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It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys


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It's Hard to Make a Difference When Your Can't Find Your KeysIntroduction: Organizing as a Path to Growth
Part I: Laying the Foundation
1. There Must Be a Desk in Here Somewhere
2. What Is Your Compelling Purpose for Organizing?
3. Visioning: It's Also About the Little Picture
4. Taking Stock
5. You Can't Go It Alone: Choose True Support
Part II: Drawing on Organizing Wisdom
6. They Rhythm of Organizing
7. Things: We Own Them, They Don't Own Us
8. Master Your Time and Your Tasks
9. Make Sure Your Word Is Good
10. Focus Your Powerful Mind
11. Make Music Out of the Ordinary: Spirituality and Organizing
Part III: Getting the Results You Want For Yourself, Your Family, and at Work
12. Get Traction, Take Effective Action
13. Going Deeper to Keep Going
14. Your Home Could Be Your Castle
15. Organizing Your Organization
1: Areas of Disorganization: Self-Assessment Survey
2: Your Take-Action Checklist
3: Guide to Helpful Book and Web Resources

About the Author

Marilyn Paul has a Ph.D. from Yale University and an MB.A. from Cornell. She is a principal in the consulting firm Bridgeway Partners, with clients that have included Harvard University, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Pfizer.


Paul, an organizational development consultant, offers scattered readers a way out of the "swamp of disorder" in this smart look at the underlying causes of chronic disorganization. Though she offers concrete advice (create a to-do list system, keep transition time between appointments, get rid of things you haven't used in a year), her book goes beyond a step-by-step program to getting organized; her approach targets many of the sources of disorganization (among them: insecurity, emotional attachment, inexperience and fear) while offering meaningful paths to tackling everything from dirty dishes and filing problems to time management and inner spirituality. Hokey phrases like "the whole purpose of getting organized is to reconnect us with our soul's journey" and suggestions such as "bring your loving awareness to washing the lettuce leaves" are a little too common, but Paul artfully weaves the existential with the practical, as she shows how presence of mind can lead to a sense "of a greater Presence." Her advice is simple but important, and her reassuring tone will soothe even the most harried reader. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

"[I]nsightful.... Though technically about organizing, it also provides a wonderful, non-threatening way to examine how to live your life.... [H]ighly recommended for anyone searching for deeper self awareness." -USA Today

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