The Responsiblity of Change

“Action springs forth not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”  Dietrich Bonhoffer

Are you really ready for the responsibility of true action, true change, in your lfe and the lives of your loved ones?  If so, get ready for some real work, real sweat, and maybe some real tears that will make room for the peace that almost everyone craves.

Amy Anderson is a Professional Organizer with Living Peace of Beverly Farms, MA and Winchester, MA.  Check us out at www.living-peace.com.  Or call (617) 519-5693. read more

What do “Organizing” and “Nourishing” have in common?

The title of my most recent presentation is “Nourishing Home, Peaceful Life,” and I’m sure there are a few people out there wondering whether I’ve gone on a health food kick or something.

The answer is No. My favorite foods still have far more fat and sugar in them than any respectable dietician would approve. Nevertheless, in the past year I have been thinking frequently about what we each do to nourish ourselves; beyond just physically, but emotionally, mentally, and perhaps most important, spiritually. read more

Whistle While You Work

What motivates you?  Determine how you work best.  Do you need quiet, do you like some background music or do you prefer to be in a busy environment?  Accommodating your needs and preferences will largely aid you in getting your work done.  Don’t be afraid to set aside time in the day to work with no disturbances or to go to your favorite coffee shop for some atmosphere.

Knowing your own needs will not only help get the work done, but also help with the maintenance time necessary to follow up with the projects.  If you are unsure how you work best, try a few styles out or alternatively, if you find you never get anything done in your office but know you are always watching television at the same time, try cutting the television out.  Give yourself some creative freedom and explore the many options – including whistling! read more

Time Maps: Visualizing How You Spend Your Time

Do you feel like you’re overcommitted?  Do you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day for you to get everything done?

Maybe there aren’t.

In her book Time Management from the Inside Out, Julie Morgenstern explains that time is as limited as the space in your closet.  If you have too many clothes and you run out of space in your closet, you see it.  When you have too much to do and you run out of time in your schedule, you feel it.

So Julie suggests creating a time map.  Basically, a time map is a template of your schedule for the week.  It’s what you assume you will be doing each week unless something unusual comes up (which often happens and is OK). read more

Clutter and Guilt

Sometimes the most pervasive clutter originates from incomplete tasks and projects. Often times we leave items or papers out as reminders, place holders for later. However, piles as reminders clog up your environment. They also can create a sense of guilt over things you “should” have done. These piles remind you of money “wasted” on interests you didn’t pursue and time you “should” have spent addressing an issue.

This sense of guilt prevents us from addressing clutter. In essence, our guilt can keep us in the problem. It is difficult to work through stacks of papers or items reminding us of tasks left unfinished, being forced to recall our past “failures”. In spite of the pain, clearing your environment, especially of these visual cues, will create a more peaceful space. read more

Direction vs. Speed

I was talking to a friend the other day, lamenting the fact that life can, indeed, be rough at times (and let’s be honest, those times can seem endless).  But this particular friend has started making real headway in “getting it together.”  I looked at him and said, “Hey, it’s not how fast you move; it’s all about what direction you are going.”

As an organizer, I have the privilege of working with people who are most often in the middle of serious life transitions.  To them, as much as to my very own self, I say the same thing:  It’s not how fast you move; it’s the direction you are going.  Life is a process.  Moving and organizing, dealing with our past, our relationships, our stresses and our joys… it’s all a process. read more

Task Management- Planning AND Spontaneity

Have you ever had one of those days when the world aligned and you managed to find time and energy for tasks you had never planned to do that day?

That has been my day today.

It started out as what my Living Peace colleague Susan would call “Money Monday” i.e. paying bills, running payroll, doing next month’s financial projections, etc. Then, I had meetings planned at 11am, 2pm, and 6pm. My first meeting went well and ended early enough that I had a free hour. Suddenly I found myself driving past the AAA office and realized that I had time to get my passport photos taken. read more