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Where do you coach students? 2017-12-21T20:17:32+00:00

I coach individual students in person in NW London but also by skype.

I also run workshops in London and present talks in schools, colleges and universities.

What is productivity? 2017-12-21T20:08:36+00:00

Put simply, I define productivity as your ability to overcome procrastination and get things done.

It can mean using your time more effectively at work, at home or while studying.

What age groups do you work with? 2017-12-21T20:18:17+00:00

I coach students from aged 14 upwards who are preparing for school or public exams.

I also coach university students and adults engaged in professional training.

What issues do you address? 2017-12-21T20:09:28+00:00

I coach individuals who feel overwhelmed by demands on their time and energy, often due to lack of time management and organising skills.

Some have taken on too many commitments and need to learn how to say ‘no’; others have acquired a habit of procrastinating – avoiding tasks or starting projects that they find difficult to finish.

I also work with people who experience perfectionist tendencies.

Where do you work? 2017-12-21T19:49:48+00:00

I declutter and organise homes in and around North London. However, I also offer virtual organising by skype so wherever you are in the world, I can share strategies to help you overcome procrastination and tackle the clutter in your home and in your head. From Tunis to Tel Aviv, I’ve coached clients worldwide so get in touch to find out how I can help you.

How many sessions will my child need? 2017-12-21T20:18:55+00:00

I coach students for a minimum of two sessions and for many, that is sufficient. Others benefit from a longer series or return for periodic follow-up or review sessions.

After the initial two sessions, I discuss next steps with students and feed back to their parent/carer.

Where do you see clients? 2017-12-21T20:10:42+00:00

I coach clients in person in NW London but also offer appointments by skype.

I may also be able to offer coaching at your office in Central or North London.

When is the best time to learn study skills? 2017-12-21T20:19:53+00:00

In my experience, the ideal time to start discussing study skills is in Year 9 or 10 of secondary school.

At this stage of education, students are starting to think about GCSEs but still have plenty of time to experiment with new techniques and shift habits.

Students in Years 11-13 also benefit from study skills coaching as preparation for GCSEs, A Levels and further study.

What time management system do you teach? 2017-12-21T20:12:50+00:00

I’ve researched many approaches to time management and productivity, and have developed my own strategies that draw on current social science as well as lessons learned from professional practice.

As a result, I don’t promote one specific method; nor do I suggest the same strategies for all clients.

I’ll encourage you to explore various ideas and help you devise routines that work best for you and your family or colleagues.

Do I need to be at home? 2017-12-21T19:50:12+00:00

Yes, as a declutter coach my aim is to help you shift habits as well as clutter. I need you to be present during visits at your home so that you can make important decisions.

Do you have a DBS certificate? 2017-12-21T20:20:40+00:00

Yes, since I regularly work with young people and vulnerable adults, I hold an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate, formerly known as CBS (Criminal Records Bureau) checks.

What will I need to buy? 2017-12-21T20:13:26+00:00

No need to buy anything before our first session. You won’t need to buy any new stationery or organising products – we’ll try to make use of things you already own.

What feedback do you share with parents/carers? 2017-12-21T20:21:38+00:00

After each session with a teenage client, I offer parents/carers a brief (10 minute) summary of topics discussed and suggestions for future actions.

I’ll also share tips for parents on how to help teenagers to become active, independent and motivated learners.

In addition, I run workshops for parents of teenagers to share more information about how to reduce stress before, during and after exams.

How many sessions will it take? 2017-12-21T20:16:07+00:00

As with decluttering and organising, it’s impossible to predict how many coaching sessions you might need. I operate a ‘pay-as-you-go’ system so you won’t be locked into appointments in advance.

The majority of my coaching clients attend between 2 – 6 sessions but some benefit from a longer series.

What training do you offer? 2017-12-21T20:16:41+00:00

I run workshops on themes relating to time management and organising, and can devise bespoke training for personal or professional development.

Please get in touch to discuss how I can help you or your organisation.

What should students bring with them? 2017-12-21T20:22:38+00:00

No need to bring anything in particular to the first session or to workshops.

I will provide all necessary resources and let students know if they need to bring any notes or materials to future sessions.

How will you protect my privacy? 2017-12-21T19:49:00+00:00

Trust and confidentiality is key to my work. I will never tell anyone that you are a client; nor will I reveal anything about you or your household.

I hold a data protection licence issued by the ICO Information Commissioner’s Office and adhere to the codes of ethics of APDO Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers and of ICF International Coach Federation.

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Are you insured? 2017-12-21T19:55:42+00:00

Yes, I hold public indemnity and professional liability insurance from Westminster Indemnity. For a copy of my certificate, click here.

Do you take away the stuff I no longer want or need? 2017-12-21T19:57:54+00:00

I can take away anything that can be donated to charity shops and will help to research charities that need specific goods.

For larger quantities, I can help to arrange for charities to collect. If you wish to recycle anything, I can offer advice about local facilities.

Will you make me get rid of anything? 2017-12-21T20:01:49+00:00

Clutter is a subjective concept – only you can decide how much of anything you need or want. I’ll ask questions to help you clarify what belongs in your life right now but I won’t pressure you in any way.

If/when you are ready to let go of anything that can be used by someone else, I can suggest or research charities that accept specific donations.

Will you hire a skip? 2017-12-21T20:02:57+00:00

Don’t worry, my aim is not to throw your belongings away. In ten years of professional organising, I’ve never hired a skip!

I’ll treat all your possessions with respect and will never discard or donate anything without your permission.

Can you sell my unwanted items, or show me how to sell them? 2017-12-21T20:04:02+00:00

I don’t personally sell anything on behalf of clients but share tips on selling online and at car boot sales.

I can also put you in touch with specialist dealers who may help you to sell particular goods such as silver or antiques.

What should I buy before your visit? 2017-12-21T20:05:01+00:00

There’s no need to buy anything before our first session so resist the temptation to invest in new storage products.

I’ll suggest low-cost storage solutions and will try to use crates, boxes, bags and baskets that you already own.

How long will it take? 2017-12-21T20:06:15+00:00

It’s impossible to predict how long it will take to declutter your home. It will depend on your motivation, stamina and decision-making skills. For some clients, one session is enough to kickstart them into action.

Others benefit from a series of sessions. And some clients hire me on a routine basis to help them keep clutter at bay. We will review progress after each session and agree together on next steps.