Email is like snail mail. You’re not running to your mailbox every hour so why are you checking email all the time?  

Recently, I had a client who was frustrated about managing their email. How could they get through it all? How could they manage all the email coming at them? When asking how many were there on a daily basis, the answer was fifty or so. Okay, that’s not the worst I’ve seen. Totally doable. Here are some tips on ways you can manage your email inbox.

You may be still trying to finalize your goals. In our last blog, we discussed making your goals SMARTER. The SMART(ER) acronym is more commonly used when setting up goals. A less common acronym that can help you accomplish goals and keep you on track is CLEAR. You want to make your goals SMARTER and CLEAR.

CLEAR stands for Collaborative, Limited in scope and duration, Emotionally Connected, Appreciable-smaller actions, Reevaluated. Let’s take a deeper look.

At this point in the year, you may already have your goals complete. You may have even used the SMART acronym to help create them:





Time bound

You can take it further, as using SMART doesn't lend itself to helping you achieve your goals.

                                                                                                                                                              How do you get them SMART-ER?

Wave Productivity has an initiative called Partnering with the Community. This campaign allows for non-profits in the Phoenix area to receive productivity coaching and organizing. Non-profits can do better work for their community if their workplace is productive and organized.

I value being of service and am passionate about sharing productivity and organization with those who need it most. Bringing these two things together allows me to work in partnership with a variety of non-profits to provide productivity coaching and professional organizing. This year I was able to volunteer over 200+ hours to non-profits.

This year I volunteered with the following organizations:



What do you think of when I say—Office Supplies? Most people think BORING! Purchasing some cool things for your office chum or for yourself can be a motivator to get work done and be lots of fun! Here are some gift giving ideas for the holidays.

High Tech, low tech and no tech gifts for everyone on your shopping list. 


Gorgeous Handcrafted Pens- If shopping local is your thing and you want to get something unique, check out Andy Trotti’s pens. Made from unique woods and all handcrafted. Andy started years ago making furniture, he’s moved onto smaller endeavors and still maintains the craftsmanship and quality. You can find him at Andy Trotti's Pens






Get this gift for someone who loses pens...

Leuchtturm1917 Pen Loop-Great to go along with your new journal or paper calendar. This adhesive loop holds a pen or pencil to guarantee you’ll always have one with you. The pen loop is very durable, I used mine all year and it worked like a charm. Locally, you can pick them up at The Stockroom or online at Leuchtturm1917 Self-Adhesive Pen Loop




USB Solar Charger-In the Valley of the Sun you could run on solar almost every day of the year. Why not capture that energy and charge up your phone or tablet. This could be your first step in going off grid. 



A no tech option...

Fun Post Its for Dog Lovers-Mark your territory with these fun post it notes. The Best in Show Post Its 


We all need a perk in our day and these are the best in show. Let beagles and bull terriers be next to your important notes and ideas. No Whippets in that mix but we know who’s really top dog at Wave Productivity, our mascot Jonny Be Good.


Not into animals try…


A Plant for your desk-Air plants are easy to maintain and add a hint of green and a little bit life to any desk. Mine came from the Desert Botanical Gardens. Shop their store at



Bonus: For that person who has everything but can’t find anything-a giant paperclip won’t help. Get them a gift certificate for some organizing and productivity sessions. Contact me at and receive a free consultation and hour assessment when you purchase a session. 





Margo Brown is a Productivity Coach and Professional Organizer with Wave Productivity. She works with entrepreneurs, small business owners and business professionals to help them get more focused, organized and productive in their workplace. She serves the Tempe and Phoenix area in Arizona. If you want to get more organized in your office call 602-677-8275 or email