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23
SEP
2015

To Change Habits, Small Rewards Lead to Big Results

What comes to mind when you hear the word, “reward?” A bonus? A massage? Chocolate? These things may be nice and feel satisfying in the moment, but do they really help us to improve our behavior? What are the types of rewards that will help us change habits? When we...
26
MAR
2015
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Quieting the Inner Critic

Has your inner critic been wreaking havoc lately? We all have those little voices that point out our flaws, or worse, say very mean things to us. The process of going through years of accumulated papers and possessions creates a real playground for our inner critic, as we are...
27
FEB
2015
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Change from Within

I was asked how to ensure lasting results when working with an organizer. Whether it’s maintaining a newly organized space or adopting any other new habit, I think the answer is not to focus on immediate change, but instead to focus on the intended result, so the new...
21
JAN
2015
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Self Compassion

De-cluttering, organizing and attempting new habits can stir up that inner critic. We are reminded of missed opportunities and mistakes; of things we wish we had done better, or differently, or not at all. Our imperfections and flaws take center-stage. If you’re thinking...
08
JUN
2014
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Labels Spare Our Brains for the Hard Stuff

I’ve written in the past about how important labels are. They help us figure out what we’re looking at and where to put things, so that we don’t have to think too much. Recently, I had an “aha” moment about another way that we use labels. We...
18
APR
2014

Sometimes, You Just Have to Show Up

A self-employed entrepreneur recently hired me for time management coaching. He juggles multiple projects and was specifically asking for help in breaking things down into smaller pieces, setting mini-deadlines, and “backwards planning” in an effort to avoid the...
18
FEB
2014

Rethinking Rewards

“How will you reward yourself?” This is what I ask clients when we’re discussing habit change. Rewards have been very helpful to me in my own struggles to change habits, and I’ve been surprised by the rewards that are the most effective. They have nothing...
26
JAN
2014

Failure

Caught an interview with vaccum innovator James Dyson on NPR’s Science Friday. I loved his discussion of failure, stating how it’s necessary for learning to occur. We often don’t make decisions because we’re afraid of making the wrong choice. We...
08
JAN
2014

Sustaining Motivation

My husband and I were discussing our favorite iPhone games. We narrowed it down to those that require hand-eye coordination vs. those that require logic . I much prefer logic games that don’t have a time limit. I get easily frustrated at games that are timed, and often give...
03
JAN
2014

Can You Use a Body Double?

I came across this article describing the use of body doubles. No, a body double isn’t someone to stand in for you when you have your picture taken, at least not in this context. A body double is a person who stays present with you while you do tasks that you know how to...