The Personal Time Horizons


“The Future starts today, not tomorrow”
– Pope John Paul II

Last week I woke up in a cold sweat.  It was the middle of the night, and I should have been exhausted: but I was too excited, and I had to write down what I had just dreamt.

In my dream, I was talking to a friend about how far we had come in our live – and the approaches to life that had gotten us there.

This model of time is so simple, and once you use it in your life you’ll see why you’ve failed or succeeded in managing your own time.

Unconsciously, I’ve been applying it to goal setting and teaching it to clients for years.

And today, I am going to share it with you.

Are You Feeling Lucky? It May Just Make You Feel More Appreciative

I‘m flying down the freeway in my rental, the cool crisp Chicago breeze blowing in my window – and man am I in a foul mood.

I’m only 5 minutes away but I can’t wait to get home.

It’s cold, I’m hungry, I’m flipping through the stations and nothing I like is on the radio.

A long day of errands and rainy weather has left me soaking wet and beat.

All I want to do is get out of these clothes and into a hot shower.

I flip through the stations for what feels like the hundredth time when suddenly …..I hear a familiar guitar riff and my eyes lights up.

In an instant, my whole mood changes…

You Are Not Limited By What You Did Yesterday

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
–George Eliot

I love to read, but more than that, I love to share wisdom and inspiration that I find.

When I find something especially good, I can barely contain my excitement.

I send entire passages to friends – whether by text, email, or even taking a picture and sending it out.

Inspiration is a funny thing: when something moves you, when something strikes just the right chord, in that moment everything can change.

That’s why, today, I am excited to share this passage with you.

If you’ve been a friend or reader of mine for a few years you may recognize it: I first came across is three years ago.

The 10 Minute Difference Between Stress and Happiness

“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness.

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.”
Charles Dickens

Imagine a day in my life, a few years ago….

Brrrinngg!!! The alarm snaps me awake, but do I get up? No! Hit the snooze and lay in bed. Just a few minutes more…

The alarm goes off again – and now I know I absolutely have to get up.

I scarf down my breakfast as I try to juggle priorities in my head. Why? Because this is no time to look at my todo list – I know I’m already behind schedule!

I run out the door to head to a meeting – and in my rush forget something important. Only…I don’t realize it until I’m well on my way.

When I finally notice my mistake, I have to make a decision:  do I go back for it and end up even further behind? Or do I accept it and deal with the fallout of being ill prepared?

I haven’t even started my day yet – and I’m already behind.

The Four Types Of Action – Answer To Yourself

“Action expresses priorities.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Think back…but not too far. Just the past few hours. Maybe the past twenty-four hours. How do you feel about them? Do you feel like they represent your priorities and where you want your life to go? Or do you feel like you can do better – and were meant for more?

I was reading through my journal and came across an entry from one of those days that I just didn’t feel like I’d done my best.

It struck me because when we’re really honest with ourselves, that emotion and inspiration comes through even days and months later.

If you’ve maybe been coasting a little bit through your days – then this is definitely for you. Read on.

The Definitive Guide to Organize Your Life And Get Rid of Clutter

“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