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Cynthia is a supportive mentor for getting organized and raising productivity. She’s warm, caring and perceptive. And she doesn’t waste time – her no-nonsense questions uncover assumptions and illuminate new pathways.

Shelagh Smith, HTR, MAEEC, Horticultural Therapist and Adult Educator, Vancouver


My office was uncomfortable, cold and disorganized. The space was not particularly welcoming to myself or others. I needed a space where staff felt comfortable coming to talk to me but my desk formed a barricade. My job has many, many different aspects and I need to be able to “switch gears” quickly. My files were not in a system that made it easy to access what I needed. The environment was not conducive to getting my work done and I frequently felt my spirits drop when I entered my office. 

I wasn’t sure what to expect and worried that Cynthia would see my office as a reflection of how I conducted myself professionally. On the other hand I had absolutely no idea of how to get started on, what I saw as, a completely overwhelming task so it was a relief to take that first step. 

Cynthia always seemed to know if I was feeling overwhelmed during a session and would switch to something else. Sometimes I felt anxious right before a session because, to my mind, it seemed an impossible task ahead.  If I was having difficulty making a decision, Cynthia would ask me questions that made it possible for me to clarify what my needs were.  She kept me on track when I wanted to avoid dealing with something. If I was flagging, her gentle encouragement helped. The “homework” was very helpful, it made me think about how I use office/files. 

She has a knack of being able to see what will make the space a better place to be in. My office now feels much more comfortable, staff feel free to come in to see me, my files are a pleasure to use. I can find what I need, when I need it. Cynthia’s suggestions for work habits have reduced the amount of clutter in my office. I no longer feel dread upon entering the office, it is a cosy and well laid out space. Even when things pile up I am able to quickly deal with them during my weekly “office maintenance” time. 

Anne M., Librarian, Vancouver


My work space had become overly cluttered and unmanageable. I had to sift through every piece of paper to find any document that I might need. Sometimes I didn’t have the time to do the paper sifting and so found myself unprepared for meetings and telephone calls. There was so much piled on my desk that I was afraid to sort it out fearing that I would discover some important document that required immediate action but had been lost and forgotten on the desk for weeks. It was as if the desk had taken on its own personality and this personality was thwarting my ability to do my job in an organized, peaceful and confident manner.  

Seeing the office chaos first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening made it difficult to arrive at work and take on the day’s challenges, and difficult to leave work with a feeling of accomplishment. I was surprised to hear that my chaos was seen as a lack of commitment to the Division and this was unsettling to many staff members. The chaos signalled that I might, at any moment, shove all the papers into a box and move on to another job or position. 

I didn’t like the idea of having someone help organize my office. At first pretending that I preferred the clutter and chaos seemed preferable to having people think that I needed help regaining control of my workspace. I kept promising myself that I would make the time to address the mess myself, but I was making that promise every month for over a year. In the end I was feeling bad about breaking promises as well as about the increasingly unmanageable state of office.  

The first thing I noticed about working with Cynthia was that she was non-judgmental about the heaps of disorganized papers that littered my office. She did not see the mess as an indication of a disorganized mind or as evidence that I was unable to do my job. Instead she calmly began to talk with me about the work environment I would like to have and provide me with the hope that organization, efficiency and a structured desk were all achievable. 

After my first meeting with Cynthia my fears that she would not be able to help me because she didn’t know the details and objectives of my job quickly vanished. Cynthia approached the chaos seeing information that needed structure, classification and order. The details of the documents were unimportant. Their place in my work environment was important and she helped me create an appropriate structure for all of it. I was particularly impressed by her ability to ask the perfect questions to guide my articulation of the type of organizational system that would work best for me. I felt a new energy and a more hopeful approach to my work as soon as I began working with Cynthia. 

The second day after Cynthia and I had finished working on the organizational structure for my office I had a phone call that required me to find a specific document. Previously, when I found myself in this type of a situation I would have to ask if I could call back, and then I would begin an all out hunt for the paperwork. This time I simply opened the file drawer, found the file and retrieved the correct document! What is really noteworthy about this though is not just that I found the document quickly, but that I had no idea where the document was and still, using the system Cynthia created, I was able to find it. Working with Cynthia meant that we had created an organizational system that was intuitive for me and so I didn’t have to know where everything was, I just had to know where I thought it should be! In my work it is often important to reference past documents and look at past practices before moving a program or project ahead. The organizational structure that Cynthia guided and created for me makes it easier and fast to move projects forward because I am able to quickly access the past. 

Overall I just feel calmer about my work knowing that I can find what I want when I want it. 

Annette DeFaveri, Manager, Children's and Youth Services Vancouver Public Library

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Three Things Fees Structure and Discounts

Initial Consultation $125.00, plus GST

This session lasts approximately 1½ to 2 hours. Please see under SERVICE for a more detailed description. 

Sessions minimum 3 hours, $75 per hour, plus GST
Buy a batch of seven 3-hour sessions (21 hours) and receive 20 percent off, plus GST

Currently Three Things serves the Metro Vancouver area.

About Cynthia Ford

Cynthia Ford (BFA, Certificate of Counselling Skills) is an ADD and Chronic Disorganization Specialist (Institute for Challenging Disorganization). She combines her training as a counsellor with 20 years experience working in private and public libraries, and resource centres. She has studied Creativity Coaching with Eric Maisel and is a member of the Creativity Coaching Association. She is a Trained Professional Organizer (Professional Organizers in Canada) and has served as Treasurer on the Executive Team of the BC Lower Mainland Chapter. She currently serves on ICD's Teleclass Education Development Committee (AD/HD).

Cynthia helps people with AD/HD unlock their creative potential.  She works primarily with creatives, including writers, entrepreneurs, animators, artists, academics, musicians, and all those who aspire to be creative... if they could only get organized. With a combination of non-judgmental support, sensitivity, and practical insight, she helps her clients get unstuck, and equips them with the tools needed to create order, find harmony, and discover creative opportunity.

 

 
 
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