Monthly Archives: March 2010

March 2010: Oprah Magazine, Taming Chaos

“O” The Oprah Magazine, March 2010. Lead feature story “Everything You Need to Know About Taming Chaos But Were Too Disorganized to Ask”. Bloom, Martin, Kaufman, Williams & Heffner.

Oprah says it all in this month’s O Magazine. As I reached for my first cup of coffee early this snowy Sunday morning I noticed that the latest O Magazine had come in. Since the newspaper was buried in 8 inches of snow on the driveway, the O Magazine seemed a great reading alternative.

I was delighted that the bright yellow banner across the front said “De-Clutter Your Life! It’s Time to Simplify Things . . . ” That’s exactly what I had planned to share with you as part of the series on Making Things Happen.

As I read on, I loved the great suggestions Oprah’s contributing authors had – from cleaning out your clothes, to cleaning up your computer/emails, to reorganizing your office space, to letting go of emotionally draining relationships. Also, Oprah’s own thoughts in her “What I Know for Sure” article are on the last page – Don’t miss that; she says it all!

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March Tip 2010: Declutter

Declutter Your Life One Piece at a Time

Simplify your daily life in three ways – your physical space, your relationships and your daily routine. In coaching terms this is called a “clean sweep” and it works!

De-cluttering creates a wonderful feeling of space and with it a renewed energy. But it can be overwhelming as you look around your house, office and your daily “must do” lists. So let’s keep it simple. Let’s stay with the rule of “one”. Just pick one in each of these areas to simplify in March.

  • One physical space (a closet; a drawer; the pantry; one room; top of your desk etc.)
  • One relationship that is an energy drainer
  • One daily routine that is no longer really effective

Start with de-cluttering a small physical space – it’s the easiest. Don’t be surprised if you get on a roll and find that as one area gets de-cluttered that you move into another and then another. You can either set a time limit or go by the project. Just make sure you set a clear ending time so that you have that wonderful satisfaction of having completed the job by the end of the day. Next day, move on to a relationship or a routine.

Keep it simple. Just do one at a time. It’s like pushing the reset button!

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