I started my career as an organizing/productivity coach and speaker when a friend and mentor asked me what I would do if I had a free afternoon with no other obligations. My answer? I told her I’d likely organize a closet or clean out the kitchen cabinets! She then asked me why wasn’t I working as a professional organizer? Well, I’ve been professionally organizing ever since.
I first spent 20 years as a teacher, so my communication, teaching, and training skills were tested and honed over and over. It taught me patience and how to discover someone’s particular learning style which proves invaluable when I’m teaching clients new and more productive ways of doing what they do. In 2008, I established my business, The Organized Way, and then rebranded in 2019 to Griffith Productivity Solutions (GPS) to fully capture the work I do with individuals and clients to improve personal and professional productivity.
I’m also a musician and performer which means I’m super comfortable presenting and teaching to groups large and small. My time as a performing arts director still informs how I take in information, assess situations and personalities, and create and present solutions to whatever problem I’m facing. I see solving problems as a creative endeavor and it really jazzes me up to solve my clients’ problems.
I discovered over the years that I simply love working with professional folks in their work space, whether at home or in their business office. Entrepreneurs, small business owners, and other busy professionals populate the niche I created for myself in the organizing and productivity world. As a teacher and entrepreneur who built her business from the ground up, all while balancing the demands of work, home, and family life, I’m personally acquainted with the physical AND emotional labor necessary to keep everything (and everyONE) running! That “hamster in a wheel” feeling is one I know well.
I’ve worked hard to ensure I took my natural talent and enjoyment of creating order from chaos as far as it can go by obtaining Certified Professional Organizer® (CPO) training right from the start — 1500 hours for initial certification with required recertification every three years. I am one of only a few hundred CPOs in the United States and worldwide, and I’m one of only a few in Rhode Island. I’m constantly learning and striving to hone my skills. I always want to bring my best to any client’s table.
I hold a certificate in Time Management and Productivity from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), and I am a member of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO), as well as the local NAPO-New England chapter.
As a speaker, my goal is to make every presentation not just inspiring but filled with content that participants will take away with them and be able to implement immediately in their busy lives.
As a productivity coach and organizer, I want to walk away from every session and know that I’ve made people feel comfortable, secure, and confident that I have helped them solve the issues and problems they face and created solutions that are sustainable … and I like to make it an enjoyable process! I consider a robust sense of humor one of my most effective tools!
I want every client who works with me to be able to say, “I have a sense of control over my work and environment and I’ve found more time in my day to do the things I both have to do and want to do.”
“The trouble with the rat race is, even if you win, you’re still a rat!”
~ Lily Tomlin