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What CAN You Do?

We all experience unfortunate situations that throw a big old wrench in our plans.  For me recently, the wrench was a power outage on a Friday morning.   Whatever its nature, the wrench is almost guaranteed to create internal dialogue like mine when the power went out at 8AM:      “Ugh!  How am I […]

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New Year, New Beginnings…Set Yourself Up For Success!

I wasn’t planning to write a post this morning on New Year’s resolutions.  In fact, when a client asked my opinion on New Year’s resolutions a few weeks ago I replied, “My feeling is that if you want to create change in your life there is no reason to wait for a traditional day, such […]

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Have You Given Thought to Your Values Lately?

When was the last time you actively gave thought to your values?  Not the values of stocks in your portfolio or the values of baseball cards in your collection, YOUR values, your personal values to be specific. These values are something few individuals take the time to consider, let alone build an awareness of.  I […]

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Essentialism: Some Thoughts on the New York Times Best Seller by Greg McKeown

I recently finished Greg McKeown’s book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, which is essentially about how to live a more purposeful, focused and intentional life.  I’ve been experimenting with minimalism: actively reducing my number of possessions and the number of commitments in my life.  As such, I was intrigued by the idea of essentialism. […]

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Tools for a Better Life: an Organizer Coach

I’ve been asked on many occasions what makes an organizer coach different from a professional organizer.  I explain the differences on my FAQ page, but some folks learn better by watching a video than by reading, which is why I’m excited to share with you my recent podcast for Smead Organomics.  Please take a look and get a better […]

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Curious About Your Values? What are You Grateful For?

Yesterday was another snow day here along the North Coast.  I say “another” because we’ve had so many in the past two months, I’ve lost count.  I love snow, I really do, but when we’ve had as much snow & cold as we have this year, even I find myself saying, “Enough Already!”  As frustrated […]

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Getting Organized? Find the Right Support Using ICD

Is your goal to get organized in 2014?  I can’t think of a better place to begin the search for support than the website of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD).  Information available to you there includes: Audio recordings on such topics as: Understanding Chronic Disorganization, Introduction to ADHD & Procrastination, and Understanding the Clutter-Hoarding Scale. […]

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Introducing the Catalyst for Change Experience™

Over the years, many of you have commented to me that you’d love to take part in a group coaching experience, where you can connect with other adults diagnosed with ADHD or who wonder if they might have ADHD.  Those comments have not gone unnoticed and thanks to a number of you willing to connect with me […]

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Interesting Interview with ADHD Expert, Ari Tuckman

On two occasions in this blog I’ve recommended a book by ADHD expert, Ari Tuckman, Ph.D. called More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD.  Last month I was lucky enough to hear Dr. Tuckman speak on “A Stronger Mindset to Overcome Life’s Challenges” at the 2013 CHADD Conference in Washington D.C.  I’ve […]

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Talking Back: You Get to Choose How to Respond to Self Talk

Self talk.  We all do it, though some of us don’t really like to admit to it. Self talk doesn’t necessarily mean talking out loud to oneself, but it can show up that way.  Instead, by self talk, I’m referring to what we find ourselves saying which results in self-limiting behavior.  Phrases like “I can’t”, […]

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Sometimes You’ve Got to Fail to Succeed!

  I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Attributed to Thomas Edison with regard to creating the lightbulb This quote makes me think about a situation I experienced while serving as a board member for a non-profit organization.  I had worked for weeks to prepare what I thought was […]

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Perspectives: What’s Possible From 30,000 feet?

A lot of the work we do in professional coaching is around perspectives – looking at things differently, examining things from a different point of view.  The photo above was taken from an altitude of about 30,000 feet.  It is a great visual representation of the different perspective available from that place. From 30,000 feet […]

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Next Steps: Important for Keeping a Clear Desk

How many papers are sitting on your desk right now? Have you given much thought to why they’re sitting there?  What’s keeping them from being processed / moving off of your desk? Typically when papers pile up on my desk, or a client’s desk it’s because the next step that needs to be taken is […]

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Best Practices: What they are and how they can help…

I just spent the past few minutes reviewing my best practices.  I actually have a “best practice” of reviewing my best practices each morning before I get out of bed.  I find that it helps center and ground me by reminding me of what’s most important for a good day. What exactly is a best […]

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Five Rules for Living Well with ADHD

I presented at a local CHADD meeting a number of months ago on the topic: “Stump the Organizer”, which translates as, “Participants,  bring your best organizing questions and we’ll try to solve them together.”  I’ve learned over the years that those of us with ADHD often share many of the same organizing challenges and we can […]

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Bringing Fun & Creativity to Change

I’ve been reminded a couple of times recently about the importance of bringing fun and creativity into addressing one’s challenges. The first was by a coaching student in a class I serve as an assistant trainer for, the second was with one of my artistic clients, and the third occurred as part of a coaching […]

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What It’s Like to Be Coached by Me…

“Describe what it’s like to be coached by you.”  There is a piece of paper pinned to my vision board with these words written on it.  It is something that my eyes fall upon every time I sit at my desk.  In coaching, asking clients to consider what something is “like” invites them to think […]

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