Beating the crap out of procrastination

Here’s how I beat the crap out of procrastination…

I sat down at my desk yesterday morning and felt a bit overwhelmed. With the move and my traveling for work two weeks a month, I don’t quite have a routine yet. There are odds and ends to take care of caused by the move, new ways of interacting with clients, and just generally trying to get into a groove.

Yesterday I had a hard time with just beginning. So I checked Facebook, Google +, and LinkedIn. I shuffled papers around. I talked to Nelson a bit.

Finally, after much procrastination, I made a giant pile of everything on my desk and sorted through it one bit at a time. I attacked my email with gusto and went from 67 messages in my inbox down to the breathe-easy number (for me) of 20. I made my list of To Do’s and got down to business.

Last week I talked at length with a client about this same issue. He said he’ll sit at his desk and not know where to start. Then he starts clicking around in email, shuffling paper, and answering calls. Soon, it’s 2:30 in the afternoon and he’s gotten nothing of significance done.

I asked him, “Well, do you have anything of significance to do?”

He laughed and said, “Of course.”

Ask me the same question and I’ll give you the same answer. Yet, does knowing there’s significant work to be done actually help us do the work? Too often, the answer is no. (I’ll dive more into the underlying reasons for this later this week.)

Without getting all religious or anything, I read something last week that has stuck with me. This article or note said the Bible passage, “The meek shall inherit the earth” has actually been mis-translated. Instead, the passage should read, “The disciplined shall inherit the earth.”

Now, I think that makes a lot of sense. And evidently Kung Fu Master Bruce Lee does, too, because he said, “The successful warrior is the average person with laser-like focus.”

I’m average. My client is average, too. And so are you. We are all gloriously average!

Yet, we can become a successful warrior (whatever that means to you) if we can learn to focus and embrace discipline.

Viola – I think it’s the secret to life and business and everything else!

Focus and discipline.

So, a little exercise for you (and me) this morning.

Step One: make a list of the top five favorite ways you procrastinate. (Mine are hopping on social media, organizing my desk [ahem], doing laundry, reading, and cleaning the house).

Step Two: list the five most important things you do day in and day out to create success in your life. (Again, mine are writing, sharing my writing, creating clients, working with clients, and exercising).

Step Three: post these lists at your desk or on your fridge or bathroom mirror for everyday use [unless you have 50 million notes and Post Its there already - first, clean up all that crap!]. Then, pay attention to your procrastination tendencies. Re-focus like a laser on those five most important things and choose to do them day in and day out to create success.

Can it be that easy? Yes, with focus and discipline, it certainly can.

It’s the old 80/20 rule: 20 percent of your efforts generate 80 percent of your success (translation: focus and discipline).

Choose your activities and where you spend your energy wisely, grasshoppa. Then you, too, can “inherit the earth.”

Make some room,

Angie

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

P.P.S. Yes, I was totally in procrastination mode yesterday. My coach made a very powerful request of me last week and I was totally and completely avoiding it. High-risk. More about this in my next note.

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?

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