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“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.

Read the full article: The 10 Minute Difference Between Stress and Happiness

“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.

Read the full article: The Four Types Of Action – Answer To Yourself

“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

By Sid Savara
Published July 30th 2014
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