Guest: Karyn Beach
Guest Bio: Karyn Beach is passionate about helping people live their best lives now, Karyn doesn’t just talk about that, she lives it. She is a game show winner, produced screenplay writer, self-published author, and world traveler who can share how to achieve dreams now … not when the kids are grown, but NOW! Get It Together Girl is Karyn’s radio show, series of workbooks and workshops devoted to helping busy professional women (and men), ‘get it together’.
Beach discusses getting organized in a way that best fits your personal style.
Health Professional Radio
Neal Howard: Hello you’re listening to Health Professional Radio. I’m your host Neal Howard, so glad that you could join us today. Our guest in studio today is returning guest Ms. Karyn Beach. She’s the Get It Together girl, an expert in getting organized and staying organized. When you were here before Karyn, we we’re talking about some of the times when it was inappropriate to organize around someone else’s perception of organization. You know you speak about being organized as if you’ve got a really handle on it. But I need to ask you were you always the “Get it Together Girl.” Were you always an authority on organization and getting in together?
Karyn Beach: Well Neal, I remember going to see Santa when I was six and I had my list written out and prioritized.
N: Okay. So this goes way back for you.
K: Yeah. You know what now I wanted the most then well I can probably live without it, if you need to get down that far.
N: So is this something that you’ve seen some kids have it, and some kids don’t, some people have it, and some people don’t? Is this something that anybody could learn to do or is this something that you got to have it or not?
K: No, I think anybody can learn to do it especially when you think about the fact that we’re not looking for perfection. You’re goanna do the level of organization that helps you not waste time looking for things and not waste time trying to get things done. You should be able to put your hands on what you need and that’s the level of organization that I advocate. I have one thing in my book, one day is devoted to finding homes for the homeless and by that I mean our glasses, every night my glasses are back in the same place.
N: Oh okay.
K: I have a dog.
K: I put his leash in this little table top thing I have with one drawer by the door because it makes sense. We’re going outside to walk so let me put his leash there. And so just by having places where all of these items belong, and by the end of the day making sure that they’re back there, you’re going to save a lot of time and a lot of stress because you start by talking about stress…
K: A lot of times if you are stressed in your morning routine, you’re looking for your glasses, you can’t find your keys, you’re rushing. Then you’re kind of setting the precedent for the day that you’re gonna have.
N: Oh okay.
K: So if you do a little bit of preparation, you save yourself a lot of headache.
N: Now you’re talking about the morning routine. Now we’ve all got a morning routine, it’s something, we do something on our way out or our way in. Now this morning routine is a part of our daily lives. When you’re talking about changing, becoming organized – are we talking about a huge transformational thing that takes place to become habitually organized?
K: No, and what I advocate is a lot of small changes. Taking 10 minutes around 9 or 10 o’clock, figuring out what you’re gonna wear, making sure everything gets back to where it belongs. So in the morning you don’t have to look for things.
N: Maybe change in that little thing that you do in the morning, as you said. In your journey to making a huge morning routine change.
K: Yeah, I mean like for me my morning routine starts the night before. I put out my clothes, I put my coffee in my coffee machine and the water in there. So in the morning I go in the kitchen and push the button. Little things like that, it doesn’t take a lot to make that coffee the night before. It doesn’t take a lot to look at the weather and say “Okay it’s gonna rain tomorrow so let me wear some jeans or something.”
N: When in your experience, do you find that it’s those little things like not knowing where your keys are five minutes before walking out the door or you can’t find your left shoe when you had them on last night. Is that those little things that can be addressed with just a small change that cause us the large amount of stress? Or is it those big changes that we need to make that are glaring us in our faces? Is it those types of changes that we need to focus on eventually or should that always be in the back of our mind? Or is making little changes goanna eventually take us there anyway?
K: Making little changes gets you in a mind space where you can address bigger changes because let’s look at what you were saying. Normally you don’t lose your keys five minutes before you go out the door.
K: You lose them in two minutes, one minute, or one minute after you should have gone out the door. And so now what happens? Your blood pressure increases, you’re snapping at people in your house, “Where are my keys?” Now everybody is kind of frazzled, you get in your car because now you’re late and you’re running late, and people are always driving slow in front of you, the later you are. And so as the day goes, you see what you kind of set, the precedent that you set for your morning. And so now when you get to work are you in a capacity to handle those more challenging circumstances?
N: Okay. So you’ve created a snow ball effect of little stressful situations that all could have been handled, like you said starting maybe the night before organizing the morning ahead.
K: Right, exactly.
N: Now Karyn as we wrap up this segment, I’d like to ask you about “Get it Together Girl” radio. Now that is your radio show, is the series of your, the title of your series of work books and workshops. You mentioned early in the segment that you had these workbooks designed to help busy professional both men and women to get it together. What exactly is the ‘get it together girl’ concept? What was your incubous and how’s that going now?
K: The philosophy for “Get It Together Girl” is simple. Start where you are, use what you have and you can get to where you want to go. I have my avenge in training for like 15 years and of, not a while ago about 6, 7 years ago, I went and got my core coaching certification so I could become a life coach. And what I realized is that it wasn’t these big things that kept people from doing what they wanted to do, it was a combination of a lot of small things. So my approach is that small things done consistently can make a big difference. So for example in my book on organization, I don’t just tell you how you how to get organized, I give tips on how to stay organized. Little things you can do to save time, if you do a couple of those little things, you might be able to add a couple hours to your week.
N: These really small things that we don’t normally think about.
K: Small things that people discount or that doesn’t matter but it can matter if you use it wisely.
N: Now in your experience, how much of the end in your workbooks and your workshops – how much of the science of getting organized do you address? Do you get into things like subliminal suggestion or something as universal as simply as Pavlov’s or things to that nature? Do you address any of the science in getting organized and breaking bad habits andreplacing them with new ones?
K: No, I just keep it really simple (chuckles).
N: It was really simple. Great and you find that’s the best way.
K: Little things… Yeah, because I think if you read too much into it, people don’t do it. So you need to make it simple or you’re almost giving people a reason not to do, not to follow your suggestions.
N: Great. Some great information on getting it together, getting organized and staying organized. Our guest in studio today has been Ms. Karyn Beach. She’s the “Get It Together Girl.” Thank you so much for listening. I’m you host Neal Howard. We’ve been talking about Karyn’s Get It Together Girl radio show, her blog you can find out more information about Karyn at www.getittogethergirlmedia.blogspot.com. You can also like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitters. It’s been great having you here with us today Karyn.
K: It’s been a lot of fun Neal. Thank you for having me.
N: Great. I’m hoping you’ll come back and talk a little bit more in the future about getting it together.
N: Right. Transcripts of this program are available at hpr.fm and also at healthprofessionalradio.com.au.