Sunday, May 24, 2015

FOCUS and CONTROL

Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor.
It is anything that stands between you and the
life you want to be living.

Sandra Felton, THE ORGANIZER LADY®

Contents of New Ideas for Today
  1. Message of the Day - FOCUS
  2. More Help Here!
  3. Habit of the Day
  4. Family Reminder of the Day
  5. Quote of the Day
  6. Question of The Day
  7. From the Trenches - IN CONTROL
  8. More Info
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1. Message of the Day

FOCUS ON FOCUSING

Many, if not most, of us who are Messies
have a problem of maintaining attention to
what we are doing. Maybe it is a simple as
failing to close doors and drawers after we
use them. Maybe we abandon a job when it is
half finished. Sometimes lack of focus causes
us to leave our purse or credit card at a
check-out counter. Sometimes we are forgetful.
And, of course, being distracted away from
what we are doing and failing to return to
it is classic for those who have difficulty
maintaining focus.

All of these problems give birth to mega
problems with messes. Our lives unravel
organizationally when they are characterized
by lack of attention to details and systems
we must focus on if we are to live orderly lives.

What can you do about this problem?

The first is to recognize and embrace how troublesome
it is in our lives. Don't give yourself permission to
continue this behavior by saying you are just flighty
by nature.

Next begin to make small habit changes.

  • Slow down. Deliberately tell yourself that you do not need to rush.
  • Talk out loud to yourself at key points (not necessarily in public.) Verbalizing focuses attention.
  • Put up visual prompts such as signs reminding you what to do.
  • Change a few habits such as not leaving the payment counter of a store until you have put your credit card, check book, receipt, or whatever where it belongs. It is okay for the person behind you to wait a moment while you do this.
  • Simplify your life. Take on fewer activities. Buy fewer goods. Consolidate tasks. In general, simplify your life wherever possible.

Choose a few of these steps. Take them seriously and you will begin to find that it is possible to focus on focusing. Your life, and house, will be the better for it.
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2. More Help Here!


You may have noticed that the KISS Flipper is not available 
for purchase on the Messies website. Were you wondering why?

We are completely re-packaging this helpful tool!

The Keep It Super Simple Flipper concept remains the same. 
It will still have helpful and fun job cards, but it will be repackaged 
into a smaller overall size and at a better price!!

And, probably the best news is that you won't have to do anything 
at all to set it up. It will be completely ready to use as soon as you 
take it out of the mailer!

Wow!! Great News!!

Expected to be available in June
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3. Habit of the Day

USE LITTLE MINUTES
Whenever you have a minute or two, do a little something. Dusting, picking up a thing or two, filing a paper,these are things that can be done in a jiffy. Make this habit a part of your overall program and the house will begin magically to clear up.
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4. Family Reminder of the Day

In our family, the person who uses the last sheet
of toilet paper puts a new roll on the roller.

In our family, we write household needs on the white board.
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5. Quote of the Day

"Messiness is a disease of self neglect."

Messies Anonymous slogan from the book
Hope for the Hopeless Messie.

We would not allow anybody else to do to us
what we are doing to ourselves.

We would not deliberately do to others
what we are doing to ourselves.

Hope for the Hopeless Messie, exclusively available at
http://www.messies.com/index.php/component/content/article?id=24
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6. Question of The Day

How do you use the quotations?

Do you ever post the quotations on the wall read
them to your family, or write them in a book
to refer to later?

What else do you do with them?

Tell us by posting on Friends-of-The-Organizer-Lady.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Friends-of-The-Organizer-Lady
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7. From the Trenches

IN CONTROL

Last night, my daughter and her new husband
came for dinner..... normally I freak out,
having somebody over makes me soooo nervous.
I quickly cleaned the kitchen (while everybody
was swimming about 25-30 minutes), cooked dinner
AND washed the pans and skillet immediately after
cooking. Because there weren't a bunch of greasy
yucky pans to do, the load seemed much smaller,
so my husband and oldest son did the dishes.
I am waking up to a clean kitchen and clean
dishes! Yahoo!! AND I even knew what I was going
to cook for dinner the night before, which caused
me to do a little dance..... that doesn't usually
happen.... but it felt sooooo good to be able to say,
"want to stay for dinner?" Just like June Cleaver!!
tonight, stuffed red bell peppers..... I think they'll
be over again, twice in a row.... that is a record for
me! And the kitchen is already cleaned, I just have to
maintain it for the rest of the day. I can do that - right?!

Thanks to Tinkerlynn
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8. More Info

This is a simple program. We stick with the basics as
they are presented in these messages. Keep reading.
Keep adding one part of the program at a time.

Repetition is important.
Forward to friends if desired but not to other sites.
Read this whole posting or only what you can take in today,
then delete it.

Don't forget the daily reminders!!!
The daily Reminders and How-To's are found on our website at
"How to Begin" http://www.messies.com
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MESSIES ANONYMOUS SLOGANS

Please memorize this slogan and post it on your wall.

The secret to success is making very small, yet
very consistent, changes.

Or to make it short; Baby steps, baby steps in the
right direction.

Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Anonymous

79 © Sandra Felton 2010

THE ORGANIZER LADY® is a trademark of Sandra Felton, founder of Messies Anonymous.