This isn’t so bad

“This isn’t so bad” is perhaps one of the more frequent statements I hear out of my client’s mouths. It doesn’t quite matter if we are sorting stuff, culling emails, consolidating post-its or any of the other numerous tasks that go into becoming more organized and productive, I hear it often…”this isn’t so bad”.

What’s that about? Could it possibly be that:

  • creating order and structure actually is a relief?
  • getting rid of excess actually feels good?
  • being in control of one’s responsibilities actually is a good thing?

Yes, I’m convinced of all that, and I’m convinced that having some semblance of order contributes to a better life overall.

Then why is it so hard to do it? The easy answer is because there are so other things we have to do that it’s hard to prioritize taking care of our work space. What if we were to reframe this? For those of you who love to exercise and would never miss a workout, but the thought of spending time getting your office or desk or kitchen island in shape is horrifying – ask yourself why is this any different?

Organizing is simply a workout for your space. Without the maintenance of taking care of your stuff, your space gets sluggish, inefficient and blob-like. Once you invest a bit of time and energy into taking care of it you feel lightened up, more agile and more nimble. And that isn’t so bad.

Make Space – See What’s Possible

Our lives are busy and full to the extent that we are like the Energizer Bunny that just keeps going and going and going. I know I feel like sometimes I take a licking and keep on ticking? My clients share with me that they feel that way too. What if we were to hit the pause button, what would happen?

For me creating space both physically and in my calendar enables me to see what is most important. Only then am I able to focus on the things that are fulfilling and really matter. Actually, the pause is the only way I can see what matters and is important. (Can you tell I just got back from a weekend yoga retreat?) It makes all the difference.

How can you make space?   Continue reading »

Password Isn’t A Game Show Anymore

Much has been written about password safety over the years, but with the recent hacking of my favorite app EVERNOTE it finally affected me. No information was stolen from Evernote files but Evernote did a automatic reset on all 50 million user passwords in what the company called “an abundance of caution.”

I’ve studied password security and am well aware that experts advise that you have different passwords for each and every site. I just counted and that means I would have to remember roughly over 150 passwords. Ha! Many experts also advise that you use special software to help you remember your passwords and that they are computer generated so no one can guess them.

And how many people in real life do this? Of the many many clients I’ve seen over the years I can say hardly any. What I see is that the clients use the same password, or version of the same password over and over again.    Continue reading »