Let’s play a different game

I want to play a different game. And I’m in the middle of doing a pivot in my business to support that. I’ve realized my focus isn’t where I want it to be. Some of what I’m doing just doesn’t light me up and I’m beginning to get much more clear about what does.

Sharing (or re-sharing) my Manifesto on Tuesday is part of this. My move to the mountains plays into this as well.

On Tuesday, I read an incredible article called Living in Penthouse Hell and it hit me *bull’s-eye* right in my heart!

The entire article was powerful, and the last line sums up my philosophy on business and life: “We are not here to win the game. We are here to change the game.”

I sincerely want to copy and paste the entire article into this note, but I’ll resist. Instead, you can read the article here.

The long and short of it is this: in life, some of us have too much and so, so many others have too little. And many of us are trying to win at a game that is sucking our soul dry.

Case in point. Recently I was at the home of someone I know and love dearly. This woman is single, no children, and has a good job. She lives in a huge, beautiful renovated farmhouse that is FULL of stuff.

I look around her house and I see shelves full of dishes and dish towels. I see furniture in room after room after room. I see her enormous collection of glass, antique windows, and other pretties.

The interesting thing is she hates her job. No, she loathes her job. So much so that she regularly says it’s “killing her.”

The irony here? She is maintaining a lifestyle that she does not enjoy by working at a job that is figuratively (and maybe literally, eventually) killing her.

And the curious part is she knows it.

This is insane to me.

And it is to her, too, at some level. She knows what she’s doing. “This is just the way it’s going to be,” she sighs, “until I can retire.”

She feels she has no choice. No options. That she can’t change the game.

And all I see are opportunities for her.

So many families could benefit from all the extra “stuff” she has that she doesn’t use. A big family could flourish in such a large home.

She loves and is very gifted at arranging flowers. If she would/could downsize, this would free up the need to earn so much money. It would free up her weekends from house and yard maintenance. And it could provide her the opportunity to start her own business (or join an existing business). Making a change in her job, her living situation (or even her mindset) could mean completely changing the game.

Part of the pivot of my upcoming work and my Make Some Room Project is to help you see you have choices. That you can create a different game. Always.

I see possibilities in everything. I see where you are stuck. I see where you are scared. And I can help connect you with your deepest WHY, which is the first step towards getting unstuck. The first step in changing the game.

The insanity of maintaining anything that doesn’t bring you joy is crazy. To stay at a job; to live in a home; to stay in a town; to maintain ANY status quo that doesn’t work for you…

I say: STOP the madness! Wake up! Choose a different game!

And if you need help getting unstuck…

If you want guidance and support for making any kind of change…

There are lots of resources to help you. Including ME.

You must admit first, though, the game isn’t working for you. And second, you must request help (if you want it).

I actually almost beg you to ask because your happiness impacts your own life. It impacts your clients’ lives. It impacts your family members’ lives. And truly, once you feel connected and plugged in to a joyful life you purposefully created, you’ll joyfully affect many, many more lives. And I have come to believe that’s really why we’re here on this earth afterall.

People matter. YOU matter. Start acting like it, wouldja?

Make some room,

Angie

P.S. A Make Some Room Rendezvous session is THE perfect place to begin. Schedule yours now!

20 ways to rock at being organized

Make Some Room Manifesto from Your Organized Guide, Inc.Being organized is a big deal for a lot of people. And I get a little giddy when I see a client has posted something on the wall that I’ve shared with them.

The power of sharing is remarkable. And I’ve had the opportunity to see first-hand how my sharing something has impacted my clients, their coworkers, and even their families.

It’s something I created in a moment of inspiration. It came together beautifully, both the words and the design. My designer even said, “I saw it in my head visually before you’d even finished your part!”

So, what is it?

It’s my Make Some Room Manifesto. I’ve been sharing it online, in postcard format, and even as a poster to hang on the wall.

And it’s been thrilling to walk into a number of clients offices and see my Make Some Room Manifesto hanging next to their desks.

You can use any of the links above to get your hands on the pretty version of the Manifesto. AND I want you take some time with all 20 statements because I believe they will radically┬árevolutionize how you approach “being organized” and “doing life.” (And please, share your feedback on any one of them, or all of them.)

Here’s what I believe:

  1. Your brain is not for remembering.
  2. It is easier to keep up than to catch up.
  3. Two minutes now saves hours later.
  4. Getting organized is work. Staying organized is habit.
  5. Take the time, get quiet, feel into it. Immerse yourself.
  6. Be discerning about where you spend your energy (reading, doing watching, eating).
  7. Be bold. Be brave. Take action. (Even if you’re scared shitless while doing it.)
  8. Laugh loudly and often.
  9. Reclaim your nights and weekends. #UNPLUG
  10. Busy is a bullshit word. Stop saying it. Choose to say something real.
  11. Keep only the useful, beautiful, and joyful.
  12. We cannot know it all, read it all, keep it all, do it all, have it all, or be it all. And that’s actually a good thing.
  13. Kill your microwave. Throw out your TV.
  14. Stop being a mindless consumer (of information, products, and food). Start caring where “it” comes from [and I'd add, "Start caring where "it" goes when you throw it away.]
  15. Clutter is the inability (or unwillingness) to make a decision. DECIDE.
  16. People first. Technology second.
  17. Say the thing that’s the hardest to say from a place of humility and love (you’ll never be sorry).
  18. Lay in the grass and listen to the secrets it tells you. Smile with the flowers. Hug the trees.
  19. Love is all there is.
  20. Slow down. Breathe. Make some damn room!

If you’re totally inspired and this lights you up, I would be honored if you would forward this on to one or two people you know.

I want this message to spread far and wide! Will you help?

Make some room,

Angie

P.S. And just a brief reminder: there are a limited number of Make Some Room Rendezvous sessions available for March and April. Schedule yours now, okay?

Don’t check email first thing in the morning

I confess I do occasionally check email first thing morning. And I know quite a few other people who admit to it as well.

Now to be clear, I’m not necessarily talking about the quick-check that happens after you get up. Scan, delete, type out a couple fast replies, make sure nothing is blowing up.

The checking email first thing in the morning when you sit down at your desk – that’s where I see the trouble starting.

Soon, you’re hunting and pecking, scanning messages haphazardly, and answering the messages that feel least-risky. The easy ones.

You’re avoiding the harder ones, the ones that take extra work, extra thought, extra energy that you’re not willing to give right then.

And as you’re checking email, new ones are arriving. Soon, it’s 10 am and all you’ve done is react to this inbox of nothingness.

What if your routine was different? More deliberate and thoughtful? What if you decided not to let email rule your morning?

I read a terrific article recently that explained how most people check email first thing in the morning because they either have no idea what they should be doing that day OR they are avoiding the couple very important things that actually must be done.

Read the paragraph above again. Go ahead – I’ll wait.

Are you, gentle reader, using email as a source of procrastination? As a source of what to do next? If so, oy vey.

What if, instead, you knew the activities that brought you the most bang for your buck in business (marketing, writing, calling prospects, meeting with clients, dreaming up new ideas, playing, etc.)?

What if you spent those precious, clear-eyed morning hours accomplishing work that adds value to the world, creates money, and nurtures prospects and clients?

What if…?

And if you’re not sure how to even do this because you’re overwhelmed with email or viewing it as an annoyance that floods you with OPPs, then it’s time to call me. Schedule a Make Some Room Rendezvous and I’ll help you get clear on the important activities (rather the seemingly-urgent ones that gobble up your time). And we’ll make time for the important ones and either eliminate or delegate the rest.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Make some room,

Angie

P.S. There are a limited number of Make Some Room Rendezvous sessions available for March and April. Schedule yours now, okay?

P.P.S. We are scheduling another Gmail 101 seminar for a Friday in April. Date to be announced soooooon.

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