Starting and stopping

Right now, my world is about starting and stopping. I’m getting hitched in a few days and I’m excited. And I’ll be honest: I feel distracted and uninterested in work stuff. I guess this shouldn’t come as a surprise to me, and yet it does. I like my work and my clients very much.

My attention, though, is pulled to the many details yet to be decided and to the many details and people to be attended to.

And I’ve needed to literally give myself permission to put work and clients on the back burner.

So, for the next few weeks as I get married and go on honeymoon, my posts will be a series of questions and reflections to help you identify areas of your life and work and business that might need a facelift, a clearing out, a decluttering, or a total renovation (physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally, etc.).

Ready? Here’s your first list of questions to ponder:

  1. What’s nagging at you? How can address it today?
  2. What are you not allowing in your life? How are you keeping it out?
  3. What’s the one thing you sincerely want to stop doing forever?
  4. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
  5. That thing you’d like to change about the world? How can you change that in yourself? [Note: I believe our reality is a reflection of our thoughts, and the people around us are a reflection of ourselves.]

Make some room,

Angie

P.S. Julie LaChance of RMS Solutions, Inc. will help you master Gmail and Google Apps. Join her Friday, May 9th, to learn how to effectively use these tools.

P.P. S. If you haven’t downloaded a copy of my Make Some Room Manifesto yet, now might be a good time to grab it for inspiration!

Is what you want worth re-organizing your life for?

“Is what you want worth re-organizing your life for?”

I read that question on someone’s blog recently and it took my breath away.

“Is what you want worth re-organizing your life for?”

Stop. Re-read that. Really read it.

“Is what you want worth re-organizing your life for?”

Because the thing is, what you want, the thing you wish for, hope for, and dream about will require you to re-organize your life.

No kidding.

I’m slap in the middle of it. Moving to the mountains was the first step.

Owning what I really do for clients is the second (and it’s WAY more than “getting organized and systematized” though that is still important).

Writing from my Soul is becoming the very clear third step.

This isn’t all about me. It’s about all of us. You and me and the bees and the trees.

  • What is it you wish for?
  • What do you dream about when you’re procrastinating during your day?
  • What’s on your bucket list?
  • What’s your secret dream? You know, the one you rarely speak of because you barely allow yourself to “go there” because of the equal parts joy and the misery you feel at the mere thought of this secret dream?

Re-organizing your life is no small matter. Heck, re-organizing your office can seem like a huge challenge some days, right?

And yet, if your Soul won’t let you rest…if the drumbeat of the Next Thing, the Big Thing, the Scary Thing, or the Secret Dream is getting louder…then what?

You have a choice.

  1. Continue on. Business as Usual. Numb out. Bliss out. Work harder. Work more. Stay busy. Ignore. Evade.
  2. Re-organize: your life; your spine; your breath; your calendar; your living situation; your work-life; your brain; your thoughts; your words; your actions; your environment; your friends; your family; your heart; and most especially your Soul.

I tried to stay on track #1, I really did. But the drumbeat was (is) deafening.

And I’m scared as hell. I have to put on my Big Girl panties every day. I write things that scare me. I’m mainlining courage and persistence. I’m walking through the fear and doing it anyway.

And the miracle is you can, too.

Whatever it is you want, you can have it.

My marketing mentor Jon McCulloch totally changed his life over the course of four years (he got in crazy good shape, re-worked his business, and has an incredibly loyal and enthusiastic tribe). Several of my clients are in the process of radically re-organizing theirs now. My coach Shannon Presson changed hers – and her brilliance shines like a light for me.

Is it easy?

Nope.

It is worth it?

Every. Single. Day.

Are you ready to re-organize your life? I can help.

Make some room,

Angie

P.S. Julie LaChance of RMS Solutions, Inc. will help you master Gmail and Google Apps. Join her in early May 2014 to learn how to really use these tools. Getting your email organized is a fabulous first step in the right direction!

P.P.S. If you haven’t figured it out already, the nature and flavor of my twice-weekly E-notes is changing. I’m stepping out more boldly to talk about issues of Substance and Soul. I’ll still talk about getting organized and systematized because it IS important, yet I’m learning there is More and the More is what my Soul is asking of me. If you aren’t cool with that, I totally understand. And if you want to unsubscribe, you can easily do that below. No hard feelings, I promise! (But if you’re on board with these new insights I’m sharing, give me a big Yaahoooooooooooo in reply!)

The thing about priorities

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey

Covey is a pretty smart dude.

The secret, though, is figuring out what your priorities are vs. not-priorities or someone else’s priorities.

And then when you throw in personal, professional, family, and community priorities, suddenly it really does seem as if there aren’t enough hours in your day, right?

This is where I’d like to help provide some clarity. These handy questions get to the root of your confusion and help banish your overwhelm. Try them out today!

* Is this a “nice to know” or a “need to know?”
* Are you doing this thing out of obligation?
* Is this the best and highest use of your time?
* If you didn’t “have to” do this, what would you do instead?
* Can someone else start this, keep it going, or finish it?
* Does this activity bring energy into your body (even if it’s uncomfortable and challenging) or does it drain the energy out of your body, making you feel like a mushy, overcooked piece of fettuccini noodle?
* If you suddenly had a free hour, is this how you would spend it?

Another smart dude named Charles Gilkey said, “Remember, if you have too many priorities, it means you really have none.”

Stop and think about that for a second.

If you have too many priorities (because nearly everything is a priority) then you really have none.

It comes down to making choices. Conscious choices about how and where you’ll spend your precious – and limited – time, energy, and money.

You over-stuff your life, your house, your calendar, and your To Do lists. It’s normal, right? Gotta capitalize on every minute. Be productive. Contribute.

Stop doing that.

Choose to be discerning and wildly protective of your time and energy instead.

You have the choice and the brains and the means to get clear on your priorities. And if you don’t know where to start, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with asking a boss, partner, peer, or even me to help.

The act of choosing priorities that are meaningful to you and your organization can feel like work. The funny thing is, once you’ve chosen, you’ll be way more productive, contribute more meaningfully, and be a helluva lot happier, too!

Make some room,

Angie Mattson

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