Author Archive | Leah Fisch

“Success is Neither Magical Nor Mysterious…”

“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.” -Jim Rohn I’m writing to you from the high of my Productivity Power Mastermind Study Hall. It was so powerful! This week, perhaps due to weather, people felt really cluttery. Tasks and projects were heavy, felt hard and there was a lot of avoiding going on. But by the end of class people were smiling and amazed at their […]

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Do You Have Fear of the Known?

Sometimes I’m scared of my drawers.” -MN, Joumor student Lots of people have the intention to declutter each new year. So what keeps them from succeeding? EMOTIONS. BRAIN FUNCTION. THEIR BODIES. (We’re going to focus here on emotions and brain function, and we’ll return to your body in the upcoming weeks. 😉 It’s well known that we have a lot of emotions wrapped up in/with our stuff, like nostalgia or shame or even confusion- “What […]

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Do you really want it, or just want to complain?

“Don’t complain to me if you’re not going to do anything about it.” – Grover to Otis, Kicking and Screaming, 1995, directed by Noah Baumbach (my favorite movie 🙂 Do what it takes There are things you say you want. But are you willing to do what it takes to get them? It’s not original or unusual- in fact it’s pervasive: Most people “want” things but would never do what it takes to get there. […]

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The Procrastination Protector

Hillary Rettig is a procrastination expert who writes and speaks about it frequently. Years ago I attended a talk where she said, “People procrastinate because they want to avoid the same failure they’ve had in the past.” It struck me, and I never forgot it- the compassionate view on procrastination appealed to me. We avoid things that make us feel bad– procrastination in that case, or in the case of something we are scared of, […]

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The Erotic Freedom of Decluttering

As a 25 year-old who had traveled internationally a fair amount on her own, I considered myself rather worldly. When I began this work of organizing and decluttering, I entered into a whole new world- the interior one of the mind, that was new and much more textured and intricate than international travel. To me the process of organizing and decluttering was straightforward- things weren’t the way people wanted them to be. They needed a little or […]

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What do Passover, Productivity, and Joumor Have In Common?

One word. FREEDOM. Passover is the biblical story of the Jewish people being freed from slavery in Egypt, wandering in the desert for 40 years, and finally arriving in the land of Israel after all sorts of wacky miracles occur. It’s a dramatic tale with lots of gore and nailbiting adventures….What I like about Passover are the rich metaphors, and aside from the storytelling and the enormous annual feast laden with tradition, each year I […]

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