recently as part of the highly praised Tech Panel. And she is a recipient of the prestigious NAPO Shining Star award for her work on the NAPO Website Redesign and was recognized with the 2009 Key Leader award from the NAPO-Washington, DC Metro chapter. She served as the NAPO Technology Committee Chair from 2005-2010 and NAPO Technology Director from 2010-2012.
Memberships & Certifications…
Lauren has been a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) since 2004, served as the Technology Committee Chair for 5 years and sat on the Board of Directors as the Technology Director for two years.
She has also actively participated in North Carolina and Washington, DC Metro Area NAPO Chapters, serving as the Treasurer and Vice President for NAPO- WDC.
In addition, Lauren is a Clear & SIMPLE Certified™ Professional Organizer and was a member of the Inaugural Class of Board Certified Professional Organizers® from 2007-2010.