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The Fractal Planner: An Electronic Task Management Tool Review

Several years ago, before I moved to Albuquerque (a detail which will be important here in a minute), my neighbor called to ask if I would come over and help her middle-school-age boys with their math homework. Their father wasn’t home, and she was at a loss. I agreed because: 1) I loved my neighbors, and 2) I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering, which, although I don’t remember much about calculus and differential equations, somehow made me think, “How hard could their homework be?” (more…)

Success Breeds Success: Finish Something!

A senior coworker once gave me a great piece of advice early in my corporate career. I was feeling overwhelmed and whiny about all the projects I had been assigned. I was paralyzed with indecision about what to work on next. What was his advice? Finish something. (more…)

The Value of Organizing Outweighs the Cost

Have you ever wondered who, exactly, hires a professional organizer? Are my clients all rich? A few are, yes, but mostly they’re not. Not at all. What do they all have in common? They are ready to make changes; they are willing to invest in themselves (and/or their home, work, and relationships); and they recognize that the value of organizing far exceeds the cost of getting organized.

Clutter has its own costs. Sometimes it comes in the form of actual money lost, or an absence of money gained. Sometimes the costs are less tangible, but they are still very real. Similarly, organizing has tangible and intangible value. Here are some examples: (more…)

Plan, Don’t Procrastinate (Read This Now!)

Trust me, I can procrastinate with the best of you! Lately I’ve been tackling some tasks that I’ve put off for so long that, in the midst of doing them, I’ve actually exclaimed to myself, “I’m doing it! I’m really doing it!” It feels so good to finish something, doesn’t it? And it’s rarely as painful as we think it’s going to be.

So, how can we make it easier to “Just do it”?  A little planning goes a long way: (more…)

Being Organized Isn’t Easy

Is it?

Yes, you heard me right. Getting, being, and staying organized isn’t easy, not if “easy” means “requiring no effort”. When did I ever say that?!

Being organized means living your life by design, not by default. It does takes some time and effort.  (more…)

Give Yourself Permission!

Traffic light on green - go sign

Green means go! Do it! You have permission!

For the most part, my job is pretty much as you’d expect:  I help people declutter their homes, offices, and schedules; recommend organizing systems and products; rearrange furniture, accessories and artwork; stuff like that.

But there have only been a few clients who haven’t needed my permission to do one thing or another.  (more…)

Are You Living a Balanced Life?

It’s popular these days to claim that a balanced life is impossible to achieve. So why try? I agree that it’s a waste of energy to strive for a perfect balance between your work life and personal life. And it’s certainly not going to be balanced every day, or every week. To the extent that you can integrate the two, by working at something you love and being your own boss, more power to you! But I still think there are ways to restore balance to your life when you find yourself listing to one side and going in circles.

I love this quote:

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”  — Albert Einstein

What else can bicycle riding teach us about life? Here are some lessons I’ve learned:

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