Getting Out of Your Own Way

Raise your hand if you are good at making excuses to avoid doing something. (I would raise mine, but then I wouldn’t be able to continue typing.) If you’ve been reading my Organizing Tips for a while, you may remember that six years ago, I lost 40 pounds. You can find those details in “Lightening the Load“. Then I wrote about having kept the weight off for one year in “Keeping It Off‘”. Given all the wisdom that I shared in…

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In Praise of Routines

The word “routine” is often used in a derogatory way to describe repetitive activities that do not delight or inspire. But I’m a big fan of establishing routines. They enable us to free up our brains to concentrate on other things. After I finished graduate school, I moved into my first apartment and started a full-time job. During the first few months, I sometimes stopped myself on the way to the subway and went back home to make sure I had…

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Keeping It Off

Today marks an important milestone for me. It is exactly one year that I have kept off the 40 pounds that I lost over a six-month period in 2014. I’ve lost weight before on various programs, but I have never been successful in keeping all of it off for one year. What made the difference this time? I have concluded that a successful weight loss program is like an organizing project. These are the key aspects. Having a goal.  I had a clear…

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Lightening the Load

When my daughter was a toddler, she used to crack us up by saying, “I do it myself,” immediately followed by “Help!”   Her desire for independence was strong, but not strong enough to overcome her youthful lack of competence. As grownups, it can be hard to admit when we need help.  I’ve written before about the ways in which I have sought professional assistance to accomplish important personal goals (see my prior tip, “Getting Help When You Need It“).  A…

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Pack Your Sneakers

Don’t you love it when you have the opportunity to disprove an assumption that you have made about yourself?  I sure do. As you may know already, the only reason I do vigorous exercise twice a week is because I’ve hired a personal trainer to come to my home.  Without someone showing up at my door and staring at me until I start moving, it’s just not going to happen.  (If you need similar motivation and live in NYC, I cannot…

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