Ep 18 | Life KPIs: Measure What Matters with Patty Morrissey

January 2nd, 2018 · 44 mins

About this Episode

Patty Morrissey, KonMari Consultant, shows us how to start the year defining and tracking success on our own terms by combining the power of KonMari, Ben Franklin Circles, and life key performance indicators (KPIs).

Our guest, Patty Morrissey, is a certified KonMari Consultant based in Huntington, NY. Patty is dedicated to helping people throughout her dynamic career as a nanny, social worker, college student affairs administrator, corporate social responsibility manager, non-profit director, and entrepreneur. She is a lifestyle and organizing consultant, who believes our homes should “Spark Joy” and that our own definition of success is the only one that matters.

In this episode, you'll learn about life management tools that complement your KonMari path and help you spark joy where it counts! Patty shares how to keep score of what matters by applying key performance indicators (KPIs) (commonly used in corporate environments) to your own life. We also explore the impact of Ben Franklin Circles, which help people improve themselves and the world by practicing 13 timeless virtues.

To connect with Patty, visit www.pattymorrissey.com and follow her @pattymorrissey on Instagram and Facebook. For more information on Ben Franklin Circles, visit www.benfranklincircles.org.

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In this episode, you’ll enjoy:

  • How reading The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up during a four hour commute led Patty to leave corporate america to become a KonMari Consultant

  • How Patty was left with a physical and emotional void after completing her KonMari tidying event that she continues fill more intentionally

  • How Patty rationalized letting go of a majority of her journals and kept reflection papers to share on the Mortified podcast one day

  • How Patty's brave clients encourage her to continue to revisit certain clutter categories

  • How a ruthless focus on key performance indicators at her corporate job led Patty to take a step back and track what was going on in her own life

  • Patty's Life KPIs: Meals with my family; Visits with friends; Walks in nature; Dates with my husband; New experiences

  • How you can start developing your own life KPIs: Key Performance Indicators for Life

  • How Ben Franklin's 13 virtues (created over 300 years ago) apply to modern life, serve as the foundation for the Ben Franklin Circle community, and complement your KonMari tidying event

  • Ben Franklin's Virtues: Temperance, Silence, Order, Resolution, Frugality, Industry, Sincerity, Justice, Moderation, Cleanliness, Chastity, Tranquility, and Humility

  • How Ben Franklin Circles create a safe space and permission to be honest about what's going on in your life

  • How Patty's Spirit Walk project satisfies many of her life KPIs

  • Why we all agree David Allen's Getting Things Done system continues to helps us lower our mental RAM

  • How Patty's Today show appearance for being "messy" 12 years ago was the start of her trial-and-error filled journey to order

  • How peak levels of consumption has created a new problem for our generation that's led us to examine our relationship with stuff and change our habits

Patty's favorite tidying tip: Sit down with your spouse and write down your individual home responsibilities/tasks on notecards to assess how much you actually have to do. Revisit and redistribute responsibilities accordingly to ensure a healthy distribution.

What sparks the most joy for Patty: All aspects of planning, preparing for, and anticipating her daughter's halloween costume and anticipating the experience


"Personal growth does require some element of discomfort."

"Papers really represent undone tasks."

"It was not my employer's responsibility to make sure I'm living my best life, it was my responsibility."

"The magic of the Ben Franklin Circle is the observation of the daily review."

"Recognize how much you actually have to do and realize it's impossible for you to do it all."

"Find your group that you can be you with and safely change within."

You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home
You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy