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January 2011
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January 31:

“The great danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."- Michelangelo Buonarroti

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January 31:

Organize Your Goals
One month into 2011, how are you doing with your resolutions? If your goals are starting to slip out of reach, take a minute today to get back on track. Choose just one goal to focus on, write it down, and post it somewhere you’ll see it daily. Then at the start of each week, write down in your planner one measurable way you’re going to work at achieving the goal. By breaking your large goal into smaller mini-goals and by writing everything down, you make the process less overwhelming and keep yourself committed.

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By Carmen Coker

It's something which we all aspire to do. But it's one of those things that is often easier said than done, especially in today's fast-paced world.

Not only do we have to deal with the outside factors that the world throws at us, we also have to deal with inside factors as well - namely, ourselves.

In general, human beings are inclined to over-do everything. We over-commit, over-schedule, over-analyze, over-achieve, and over-complicate (just to name a few). And all of these, in turn, lead to over-whelm.

So herein lies the million dollar question: how do you live simply?
And the answer: make conscious choices to do so.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness, once explained his philosophy on simplicity as "...seeing less so I can see more, doing less so I can do more, acquiring less so I can have more."

Hmmmm...let's rewind and read that one more time.

- SEEING LESS so I can SEE MORE.

- DOING LESS so I can DO MORE.

- ACQUIRING LESS so I can HAVE MORE.

Let me ask you - do you tend to complicate your life and your work by seeing more, doing more, and acquiring more than necessary?

If so, your challenge for this week (and hopefully for long-term as well) is to simplify something.

- If you're tempted to buy something, think twice. Is this item going to truly add value to your life?

- If you're tempted to do something, think twice. Is this task essential to your personal or career goals?

- If you're tempted to look at something, think twice. Is this visual going to distract your focus and productivity?

From this point on...when you are tempted, err on the side of simplicity! Making conscious choices to do so will bring positive change into your life in a BIG way.

Thanks Carmen!

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Carmen Coker is a former U.S. Air Force officer turned professional organizer and productivity expert. She provides organizing resources for small business at www.OrganizedEntrepreneur.com and for home life at www.OrganizeClutterbugs.com.

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January 31:

 February already? The first month of the year may have zipped by for some (or dragged on and on), but tomorrow is a fresh start. Today, look back on the month to see what projects were left unfinished. What contact was forgotten. Or, what resolution went undone. February is a short month, so be sure you organize all the tasks you need to get done now, so by February 28th you aren’t feeling overwhelmed.

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January 28:

"The right of commanding is no longer an advantage transmitted by nature; it is the fruit of labors, the price of courage."-Voltaire

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January 28:

Organize Your Receipts
If you’re constantly finding crumpled receipts in the bottom of your bag, today’s the day to make a change. The Receipt.catcher can help. This handy little accordion file includes nine labeled sections that make it a cinch to classify your receipts and find them later. As you spend throughout the week, put your receipts in the file. At the end of the week, go through and save only the receipts you may need for tax purposes or returns. This will ensure your essential receipts are safe and easily accessible when you need them.

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Thanks for stopping by GO this week! If you're playing catch-up, here are the GO posts from this week:

+ Unless you’re a professional chef, we’re betting that one of the most stressful and frustrating parts of your week/day is meal planning. Agree? Read more.

+ Have you prioritized the way you organize your health? You should!

+ Do you have an organizational plan for your home? Read our Guru's.

+ Finally, want to know what our Top 10 Products are? See this week's Eye Candy.

+ Even if January is almost over, you can still find double the GO tips here.

And... the top cheered post of the week? "My Organizing Plan" article by Miranda Frazier. Read it.

See you next week!

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Happy Friday! What's the one to-do that you have excused yourself from all week? Not anymore. Today is the day to cross it off your list, finally. Make that appointment you've been putting off, finish that project that's been weighing on your mind, or reply that email that has been sitting in your Inbox all week. Trust us. You'll feel better once it's completed.

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January 27:

"Until we take how we see ourselves (and others) into account, we will be unable to understand how others see and feel about themselves and their world. Unaware, we will project our intentions on their behavior. Not terribly proactive, right?"—Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, page 67

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January 27:

Organize Your Computer Files
Organizing computer files can seem like a daunting task (so many documents…). Start today with small, manageable steps. Here are a couple ideas to get you started: at the start of each week, put the files for your current projects on your desktop for easy access. At the end of the week, digitally file the documents you no longer need front and center. Next, choose a naming convention that works for you and save all your documents using that convention. Finally, create a file for every project and put everything related to the project in that file—it will make things much easier to find.

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