My next book probably won’t be ready by Thanksgiving after all, which has been my goal all year long. However, one of my motivations for choosing that deadline was so it would be available for holiday gift-giving. And it finally occurred to me:
This book would make a terrible gift!
(Unless, of course, it’s literally on a loved-one’s wish list.)
Why would it make a terrible gift?
The book-in-progress is called Go With the Flow! The Clutter-Clearing Tool Kit for an Organized Life (aka The Clutter Flow Chart Workbook). So, buying it for yourself is a terrific idea! But buying it for someone else, unasked, would be like hiring a professional organizer as a surprise because you think they need to get organized, not because they want to. Which is like giving a fat person a diet plan or a gym membership that they didn’t ask for.
DON’T DO IT!
(Do I really have to explain further?)
When it’s ready, Go With the Flow! will be the perfect gift for yourself, if your goal is to declutter in the New Year.
So, who is this next book for, then?
Go With the Flow! (aka the Clutter Flow Chart Workbook) is for:
- Anyone who wants to get organized — DIY, or with help. Decluttering comes first, so you don’t end up organizing and devoting space to things you don’t even need or want anymore.
- Anyone who is already fairly organized, but maybe hasn’t been maintaining their systems due to lack of time, energy, or both. Do you need to get back on track? Guess what? There’s a chart called “Getting Back on Track”!
- Anyone who has found that visual aids and worksheets help keep them focused on a task or project. ADHD, anyone?
- Professional organizers who are already familiar with Clutter Flow Charts and want to see ALL 17 OF THEM! Plus updated articles, worksheets, and instructions.
- Professional organizers who want some new ideas of how to walk a client through the decluttering process.
- Professional organizers who specialize in helping chronically disorganized clients. Visual aids help with neuroplasticity!
- Virtual organizers and their clients who aren’t working side-by-side in person. Visual aids remind clients what to do between sessions.
- All organizing clients. By definition, clients have already asked for help, so it would be not be at all insulting to give them a copy of the book, or to recommend it to them.
What is the new book release date?
I may be easing up a bit, but I’m not slacking off entirely. In fact, my recent blog post — Six steps to getting unstuck on a project — helped me to get going again after a long period of slacking off. Readers have reported that it helped them get unstuck too. Maybe it will help you as well?
I mentioned to some organizing colleagues that I’d had an epiphany about my book. They all agreed it would be a good January book (better than a holiday gift-giving book), because decluttering and getting organized are such popular New Year’s goals. Julie Bestry — she’s the only person thus far to actually read the book, and she likes it! — suggested that it would not only be perfect for January, but in light of my epiphany, why not launch my book on Epiphany — January 6th? Half the organizers on the call were Jewish and the other half were woefully uneducated about Epiphany so we looked it up:
In some religions, Epiphany marks the end of Christmas; the Twelve Days of Christmas being December 25 – January 5. Time to clear the clutter of the holidays and get in shape for the coming year. (Might as well start with “The Holiday Decor Clutter Flow Chart” as you’re undecorating and putting away.)
January 6th it is!
Why else is January perfect, according to clever Julie? Because then everyone who receives an Amazon gift card during the holidays can use it to go buy my book on Amazon!
Without the pressure of a misguided, self-imposed deadline, I think I will be able to more fully enjoy some upcoming friend and family visits and occasions.
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Meanwhile, what would make a better gift?
- What’s a Photo Without the Story? How to Create Your Family Legacy is still a perfect gift for the photographer, photo organizer, family history keeper, genealogist, legacy planner, declutterer, downsizer, or storyteller in your life.
- Hung Jury: The Diary of a Menendez Juror is always appreciated by true crime buffs, Menendez brothers supporters, law students, and teenage girls (don’t ask).
What epiphanies have YOU had lately?
What might YOU enjoy more fully this next couple of months if you rearranged your priorities a bit and took it a little easier?
Please share with us in the comments below!
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