Organizing My Thoughts

I’m inspired by Stacy Brice’s 30 Days of Organizing this month.  I’ve organized all kinds of things including my refrigerators and freezers, the kids’ clothes, my desk, my docs folder on my hard drive, etc.  I was telling a friend about these projects the other day, and I laughingly said, “oh, yeah, I’ve also been organizing my thoughts.”  My friend laughed with me, and then it hit me - I organize my thoughts all the time.  And, I should!

Before I write an article, I have to organize my information into a logical sequence so the reader can understand where I’m going.  I organize the thoughts I put into e-mails, often re-reading and moving sentences around so that the message flows logically and, again, sequentially.  We’ve all read those e-mails that appear to be stream of consciousness.  I’m left thinking – huh?  How many misunderstandings could be avoided if the writer just went back through the message to make sure it was well-organized and clear?

So, I consider myself a very organized person in both my personal and professional life.  In fact, I love to organize.  It’s more fun than the actual doing sometimes.  And, being well-organized saves me time and frustration.  I know exactly where to go for the “tools” I need to get any job done.

Well, the same can be said for my thoughts.  They’re tools to help me communicate to the people around me.  And, hopefully, if you’re one of those people, you’re thankful that I do organize what I want to say before putting pen to paper.

Welcome to Virtually Lynne

Virtually Lynne is a Virtual Assistance business dedicated to working with entrepreneurs, solo-preneurs, small business owners and even busy, high-income families.   Having worked with small businesses for the majority of my career, I know how difficult it is for you to get high quality help on a part-time basis.  Additionally, if you don’t have a brick and mortar business, then you don’t have the physical space to house traditional administrative help.  Nor, do you want to take on the expense of an employee.

I was drawn to virtual work 14 years ago when my first son was born.  I knew I wanted to have a great family-work balance and knew that continuing as a director at MetLife was not going to afford me that opportunity.   While on maternity leave, I received a call from a client who was starting her own business.  She wanted me to work for her – but the caveat was I would be a virtual employee for her business located in New Jersey.  This was back in the mid-90s, and so, was a major shift in the way I was used to doing business.  This started what has become a 14-year career working virtually.

During a 10 year stint as a management consultant and benefits outsourcing director at MetLife Insurance Company in the 90s, I became obsessed with improving business efficiency.  It was a great foundation to develop the skills that I’ve come to rely on as a Virtual Assistant.  I’m really jazzed by brainstorming business problems, developing new products and services and managing large projects.  I love to design workflow, document procedures and manage the day-to-day activities that make a business run smoothly.

The virtual world has come a long way in the last 14 years.  I can’t imagine how much more productive that first virtual job would have been if I’d had access to the technology that exists today!