Archive for 2014

Mindset, Essentialism, and The Power of Habit

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

These are three of the most valuable books I’ve read over the past year! Mindset is by Carol Dweck, Essentialism by Greg McKeown, and The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.

One perspective they all share is choice – we each have the opportunity to make choices.

Mindset invites us to develop a growth mindset. One characteristic of the growth mindset is recognizing that growth requires effort and growth opens the door to possibility. A fixed mindset sees only one way.

Essentialism explains that focusing on essentials is a choice. It is our choice. That choice is incredibly liberating!

The Power of Habit explains that our habits result from cues or triggers that lead to an action that becomes a routine because we get some type of reward from this routine. But the very nature of a habit is that it operates at an unconscious level. When the action has become a routine, it requires little mental effort because the mental work has shifted from our prefrontal cortex to our basal ganglia.

Why are these perspectives important?

Essentialism invites us to ask the question, What’s Important Now? That’s a WIN! Learning to ask this question requires effort and practice, the perspective of the growth mindset. Practice asking this question and choosing what’s important now can become a habit, a habit that can change you from someone who attempts to go in a million different directions and ultimately fails to someone who chooses what is essential and lives a life of meaning and purpose.

On August 14 at 4-5 p.m. Pacific Time. I am facilitating a Making Time for Success call with the theme Best Practices in Habit Creation – Part 2. These best practices were suggested by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie in her blog

Griffith-Haynie is a leader in ADHD coaching, yet her creative thinking can benefit anyone, anyone who would like to develop a growth mindset, a mindset of essentialism that has the power to change you.

Register for this call by emailing – it could change your life.

What’s holding you back?



Oregon Equal Rights Amendment – Why Now?

Posted on: July 17th, 2014 by Kathie England | Time for Success 1 Comment

If you wonder why it’s important to vote for the Oregon ERA on November 4, 2014, I urge you to go to to learn WHY NOW.Then volunteer to help pass the Oregon ERA.

Not only are Governor John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes supporting this amendment to Oregon’s constitution, so are former Oregon Supreme Court Justices.

Former Oregon Supreme Court Justices write and sign letter in support of ERA.

 “We believe that passage of the Oregon ERA will acknowledge the contributions and importance of more than 50% of our citizens by finally providing women express recognition in our states more important document, its constitution.”

Written and signed by: Former Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz 

Signed by: Former Oregon Supreme Court Justice W. Michael Gillette,  

Former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Richard William Riggs  

and Former Oregon Supreme Court Justice George Van Hoomissen.

Announcement – Professional Certified Organizer Coach

Posted on: May 29th, 2014 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

On May 16, 2014 I was awarded the designation of Professional Certified Organizer Coach® (PCOC) by the Institute for Applied Coaching.

I am one of the first coaches to receive this designation.

The certificate I received states:

“This designation was earned by demonstrating the knowledge and proficient use of core coaching skills both in a stand-alone competence and in their integrated use within the organizing process. This professional submitted a complete and detailed application reflecting comprehensive coaching training and mentoring, significant client coaching experience, as well as substantial organizing client experience and commitment excellence as a professional organizer. Her coaching skills were evaluation by ICF-credentialed assessors.”

My certificate was signed by Denslow Brown, Director, Institute for Applied Coaching®.

A full description of this new certification will soon be added to the Coach Approach website.

Are Your ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts) Holding You Back?

Posted on: May 20th, 2014 by Kathie England | Time for Success 1 Comment

What are the ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts) that hold you back as a business owner?

Daniel Amen, M.D., created the acronym ANTs to describe the Automatic Negative Thoughts that hold us back. He defines them as “erroneous thought patterns based on failures that have previously occurred in one’s life.”

Amen proposes that we can learn to correct these erroneous thought patterns that severely limit our ability to enjoy life and be successful in any endeavor. How we think moment by moment has a huge impact on how we feel and how we behave. Negative thoughts often drive difficult behaviors and cause us to have problems with self-esteem.

Amen names ten types of ANTs: all or nothing thinking, “always” thinking, focusing on the negative (a RED ANT), fortune-telling (also a RED ANT), mind-reading (another RED ANT), thinking with your feelings, guilt beatings, labeling, blame (most poisonous RED ANT of all), and personalization.

Let’s look at a few examples. 

All or nothing thinking is when we make something either all good or all bad with nothing in between. Have you ever said to yourself, “If I don’t close this deal, then I’m a lousy business owner?”

“Always” thinking happens when we think something that happened will “always” repeat itself. Other always words include never, no one, everyone, every time, and everything. A good example of always thinking is when we say or think “no one ever listens to me.”

Amen offers four strategies to get rid of the ANTs in your life:

  1. Write down the thought (ANT)
  2. Identify what is distorted about the thought
  3. Label which ANT it is
  4. Talk back to the ANT

When you write down an ANT and talk back to it, you take away its power. When you think a negative thought without challenging it, your mind believes it and your body reacts to it. ANTs are really like ants at a picnic. One ant isn’t a problem, but two or three become more irritating. Ten or twenty become a problem.

What ANTs are holding you back?

This post is a reprint of an article I wrote for the May 2014 electronic newsletter of the Albina Opportunities Corporation. (

During the Making Time for Success call on June 10, 2014 at 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time, we will explore this topic in greater depth. Send an email to to register now.

Equal Right Amendment in Oregon

Posted on: May 10th, 2014 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

Did you know that women today still earn less than men for the same work (on average $.77 to the dollar a man earns)? That’s one important reason we need the ERA amendment in the constitution, and why Dress for Success Oregon is helping gather signatures to get the ERA amendment on the November ballot. Our goal is to gather 500+ signatures by May 20th.
If you would like to help, please join the team and spread the word. We have the signature forms at the Dress for Success store, or you can visit to download a signature sheet (follow the easy instructions provided). Please forward to your network, and let’s work together to make sure women and girls have full expressed equality by putting the words in our own Oregon Constitution, ensuring the rights we have gained do not roll backward. It’s the right thing to do…Study the past. Protect the future. For more information about the ERA Amendment visit the website

The ICD Guide to Collaborating with Professional Organizers For Related Professionals

Posted on: February 28th, 2014 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

I’m delighted to announce the publication of The ICD Guide to Collaborating with Professional Organizers For Related Professionals for several reasons. First, it’s a wonderful resource that includes:

  • What trained professional organizers do
  • How to build a successful collaborating team
  • How others can team with organizers
  • The levels of collaboration that exist
  • Articles by 57 industry experts
  • 25 illustrative case studies

And second, on pages 153-156, is an article I wrote titled Using the Small Steps of Kaizen to Challenge Disorganization!

This guide was edited by Phyllis Flood Knerr, CPO-CD, MA. Phyllis is a fabulous editor and I thank Phyllis for her help with my article.

This guide is available for purchase at

The ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization) is one of the best investments I’ve ever made in my professional development since I launched Time for Success, Inc. in July 2002!




Articles by 57 industry experts

25 illustrative case studies

Getting Organized

Posted on: February 21st, 2014 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

Here’s the link to a recent interview about getting organized. The interview was with Uncle Bob’s Blog.


Posted on: January 29th, 2014 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

Why is mindfulness capturing the headlines in the media this week?

TIME Magazine’s cover story for the February 3 issue is titled “The Art of Being Mindful.”

This article explores how mindfulness meditation is helping individuals cope with anxiety and depression as well as helping anyone learn to give attention fully to whatever they’re doing. It discusses how “powering down the internal urge to keep in constant touch with the outside world is not easy,” but there is a price we pay for this need to be constantly connected.

Researchers continue to report that multitasking leads to lower overall productivity in both students and workers. They seem to have less ability to filter out irrelevant information and they make more mistakes.

Research also shows that meditation and mindfulness training can lower cortisol level and blood pressure, increase our immune response, and impact the structure of the brain.

This article outlines five steps to mindfulness meditation and offers three mindful tips. These three tips are to wear a watch (it helps you avoid picking up your cell phone to check the time and get distracted), keep phones out of your bed (be fully awake before you look at any device), and get into nature.

Another  fascinating article from the Huffington Post on January 28 is titled “Davos: Mindfulness, Hotspots, and Sleepwalkers” is definitely worth reading. Here is the link:

(Davos, Switzerland is where the World Economic Forum recently met.) The author suggests that mindfulness is approaching a tipping point and has the potential to help us deal with the ecological, social, and spiritual divides of our time.

ADHD Workshop Announcement

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

ADHD Workshop Announcement

Are you creative, spontaneous, and passionate, but also sometimes restless, distractible, or impulsive?

If you said “yes,” then I invite you to a new virtual workshop launching in 2014 for individuals diagnosed with ADHD or who think they may have this type of brain chemistry.

Why would you want to join?

The goal of this workshop is to help you explore how YOUR ADHD shows up so you can THRIVE rather than just survive. Our focus will be on developing your Awareness, Engagement, and Completion. Developing awareness helps you engage. Engagement leads to completion which is frequently a challenge with ADHD brain chemistry.

This virtual workshop takes place by phone for one hour twice a month for four months. Attendance is limited to 3-5 individuals so there are many opportunities for interaction and support from peers.

Learn more details by viewing the flier attached to this blog post.

Then email to reserve your spot.

Power Up Your Willpower

Posted on: January 16th, 2014 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

Virtual Workshop-Power Up Your Willpower

Inspired by Kelly McGonigal’s book, The Willpower Instinct, I am launching a new virtual workshop in February titled Power Up Your Willpower. In a group of no more than five individuals, we will spend one hour once a month by phone delving into each chapter in McGonigal’s book which is based on the course she teaches at Stanford.

McGonigal says that people believe the number one reason they don’t meet their goals is a lack of willpower and that much of what we believe about willpower often sabotages our success. This virtual workshop is a great opportunity to distinguish the facts from the fiction about willpower.

Stay tuned for more details and the launch date in mid-February.

The attached flier gives more details.

What’s holding you back from powering up your willpower in 2014?