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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…

Read the full article: Are You Feeling Lucky? It May Just Make You Feel More Appreciative

“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.

Read the full article: You Are Not Limited By What You Did Yesterday

“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

By Sid Savara
Published March 14th 2015
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