Friday, October 2, 2015

Organized October Challenge 2015 - Week 1 - Holiday Planning & Prep

Holiday planning? Yes, holiday planning kicks off the Organized October Challenge 2015.

I know. I know. Everyone is freaking out about "how quickly October showed up" and you just aren't ready and you want to, as my friend, Sherry, playfully says, "Go in the backyard, swing on the swing and eat candy."

For this week, your focus is to get ready for the holidays. 

Calendar - Plot It!!!
Look at your 2014 schedule. Odds are, the same events will show up this year. Put all of the holiday events you can imagine in your calendar.

Time Off - Schedule it!!!
Taking time off from work this holiday season? Submit it at work do it now or you might not be able to take your days off due to others already scheduling it. 

Preparation Time - Schedule It!!!
Don't forget the prep work involved with parties, events, travel and more. Use the 2.5 rule. If you think it will take 1 hour, multiply that by 2.5 and book 2.5 hours in your schedule.

Travel - Book it!!!
If you are traveling in the next 3 months and you haven't booked your travel, DO IT NOW!!!
A few weeks ago we booked a trip and found prices high even at that time. 

BONUS CONTENT - Organized Christmas

This is an excellent resource for those who celebrate Christmas. If you think this post was early to talk about holiday planning, this Organized Christmas plan started August 30th.

Future Weeks
Keep following for new challenges each week as well as bonus challenges for your Organized October Challenge.

FREE Organizing Coaching in PIlot Program - 2 spots open
There are still 2 spots open for FREE organizing coaching during October to pilot a new organizing coaching program. Send an email to Jax to get things started.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Virtual Organizing Pilot - FREE Coaching for Two People (updated 9/28, 3:41pm)

UPDATE (9/28/15, 3:41pm): One spot for the pilot program has been taken. Only 2 more open spots available.

In the month of October, I am testing a virtual organizing coaching model and I need your help.

The pilot launches October 1, 2015.

The first two three people who respond, will receive FREE virtual organizing coaching from me via text, email and Facebook/Skype for an area of your choosing (ie home office, garage, kitchen, closet, etc). We will also be using Google Docs or Dropbox to share any documents.

At the end of the pilot, you will receive a copy of the world-wide best-selling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo as a thank you gift for participating in this pilot.

Want to participate? Send an email to Jax right away. Only the first 3 people who send an email will be included in the pilot.

Organized October Challenge 2015

Yes, ladies & gentlemen, October is just days away. This is the perfect time to crush your organization before the winter holidays kick into full gear.

This challenge consists of the following:
  • Weekly Themes: Every week will have a theme to add a little spice to the challenge
  • Weekly Challenges: Every week I will share ideas on how to make room for the amazing and build your organizational muscles 
  • Bonus Challenges: occasionally, bonus challenges will be posted in addition to the weekly challenges for your organizing pleasure
Follow the Jaxtastic Life blog to view the themes, weekly challenges and bonus challenges.

Want email reminders? Send an email to Jax.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Super September - Launches September 5 - Unleash Your Inner Superhero

Photo Credit: Superhero Collection
Saturday, September 5th kicks off Super September for my indoor cycling classes at KP Pilates Plus in Long Beach, CA and at The Gym at the DIRECTV campus in El Segundo, CA.

I am sharing this with everyone to make the world a super place!!! (Yes, I know it's cheesy. Perhaps that's my superpower.)

A soft-launch took place on September 2nd at KP Pilates Plus with a playlist featuring "super" songs and exploring unleashing your inner superhero.

For the entire month of September, we will look at being a superhero in your life. 

What is our super power? - September 5th Topic
This week we look at what is your superpower. 
Are you a super-goal setter and achiever?
Are you super-organized? Are you super-focused? 
Have you forgotten your superpower? 
How can you unleash that superpower into your life this week?
How can you use that superpower for good and not for evil?

BONUS OPPORTUNITY - Create Your Own Superhero!!!!
Marvel Create Your Own Superhero Game
Do you want to take things to the next level? You can actually create your own superhero with THE authority in superheroes...Marvel. Share your superhero with your friends and family.

Weekly Superhero Exploration
Be sure to follow the Jaxtastic Life blog to explore what it means to unleash your inner superhero.

Spotify Playlists - Jax Sargent Spotify Profile

Want to workout or ride to my class playlists? Go to Spotify to explore my themed playlists. 

how your inner superhero is showing up? Did you conquer a challenge? Did you help someone? You never know who you will inspire. SHARE!!!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Special Olympics LA Games 2015 - Indoor Cycling Class Inspiration

This morning I was finalizing my playlist for this morning's 10am indoor cycling class at KP Pilates Plus in Downtown Long Beach.

I was inspired by the 2015 Special Olympics World Games kicking off tonight at the opening ceremonies in Los Angeles .

What's even more exciting is that Long Beach, CA, my hometown is hosting events starting tomorrow.

The playlist features singers from today's opening ceremonies and one song from the games itself, Reach Up. Ride notes features fun facts about the games as well as inspirational notes for your journey to your goals.

Special Olympics LA Games 2015 Playlist - Spotify Link

Special Olympics LA Games 2015 Playlist - ride notes in Google Drive

Thursday, April 30, 2015

All-Challenge WrapUp, Reflect, Forward Plan & Feedback - Jaxtastic Life Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge - April 29 & 30th

Today we wrap up our 30-day challenge. This is the day we will; on how it went and what you felt. When we create the challenge forward plan.


Step 1 – Set your timer for 15 minutes MAX
Stick to it.

Step 2 - WrapUp
Today, stop all of your work sorting, moving and cleaning.  This is the day to wrap up your activities and give closure to this challenge before starting anything new.

Step 3 - Reflect
Grab a journal or type on an Evernote page or type/write somewhere on your computer, tablet or smart phone.

Over the past 30 days we covered 4 spring cleaning topics, selected by you.

We created sorting and mail handling systems, looked at holding spaces and explored ways to let go of your items. We even scheduled a full year of reading your books.

How did it go? Were some topics easier to handle than others?

What time of the day/week did you do your best work?

What would you do the same? What would you differently?

Finally, give yourself a pat on the back for participating. You showed up!

Step 4 - Forward Plan
Now what? Well, I have good news and I have bad news. First, the good news….you get to decide what you do next.  Now for the bad news….you get to decide what you do next. Do you still have paperwork to handle? Are you shelves still bursting at the seams with books?

It doesn’t matter what area you select to continue your focus. What is important is to have a plan. Create a goal and then break it down into a doable plan to ensure success. Again, look back at the times when you did your best work. Schedule your work for those times.

Feel free to revisit the past blog pages to give you an outline for your work. Here’s a link to all of the pages in this challenge to give you a high-level outline:  2015 Jaxtastic Life Spring Cleaning 30-day Challenge All Links.

Step 5 - CELEBRATE!!!!
Reward yourself for showing up and participating in this challenge. Share your successes. Celebrate the lessons learned. All of this will have a positive impact on the next activity you start.

Final Bonus Content
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo I learned about this book from a senior executive at work. It’s a surprisingly little book but it gives a powerful punch against clutter.  I recommend getting this into your 2015 reading schedule.


Survey – Share your Feedback
This is the first ever Jaxtastic Challenge. I would love your feedback. What worked for you? What didn’t work for you? What would you like to see in future challenges? Please go to this link to complete a short 5-question anonymous survey: Feedback Survey – Jaxtastic Life Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge


Use the comments area to share your progress, thoughts, hopes, fears, etc. You never know what impact your words will have on someone else.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Jaxtastic Life Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge - April 28, 2015 – Book Clutter - WrapUp & Reflect

Today we wrap up approaching book clutter. This is the day we will close this topic, reflect on how it went and what you felt.  We won’t create a forward plan today since there are only 2 more days in the challenge. When we create the challenge forward plan, we will include books in that exercise.

Step 1 – Set your timer for 15 minutes MAX
Stick to it.

Step 2 - WrapUp
Have any more books to donate/give away? Schedule your donation activity. Really, treat it like an appointment. Have you scheduled your “to schedule” books? Look at the bonus content below for a link to a Google Spreadsheet you can used to schedule your book reading for the rest of 2015.

Step 3 - Reflect
Give yourself a pat on the back. You did it!!! Was this hard? Was this easy? Just reflect on how it all went.  Don’t make any of it good or bad. Just observe.

Bonus Content
Every day, email subscribers received a reminder email with the below bonus content. Bonus content can be articles or infographics or apps that have touched my life and made it a little brighter or easier. I am not getting paid by any of the people or companies that create this content. They are truly things I do/read/use.

Classic Books ( This is the Library of Congress page of classic books that you can read online for FREE. Not one book will take up space on your book shelves. 

Overdrive ( ) App & website to check-out ebooks or audiobooks FOR FREE!!! You will need a library card from your local library. I’m a big fan of Overdrive and have been using it for over two years.

Next Issue ( ) Think of Next Issue as the Netflix for Magazines. It’s an “all-you-can-read for one price” product and it’s fabulous. My brother’s fabulous family gave me a Next Issue subscription one Christmas several years ago and I fell in love.

2015 Reading Challenge ( If you need some ideas on what to read this year, this is a great tool to guide you to get reading. 

BONUS OPPORTUNITY: See if you can meet this challenge with your current books or borrowing books from Overdrive or your local library. DON’T BUY ANY MORE BOOKS!

Book Reading Schedule Spreadsheet The work has been done for you and a Google spreadsheet has been created containing the dates for each of the 2015 reading plans listed above. All you have to do is plug in the books and then get to reading.

Reading to Kids ( ) We already know you love books. Why not channel that love to kids and volunteer to read to them?

James Clear ( ) Earlier in the challenge, I had shared one of his article about the power of focusing on improving the little things. I am now on James’ Clear’s email list and every single email received has been a gem. I recommend getting on his emailing list.  
If you’d like to receive daily email introductions of the current challenge topic and receive bonus content before everyone else, send an email to Jax ( to subscribe.

Tomorrow – All-Challenge WrapUp, Reflect and Forward Plan


Use the comments area to share your progress, thoughts, hopes, fears, etc. You never know what impact your words will have on someone else.