Local First Gets More Productive!

This article was written by past Local Food Program Director, Steve Russell. This year, the LFA office had the incredible privilege to work one-on-one with Margo Brown of Wave Productivity Consulting to increase our workplace productivity and to grow our output as an organization. Little did we know this coaching experience would go far beyond workplace productivity to also decrease stress levels and improve quality of life!

Whether it was a clever new method of categorizing and prioritizing tasks…
…breaking down big ideas with project mapping…
…or helping us to both complete our work and make sure we’re still getting the most out of life….

This was an invaluable experience that helped us to fundamentally change our approach to setting and meeting goals.


Margo takes a facilitative and approach to building self-discovery: simply asking questions, introducing new ideas and concepts and ultimately leading us to re-evaluate and re-formulate the way we get things done. The results were incredible, and Margo was a pleasure to work with. And at the end, the team has unanimously agreed that this was one of the most valuable personal growth and development experiences in our lives.

Here’s a little bit more on what we had to say about working with Wave Productivity:


MARGAREE "Meeting with Margo was probably the most productive thing I have have done for my professional (and personal!) life. She helped me to analyze everything I was doing to manage all of my projects, emails, calls, documents, to-do lists, calendars and ideas in a way that was patient, observant and non-judgmental. It was great to have someone guide me on setting goals according to my vision of success and  help me create an outline on how I wanted to improve; she really put me at ease about the whole process. Each session with her made me feel lighter and less anxious about things falling through the cracks. In the beginning, I was very apprehensive about opening up the chaos of my to-do list to her, but once we set expectations and started going through everything bit by bit, all apprehensiveness vanished. She asked insightful questions that made me come around to my own answers and her suggestions made immediate improvements.  I was shocked at how simple organizational change could be, and it didn't hurt a bit! I continue to use her suggestions everyday and I would highly recommend her services to anyone in need of even the tiniest bit of organizational clarity and sanity. You'll look forward to meeting with Margo!"


steve-russell (1)STEVE "Working with Margo was a real game changer for me. Productivity is one of those things that you will never improve on without really investing in it—and who takes the time to read up on the latest strategies for email management and task prioritization? Well, Margo does! And I truly believe this was one of the best investments I’ve ever made in my professional development. We worked out all the barriers to productivity I was experiencing, we identified organization systems that worked for ME and my needs, and then we developed new tools and routines to help me complete my work with greater focus and efficiency. I have been practicing Margo’s innovative strategies for a while now, and not only can I see a huge change in my work outcomes, I am also able to feel a sense of relief, because I know I’m meeting my deadlines and I’m producing generally higher-quality work."


erica-pedersonERICA "Productivity strategies aren't something that I have talked about with other people in the past, so this was a whole new experience for me. I'm glad I did it though, and it was great to have someone to talk to and really hash out what was working for me and what wasn't. Margo helped me understand where my strong points are and address where I face challenges and how to best confront those challenges. She thought to ask all the right questions to really pinpoint the right things, all while focusing on making sure that I was happy with the decisions we were making. If you're facing difficulties with organization or getting tasks done, I highly recommend at least one session with Margo, she'll change your life!"


helene-tackHELENE "Never having worked with a productivity coach before, I was unsure how much I would get out of these sessions. But after our very first meeting, I knew this was going to be a valuable experience. Margo helped find tips that work for me and taught me practical ways to approach my workload.  I now have a clear picture of how to get things done and feel much less overwhelmed. I'd highly recommend productivity sessions with Margo!"


kendall-creverKENDALL "Prior to working with Margo, I had a broken organizational system and often felt overwhelmed by projects and tasks. I knew my methods had to change, but was unable to find the right solutions. Working with Margo is great! Through her coaching, it is you who are finding the solutions, rather than having the answer given to you. This guiding has enabled me to retain an organizational system that works with my learning strategy. She goes beyond the day-to-day issues at work and takes a more holistic approach, ensuring your strategy remains in place. I am now able to schedule my day, prioritize to get more done, and am more productive without feeling overwhelmed. It’s a change I thought was never going to happen!"


You can find Margo Brown online at www.waveprodutivity.com. For a sample of her services, don’t miss our July Business Seminar: “Life Outside of the Inbox: Techniques and Tools for Email Management” on July 29th, 6:00 PM at the Copper Point Mutual 8W Auditorium.