“I Am The Most Disorganized Person On The Planet.” A Confession, By Dave Saunders


I know what I know. And I know what I don’t know. What I don’t know could fill the Pacific Ocean, but I have come to realize that in life, as in business, you have strengths and weaknesses. Not knowing things is a tremendous weakness. So, at Madison+Main we are all about learning new things. We send all of our employees through Dale Carnegie Training after they are onboarded. We encourage professional development opportunities and we generally have two internal training sessions every month that involves the entire team. On Tuesday this week, we invited Ayanna McMullen from Harmony Organizing to drop some knowledge bombs on the Madison+Main-iacs.


One thing I do not know is how to be organized. Have you ever seen my office? They say that a messy desk is a sign of a creative mind. If this is so, I am the most creative person on the planet. My desktop is a scattered, minefield of papers, pens, empty envelopes, crumpled paper pandemic masks, sunglasses, empty Chinese food containers, parking tickets, three-month-old magazines, pictures of my kids, assorted coffee mugs, and a calculator. Oh, and a really big cup of water. My doctor says to drink more water but I digress.


I am the most disorganized person on the planet and I have the mess on my desk to prove it. So, we called in an expert. And when I say we, I mean Molly Whitfield, the most organized person on the planet. She invited Ayanna, a creative organizing and productivity coach, to work on her toughest case yet…me. Her hour-long presentation gave us dozens of valuable tips on how to declutter and refocus.


I do not want to give away any trade secrets here, but I will share one tip that I found really helpful. She advised the team to create a Task List the day before you start those tasks. Some team members use pen and paper, while others use digital tools. I have always tended to write random thoughts on scraps of paper and then lose them in the piles on my desk — or crumple them and toss them somewhere near the trash can. But Tuesday night I took Ayanna’s advice and Wednesday was one of the most productive days I’ve had in months. I woke up early, reviewed my Task List over coffee, took Gertie for a walk, and finished my work before 2 p.m. I celebrated my accomplishment by napping from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.


In all seriousness, Ayanna had some great tips on how to improve organization and productivity and I highly recommend you speak to her about helping your team.


Monday, April 19 — Puppy Love

Pets are a blessing, aren’t they? Our clients at Hermitage Richmond, a Pinnacle Living community, are hosting all local pet owners and animal lovers to their Blessing of the Pets on Saturday, April 24, at 10 a.m. This free event is an opportunity to visit their beautiful grounds and share in a much-needed moment of community, charity, and fun. Gertie and I will go — if I can wake her up from her nap.

Tuesday, April 20 — Happy 4/20


Bold Brands Win, as we like to say, and this Tuesday was no exception. We created this killer post for our friends at Texas Inn for their social media feed. The fake Munch Lunch special received more than 6,000 views, 184 responses, and 24 post shares — in just 24 hours on Facebook. I wonder how many folks would have really ordered this? #BaconMeHungry


Wednesday, April 21 — No Grit, No Pearl

Our friends at Virginia Association of School Nurses are celebrating the art of resilience with their upcoming School Nurse Award! Living through a pandemic has changed the way school nurses have worked this past year, as with many of us, so the non-profit is inviting us to nominate a school nurse who has shown Grace Resilience Inspiration Throughout the pandemic — or GRIT. Know someone? Give them a shoutout today!

Thursday, April 22 — Jenna’s Day!


This Thursday our (now very organized) team celebrated the second work anniversary of Jenna Farley! Beginning her journey as a Graphic Design Intern, Jenna has proven to be a valuable asset to our company and is always willing to lend a hand, or her animation skills, to the Madison+Main-iacs. Thanks, Jenna for all you do!


Friday, April 23 — Star Of The Show!

Four Madison+Main-iacs are currently participating in a virtual Dale Carnegie Training and “boy, oh boy” have they learned a lot. They’ve all done well, but Marita Cardenas, Account Executive Extraordinaire, has blown it out of the park, winning two awards — a record for the Madison+Main-iacs. Congratulations, Marita. You deserve all the muted claps on Zoom that I am sure you’re receiving right now.

A Few of Our Favorite Events

Chesapeake Business Appreciation Golf Classic
Friday, June 4, 2021 | Greenbrier Country Club

Looking fore an excuse to hit the links? Head to Chesapeake for their 21st Annual Business Appreciation Golf Classic! Proceeds will support a local charity. For all inquiries and sponsorship information, please contact Curtis Cobert at ccobert@cityofchesapeake.net or call (757) 382 – 8040.


“She said, ‘There’s something about you
That really reminds me of money”
She is the kind of a girl
Who could say things that
Weren’t that funny.”
— Paul Simon, “I Know What I Know,” (1986)