I am beyond excited to finally be able to share a project that I have been bursting to talk about for the last two months…

I’ve teamed up with my dear friends (and co-founders of SWIISH) Sally Obermeder and Maha Koraim to create a special eight-week program that will help them – and their awesome community – get remarkably organised in 2019.

I have been a friend and fangirl of what Sal and Maha do over at SWIISH for a long time – I love their Supergreens Powder and you’ll find a few SWIISH pieces in my wardrobe.  The SWIISH team has also been a huge supporter of the whole Get Remarkably Organised philosophy, practising it at SWIISH HQ and even stocking the book on their online store for the last few months.

Over eight weeks, I’ll be guiding this gorgeous duo and their SWIISH family through a step-by-step process to get their shit together.  We’ll be tackling everything from decluttering, designing the life of your dreams, bedding in a kickass morning routine and overcoming procrastination.  We’ll even be hosting a live Q&A midway through the program, to share their wins on the way and answer your burning questions.

A clearer, more focused and infinitely happier life is just around the corner.

It all kicks off on 1st February 2019 and sign-ups are open right now.  You can find out all about it right here.

Oh, and a super special bonus to anyone who signs up before Monday 17th December – we’ll post you a Get Remarkably Organised book for absolutely free, and with it a gift token if you’re giving the program as a gift to a special someone in your life.  Merry Christmas indeed! 

Keeping the SWIISH fun going, here’s a short and sweet interview I did with the team earlier on this year that originally featured on SWIISH.com...

After reading Lorraine’s book for March Makeover, we wanted to chat to Lorraine to further pick her brain about getting seriously organised!

1. You write about the importance of to-do lists in both your books Remarkability and Get Remarkably Organised.  What are your top tips for creating a stellar to-do list that you’re actually inclined to follow?

Many people write their to do list as a bulleted list of everything they need to do in a particular day, which doesn’t take into consideration the fact that some tasks have priority over others, and that some will take a lot more time to complete.  

In the book, I share my to do list structure, which arranges the day in a cascading order of importance.  It enables us to get our biggest/most important tasks done first so that the momentum gained in the morning keeps us motivated all day long.  Swiish readers can get the free worksheet from my website here.

Tackling our three MITs (Most Important Tasks) is a surefire way of ensuring you get the most vital tasks done first every day – from there, the rest of the day is all gravy! 

2. How do you stay motivated and not give in to procrastination?

Tackling my MITs first every day helps me nix procrastination – but I have definitely learned that it took time to bake that habit into my brain.  I see it like a muscle – the more we practice it, the stronger it gets.

When I’ve got a really big, daunting task to get done, I like to break it down into chunks.  For example, when I’m starting a new book, first I’ll map out the chapters.  Then I’ll fill in bullet points for each chapter, then I’ll take one chapter at a time and write it.

I’m also a big fan of self-incentivising.  Like a labrador, I’m very food-motivated (ha!) so promising myself that when X task is done that I can have some chocolate or – if it’s a big thing – go out for dinner, spurs me on to get it done.


3. If you could only do one thing to make your life more organised, what would it be?

Plan in time to plan.

I’m a big believer in “planning halves doing”.  If we take the time to map out tasks and how we’ll approach them, the actual doing of the tasks takes half the time.  Something that helps me stay on top of everything is to take time every weekend to plan the week ahead.

There is a tonne of data to support the fact that when we plan out a task, it takes us significantly less time to complete it.  The most valuable time I spend all week is my thirty minutes to plan out the week ahead on a Sunday evening.  

In this time, I review the meetings and various commitments coming up, book in my exercise sessions, figure out our childcare for the week, make sure my husband and I have some time together, and make any plans I need to with friends.  

Taking this time to get a helicopter view on the week ahead means that I head into Monday morning with a clear focus on what’s coming up, and a confidence that each of the key areas of my life are getting some attention over the next seven days.

I find it very helpful to colour code different types of appointments in my diary – I’m visual, so it gives me an accurate picture of how much time I’m dedicating to different areas of my life in the seven days upcoming.  

So for example, all health/exercise is in turquoise, time with my husband is in pink (for romance – ha!), anything to do with our daughter is in red, and regular life maintenance like hair appointments are in gold.  I can tell at a glance if my week ahead isn’t balanced – be that as there’s not enough “health” time, “romance” time or (this has yet to happen) “business time”.