Stuck In an Elevator: Joumor Time Management Lessons

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Yesterday I had 2 appointments after a full workday. Following my own Joumor rules, I scheduled what felt like an absurd amount of time between them, which gave me 1.5 hours to get from 14th St./5th Ave to 52nd St./8th Ave. Any New Yorker knows this can be accomplished in less than a half hour with the trusty MTA (public transportation). However, in Joumor’s Rules for Time Management, not only do we multiply the estimated […]

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What Marie Kondo Gets Wrong

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Lately people are mentioning the Japanese professional organizer Marie Kondo and her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up*. I absolutely agree that there IS life changing magic when one tidies up. It’s great that her book has helped many people, and anyone who has completed their book and made it to the NY Times Bestseller list is certainly admirable. That said, the way we go about things is really important. Life changes and […]

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Why Hard is Good

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You know what’s easy? Punishing ourselves. Setting ourselves up to fail. Making the same choices and being disappointed in the same results. Blaming others. Being overwhelmed. Not finishing things….and all that other unjoumorous stuff… Last week my new client wanted to put some items in the car while we working on a fairly large project. I asked him to wait until we were done categorizing, but he told me I was micromanaging and put the […]

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Where There’s a Will There’s…Clutter!

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Organizing your abandoned paperwork is one of the most stressful, exhausting and tedious things you can do. So the Joumor (joy + humor + relief) payoff waiting for you on the other side of dealing with it is fantastic.  Want to take it up a transformational notch? Deal Joumorously with a family member’s will. The payoff is so huge it just might change your life. My client has been dealing with her Baubee’s (Yiddish for grandmother) will […]

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Make (Literal) Room For Your Dreams

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There’s more to Joumor than meets the eye. It might sound kind of woo-woo, but one of my special skills is feeling my clients’ clutter and somehow knowing w hat things need to be dealt with. When I walked into my client’s office today it was almost like the greeting card on the mantel was speaking to me. “Hmm, something with that,” I thought, but said nothing. When catching up, it’s important to follow strict Joumor protocol. […]

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There’s Always A Way

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One of my dear California clients and I work together by video on Skype 2x/week. We are clearing her desk, redoing her filing system, and improving her clutter-free connection with the people in her life. Last week, unbeknownst to us, Skype was not working globally. We thought it was us. After trying it a few times we restarted our computers but to no avail. Then we tried Skype on our phones, but the video didn’t […]

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How Joumor and a Smile Helped Me Win the Playoffs

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In 2003, a rabbi client of mine joked (seriously), “The dogma of any religion is: we’re right and you’re not.” I’ve always remembered that, because it’s true of people in general- we usually think our way is right, at least until proven otherwise. How Joumor Productivity Principles are everywhere: A couple of weeks ago was the first night of Pool (Billiards) League Playoffs. Our team was playing a team we had never met before. The […]

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The Best Daily Productivity Action

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Is it calling 6 prospects? Clearing your desk? Eating and hydrating? Exercising? Reconciling your finances? Getting enough rest? These are all excellent activities to do daily. However, these are tasks to take inside a productive infrastructure. And the fastest way to build your productive infrastructure is by….dum da da dummm…. Review and Confirm your schedule for the day that just completed AND the following day. My students and clients use Joumor’s Daily Scheduling Tool and the […]

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The Magic of Joumor

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I really don’t believe in magic. –J.K. Rowling “Miranda” spent the last two weeks with me Joumorizing her life. She dealt in great detail with her finances, finishing her grandmother’s will, initiating a divorce, supporting her children going off to college, as well taking on a new position in her career. The other night at 11pm she received an invitation that was her greatest desire (which she had written down the day before). By 9am […]

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The Race to Perseverance

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“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” -Walter Elliott This quote by Walter Elliot is sooooo Joumorous, isn’t it? Because everything is about all the tiny decisions we make all day every day. That’s what we’re working on at the Joumor Institute: Identify your vision. Remove what doesn’t belong. Break things down into tiny manageable pieces. CHOOSE choices that lead you to your goal, over and over Unitask […]

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