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Taking the time for yearly planning

28 December 2017 | Comments [0] »

I love this week between Christmas and January 1. I’ve always been inspired to organize and plan during this special week. Yesterday I took a whole day to focus on my goals for the coming year. I call it a personal retreat.

In order to stay focused on this, I knew I needed to get out of the house. So I planned a little itinerary, so I could shift locations as I shifted my planning focus or activity.

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Worth repeating: A key to keeping surfaces clear

19 May 2017 | Comments [0] »

Today I’m taking some inspiration from a blog post I wrote almost three years ago. I wish I could tell you that my bureau has only three things on it today, but the truth is there’s a little bit of clutter. This weekend I’m going to clear it off and get it back to the state that is pictured! Then I’m sure it will be easier for me to keep it clear.

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Support for your New Year's resolutions

16 January 2017 | Comments [0] »

A few years ago, Shannon Wilkinson and I teamed up to teach a teleclass on how to actually do the stuff you set out to do every year. We shared the reasons resolutions don’t work, and more importantly, we talked about how to change that. We gave tips and strategies and guided participants through helpful exercises so they experienced a new way of approaching their resolutions and goals.

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The key to finishing my big knitting project

17 November 2016 | Comments [5] »

On Monday, I reposted a 2009 post about the patchwork quilt I started knitting ten years ago. It took me two years to finish knitting the 63 squares. A year later, with the help of friends, I figured out a pretty layout for the squares and seamed them together. I started a knitting a binding around the edge. And that’s where the project stalled.

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Worth repeating: Finishing is tough (in knitting and organizing)

14 November 2016 | Comments [0] »

This post was originally published on July 9, 2009. It came to mind because this weekend, when the afghan in question was actually finished. That’s right, seven years later. Check back on Thursday for a post about that, complete with photos of the finished blanket. And don’t let the seven year delay detract from the message of this post!

It’s the rare knitter who enjoys the finishing aspects of their knitting projects. That’s the weaving in of ends, the blocking (soaking or steaming the knit fabric to size), the seaming.

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2015 highlight reel

4 January 2016 | Comments [2] »

2015 was a challenging year for me personally, with more loss than I’ve ever experienced, along with family health issues and challenges. Thankfully, my business didn’t suffer much from the personal challenges.

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Special offer for early registrants to Get Back on Track!

16 February 2015 | Comments [0] »

As I mentioned here before, my amazing friend and life coach Shannon Wilkinson is coming to St. Louis in mid-March and we’re putting on a fun in-person workshop called Get Back on Track on Saturday, March 14.

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Get back on track March 14 (a special event in St. Louis!)

15 January 2015 | Comments [0] »

I’m very excited to be offering a special in-person workshop with my friend and frequent collaborator, the fabulous life coach Shannon Wilkinson.

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Do your resolutions need a boost?

12 January 2015 | Comments [0] »

A few years ago, Shannon Wilkinson and I teamed up to teach a teleclass on how to actually do the stuff you set out to do every year. We shared the reasons resolutions don’t work, and more importantly, we talked about how to change that. We gave tips and strategies and guided participants through helpful exercises so they experienced a new way of approaching their resolutions and goals.

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2014 highlight reel

29 December 2014 | Comments [2] »

My favorite week of the year is the week between Christmas and New Year’s. I love taking stock of the year just past and planning ahead to the coming year. I also like creating a little order and just sort of getting my ducks in a row during a week where most of the world isn’t doing much work (and therefore I have time at home).

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An easy way to create a vision board

15 December 2014 | Comments [1] »

I try to make a vision board every year. I love the visual reminder of my goals for the upcoming year and I’d like to think that by creating one, I’m inviting the Law of Attraction to go to work for me.

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Lessons learned from writing a novel in a month

1 December 2014 | Comments [0] »

Yesterday, I completed the novel I was writing for National Novel Writing Month. I had 30 days to write a 50,000 word novel. I had no doubt I would finish the novel in time—this is the 3rd one I’ve written over the last ten years, so I knew I had it in me. (I do it in five-year increments.) But it still feels really good.

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Embracing imperfection

3 November 2014 | Comments [2] »

As I wrote on Friday, I’m writing a novel this month. This is my third novel. I do it for the fun of the challenge.

When I was writing my 1700 words this morning, I found myself doubting the quality of my work. Was this plot stupid? Was the writing sophisticated enough? Is this a waste of time? Then I realized it didn’t matter. What’s important here is that I meet my goal and write 50,000 words in 30 days. The quality of the words is neither here nor there.

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Worth repeating: Feel like writing a novel?

31 October 2014 | Comments [0] »

I published the post below on October 29, 2009, when I was about to start my second novel as part of National Novel Writing Month. I did complete that novel in a month (and have yet to read it again). I also wrote one in 2004. Since my first two were five years apart, and five years has elapsed since the second one, I decided to go for it again. I have my spreadsheet ready and I’ve been thinking about plot points. On Saturday, November 1, I’ll write my first 1667 words (or more).

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A key to keeping surfaces clear

1 July 2014 | Comments [0] »

If you click on the clean bureau tag to left on this blog, you’ll see that pretty much every year one of my goals is to put my clothes away properly at night and keep the top of the bureau clear.

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How Fitbit is keeping me active

16 June 2014 | Comments [2] »

I’m a natural-born couch potato and I struggle with getting myself to get adequate exercise. I’m not someone who craves it or enjoys it, but I do appreciate that it’s important.

Last month, I took Shannon Wilkinson’s Change Artistry: Get Active group coaching program and it was hugely helpful in changing my mindset about exercise. It now feels much less like drudgery and I’m feeling very good about the exercise I’m getting.

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Get what you want in 2014

10 January 2014 | Comments [0] »

It’s January 10. How are the resolutions you sent working out for you? If you need a little extra support, you can still get $5 off Why Resolutions Don’t Work—And How to Get What You Want Anyway, the kit created by Shannon Wilkinson (my Declutter Happy Hour partner) and me.

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2013 highlight reel

3 January 2014 | Comments [3] »

Taking stock of the year that’s just finished can be an important part of planning the year ahead. 2013 was an exemplary year for me, so I’ve had a good time creating this year’s highlight reel. (Here’s 2012’s version.)

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Creating resolutions that work

31 December 2013 | Comments [0] »

A few years ago, Shannon Wilkinson and I teamed up to teach a teleclass on how to actually do the stuff you set out to do every year. We shared the reasons resolutions don’t work, and more importantly, we talked about how to change that. We gave tips and strategies and guided participants through helpful exercises so they experienced a new way of approaching their resolutions and goals.

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New year, new habits

20 December 2013 | Comments [1] »

For me, the start of a new year is a great time to take stock and figure out which new habits I’d like to create. For the last couple of years, I’ve written blog posts this time of year detailing the habits I want to create. (I like thinking in terms of habits, rather than resolutions.)

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Do you have a bucket list?

26 August 2013 | Comments [4] »

I’m very goal-oriented, but I have to admit I’ve never taken the time to create a bucket list. Today, I read an article on Fast Company’s website called How Creating a Better Bucket List Becomes a Blueprint for Living Your Best Life-. It made me want to take some time out and really think about such a list.

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Highlight Reel for 2012

31 December 2012 | Comments [0] »

It’s the last day of the year and I’m putting the finishing touches on my goals for 2013. A big part of the goal-setting process for me is reviewing accomplishments of the past year. It can be easy to focus on what one didn’t accomplish last year (a side effect of setting high goals), but it’s smart to take into account the good things.

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What's your word for 2013?

26 December 2012 | Comments [0] »

I receive coach Christine Kane’s weekly e-zine and from time to time I read an article that I think is so good I reprint it here (with permission, of course). I read the article I’m reprinting today early this morning and it proved to be really thought provoking. I downloaded the Word of the Year Discovery Tool and quickly honed in on a word that I think will be my driving force in 2013. (More on that in a future post.) I hope you have as much fun with this tool as I have!

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Help for your resolutions

18 December 2012 | Comments [0] »

I’m all about goal setting. And I love doing it this time of year. This week and next, I’m working on taking stock of the year, seeing how well I did with the goals I set last year, and setting new ones for the coming year. I create measurable business-related goals.

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The value of interim goals

28 November 2012 | Comments [0] »

I’ve been working out at a fitness center lately and am starting to establish a routine there. One of the things I was thinking about today as I used the elliptical machine is how important it is for me to have small goals on my way to larger ones.

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The case against balance

4 May 2012 | Comments [0] »

Everyone seems to hold up balance as an ideal. Like having a balanced life is something we should all want. Heck, even the cork in a bottle of Red Rock Winery wine I drank a couple of weeks ago espoused balance.

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Goals, not resolutions

30 December 2011 | Comments [0] »

I’m not so keen on New Year’s Resolutions. I think we tend to make them when we get caught up in the hopeful feelings that a fresh, new year brings. But I think they’re frequently not realistic. And we don’t give them enough time. And when one goes by the wayside, we give up hope on all of them.

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Balance: $0.00

24 August 2011 | Comments [6] »

When I started Peace of Mind Organizing in 2005, I wasn’t afraid of investing in it. Organizing is a fairly low-overhead business, but I was interested in getting lots of training and benefitting from attending educational conferences with my peers. A look at my credentials page can give you an idea of how I spent money on my business and professional development.

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How are those resolutions coming along?

10 January 2011 | Comments [1] »

It’s funny how the turn of the calendar page to a new year makes people want to change their ways and resolve to behave differently. It’s certainly true of me. While I haven’t set any resolutions, per se, I do set goals and I do try to create new habits.

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Highlight reel for 2010

31 December 2010 | Comments [0] »

On this day last year, I posted my highlight reel for 2009. For me, it’s a fun way to reflect on the past year (and remind me a year later what went down), so I’m trying it again for 2010.

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Why resolutions don't work (now with a workbook!)

15 December 2010 | Comments [1] »

Where are you on the New Year’s Resolution Continuum?

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Creating the impossible

29 June 2010 | Comments [0] »

Do you have a dream? Something you’re passionate about but you don’t think you can ever achieve? Michael Neill wants to help you achieve that goal next month.

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Punishment versus rewards

26 May 2010 | Comments [2] »

Back in the days I was a pet writer and wrote about dog training, I wrote repeatedly on the effectiveness of rewards over punishment.

Why, then, am I a little surprised that my recent experiment in using the threat of punishment to get me to do something wasn’t a resounding success?

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Update on StickK

15 March 2010 | Comments [3] »

Three weeks ago, I signed up for, a website that helps you keep goals and commitments by asking you to pledge to pay money if you don’t do what you say you’ll do. I blogged about it shortly after I joined.

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StickKing to your goals

24 February 2010 | Comments [0] »

I recently learned about (In fact, I learned about it on the CBS Sunday Morning episode I blogged about on Monday.)

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Yet another new task-management system from Mark Forster

10 February 2010 | Comments [0] »

Mark Forster is my time management guru. As I’ve blogged about before, I loved his book, Do It Tomorrow and Other Secrets of Time Management. I used his DIT system for managing tasks for a year or so, and then he introduced Autofocus in January 2009. I was a little reluctant to switch at first, because DIT was working for me, but I decided to try it. I was over the moon. (I’ve blogged about Autofocus many times.)

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How's 2010 looking for you?

27 January 2010 | Comments [0] »

January is almost over (already). As I’ve blogged about before, for the last couple of years I’ve been trying to add one big habit per year that will help me be happier and more productive. In 2008, it was clearing my desk at the end of the workday. In 2009 it was whittling my email inbox down to 15 or fewer messages every day. I’m going gangbusters on both of those.

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Why resolutions don't work (and how to get what you want anyway)

13 January 2010 | Comments [2] »

Where are you on the New Year’s Resolution Continuum?

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A side benefit to being a blogger

28 December 2009 | Comments [0] »

I just got finished reading through my blog posts for 2009, in an effort to put together a post about my favorite blog posts of the year. (That’ll come later in the week.)

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I wrote a novel!

30 November 2009 | Comments [5] »

I finished my novel on Friday, November 27, three days early. I wrote a few hundred words past the 50,000-word goal. And my book had an actual plot that came to a graceful conclusion.

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The novel writing proceeds...

6 November 2009 | Comments [1] »

…which explains why the blog writing has dropped off a little. I’m very excited that I’ve been able to work on my novel-in-a-month piece of fiction each day since November 1.

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Feel like writing a novel?

27 October 2009 | Comments [3] »

National Novel Writing Month is about to start and I’m on board. NaNoWriMo is a worldwide event where people commit to writing a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. (As a point of reference, Catcher in the Rye is about 50,000 words.)

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An exciting time for organisers in Australasia

7 September 2009 | Comments [0] »

I just love spending time with professional organizers. I love going to the NAPO conference and the conference of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization, which I’ll be attending in just a few weeks. They’re a great way to meet colleagues and become inspired, excited and motivated.

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Finishing is tough (in knitting and organizing)

9 July 2009 | Comments [4] »

It’s the rare knitter who enjoys the finishing aspects of their knitting projects. That’s the weaving in of ends, the seaming, the blocking (soaking or steaming the knit fabric to size).

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9 Simple Solutions for Procrastinators

4 February 2009 | Comments [2] »

This is a guest post of sorts, from the fabulous Christine Kane, who helps people achieve their dreams. I’m reprinting it, with permission, from her newsletter. It arrived in my mailbox today and I thought it was so great I’d share it immediately. Incidentally, I wish I’d thought of the acronym CRAP for Clutter Removal Action Process!

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Dreaming big

6 January 2009 | Comments [0] »

I heard Wendy Davie speak at the NAPO Chicago Midwest Conference and Expo in November. Her talk, “Forward Momentum: How to Take Your Organizing Business from OK to Awesome, Fast,” was one of the highlights of the conference for me.

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Closing out 2008

29 December 2008 | Comments [0] »

As I posted a week ago, I love the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Traditionally, it’s the week that I get my ducks in a row, plan for the coming year and basically get my act together.

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A special time of year

22 December 2008 | Comments [1] »

Nevertheless I love this time of year. In particular, I love the week between Christmas and New Year’s. First, that week is bookended by two days off, which is fabulous. And in between, no one really expects anyone to get anything done. Free of expectations of others, it’s time I can use any way I want. I’ve always used it as a time to get my ducks in a row. It comes right before the new year, a time ripe for goal setting, good intentions, and new beginnings.

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All set for a weekend of Olympic knitting

15 August 2008 | Comments [1] »

I have to update you on my progress with the Knitting Olympics over at Ravelry which is officially known as the Ravelympics. The idea is that you commit to knitting something you consider a challenge during the time of the Summer Olympics. I’m very proud of what I’ve been able to achieve with some focused effort.

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What's stopping you?

7 August 2008 | Comments [0] »

Most of my clients have a to-do list for organizing tasks. (Some clients can’t figure out where to start, but we take care of that in the first session.) At the end of a hands-on organizing session, we talk about what they plan to do between sessions to further their goals.

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How are those New Year's resolutions coming?

20 May 2008 | Comments [4] »

Back at the beginning of 2008, I blogged about my constant craving for order as reflected in my January 1 journal entries year after year

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Do It Tomorrow really works

22 February 2008 | Comments [3] »

As I’ve written here before, I decided on January 1 that 2008 would be the year that I take control of my time-management issues. That day, I selected probably a half dozen time management books from my shelf, each one espousing a different philosophy. I thought I’d make a commitment to a single system and really try to adhere to it for a month or so.

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The amazing power of a clean desktop

13 January 2008 | Comments [0] »

The habit I’ve been trying to instill with the Don’t Break the Chain method that I wrote about in a recent post is clearing my desktop at the end of the workday.

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"Don't Break the Chain"

9 January 2008 | Comments [0] »

As part of my new emphasis on time management this year, I started off the new year by checking out some productivity blogs. I came across this great post on the wonderful blog Lifehacker that introduced to me a concept that in just a few short days has really had an impact on me.

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