Just Start Somewhere

Years ago, I worked in a bookstore and the manager asked me to create a large display.  He said I could be as creative as I wanted to be, just make sure it reflected the season (which happened to be Spring).  At first, I was excited.  I consider myself to be fairly creative and was […]

Do the Other Person a Favor and Tell Them, “No.”

This post is for all the people out there (like me) who have trouble saying “no” even when they are already overcommitted. One of my clients has been having her floors refinished.  All the furniture from her first floor is crammed into one room.  All the counters in her kitchen are full of the contents […]

Exploration and Innovation: You need both for life

Exploration and Innovation: You need both for life I read a recent blog post by David Seah, a writer on productivity and inspiration, and he shared his self diagnosis of having “Type 2 Procrastination, a horrifying condition in which inspiration does not lead to action.” As he explored and reflected on the reasons for this […]

Where’s Your Wealth? Time or Money

How many times have you recognized that you have a choice between investing time or money? We have all experienced it. I can either work on this project myself for the next few hours (days, weeks), or I can hire someone who can do it for me. I firmly believe that our individualistic culture has […]

Small Steps, Little Rewards, Great Motivation

One thing that I learned this week is that even the smallest of decisions can add up to make a big difference. Often the most difficult thing about feeling disorganized is that sense of being overwhelmed by our stuff, our space, our time.  This is when it is important to realize that progress begins with […]

Baby It’s Cold Outside…

The mornings are getting pretty nippy – and I’m doing my best to stay warm inside – deep down inside –starting my day with hot cereal.  We all know the benefits (physically and soulfully) of beginning the day with a steaming bowl of hot oatmeal, but who wants to face the nasty mess only oatmeal […]

Got a Monkey just Hangin’ Around?

“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” – William James It is an amazing Ah-ha moment when you stumble across another person’s words and they perfectly describe how you have been feeling for the last few weeks. I have found that there is nothing harder than taking the first […]

Time Management 101 – A Planner that Works for YOU

Time Management 101 – A Planner that Works for YOU

Feeling like you need to get a better handle on your schedule even though you already have a calendar? Maybe what you are using isn’t the best fit for you. I recently discovered this for myself. For the past few years, I’ve been using a Palm Pilot. It’s cute and blue and shiny and always […]

Organizing Your Time – Assigning

Organizing Your Time – Assigning

The next step is to assign tasks to a slot of time. For instance, decide that bills will be paid on the Fridays that correspond to payday. Dinner with friends fits best on Saturdays because Sundays are usually spent with family. Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays will be gym days.    Now that you have weeded down your tasks […]

Organizing Your Time – Weeding

Organizing Your Time – Weeding

Learning to weed my time commitments has been one of the more difficult, but beneficial things I have done.  It is difficult because deciding what is really important and necessary is easier said than done.   For me, commitments break down into: things I want to do, things I have to do, and things I […]