Declutter Group

If your clutter has taken over your house you’ll want to read this now

Get a handle on the clutter in your house by working together, breaking it down and following a simple guide

Re: Brand New Decluttering Coaching Group – Limited Room – Starts Jan 8th

To find out more about how you can start the year moving forward with your decluttering goal visit:

http://www.encouragingcoach.com/programs-decluttergroup.htmテつ

Are you all set for 2007?

Some things you may want to do this weekend to help complete the old year and set up for the new one:

  • Create a new file folder for Taxes 2007
  • Sort through your pile of papers
  • File any unfiled papers
  • Write birthdays and important dates in your calendar
  • Decide on a to do system for the year
  • Update your address book with your Christmas cards
  • Think of a theme for the next year ie: energy, action, gratitude, serenity (Post your theme in the comments)
  • Make a list of incompletions: projects not finished, things to fix, people to respond to, bookkeeping, email, overdue items, clutter, promises not kepts
  • Plan some fun for Jan and Feb

For later in January:

  • Update home inventory
  • Bring your email in box to empty
  • Review or set up your spending plan
  • Finish as many incompletions as possible so you can make room for the new

I sent the Weekly tips today. If you haven’t received them, that means you may not have clicked the confirmation email from when we moved lists. If you click the confirmation email, you will receive your tips, plus the Brand New Declutter Calendar. Or you can subscribe at: http://www.encouragingcoach.com/resources-newsletter.htm

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I hope this Christmas season you are able to take off more than just a couple days. Use that vacation time!

Katie tells how the hiatus has helped her work and life.

I think I will leave my laptop at home when I go visit my parents over Christmas time.

For the reviews and predictions project

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I can feel my heartbeat go quicker thinking about the brand new planners, my clear 2007 SARK calendar, and a new chance to make my life even more simpler and more fulfilling.

I have a vision in my head of how I want next year to be.

Of course I had a vision last year too. It’s easy to think I didn’t move forward at all. I didn’t lose 10 pounds, keep my house organized from top to bottom, make tons of money, and stay perfectly balanced in al aspects of my life. After all, that is what the perfectionist in me would say is success.

But, the rational side of me says that not everything you accomplish is through goals. And as long as some improvement is made you are headed in the right direction. I want to feel happy and successful about what I did do. The only one stopping me from that is that voice in my head that tells me I am never enough.

So, I told that voice to be quiet.

This is the year I:

  • started to get regular massages and get my hair cut at a real salon.
  • got rid of three activities that no longer interested me and had more time to pursue ones that did
  • set boundaries on work time
  • went to two fantastic seminars
  • introduced my son to Shakespeare at the theatre
  • swam every week in the spring and summer
  • switched to soft contacts
  • invited more people out to lunch
  • landscaped my yard with my husband
  • doubled my newsletter list
  • got closer with my Mom
  • went to three family reunions
  • had trials with my kids but still have a great relationship where we talk to each other
  • got certified as a Family Manager Coach
  • took the kids out of the midwest for the first time
  • went cavern exploring even though I was trembling in spots from the height
  • limited my time at one of my volunteer activities and added more time to another I am passionate about
  • started playing the piano again
  • played many games, did tons of crafts and went on lovely hikes with the family
  • signed up for the grocery game to cut coupon clipping time
  • stayed caught up with email most of the time
  • am half way done creating my business manual
  • and really spent time in spiritual matters

Now I feel energized and optimistic about the year ahead. What small changes or things did you accomplish this year? Go ahead, tell that voice in your head to be quiet.

Yesterday I talked about ways we get stuck in our lives. Mark Forster, wrote a great post on Keeping Your Life Moving.

Tip #3 is especially good and what I am playing with near the end of the year. “Decide what the ideal structure of your day, week and yearテつ would be, and go all out to get it into place. You can’tテつ balance your lifeテつ effectively without structure, and it’s no good having a structure which you can’t keep up in the long term.”

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James

It could’ve seen like a bad day yesterday. Among other things I sent out a newsletter to all my subscribers with links leading to nothing. Because of all the activity the autoresponder made on my web host they made my site go down. No warning. One minute I sent out a newsletter. The next I am checking the site and nothing.

I thought it may have to do with a credit card that got a new expiration date this month. So after support sent me to billing, I put in my new card information. Later I got a note saying I was paid till next August.

That’s when they told me about the autoresponder situation. By this time I had quite a bit of email wondering why the links I sent them didn’t work.

I said I was moving systems anyway, which I am. They told me as long as I disabled the autoresponder they would put my site back up.

I emailed back letting them know I couldn’t disable the autoresponder because my site wasn’t up and I couldn’t get access to my control panel.

Finally hours later my site was up.

If I had spent my time whining about my site being down, wallowing in frustration or deciding it was too hard to deal withテつ my site would probably still be down.

However, as David Allen says in his book, “Ready for Anything” when you find yourself faced with challenges you need to do one thing, “Determine the next move.” This is for small crises like a site being down or big setbacks like a bad health diagnosis or a job loss.

“How do you want to be feeling about your situation and what action will bring you closer to that reality?” If we fall into the trap of why me and life stinks we move no closer to where we want to be. Life is what it is and complaining about our fate doesn’t help us.
Where in your life have you allowed self-pity and panic bring your life to a stand still? What is the next small action you can take to move your life in the direction you want it to go?

1. Listen to soft, soothing music before bed to help you fall asleep faster.

2. Plug some vacation days and days off into your 2007 calendar.

3. Spend 15 minutes beginning a spending plan for next year.

4. Take a destressing walk after dinner.

5. Have a list of things to do if you or the kids are on vacation this week.

6. If you are going out of town, pack less than usual.

7. Enjoy a spiritual evening.

I have just created gift certificates so you can give the gift of coaching to family and friends. A unique gift that can improve their lives for the better and be a catalyst for simplifying their lives.

Do you know anyone into personal development, interested in coaching or yearning for a simpler life? You can find the gift certificates here:http://www.encouragingcoach.com/coaching-gift-certificates.htm

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What are you favorite holiday memories? Are you doing anything similar this season? Are you taking time to have a little fun?

A couple of my favorite holiday memories: Going to the Museum of Science and Industryテつ and seeing the Christmas Around the World trees every year. Then we would look at the magnificent Nutcracker and other holiday store windows. I would always be amazed when we would go to Marshall Fields with what seems like 50 floors.

I also loved when we would hop in the car one evening to look at all the lights, going down small roads so we could slow down to ooo and aah. A few displays we had to stop the car to take it all in.

We don’t live as close to Chicago as we did when I was a kid. But, I see that the Fredrick Meijer Gardens also has a Christmas Around the World we might take the kids too.

And we already took the kids to see all the lights (which seem to go up earlier each year.) I loved hearing the excitement of the kids as they enjoyed the lights.

Have a Merry Christmas Season!