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“The things you own end up owning you.”
-Tyler Durden, Fight Club

Did you know that the average home size in the US has more than doubled in recent years?  According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average  new home was only 983 square feet in 1950 – compared with 2,349 square feet in 2004!  And yet we *still* often have trouble stuffing everything we own into our houses.  With all that extra space, it’s getting harder than ever to organize everything we own as well.  Our culture has embraced bigger is better, more is better.

Recently though, there’s been a backlash.  You’ve probably seen it as well: simplifying away from the inconsequential many – and getting back to the important few. Have you also felt the need to get back to what really matters?  Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the task of organizing – and decluttering – all the stuff you own?

Imagine working in a clean, organized work environment where you can find things easily – and have clear space to get what you need done.  I’ve found that knowing where everything is, and keeping my home and work space free from clutter helps me concentrate better and be more productive.

This article is broken into 3 parts:

  1. How To Declutter and Organize Your Home
  2. How To Let Go Of Individual Items – a.k.a. Common Reasons We Hold On To Stuff
  3. A Philosophical Discussion – Why Do You Have Clutter?

Let’s begin!

Part 1: How To Declutter and Organize Your Home

Read the full article: The Definitive Guide to Organize Your Life And Get Rid of Clutter

Did you know that U.S. Workers spend 13 hours per week reading, writing or responding to email?

I can’t imagine spending that much time on email anymore – I doubt I spend more than 45 minutes a day now.  

But then again…. I’ve gone from receiving thousands of emails per day down to reading and replying to a few dozen per day.

How? I’ll show you. 

Read the full article: Strategies for Dealing With Email Overload – How To Get To And Maintain Inbox Zero

It’s 1984.  Bruce Springsteen is about to be one of the biggest stars in the world – and he’s enraged.

After wrapping up his final recording session at The Hit Factory in New York city he meets with Jon Landau, his manager, to pick the final 14 songs for his upcoming album Born In The USA.

Over two years in the making, they have at least 70 tracks to pick from, however, Landau tells Bruce there isn’t a single hit among them and the two of them get into an argument.  Bruce is frustrated, not just by the argument, but also by the challenges of trying to finish this album.  He channels his frustration into writing one more song for the album.

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History will prove Landau wrong as there were already six Top 10 hits in that pile which made it onto Born In The USA, however the song Bruce wrote in his irked state ultimately became his biggest hit – Dancing in The Dark.

Read the full article: You Can’t Start a Fire…

“Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.” 
- Coria Kent

We’re all dying one minute, one hour and one day at a time – but time flies by so fast that we often aren’t aware of just how fleeting our moments really are.

We wake up one day and can’t believe another year or decade has gone by, and we ask ourselves….

Where did the time go? How did we not notice it passing?

I have a trick I’ve been using that really makes me value every moment, and today I’m going to share this trick with you.

Read the full article: The 10 Second Trick to Make Every Minute Count

We know that throughout our lives we will come across opportunities disguised as challenges, and often these are opportunities to change ourselves.

Today, I am going to show you the exact process I use to make better decisions.

These four questions have profoundly impacted my life and those of my clients when faced with a major crossroads.

 You may be standing at a deciding point in your life as well – and I know this guidance will help you make the most out of the precious moments of your life.

Read the full article: My Secret For Personal Growth and Change: How To Change Yourself

“In soloing – as in other activities – it is far easier to start something than it is to finish it.”
– Amelia Earhart

What would you do if you were not worried about the outcome – if you didn’t care whether you failed, succeeded, or what other people thought?  When I was young, I had no concept of what I was capable of – and I assumed I was capable of anything.

With that irrational, unfounded belief system – I dreamed solely based on what I desired. I never considered anything to be out of reach for me.

Unfortunately, such belief in my abilities turned out to be a recipe for failure in the short term …. and a life lesson that has stuck with me in the long term.

I’ll give you an example.

Read the full article: Start Things You Can’t Finish

By Sid Savara
Published March 17th 2014
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