What is “Everyday Inspirers”?

There are so many people that inspire me…From Steve Jobs who put a ding in the universe, to everyday peeps who [by living the life they were born to live] are creating ripples or waves in this wonderful world we live in! I get really inspired when I read about what people are doing, and maybe even more inspired when I hear where they came from [or how they started], their tips, tricks and life hacks… and other inspirational bits of info. That’s what sparked this new section! I want to share some of the stories behind the awesome everyday peeps like you and me, who are doing really great things!

 


Let’s meet Tracey…

Tracey Foulkes - 2012 - b&w

When I first met Tracey, I was stuck under my own cloud of organised chaos…

I had a variety of organisational systems in place – and none of them were working for me…

My office was a mess… and it really affected my productivity… 

Actually… I was in an open plan office… and we all had our own version of organisational chaos going on!

But she came into the office… helped us see how we could each rock our own form of “being organised” [and she also helped me cut through all my own organisational bullshit], in order for us to work together as an organised, productive, and effective team!

She didn’t just leave me with a system that worked, but she gave me incredible pearls of wisdom that have helped me accomplish a lot more in life… by just being effective! You should check out her blog [and company] for some great tips!

But today, I wanted to get to know the Tracey behind get organised.

Tracey… a personal note of thanks for how you have inspired me… and thanks for sharing with us today!


 

Q. How are you serving the world?

A. You know how there is never enough time to get everything done and you chase from one meeting to another, drown in email and then feel guilty about not spending enough quality time with yourself or your family.

I’m fighting a cause to help people work smarter so that they can get the important stuff done, without compromising on self.

Less effort in = more reward out.

Q. A quick recap of life before you found your calling

A. I have a background in Interior Design. Before starting Get Organised in 2012, I used to design office layouts and facilitate office moves.

Q. What was that Tipping point for you – that led you to make the change?

A. Burnout ...

I had become bored of the monotonous swipe-in-swipe-out routine of my day and needed to make a change more so than wanted to at that stage!

After crying myself to sleep 3 nights in a row, my husband eventually wrote my letter of resignation.

I was petrified and ecstatic all at the same time.

Q. What did that moment [or moments] feel like?

A. My mantra at the time was: Desperation breeds success.

I sometimes rekindle the mantra knowing how it’s had the ability to shove me forward into my BGP’s (pig girl panties) … I’m not really one for sitting still for too long.

Tracey Foulkes Productivity Expert

Q. Can you tell us about the little things you do, to keep inspired/creative?

A. A few years back I was given a piece of advise from Julie Morgenstern (NY Times Best Selling Author). She told me that I should start doing something (anything) that I didn’t need to be good at but would be lots of fun.

I started dancing lessons (latin & ballroom) with my husband instead of the ‘date night’ we’d been threatening to take every month.

Now on a Friday afternoon, 3-4, we leave the office for a little lesson.

Sometimes I am quite literally in a heap on the floor in fits of giggles, more times Im concentrating (hard), but it’s a great way to bring closure to the work week, spend time with my main man, and do something that’s fun without the expectation of having to be good at it.

On so many levels, it’s so so good.

 

Q. Who are your favourite everyday inspirers?

A. Besides the obvious ones: husband, kids, parents, team & clients …

I am particularly inspired by the everyday underdog who pushes themselves beyond their boundaries to be courageous.

I don’t need to know them, they are likely not famous, but they operate from heart and that’s inspiring.

Q. What is the single biggest life hack [that has saved your butt/given you your life back – over and over again !]?

A. I work with a weekly blueprint which is equivalent to a school time table.

It brings structure to my life which I both resist and thrive off of at the very same time. 

 

Q. When times get tough, how do you overcome fear and self doubt?

A. I use affirmations (a lot), sit down for a deep conversation with myself (and hopefully someone like my hubby and a fat glass of wine), visit the waterfall at Cascade Country Manor or go dancing … but I’m not afraid of wallowing in self pity from time to time, crying and self reflection serve me well on occasion. 

 

Q. If you met yourself in 5 [or even 10] years from now… what would your life look like? what would you be doing?

A. Now you’re asking … happy, healthy … if we extend to 10 years, I might even be retired!

Q. The quote I live by:

 A. There are so many! but the one most relevant

“Ultimately I know deeply that the other side of fear is freedom” Marilyn Furgeson

 

Want to connect with Tracey?

Tracey founded Get Organised… and her blog is filled with some fun organisational tips!
Or check her out on Facebook | Twitter | Linkedin | YouTube |

Did you have any aha moments whilst reading this interview?

I was reminded of the ever increasing need to work my blueprint… and make sure that I make time for things that matter [like doing something for the fun of it]!

What spoke to you?

Em