How Novelty (And A Phone Call) Are Good For Your Brain

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Did you know our behaviors and thoughts can be clutter? Not just metaphorically-literally, brain interference. Our brain is constantly responding to our choices, especially the prefrontal cerebral cortex, (PFC), the decision maker, or “CEO,” of our brains, and our choices are greatly influenced by our brain health.

One Joumorous principle is Rutted thinking- when you think the same thought again and again but you don’t take action, it drives you deeper into despair. When you finally are ready to deal with it, it feels worse than ever:

I have to call that guy back. I have to call that click to continue

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How to Prepare for the Unpreparable For

Joumor is decreasing anxiety through planning online

That’s why we have to party every day.
–Sue Fisch, my mother

The last two weeks have been hard for many of us. Death, disease, and war are always happening, but I made the mistake of listening to the news and somehow the litany seemed more unrelenting than usual.

Well, that was depressing! So where does Joumor come in?

After public speaking,
• Death
• Divorce and
• Moving

are people’s Top 3 Most Stressful and Feared Activities (so to speak). What’s so horrifying? Well, not only is there the grief and despair of loss and change, there … click to continue

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Prime Real Estate: How To Organize Your Stuff, Space and Time: Part II

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Everything is a decision.

Even if you haven’t stood in wonder in a cereal or toothpaste aisle, you are making decisions all day long. Some are small-which shirt, what size coffee, which train…and some are big-which partner, which city, which school…decisions, decisions!

Have you heard of decision fatigue? That’s when the prefrontal cerebral cortex, the CEO of our brains, responsible for high and low level decision-making, gets tired. This tiredness interferes with our ability to make subsequent decisions, which is why current productivity literature suggests we do the biggest and most challenging stuff early in the morning, when our … click to continue

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Prime Real Estate: How To Organize Your Stuff, Space and Time: Part I

Slide1We care about some things more than others.  When we can articulate that care and organize accordingly we can optimize our efficiency AND our environment.

This foundational Joumor concept is called Prime Real Estate. Why do people pay high prices to live in tiny apartments in Manhattan? You know the adage: Location, Location, Location!

Joumorous Prime Real Estate is defined by:

1. Value: Most people don’t use their passports everyday, but they keep them in a safe place. Whether it’s a safe, a desk drawer, or even an underwear drawer, people are inclined to put items of perceived value … click to continue

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How To Find Strength in Your Own Resistance

Joumor is...finding your strength in the resistance

Joumor is Joy + Humor. But how do we access this?

Riding my bike yesterday through New Forest, near Burley, England, I encountered a Joumorous irony: sometimes allowing things to be harder makes them easier.

The path Bike ride through New Forestwas gravelly, but after awhile I got the hang of the bumpiness and found speed. Zipping under the forest’s canopy with fallen trees on one side and wild horses grazing on the other was magnificent. But then the hills came, longer and larger than they seemed. Losing momentum and falling behind made it feel even harder than it probably was. I shifted … click to continue

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It takes 9 months to make a…

Joumor is not giving up

It takes 9 months to make a…

Joumor’s Reorganize Yourself Kit!

“Everything takes longer than you think.” –Sue Fisch, my mother

Did you ever get an idea to do something, get really excited, and then years later look back and wonder why it never came into reality?

In addition to the work of making my first product, here are some of the unexpected challenges I encountered:

  • The designer’s files were erased
  • The printer forgot to print things
  • Each iteration (5) was mysteriously thrown away (culprit still not discovered)
  • “Final” prototype price estimate: 10X expectations- redesign needed
  • “Final final” prototype price
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It Takes a Village…To Clean Your Room

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Growing up, I had the kind of kids’ room you see in movies- a safety hazard with stuff everywhere. My parents tried to make it better- they cajoled, threatened or insisted, but only one thing worked: a family member who was feeling relaxed would come and sit in my room and read. (It was the 80’s, there was nothing else to do!) They read quietly, and I took great pleasure in cleaning my room with them there. It felt good. I knew what to do. I had company who wasn’t criticizing or helping me. They were just there.

Who knew … click to continue

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How To Stand Up To Anxiety With 3 Simple Words

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The first and last time I ever “surfed” I was sixteen, in Hannah, Hawaii. My friend promised me it “wasn’t that hard,” and the 5 foot waves “weren’t that big.” Did I mention I’m from New Jersey?

I had just barely managed to stand up when a wave caught me, and moments later I went “over the falls.” If you’ve never had the pleasure, over the falls means the wave gives you a smackdown: you are thrown off the board and twist underwater like a piece of trash. If you’re lucky, you emerge inelegantly, as I did, with sand and … click to continue

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It’s 9am, Do You Know Where Your Important Documents Are?

Joumor is having your important documents

I had just turned 25 in 2002 when my dear Grandma Syd died. She was almost 93. Instead of moving to Queens, I moved into Grandma’s apartment in the East Village of Manhattan to help my family empty her legacy and prepare the apartment to sell.

The time came to submit the papers to the Co-op Board (a group of people who run the building) and the original deed was needed. Grandma was very organized, and the deed had been easily located. My mother instructed me to leave it on the breakfront near the front door for my aunt to … click to continue

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Your Hidden $$ Isn’t Under Your Mattress, Part I

About 5 years ago, my client and I were reorganizing her kitchen and dining room in her weekend home. Each time we opened a cabinet, we found a package of paper napkins. They were under the sink, up in the closet, even tucked in near the pots. It started to feel like a scavenger hunt, and the more we found, the more we laughed. In the end, she had 10 packages of 500 paper napkins. 5000 paper napkins.

Joumor is using what you already have

“Wow,” I asked, “you must use a lot of paper napkins?”
My client laughed. “Not at all! I buy them when they’re … click to continue

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