The Cult of Speed

We are perpetually trying to get more done in a day. But like the White Rabbit in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, the hurrier up we go, the behinder we get.

It appears that we never have enough time, and always have too much to do. A University of Kansas study tested a theory that time appears to speed up when individuals group their experiences into categories, rather than experiencing each moment as distinct.

Carl Honoré in his book In Praise of Slowness notes that slowing down actually helps us to get more done. He sites a private high school that discontinued the practice of giving homework assignments, choosing to let kids rest and relax after school. Test scores went up by 20 percent in the first year.

Knowing that slowing down helps us to actually do more, we can choose to not participate in the cult of speed. We can take our time to really savor the moment. We can put our full attention on what we are doing, take pleasure in doing it well, and immerse ourselves in the experience of doing it.

Think about when time feels like it is dragging and when it feels like the hours have flown by? The quality that helps us not get caught in the trap of time is focus. When we focus our attention fully on what is at hand, not only does time seem to fly by, but we are able to attend to our tasks more quickly and fully.

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“We must use time creatively — and forever realize that the time is always hope to do great things.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

time-mgcOne of the main complaints I hear from clients is that their to-do lists are so long and they can never get everything done. Well, of course not, because we are always adding new things to our lists. We do not live in a static universe.

Two ideas to help you conquer your to-do list:

1. Do one thing on your list every day of the year. Choose something that doesn’t take very long if you have a busy day. That way, you will have accomplished at least 365 things each year. Instead of just working off your list, create a plan. What do you want your life to look like in three months, six months, one year and five years? What do you want to accomplish? Then look at your to-do list and cross out right now anything that does not support those goals. Choose to act based on what you plan to be not on what others expect you to do.

2. When you look at your list, you can do things that are urgent and important first. But be sure you don’t do things that are urgent but unimportant just because they seem urgent. A prime example is answering email which has become a time consuming task in the last ten years but which we all seemed to manage without fifteen years ago.

Check out The Four-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss for great ideas on how to limit the email you get. Ferriss, by the way, spends two hours a week (on Monday mornings) on answering email. How much time do you spend?

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Clear Your Space, Clear Your Head | Workshop Series

The Magic of Organizing to Change your Life

Join me at Wellness Rocks! in Clinton, NJ in July and August for a 3-class series on the surprising benefits of organization and the different methods that are available to you as well as how to realistically apply these organizational tips and skills… so you will always be able to make it to your appointments on time,  find that phone number, and manage your time (and life) efficiently with tips and helpful tools designed for your learning style to help you reach your goals.

 

Finding Your Organizing Style – Sunday, July 31 ·  4:30-6:30 

Did you know that every person organizes differently? Visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners use different techniques and tools to organize their stuff. Find out more about your learning style and how you can navigate the world better with tips and tricks specifically designed for you.

Clear Your Desk, Clear Your Mind – Sunday, August 7 ·  4:30-6:30

When the time comes that you can no longer see the top of the desk, because of all the clutter covering it, it is time to organize and clean your desk. If you can’t find slips of paper on which you wrote important phone numbers, and you know you received information you sent for, but it’s buried in a pile of paper, this class is for you. A neat desk is always easy to work on, and find things easily. Learn how to get to the bottom of the piles on your desk and adopt the habits that will keep your desk clear now and in the future.

Organizing for the Creative Brain – Date TBA

Have you ever wondered why you struggle with being organized? Does your stuff seem to take on a life of its own? This fun-shop shares right-brain styles for conquering clutter, mastering time, and reaching your goals. Unlock your Creative Force power to organize your desk, your time and your life, all in a manner consistent with the way creative people think.

 

Cost: $30 per class or $80 for the series of 3 classes

Wellness Rocks
28 Center Street
Clinton, NJ 08809
WellnessRocksNJ.com 

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Why are my husband’s tools all over the garage floor?

I ran into a woman who wanted to know why her husband kept putting his tools on the garage floor. For the visual learner, the floor is a horizontal version of vertical wall space. Visual learners need to be able to see their stuff to use it. Put a tool or a piece of paper in a drawer and close it, and that item disappears from their life like a magician’s rabbit. Toolboxes with lids are pretty much the worst way a visual learner can store his or her tools.

Now storing things on the floor is certainly messy and possibly dangerous (if you trip on the stuff), so how can we help this man? The key is to create storage he can see on the walls rather than the floor. He’s only using the floor because gravity is making it easy for him to do so.

Hanging slatwall and hooks or putting up open shelving with bins can help the visual learner find their stuff. To make it easy to put items away after use, labels with pictures are key. For slatwall, pictures of hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, etc. can be affixed to the slatwall or pegboard where each item goes, or an outline of the tool can be created where the hook is. If you are using bins, make sure to label them both with pictures of what’s in them and with words.

Finally, make sure the visual learner is on board with all of this, part of the creation process, and understands how to use his or her new system.

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Get Organized 2013

January is GO Month and it is time to start the New Year off right. How do visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners stay organized throughout the year? Each learner learns differently and they complete tasks at their own pace. Just remember if you set your mind to it, you will achieve your goal. Don’t give up!  All learners should create a list of the things that are important and not important to them, so they know what they want to complete during the year. Then make a list of the top three items that you would want to complete that are the most important to you. For all learners, keep everything in their respective areas, so everything is in reach. Get rid of things that you don’t need or use anymore. If others can use it, donate it to various organizations.

 What tools are best for each learner to use in order to get organized for the New Year?

For the visual learner to stay organized throughout the year is to label everything. If something in your house is not labeled, put a label on it. Color code your files and boxes and categorize your items by what they are used for in your house. For example, your kitchen cabinet should be labeled by different categories such as baking items, canned goods, pasta, cereal, etc.

The auditory learner will use mnemonic devices to help them stay organized. They like to repeat things out loud, so they know what they need to complete. Use your phone or Outlook to set up alarms to remind you of events and tasks that you need to do.

The kinesthetic learner loves to create and manipulate things with their hands. The types of tools they like to use are calendars and creating lists. They like to color code things as well, so they know what they have to complete. Color code your calendar with different types of activities happening that month. Build something. If something needs to be put together, this is the perfect time for the kinesthetic learner to use their hands to complete a task.

These tools will be helpful to the different types of learners. The key to staying organized is to be honest with yourself and be able to assess yourself of what you are trying to accomplish. People need to create systems, time management skills and establish habits that will work for them in order to have a more organized New Year.

 

 

 

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Getting Ready for 2013

How does the kinesthetic learner prepare themselves for the New Year? By doing different activities and staying busy during the year. The kinesthetic learner loves to be active and manipulate things with their hands. When it comes to making your New Year’s Resolution, you need to set realistic goals that are within your reach. The kinesthetic learner should set goals that are compatible with their learning style and abilities.

New Year Resolution #1:

One resolution is to set-up a chart of activities that need to be completed each month. Pick one project each month that needs to be done such as building a book shelf, painting a room, etc.

New Year Resolution #2:

Take 20 minutes a day to do some type of exercise to keep yourself moving, calm and relaxed. Some activities a TKL person can do are yoga, dance lessons, Pilates, or walking. Keeping in shape and reducing stress will help you have an exciting new year.

New Year Resolution #3:

Create to do lists each day on a dry erase board of the different activities that need to be completed during the week such as grocery shopping, cleaning the bathroom, etc.

Those are some New Year’s Resolutions that a kinesthetic learner can make to have a successful new year. Staying active and doing different things around the house will make the TKL stay calm and organized throughout the year.

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Music to My Ears

Auditory learners learn best through saying things out loud and using mnemonic devices to help them keep themselves organized. At this time of year, an auditory learner can stay organized for the holiday season with the sound of music. How can music help? By coming up with new slogans and songs, music can be used while doing chores to help keep you organized for the holiday season.

The holiday season is supposed to be a fun and stress free time of year. Why not incorporate music into your daily chores? It’s the perfect way to get the kids involved. Assemble your team — family members — together and go over the chores of the day and what needs to be organized. Use a funny mnemonic device of what needs to be done first — something that everyone will remember. An example of one is Kindly Bake a Dozen Cakes for the Original Santa (KBDCOS). The capital letters stand for kitchen, baking, decorating, cooking, organizing boxes and sending out holiday cards, which is the order for the chores of the day.

To make the work more merry, especially if you have young children, incorporate a different holiday tune such as Jingle Bells while you are organizing. For example:

Organize, Organize, Sort it all the way!
Oh what fun to work together
In an organizing way hey!

Getting the family together and creating songs and mnemonic devices will help the kids and the rest of the family stay organized and have fun during the holiday season.

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