Category Archives: Planning

When Your Head and Your Heart Don’t Agree, Which One Do You Listen To?

Trust your feelings, Luke. That was Obi-Wan’s advice, and who am I to question the wisdom of a Jedi Master? Except that there have been times in my own life when ignoring logic and following my emotions made me even … Continue reading

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Mini-Kaizen Plan: Easing Into a New Fitness Routine

Last week, we went through a 7-step process for transitioning into new eating habits, so this week I’d like to follow up with the other big “should” we often neglect: exercise. We’ve talked about setting exercise goals (here and here), … Continue reading

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Mini-Kaizen Plan: Simplify Your Morning

In last month’s reader poll, you expressed an interest in “mini-kaizen plans.” Here’s an easy step-by-step evening routine for simplifying your morning and starting the day off right. You’ll need: access to your calendar or planner pen or pencil either … Continue reading

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How Horseshoe Nails Are Ruining Your Life

For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. For want of a … Continue reading

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Discover the Root Causes of Your Clutter

It’s easy to recognize when you have a clutter problem. Just look for the piles. Getting rid of those piles is another matter, of course. If you’re like me, you’ve tried at least a dozen different organizing schemes that “didn’t … Continue reading

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Everything I Know About Goal Setting, I Learned From My Grocery List

Okay, maybe not everything. But this month, my grocery list taught me how to link my everyday behavior to my long-term goals. Here’s what happened. As the next small step in our quest to eat healthier, my husband and I … Continue reading

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Three Minute Success Technique – Do It Right, Get Results

You’ve probably already heard that visualization can help you achieve your goals. Maybe you’ve even tried it: you imagined yourself at your target weight, or tried to see yourself signing copies of your first novel at your favorite bookstore. Maybe … Continue reading

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The Magic Question That Keeps You Moving Forward

You started cleaning out the garage last month, but quit halfway through, promising yourself you’d do it tomorrow–and tomorrow never came. Or maybe you’re stalled on a novel–you wrote the opening in a flurry of inspiration, but when you hit … Continue reading

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Start Where You Are

My husband and I just discovered the television show, “Can’t Get a Date,” in which gay singles who are having problems finding people to date are given a 21-day makeover that addresses their personal issues. It’s a thought-provoking, emotional, sometimes-funny … Continue reading

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How Prepared Are You?

Earlier this month, our very old air conditioner stopped working for nine days, thanks to a broken compressor whose replacement could only be special-ordered. Naturally, these nine days were smack in the middle of a heat wave featuring temperatures in … Continue reading

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