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Jennifer Ford Berry is a professional organizer, entrepreneur, speaker and author. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in business and marketing from Florida Atlantic University. She currently owns and operates two businesses, Organize This! and Mothertime Marketplace, in western New York State. Her websites are http://www.organizethislife.com and www.jenniferfordberry.com.
Jennifer Ford Berry is an organizational expert, best selling author, entrepreneur and speaker. Her books including: Organize Now! a week-by-week guide to simplify your space & your life, Organize Now! your money, business & career and Organize Now! 12 month home and activity planner have sold over 350,000 copies worldwide. Her newest title is: Organize Now! Think & Live Clutter-Free.
Jennifer has been working as a professional organizer for 12 years. "When working with my clients my goal is to ultimately help them feel happier in their life. Eliminating clutter and organizing your life will give you more energy, lift your spirits and make room for better things and experiences to come into your life. It's a tremendously freeing and liberating experience. You will be able to find everything you need, when you need it and finish projects and tasks on schedule".
Jennifer is the regular organizing expert on the TV show: Winging It, Buffalo Style. You can also find her on her own organizing channel of the smart phone app: Intuition/Mom's Assistant and teaching organization classes through the Organize Academy.com. Jennifer has appeared in many national magazines and newspapers, as well as on radio stations across the country. She has presented to the Learning Annex, corporations, churches, mom groups and school districts. Jennifer is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. She currently resides in Western New York where she continues to work hands on with her clients helping them to eliminate clutter and live their dreams.
She is available for book signings, discussion groups and speaking engagements. To receive her free organizing tips go to: www.jenniferfordberry.com
Jennifer Ford Berry has written several of these handy week-by-week guides to organization, and this one tackles work, including time and money in the context of work.
The book is set up with 52 weekly sections, each one giving background, instructions, and to-dos for a given area of the career/finance realm. This makes getting organized less overwhelming, and means that you can take it on as a year-long goal and expect to finish.
Realistically, most people won't need all 52 of the topics covered. We don't all need an extended leave from work during Week 17 of the year, we don't all have home offices, and we don't all need to organize a business plan. Just recognize that you'll have some weeks off, though, and you should find the book useful.
The book spends 10 weeks on organizing time, including everything from developing long-term goals to wrangling e-mail. Next, spend 7 weeks on your career, from resumes to professional development. * weeks for networking will get you covered for your blog, your mailing list, and your physical world networking. Follow up with work spaces and the basics of business (that's where the business plan comes in). Finish up with personal finances, including bills, kids, finances, retirement funds, taxes, and an anti-identity theft plan.
Clearly, this is a compendium of useful information. How can such a modest volume accomplish this? Each chapter is basically a checklist. The section on organizing your website tells you to renew your domain name every year and to check your web stats -- not how to do those things. In other words, this isn't an exhaustive (and exhausting) book covering everything you need to do in your work life. It's an organizing plan.Read more ›
I got this book because I have the author's other organize now book, Organize Now!: A Week-by-Week Guide to Simplify Your Space and Your Life, which I really liked. That book is focused more on home/family organization, while this one is focused on career and business. This is great for me, since I am like a completely different person when it comes to my personal life vs. my business life. I have also started a new job search and a new business. So I am really excited about using this book!
I like the 52 week set up, which anyone can use without getting overwhelmed. But I do think this wouldn't work so well for people who end up giving up on projects (as they would gradually just start forgetting to do them) or if you want a book to read in one sitting and then organize everything at once (although, you could actually do it at your own pace).
A previous reviewer mentioned their dislike of the spiral binding. I like it for books like this that you would be putting down frequently, as you can just put it down open to the page you are working on! I like the specific-ness of this book. It has clearly stated goals for each week place to put your own notes, tips and then a checklist to stay organized (usually meant to mark on your calendar - once a month, 3-6 months and every year - such as reviewing your priorities every year or once a month checking in with friends and colleagues if they have heard of new job leads).
Some of the tips included in the book are really just common sense things, (i.e. "recycle all junk mail as soon as you receive it") many you have heard before.Read more ›
I've bought a log of organization books over the years. This is the best. It helps you identify goals and organize your short and long term environment to be able to reach your goals. It's a great format, a clear read, and a book I've already reccomended to at least 3 people.
This is an interesting book on organization, and there are parts that I really like and others that just seem to fill up space. Organization is something I could use more of, and there are at least 5 lists in the book that I have used that make it worth the price.
* 52 week plan. Gimmicky, can't imagine someone actually going through this week by week on the schedule.
* Order of content. If you did go week-by-week, why is organizing business before organizing your site? Finances seems like it should be one of the first, but the author save it until last.
* Too broad of a scope. Few people will need to organize their job search, children's finances, coupons, paper clutter, and their direct mail. Many lists are redundant and not helpful.
* I love lists. They help get things done, and there are some great ones here. The list format for each chapter is great.
* Networking systems section is very good. Great tips on your blog, website, social media, etc.
* Binding. Any book that you write it needs to be bound like this. Very easy to use and you can actually write in the book without bending it in half.
Overall, this is a good book if you work well with lists and need to organize pieces of your business. I have read better books about time management, but this is a good tool to have on hand and worth the price. Recommended.