Here’s what clients are saying about Smartworks! …
When I feel totally overwhelmed, and I can no longer see the ‘forest through the trees’ (i.e. my office is in major shambles), I know it is time to call Georgina. She has the gift to get you back on track in no time at all!
Yvonne Basten, Chief Operations Officer
Beacon Literacy Inc.
Georgina, I wanted you to know that when I came in this morning - my sent folder is down to 28 items, my Archives file has 305 down from 1341 and there’s nothing in my inbox. When I started deleting my sent and archives folders I couldn't stop and it was exhilarating when I finished. Most important, I felt a sense of accomplishment that I could let go so easily of all the stuff that I had felt was so important before. I was ruthless.
This is a weight lifted off my shoulders. I feel free knowing that for the first time I am in control of my email and it does not control me. I now have a technique in place for handling emails - my intent is to do them first thing in the morning and I will only handle them once.
In all the organizing we have worked on, this was my greatest success. I know with all the suggestions and structures you have helped me put in place I will be much more productive and work more efficiently. And the new knowledge I have gained from you has flowed to organizing things in my personal life too. It has made me focus and become aware of what is important. Thank you so much for all your help and support.
Irena Kirek, Office Administrator
Business & Professional Programs Team
University of Calgary
The biggest benefit since working with you is the sense of control over my paper flow. Having all of my filing dealt with, files set up as needed, a system in place to add new files as well as having a cleaner, more organized desk as a result is "priceless" as they say in the Mastercard commercial.
Your hands-on, roll up your sleeves and dive in approach puts theory into practice. We all have read books on getting organized, but you turn the theory into reality.
Mary Rose McGuire, First Vice President
McGuire Wealth Management Group
I would like to thank you on behalf of CAPLA, its members, and all Conference volunteers for instructing such a great information session! Your session was very popular and helped to make our Conference such a HUGE success!
You have an energetic teaching style that certainly engaged your audience quickly! I easily identified with your humorous storytelling. You made your point and made me laugh too! You articulated your organizational concepts very well. I was inspired by the benefits that come from being organized, namely having more free time! You also provided some practical tips and tricks for getting and staying organized. I know that implementing some of your ideas can make ones’ life a lot easier!
Everyone loved the session content and deliverables you provided! Based on the comments I received, you were a hit Georgina!
CAPLA Conference 2008 Education Committee
I used Georgina’s skill set to help me manage my office desk and file layout. After having changed offices within the company nearly 6 times in two years, I had accumulated a lot of “really important stuff” that, after further review and good questioning from Georgina, realized the material was duplicated in other offices or file locations thereby making my copies redundant and office “fodder”. The first session went extremely well but with so much more to do I had her return for two additional sessions. I have now made it a ritual to get her back every quarter for an office tune up.
I was so impressed with her skills that I had her present to my managers at the annual budget meeting as a guest speaker. I then gifted her services for 3 hours to each and every one of my direct reports so that they too, could improve on their organization / communication / file nomenclature and management skills as well as general office clutter clean up. They have since asked for additional sessions, which I have gladly provided, as the send you get after she has completed tasks for you is “ Wow I can see my desk and I am ready for the next challenge!”
I highly recommend her company to anyone that needs help with organizing. Because if she could organize me around my hectic schedule, most folks would be a breeze!”
Robert Morin manages for a national consulting operation - a Calgary office with over 200 staff.
Georgina created a system to help me organize the endless amount of paper that flows through my office. I can now find documents quickly which saves time and money. Her disciplined and persistent coaching encourages me to stay focused and follow the system for my own benefit!
She breaks projects down into manageable tasks so they seem less intimidating and easier to organize, which eliminates stress from the beginning. She customizes her approach based on the individual’s personality and what their strengths are, and ensures strong systems are in place to minimize the effect of a client’s organizational weaknesses.
Stephen Park, Director of Acquisitions & Affiliates
Jacques Whitford Axys Ltd.
Once again, thank you so much for all your help with my office. It's been 3 months and my office is still clean. Not only that, my office is functional too. I can finally do my work. Thanks for not judging me and helping me to realize that my disorganization is not a character flaw. With that, you empowered me to learn new skills to take control of the clutter. Furthermore, (and I'm sure this is totally related) I have taken control of my weight. You gave me the courage to take control of my life and so I did. I'm now attending Weight Watchers, I run 3 times a week, and watch what I eat, and no dieting, AND I've lost 5 pounds in the last 3 weeks. Thank you so much. You are a blessing!
Garry Ong, Young Adult Pastor
Calgary Chinese Alliance Church
Georgina and I started working together when my business had grown to the point where I needed administrative help and I could no longer keep up with the paperwork.
Not only did she determine what my work style is and provide me with solutions based on how I work, she also helped me to understand that my way of doing things is based on my personality and priorities. As a result I have grown to accept my individuality and I now work with the freedom to be me rather than attempting to fit within a mould that never felt quite right.
For example, when we tested out a filing system in a closed cabinet and determined that I simply didn’t use it, we switched to an open shelf system where I can actually see the documents without having them clutter my desk.
Her willingness to work with me and persist until we found systems that worked, make Georgina a very valuable asset to my office team.
Judy Perdomo, President
Liquid Capital Rockyview Corp.
Georgina has a true talent for helping people see what is important. My coaching sessions with her are helping me rise above the details of work and focus on strategy so that I am discovering what is important to further my company’s success.
Wayne Powell, President
Technology Tax Credits Ltd.
Organizing is such a personal thing. We all think we are organized to some fashion and the reality is everyone organizes differently.
I was one of those people who thought I was pretty organized but hoped to gain some ideas from Georgina to improve my office surroundings. Well, I was in for a surprise. Georgina is truly gifted. She never makes you wrong; instead she gives her viewpoint, insight and guided help to show you a better way to organize.
The best part is, the changes stick! I truly feel more in control and love using Georgina’s suggestions. The changes have made a positive difference in the way I manage my workday now. Thank you Georgina, for your smart organizing solutions!
Elizabeth Scott, Program Director
Business and Professional Programs
University of Calgary