The Grief of Letting Go

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In our final class of last month’s Productivity for YOUR Brain, students rated themselves on accomplishing their goals. One student rated herself a 5/5 but was close to crying. “I finished my goal the day after the first class. And I’ve done so much since then in the last month. But I feel terrible. Sad. Empty. Why? What’s wrong with me?” She had stumbled onto the Joumor Principle, The Grief of Letting Go, and was […]

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How Do I Get My Husband To…

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“Each relationship nurtures a strength or weakness within you.” -Mike Murdock Thank you! Newsletter reader Ileane sent in this great question: “How do I get my husband to clean up his parents’ memorabilia that’s laying in boxes in our downstairs useable area?” Many clients and students ask how they can “get” their spouse or children or boss or partner…or even themselves to “do” something. There are 2 seemingly obvious answers that I have heard or […]

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Getting in the Mood…;) VIDEO

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“Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.” Mason Cooley Sometimes we’re in the mood to do things, and it’s easy- we absorb ourselves in our passion and can work for days or months and it never feels like work. We have energy, we laugh easily, we feel generous…but what about the rest of the time, when the muse is not there for us to make love to? In some cases we can continue little […]

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A Passover Lesson From Dr. Seuss

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“Man is free only when he can realize and accept his limitations.” – Friedrich Nietzsche Most of you reading this article are familiar with the biblical Passover story of the Jewish slaves escaping (or being released) from their Egyptian captors. Observant Jews refrain from eating leavened bread for the 8 days of Passover in remembrance of the Sabbath bread (challah) that failed to rise as they rushed out of Egypt and opt for matzah instead. […]

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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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