So Many Books, So Little Time: Time Management for Reading

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They sit there, strewn on a coffee table or on a shelf. They mock you; taunt you. You look away in embarrassment and shame. Yep! These are the books that you’ve either:

Stopped reading.

Haven’t read yet.

In the middle of reading.

But projects are due, phones ring and laundry needs to get done.

Who has time to read?

When you muster up the courage, you stand defiantly in front of these books and proclaim:

One day you shall be read!

Only “one day” never comes and the books collect dust.

If you are like me, you have your hand in several books at once.  I have a tendency to read one book for a long period of time, forgetting about the other books that need my attention. So, I’ve devised a simple, yet effective plan that works for me. It may also work for you.

CATEGORIZE!

First, I’ve categorized my reading into 3 main areas:

FUN:usually novels or short stories

BUSINESS: reading I do to become more knowledgeable in my area of expertise.

FAITH/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Religious or spiritual books or books that will help me grow as a person (hint: books in all 3 categories do the latter!)

SCHEDULE-IZE!

Okay, so I made that word up.  Seriously, I schedule my reading time into my planner( I use Planner Pad, btw.)

My schedule really only allows for about 15 minutes of dedicated reading time at a sitting. If I can do more, I do more, but as of right now, 15 minutes is it.  I don’t read every category every day, but I schedule each category several times a week. For example, FUN reading might be 3X a week. BUSINESS reading might be 3-5X a week and FAITH/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT might be 5-7X per week.

As with everything else in my planner, as I complete my reading task, I check it off. So far today, I have completed my BUSINESS reading. If I get a quiet 15 minutes after posting this, I will delve into my FAITH reading. If not, no worries, I will schedule that into tomorow’s plans. I’m okay with not getting to my FICTION category today because I know it’s scheduled throughout the week.

Here is what I am currently reading, with links to purchase:

FUN: Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King

BUSINESS: The Organized Mind, by Daniel J. Levitin

FAITH/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Disarming Beauty, Essays on Faith, Truth and Freedom (Catholic Ideas for a Secular World) by Julian Carron.

Try this method. See if it works for you.

Happy Reading…and Organizing!

 

Stay prepared during your home move with these overlooked moving essentials

We can never be too prepared, but we can always be caught not ready. Excellent suggestions in this blog post!

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The process of home moving is one of the more stressful situations in life, and can be full of obstacles along the way as you plan out how you’ll get all of your belongings from one place to the next. Being proactive prior to move day can greatly alleviate this stress, and make the entire process seamless.

Everyone knows when it comes to moving, you need boxes and packing supplies, but what about the overlooked moving essentials? These often consist of things that are entirely necessary, but can become an afterthought as you work to organize your move.

Fortunately, as the “Movers Who Care®”, we have more than 30 years of experience in the moving industry, and know just what you need to have handy in order to make your move a breeze! Follow along with this helpful tip sheet so you have everything you need at your new…

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Mental Clutter II: Knowing When to Quit

 

When we clear the physical clutter from our lives, we literally make way for inspiration and 'good, orderly direction' to enter.Julia Cameron

I did it. Today,  I took a leap of faith and left a job.  I worked at Target and I loved it. It was a great way to help pay the bills while building my organizing business.

The decision to leave was not an easy one. And it is one that I do not take lightly.  Business-building wisdom maintains that you keep a day job while you work your passion as a side gig. Do this until you can transform the side gig to your main gig. Good Orderly Direction Professional Organizing Services is my side gig, and, God-willing, it will soon become my main one. It is my passion.

My main source of income (aside from my husbands) is through babysitting\housecleaning, so Target really was a second job. I had to take the Target job last year when the family I work for added another little bundle of joy and Mom took maternity leave. It was perfect timing–late September through mid-January they wouldn’t need me. Enter seasonal employment at Target. That job worked so well, I decided to stay on.

And it all worked until this Summer. Not only was the youngest crawling around, but his brothers were home. Now I was responsible for all 3 boys plus cleaning the house.  Add to that another 10-20 hours a week at the store.

Exhaustion set in.  Even as the 2 older guys returned to school, I was still tired all the time. Something had to give. My mentor and friend Eileen Koff (of To The Next Level Professional Organizing Services and Eileen Koff Ministries) gently told me, “Follow your passion.”

How could I follow my passion for organizing when bills have to be paid, was my immediate thought.

How could you not, was my answer.

I was staying at the second job because of the money, or so I thought.  It hit me: I continued to work at the store out of fear, not money. Fear of economic insecurity. Fear that God would not provide a way for me to bring income into my family. Fear is the opposite of faith.

And so what started out as a safety net turned into a crutch, and then finally, a wall.  A wall that blocked the path to following my passion. A wall that blocked the way to true success.

As soon as I realized that the job no longer served it’s original purpose, I decided to eliminate it. It became unnecessary. Now, with the job gone, the way to following my passion is cleared. That way is paved with good and orderly direction.

De-cluttering rule #1:

Getting rid of objects and other that no longer work or serve their intended original purpose opens up the space in our hearts for the things that matter.

 

Happy Organizing!

Kim

 

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Shame No More

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How many times have you waited in line at the supermarket and picked up a magazine because it had beautiful pictures of a neatly organized space? If you are like me, you get sucked in nearly every time.

How often did you BUY a magazine because of the promise to organize your space, once and for ever?

Or maybe you aren’t the magazine type, and instead, you scour social sites like pinterest, facebook, and instagram? You dream that one day your space will have a sense of good, orderly direction.

If you’ve done either (or both!) of these things, you might just fall into one of two types of people–those who are MOTIVATED by these pictures or those who are INTIMIDATED by them. Which one are you?

If you are MOTIVATED…

Beautiful pictures, like the one below, don’t scare you. You believe you can achieve that level of visual perfection. You know EXACTLY what space is bugging you the most, and that’s where you want to start. And so you do.

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The first thing you do is make a Target run to buy a couple of bins. Then, you put stuff (toys? shoes?) in them. The bins are topped out and you STILL HAVE MORE STUFF to put in them. So, you make another Target run, and another, and another.

You’ve spent tons of money, did a lot of work, and your space is still in disorder, looking nothing like the picture.

YOU FEEL LIKE A FAILURE.

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If you are INTIMIDATED…

Negative thoughts immediately kick in: You start by telling yourself that your surroundings are sub-par:Not Good enough

 

These negative thoughts about your environment devolve into negative self-talk in a nanosecond:

“I don’t have the talent for organization.”

“I could never get my home to look like that.”

“I’m too much of a messy person.”

I’M NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

Whoa.

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Insides v. Outsides

For both the motivated and the intimidated, self-esteem winds up in a basket. Both types of people end up believing the lie that they (their insides) are not good enough because their surroundings (their outsides) are not picture perfect. Both believe that organizing is a God-given talent and that God did not bless them with that talent.

Some people are natural organizers, internally driven in their need for order & direction. They are the exception to the norm. The rest of us need external instruction, and that is okay. Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinth. 2:15) addressed this idea when he spoke of some Gentiles who did not need to be instructed in the law of God because they already lived it, instinctively. They, too, were the exception.

It is not an admission of failure to ask for help in learning how to organize. You no longer have to suffer in shame and silence. Let Good Orderly Direction Professional Organizing Services walk side by side with you and teach you the skills needed to become organized now and stay organized for a lifetime.

Call Kim today at 631-482-7070