Soul Mate Mirrors

Ax059302_srcRelationships are mirrors that help us to learn more about ourselves. They are the most challenging and the most rewarding aspects of life. The more intimate the relationship the greater the opportunity for growth we are given.

There are three different types of relationship mirrors. One is the mirror of who you were. This mirror gives you the opportunity to see how far you have come, the chance to experience the karma that you have already cleared. So don ’t get caught up in this relationship worried about why it is coming back at this time, thank it and let it go.

A second type of relationship is the one that is mirroring where you are now on your path. If an issue or person has an emotional “charge ”to it, then you still have work to do. This mirror is the hardest to look at because it reflects the issues you have not yet finished in your life. These are the things that we are the most blind to.

The last type of relationship is the one that mirrors your potential. This allows you to have a glimpse at who you could be, if you wanted to. This person is usually someone that you idealize and put on a pedestal or look up to.

Take a look at your various relationships and see which group they fall into. By knowing this you will gain insight into yourself. Self understanding is the entire reason for these mirrors, not to ‘fix ’the other person, but to look at yourself and learn.

The primary reason for most relationships is so you can work on your spiritual self and your karma! So with that said, the more you clear up issues for yourself, the more you ARE the ‘right ’person; the more you will attract the person you are looking for.

As you continue to work on yourself you will meet many potential partners, in every facet of life. From the point of view of Love relationships, though you may meet someone and the connection was so strong that it almost takes your breath away. You may have the experience of knowing someone ’s thoughts and feelings, almost before they do. When this happens you probably have connected with someone who is your Soul Mate.

So now, what is a Soul Mate?  Soul Mates are those beings that we have had connections with in past lives. They may have been our parents, siblings, spouses, friends, etc. and they have agreed to come back to join us again. The reason for this rejoining is so that we can each achieve balance in our lives. Our Soul Mates represent our spiritual family. By connecting with them we are reminded of the resonance of our Soul and also they help us to wake up and remember our purpose. Most of the time when we think of Soul Mates we are thinking of love relationships, but we can have Soul Mates that join us for business partnerships, healing relationships, and yes, love relationships. Any relationship we can have is open to the arena of Soul Mates. They may be a teacher or minister or counselor who comes into our life and touches it deeply. Soul Mates are truly our friends from many lifetimes who come to play again with on this Earth. Often they come into our lives for a specific time or event. They may even come into a love relationship to assist us in a specific learning and then move on. Whatever the purpose of being in each others lives it is a beautiful experience. When you connect with your Soul Mate in a love relationship, you have, in effect, found your perfect mate for where you are in your development as a Soul.

All relationships serve a purpose and should be honored and appreciated for what they have to offer you in your personal spiritual growth. Thank the person and the experiences for all that you have had the opportunity to learn and clear. Know that ALL relationships are sacred, because they bring us closer to the Light of All That Is.

Activate Initiative!

Excuses, Regrets, Half-stepping is futile to being successful. LIFE is full of challenges and lessons. These constant pressures from our perceived hardships can only boost us up to a higher position in life, if we would stop fighting our destiny and go with the flow of the water. By allowing ourselves to fall down, we can get up then walk more readily than any other. Without failure, obstruction and stagnation we would most likely NOT take a step back to, or check what we should be doing differently. Everything in the would was created with a purpose. There are no accidents. There is no coincidences either. All things have a method, place and use. It does not matter whether we understand what something means now or not. One day all will become more clear for us. We are here to learn. Sometimes we need to go within to think about our options. However, other times we must take action along with some follow through as well. No matter which part of the lesson we have to work it from, in or out, we will learn a thing or two. We have to take initiative either way. We have a destiny path but we also have the right to choose as well.  Smile about all that you have gone through. Know that we all have a story to tell. We have to teach someone how to live without regret someday and why shouldn’t that blissful person be you? Choose to laugh with intention today. The history that we have had on earth is not who we are.  They were only lessons, equivilent to your studies in school. Whether they were perceived good or bad..It will be alright, i promise. Nothing stays the same forever and those people, places and memories were apart of our development for a great purpose~ ♥ Pack it up and get moving within or out! ~Bliss Returned! Activate LOVE!

Fertility Foods: Which Foods for Fertility You Should Eat To Boost Your Fertility

The following list of fertility foods includes all the important key foods that boost fertility and that nourish the reproductive organs assisting in healthy production of eggs and sperm. Fertility FoodsIt is best to start eating these foods at least four months before conception is attempted. It takes about that time to mature healthy sperm and to for the female follicles to develop within the ovary. Every month, as these follicles growth, only one reaches maturity and releases the egg that will be fertilized.

It takes 150 days for an egg to grow from a follicle into a ready-to-be-released egg. The healthier your ovarian tissue is, the higher your chances of having high quality eggs. The role of fertility foods for men and for women is to assist the body during gametogenesis (the formation of eggs and sperm) and facilitate conception.

Maca

This wonderful super food has the ability to balance your hormones and increase egg quality and sperm count. It is a tonic for the entire endocrine system and it is especially useful to women who do not produce enough progesterone and suffer from luteal phase defect. This also helps prevent miscarriages due to this reason. In men, Maca increases libido, helps have strong erections, regulates testosterone production and increases sperm quality.

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Goji

Goji has long been used by Asian physicians for the treatment of infertility in both men and women. Goji berries grow on an evergreen shrub found in temperate and subtropical regions in China, Mongolia and in the Himalayas in Tibet. Goji is a powerful anti-oxidant which can help reverse the effects of over-heating of sperm. It also increases sperm count and viability of the sperm. In women, Goji helps prevent premature ovarian failure. These berries also increase libido in both men and women.

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Blue-Green Algae

Spirinula and chlorella are blue-green algae that contain chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and proteins. Spirinula is a saltwater, while chlorella is freshwater algae, but both nourish the endocrine and nervous system, giving support to the immune system, regulate the metabolism and aid in tissue repair. These single cell blue-green algae are like green blood and supply the body with all the necessary nutrients for proper functioning.

They are high dense fertility foods which gently detoxify the organism and replenish nutrient deficiency, thus enhancing reproduction. They can be used to reduces pre-menstrual syndrome, increase fertility, stimulates the thyroid gland, and repair damaged DNA/RNA cells. When talking these fertility foods, start with small amounts and increase slowly over time.

Royal Jelly

Royal jelly is the greatest among all the fertility foods because it is a natural source of steroid hormones which control a wide range of female reproductive functions including ovulation, menstruation, libido, and fertilization. In men, royal jelly helps increase sexual stamina and it is used to treat impotence. It contains enzymes and it is an excellent source of hormones like estrogen and progesterone, and genetic material like DNA and RNA, which are critical for cellular repair as well as for synthesis of new cells. Royal jelly is the food of the queen bee, whose job in life is to produce large quantities of eggs. The queen bee takes royal jelly exclusively and has a life span of about six years compared to the life span of a worker bee which is only of about two months. Sublingual doses of royal gently are very therapeutic because royal jelly, when taken in this way, is immediately utilized by the body through the blood.

Bee Pollen

Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is a great natural, healthy, and highly nutritious food that is especially useful to increase sperm production. In men, it also improves the quality of semen and support prostate health. In women, bee pollen is useful in supporting ovarian function by stimulating natural ovulation.

Bee Propolis

This great product from the bee hive has incredible powers among which to stimulate the immune system and anti-inflammatory properties. It is very useful to both men and women, but especially to women who suffer from endometriosis.

Note:

Fertility foods and products from the bee world are great in addressing infertility but some people develop a reaction. So be careful if you choose to add these super fertility foods to your diet. If you have allergies to pollens you might react to these products, so talk to a qualified practitioner before taking them. Also, make sure you choose high grade bee supplements from a clean and pure environment.

Green Superfoods and Sea Vegetables

Green Superfoods are rich in phytonutrients coming from cereal grasses (alfalfa, barley, rye, wheat grass, etc.) and algae or sea vegetables. They are foods that contain high amounts of enzymes, chlorophyll, vitamins, amino acids, fiber, antioxidants, minerals and other important nutrients. Sea vegetables are notorious for giving longevity and vitality to those cultures that include them into their daily diet. They prevent mineral deficiencies related to infertility, increasing ovarian function in women, sperm count in men and providing hormonal regulation in both.

Make A Fertility Smoothie With Fertility FoodsThere are many important sea vegetables which are source of vitamins and minerals in a very natural and easily available form. Kombu (Laminaria) is rich in iron, Rockweed in calcium, Bladderwrack in potassium, Dulse and Kelp (Ecklonia) in iodine, and Sea Lettuce (Ulva) in magnesium.

Other nutrient rich sea vegetables are Alaria (Ribbon Kelp), Sea Whistle, and Macrocystis. All sea vegetables contain high amounts of minerals and trace elements like iodine, zinc, boron, iron, selenium, magnesium, calcium, and chromium. They also contain high amounts of Vitamin K, B Vitamins (B12, folate), Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Vitamin A. These sea vegetables have a number of different common names that honestly it is quite hard to keep track of all of them.

Each location has a different common name depending where they are grown and harvested. Their health benefits are huge that’s why they are considered superfoods for many health conditions like immune dysfunctions, chronic diseases, hormonal imbalances. Sea vegetables contain lignans, which are phytonutrients that lower circulating estrogens and play a very important role in inhibiting tumor growth.

Wheat Grass

Wheat grass restores hormonal function, nourishes the blood, enhances immunity and works as a great reproductive tonic. It is also an excellent detoxifier that removes heavy metals from the body and may be involved in decreasing infertility and miscarriages caused by heavy metal toxicity. The most important component of wheatgrass is chlorophyll, which plays a role in making the body more alkaline, thus helping restore pH balance. An acidic vaginal environment is extremely hostile to sperm, while an alkaline uterine environment is necessary for implantation and may possibly prevent miscarriage. Chlorophyll improves problems with blood sugar metabolism which seems to be related to anovulatory problems like polycystic ovarian syndrome causing infertility.

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Shiitake

Shiitake mushrooms play an important role in immune regulation, thus contributing to support the function of the immune system. Add these to your selection of fertility foods if you need to strengthen your immune system.

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Brewer’s yeast

Brewer’s yeast is one of the best sources of B vitamin complex and it is rich in protein content and particularly high in DNA and RNA sources. It also contains minerals like selenium, zinc, iron and chromium, all very important to increase fertility and regulate hormones and blood sugar.

Fertility foods are a healthy and easy way to increase fertility and should be consumed daily by both partners and for a period of 4-6 months before conception.

Affirm and Conceive

Daily Positive Affirmations for Conception

Positive affirmations will help you increase fertility and general well-being through relaxation.
Using positive affirmations is a form of healing based on re-wiring your subconscious mind to new and more positive thinking while allowing the release old negative thinking.

During your life you may have taken up negative thinking patterns based mostly on your fears, life uncertainty and discouraging experiences. These negative thoughts are now the cause of your mental and emotional blocks that might prevent you from allowing the process of conception to take place within your body. Positive affirmations are a great way to meditate and to bring a positive outlook back into your life.

If you stop for a moment and think about it, you will notice that you already practise affirmations all the time. When you tell others that you are going to do something, you are affirming something that you intent to manifest into your life. In order for you to manifest an idea into reality, you first have to create a thought, then you have to express this thought either verbally or mentally in the form of a sentence or an image and then you have to choose the actions necessary to manifest it.

Positive affirmations are meant to support you through the process of conception by helping you to release all the mental blocks that prevent you from truly manifest your desire to become pregnant and assist you to affirm positive and encouraging thoughts into action.

Affirmations For Emotional Healing

Positive affirmations are very useful in counteracting negative emotions that pull you down. Sadness is a very common emotion in couples who cannot conceive, but it can hinder your fertility.

I now release all emotional blocks that prevent me from conceiving a baby.

I now release all unwanted built-up emotional patterns that prevent me from connecting to my inner self.

I am now becoming more and more confident about my ability to become a mother (father).

I now release all my fears and concerns about infertility and I declare myself fertile.

As my sadness lifts away a renewed sense of hope settles in my heart.

I express my feeling and I share them with my partner.

Affirmation For Manifesting A Baby

Positive affirmations help you manifest into your life what you have desired for so long. It is time to allow the manifestation process to take place.

The universal life force brings me new creative energy.

I welcome my time to be a parent.

I graciously accept my creative powers.

I allow the creative forces within me to be released.

I allow my creative energies to work through me and bring me a healthy pregnancy and baby.

I deserve the best outcome and with joy I am thankful of a new life.

I experience a profound connection to the miracle of life.

I now manifest my decision to have a baby.

I visualize having a baby.

Affirmation For Fertility & Angels

Angels are part of the universal force of Love & Light as they are spiritual energy beings. You do not have to believe in their existence, you just need to be willing to ask for their help and support. You will be surprised how much love and light they can bring into your life. These positive affirmations will help you surround yourself to their love and healing energies. Expect miracles!

I ask the angelic healers to remove any block that prevents me from getting pregnant.

I surround to the healing forces of the universe.

I ask Archangel Raphael to deeply heal my mind, body and soul now.

I ask the Angels for guidance and protection every day.

I am thankful for all I am and all I have. I am at peace.

I am thankful to God and the Angels for their help, protection and guidance.

I listen to my inner guidance and I act based upon my intuition.

I listen to subtle messages that the universe is sending me so that I can find the right therapy for my case.

I ask Archangel Michael to guide and protect me at all times.

Insight from~ Thich Nhat Hanh

"No mud, no lotus"

This body is not me. I am not limited by this body. I am life without boundaries. I have never been born, and I have never died. Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars, manifestations from my wondrous true mind. Since before time, I have been free. Birth and death are only doors through which we pass, sacred thresholds on our journey. Birth and death are a game of hide- and seek. So laugh with me, hold my hand, let us say good-bye, say good-bye, to meet again soon. We meet today. We will meet again tomorrow. We will meet at the source every moment. We meet each other in all forms of life.

Thich Nhat Hanh

No Energy??? This Time You Can Change That.

Baoding Balls / Qi Gong-Kugeln

If you put energy into your body, energy can also go out to attract what you want and also actively do all the things you may want to do..But first you have to give your body what it needs. If you find  yourself saying one thing then do something else constantly then you may have energy problems. When you can’t pull yourself together to get to work, keep a scheduled appointment, follow through on a date or a meeting, there is a most definitely an energy problem present in you.

The thing is, you don’t have to live with a lack of energy, you can build and cultivate some from scratch lol..since energy is unlimited there is always plenty for everyone. How many times have you or someone you know dropped the ball on showing up for something that was preplanned? If this is you…please learn qi gong or tai qi, yoga or at least do something healthy for your life force in order to get the vital energy inside and around you and quick.  There’s no need to feel regretful or sorry. You can always improve. So if you want balance I’m here to tell you this is the remedy. Also be mindful of what you’re eating and drinking..if there’s no life in it your food or drinks how will you get the nutrients you need? ~ Energy is what I’m sending out today and LOVE LOVE LOVE <3 smile, you’re beautiful~

(((I))) come as you~

(( I )) channel wisdom daily as one who is destined to express the universal force in this way… i have a vital part to play in the world, we all do, Sereda is moving with the wholeness that is ONE where there is no separateness at all..So I am completing my continuous mission of show and tell..revealing the divine omniscience in the world through my divine efforts, though I did not choose to do this work just now, it was in the making many incarnations before Sereda appeared physically upon this planet…she is just a manifestation of physical form that allows the other divine beings to see her in this physical form and her to see consciousness in a multitude of perceived separated physical form..Though we are expressing in the body of this human form, is consciousness that we are is unimpeded by the invisible omnipresent force that is within all things..This active force which is always building and completing the other with its omnipotence..Just is…this movement is infinitely regenerating..Recycling and healing it.. Forever experiencing itself as conscious of being conscious…this force is seeing at times as light though it is no- thing..It is peace though it isn’t that either..It is love but it isn’t that either..And constant bliss..Haaa, no not even that…it is NO -THINGS that has created the world to fully experience itself.. For without form it would experience only being conscious of being conscious… today I dedicate this to my teachers who assisted me in reminding me of whom I am as a divine being this incarnation..Though I didn’t study with you all of this life..I know you from before..I always recognized you..With your light so bright.. What an example you are indeed..Never have you been a mystery..Your position is open, honest always true to what some of us call law of MAAT and you know who you are.. As sages in this time you will not be looking to have your name shouted out..Or even to have me announce any sorts of accolades as you have transcended the physical limitations of the illusion of perceiving that you need anything to continue your work on this earthly plane..In the physical form you are what one would call a sage as some of us are.. You are one who is fully realized as a divine being in this life by others’ and you have been that in many other lifetimes as well..I see you energetically when my eyes do not..You work without reward from individuals because you know the law of attraction and the law of cyclical movement..Your gifts are knowing who and what you and also who the rest of us are…today thank you for seeing me in my most natural state..As one who is unconditioned, healed and always becoming..You also understand that everyone has their place and position in the puzzle of life, nothing is an accident..We all have our routes that we choose before we chose to ever step into a body here on earth..You know that some of us stay on the surface..However some have the mission to go deep into the unknown into all the places most others’ won’t while teaching and understanding of what is and was.. Regardless of what you’ve experienced, you don’t judge one or all by what they do or do not..You simple offer support of whatever you specialize in because you see ALL for the trueness IT is..You’ve learned lessons from any and all reflections of God whether they are either “good’ or “bad”, it is because you know your destiny and position and will continue stand within your place like the sun..That does its work for all daily..Completely Unmoved by anything else that passes it by..You are also free like the wind to blow into another space .. When it is Necessary . As a sage, you know that any excess of anything is unbalanced…you seek harmony in all things, you share when there is less or none at all..You know about the laws of life..While also appreciating the many ways the universe expresses itself to us all..you understand life force cultivation and choose to exercise equilibrating your person as necessary…through physical movement, study, qi gong, tai qi, mediation, observing cycles, affirming ones’ deeds and by nutritional means…You know the key to life is to enjoy it…on the inside…naturally you exude peace.. you know we are peaceful…and cannot be disturbed by anything…you do your part… until the day you cross over to other realms…you will repeatedly showing others what they are, so they too will know they can always choose as a divine being in this life. Lastly, Thank you for being in the physical form with me this lifetime…The world is truly blessed to have such wisdom walk this very path in the same infinite time and space. It takes one to know one… ~ I Am Visualizing Constant Bliss Returned to you…I ♥ you

Balance.

The way i see it for some of us…spirituality is the main focus in our lives all the the time day in and out..and now its time to top that with some enjoyment in the physical world..material wise… balance is key… one who hasn’t learned who they truly are in the spiritual sense will always say that people shouldn’t focus on anything material, when all they’re saying is that, they personally aren’t ready to do that yet because they haven’t figured out the parallel between the spiritual/material..Once one understands what this earthly experience is they will know, they can never speak for another person…because our lessons and directions are different…we must remember that some have the spiritual understanding down to a science, and on the opposite of that some have mastered the physical… on our paths’ we will do what needs to happen to learn what will ultimately bring us into harmony..and thats that…of course we must be at peace no matter what we have or our health will be at risk… ♥

Choose love.

Only when you choose have the Resolve and Determination to lead a Happier and more Positive life, will you be Naturally inclined to use a Healing Process of Positive Affirmations. You cannot “force” yourself to be Happy. However, you CAN choose to be Joyful at anytime. When you make this Choice, you can Reinforce and Invigorate the process with living and eating balanced. Healing and Positive Affirmations look good on you. Remember~ Affirm the peace within you, Visualize Luminous Images all day and Feel Sparkling Rays of Strength and Courage within and surrounding your Being! You can do it! Namaste~HETEP~Bliss

How to Be Organized

 

How to Be Organized

from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit

If disorganization is congesting your life, and you’re feeling scattered and frustrated as a result, it’s time to get organized. To achieve organization on the outside, you will need to take steps to become organized on the inside, by clarifying your priorities, objectives, and how you want your belongings and your lifestyle arranged. Try to keep stuff where it belongs. Know what you need/want to do, when you are going to do it, and avoid the stressful situation of not knowing what needs to be done. Organization takes time, but when you get into the habit of it life becomes so much easier.

Steps

Everything in its Place

  1. Organize your space. Whether it’s your home, bedroom, kitchen, office, computer, closet, desk, or locker, you need to see what’s in there, throw away anything you don’t often use (or put it efficiently in storage) and give everything else a convenient and clearly designated space.
  • Organized doesn’t just mean tidy. The purpose of organization is to be able to find, exchange, and evaluate items quickly. But organization can also help keep them tidy by providing a quick, logical system for adding and removing things from easy-to-use, somewhat uniform-appearing groups, and by preventing unnecessary purchases on account of misplaced items.
  • Example: If you have a lot of books and fill a bookshelf with them in order of size, they’ll look neat, but you’ll have to skim over them one at a time whenever you don’t remember where one is – maybe even move some if you’ve put one row of small paperbacks in front of another – and rearrange many whenever you need to add a few more. If you give each category its own shelf area, and leave some extra space at the end or between bookended groups, you can find a book quickly by glancing at the category layout and skimming just the few books in the right category, and add or remove books here and there without disrupting the overall layout.
  • Computer scientists[1] are smart people who help stupid machines handle billions and billions of things fast. They’ve invented “B-trees”[2]for quickly looking up, adding to, and deleting from huge databases, so they should work just great for your humble piles of clutter. Don’t try to follow the programming rules perfectly – just apply their principles.
    • By organizing your items hierarchically, you’ll just have to make a few decisions as you work your way down the hierarchy into increasingly narrower categories (e.g., rack, shelf, crate, bag), rather than browsing. For instance, you could put all your sports stuff on a shelf, with a crate for each sport, and small items like golf tees in a bag in the golf crate. A few big odd things like skis would go elsewhere. You could put cleaning supplies on another, sorted by the kind of area they clean.
    • Don’t overdo it, because it’s much faster to look at several items than to open and close or remove and replace a container. Two or three levels is plenty. Organize electrical, electronic and computer parts and cords and other very-small or awkwardly shaped items that tend to sink to the bottom of piles or tangle by putting them in more accessible, jam-free containers like slippery plastic zipper bags.
    • Leave some empty space in each of your storage areas to add things without disrupting the scheme. Set aside a “buffer” space[3], such as a small table or shelf, for items that need to be put away in order to avoid misplacing things or too-frequently being distracted from other activities to deal with sorting, and save time by putting things into a given storage space a few at once rather than individually.
  • Some items need layout or ordering rather than just grouping. Frequently used unique items, like spices, should be kept handy and each viewable and accessible, not tucked away with something they’re somehow related to. Perishable items, like food, should be consumed on a first-in, first-out basis: you could load stacks from underneath, or rows from the back. Interchangeable but not identical items in which one enjoys variety, like clothes, should also be queued or periodically churned so nothing lingers at the bottom of a pile. Very large, messy or dangerous items may need special places.
  • Clean out your belongings before you think about organizing (organizational tools, furniture, etc.). Don’t do it the other way around. You can only really accurately know what space you have when you’ve cleaned up. If you don’t really take a hard look at what you’re stuffing in your spaces, you’ll waste time and money organizing stuff you don’t need anyway.
  • Observe how you use your things and work out how to use your space efficiently. If it’s inconvenient to get to things (or to put them away), your organization system is more likely to fail. Make it easy to get to and put away the things you need most often. In that vein, put things where you use them most. Pots get stored near the stove, envelopes and stamps are stored in the desk, stain remover and bleach goes in the laundry room or linen closet. (It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people just put things “wherever” and then are surprised when doing anything is tremendously inconvenient.)
  • Do you have items in your house that just take up space? Be sure to de-clutter regularly. Good questions to ask yourself in deciding: Do I need this? Will I need this in a year? Have I used this in the last year? Do I really love it? Is there someone else who could use this more? Do I have more than I could reasonably use in foreseeable future? Will I miss this if I don’t have it? If I do happen to need it, can I replace it with an equivalent easily?
  • Know what “organized” looks and feels like. Organized spaces are simple to use. They have enough room for the items there. It makes sense. Every item in your home has a location. Organized spaces also feel calm, open, and welcoming.
  • Use timers. Set a timer for how long you think a cleaning organizing task should take then work like crazy to get it done in the allotted time.
  • Have a spot for all bills. Open all mail immediately and dispose of the outer envelope with the junk mail. Keep only the bill in a prominent location.
  • Put it back. Right now. Once you establish where everything belongs, you need to get in the habit of putting it back there as soon as you’re finished using it.Don’t put it on the kitchen table or on the couch and move onto something else, thinking to yourself that you’ll put it away later. That’s a big no-no.
  • Reusable plastic baggies (like Ziploc bags) are your friends. Store away items in plastic bags. This way, the items will be compact, clean, and dust-free. But they will also be all over the place if you don’t have a storage system! Place the bags in closets, desk drawers, cabinets, and other places. Ziploc bags are convenient, useful, and cheap, so use them!
    • Try drawer organizers for drawers that are enclosed. You can purchase a wide selection or make your own by slicing off the tops of empty plastic bottles of various sizes. Milk jugs are handy because they are fairly square, but any bottle or jar will do if you can trim it so it fits in the drawer.

Use a Calendar, Planner & Smartphone

  1. Use a calendar. Get a calendar and put it in a place where you see it every day, preferably in the morning. For most people, that’s on the refrigerator, on their desk, or on their computer desktop. Wherever you put it, make it part of your routine to refer to it every day. For example, you can put it on the inside of the bathroom cabinet where you get your toothpaste. Every morning, while you’re brushing your teeth with one hand, touch today’s date on the calendar with the other, and look to see what’s marked for today and for the upcoming week.
    • Keep your calendar close at hand when sorting papers. Often, you can file or even toss the announcement for an event if it is recorded in your calendar. Your calendar can remind you to do things on time. There’s no need to rely on that stack of paper.
  2. Use a planner. A planner is especially useful if you have a lot of appointments and your days are so varied that you have trouble keeping track of your schedule. For example, if you travel a lot or attend classes at various times of day, it’s much easier to carry a planner with you to consult frequently–you can’t do that with a calendar. You can also usually fit more information in a planner.
  3. Try a smartphone. A smartphone, particularly synchronized with network-based personal information manager[4] software running on other computers, is even better than paper calendars and notes because the data is searchable, it can easily be entered into phone or Web-based tasks that need to be done, and reminders of urgent information and purges of unneeded information are automatic.

Make a List

  1. Write it down! A short pencil is better than a long memory. Anything and everything you need to remember should be written down. Even if your memory is great, nobody’s perfect and it doesn’t hurt to put it on paper, just in case. Record phone numbers, appointments, birthdays, shopping lists, and things to do, and record them where you can easily find and refer to them when you need them.
  2. Make to do lists.
    • Make a to do list for your day. Your daily or immediate list should never be more than 5 items long, or else you’re taking on too much and setting yourself up for failure. Mark one or two of those items as things you absolutely must get done that day, and pursue those tasks relentlessly until you get them done.
    • Make a to do list for the week. Appropriate items here would be: Grocery shopping, fix air conditioner, etc. Draw from this list to make your daily to-do list. A white board or board with erasable markers can help to remember all one has to do every day, or long term goals.
    • Make a to do list for the month. This list would have more general tasks like: Birthday gift to Jill, get car serviced, dentist appointment. Draw from this list to make your daily and weekly to-do list.
    • Make a to do list for your life. Drastic, yes, but why not use this time to rethink your life and where it’s going? Getting organized is all about priorities, and it never hurts to get your ducks in a row.
  3. Taking the time to organize receipts for things going back, whether to the store or to the library, can really help. It creates order and structure, and will also help avoid not being able to return things to stores and fines.

Keep to the Schedule

  1. Follow through. There’s no point in making a to-do list if you don’t discipline yourself to complete the tasks you’ve assigned yourself. There are many ways to stick to your to-do list. Stop procrastinating, remove or ignore distractions, and hop to it.
    • If something keeps slipping to the bottom of your to-do list, take a good look at it. Is it really important? If so, get it over with, or at least get it started. If not, put it back in the long-term list for “someday” or get it off the list altogether. Don’t let yourself get hung up on something for too long.
    • If you find yourself bored, or your normal routine interrupted, you might distract and satisfy yourself by attacking the to-do backlog.
  2. Setting a time frame in which each task has to be done through out the day is another good way to keep one from procrastination, and keeping to their agenda. Having a time frame is a very effective way to organize one’s day. Knowing that one has designated a time slot for each item on the list lets one know that there is no need to rush to finish things. Just take the time that you have granted yourself and do the job well. Don’t rush to finish it. If one were to rush to finish a task, it might not have been done as accurately as if one had taken the time and done it gradually and more effectively.
  3. Combine similar activities. Make all your phone calls at one time. Do all your errands at the same time. Pay all your bills at the same time. Do all shopping in one trip.

Multitask

  1. Multitask. Task-switching[5] takes time, so don’t try to think about one thing, like a TV show, while thinking about another, like studying. It’s most effective to multitask when one task is mindless, like folding towels, or can be set aside for automatic processing for a length of time. You could load the washing machine, send some emails or load a stew pot while it churns away, load the dryer, arrange your travel supplies, then hang the clothes as soon as they’re dry so they don’t stay wrinkled.
    • Just keep in mind that some studies have shown that multitasking may diminish one’s ability to focus on one thing at a time.

Delegate

  1. Delegate responsibilities. Make sure the person you appoint to do the task has all the tools necessary to do the task. Remember that most things are much better done than set aside for doing perfectly, and that doing them can teach the person (maybe a child) not only how to do them but how to address related problems. It’s hard to be organized if you insist on doing everything yourself.

Get it Done!

  1. Make more decisions. Clutter and disorganization is often the result of failing to decide what to do about, or with, something. Start flexing your decision muscles with little things, and you’ll soon find yourself more confident about taking action on the stuff around your home, on your desk and in your office. Try it today!

Tips

  • It’s a good idea to carry a notepad and pen with you at all times so you can write things down as they come to you (usually at the most inconvenient times, which is why they’re so promptly forgotten). If you’re worried about fitting a notepad in your pants pocket, don’t be. Check bookstores and office supply centers to find a notepad and pen short and slim enough for any pocket and some wallets, or just use a small stack of self-adhesive notes and a golf pencil. Of course, if your planner is compact enough, it can serve this purpose as well. Another idea would be to have a PDA, Blackberry or PalmPilot. Some cell phones have notification or note-taking menus. If you are using one of those, they may be practical too. As a last resort, call your own phone number and leave yourself a voice mail.
  • When running errands, map out the best path so you get the most done and keep chit chat to a minimum. Don’t get sidetracked. Target what you need to do. If something else comes to your mind, write it in your notebook to do at a later date.
  • Sticky notes (Like Post-it notes) are your friend. Put them in nifty spots as reminders. For example, if you know you need to wash your car, then put a note on your steering wheel so that next time you get in your car, you remember to get it done. Other good spots for sticky notes are doorknobs, mirrors, and PC monitors (the borders, not the actual screen).
  • Start your phone conversations with “I only have ____ minutes to talk.” Then stick with it. When calling for appointments, make sure you have all information you will need and write down any questions in advance.
  • Do the task you’re least looking forward to first from your to do list. Most procrastinantion is due to someone not wanting to do the task that they put off. If you make the effort to do that task first you’ll feel better and won’t spend the day dreading the task that you will eventually put off!
  • If you know that you’re not naturally inclined to be organized, you can change that by starting with one small area of your living space and focusing on keeping that small area organized. Keeping a small area organized over time is easier to do, and it will help you build a new habit. After about 2-3 months of keeping one corner organized, you will naturally tend to expand your new-found organizing instincts to other areas.
  • “A place for everything and everything in its place” is always a good organizational rule of thumb to live by.
  • Remember: “Organized minds make successful people.”
  • Make sure you always have what you need for the day with you.
  • When making your to-do list for the week, remember things may occur that could be entirely unexpected. So, do not set in stone what you need to do – be flexible when circumstances change.
  • You are able to log the divide in time spent on productive pursuits versus those times you spend on unproductive pursuits with the aid of chess clocks.
  • Treat yourself right – get plenty of sleep the night before and eat healthily (or healthier). To accomplish anything you need to be able to think clearly and need energy to do it.
  • There are many valid ways to get organized. One person might organize a sock drawer by color. Another person might simply fold pairs of socks together and dump them in. Yet another person might buy a whole bale of socks all alike and not sort them at all. Regardless of what you are organizing, choose the system that makes most sense to you.
  • Keep your surfaces clear. Reducing visual clutter helps reduce mental clutter, overstimulation, and the feeling of overwhelm. Get rid of stuff you don’t need – so that you can put things you do need away and out of everyday sight. You’ll feel instantly calmer.
  • Warehouse, office, and restaurant-supply dealers have all kinds of stronger and more functional but less pretty bins and shelves than closet and home-improvement shops tend to have. They’re great for where looks don’t matter much, like a basement, garage, or closet. Try commercial establishments’ moving sales for bargains.

Warnings

  • Don’t expect to get organized overnight unless you’re really fast at it, or it’s a small area.
  • Don’t expect your family and friends to instantly jump on the organization bandwagon, but do stick with it. In the long run, you will be glad you did.
  • Don’t worry if you’re not “perfectly” organized, as long as your area is safe, sanitary, and reasonably efficient for you.
  • Don’t rush everything, but more importantly, take your time to develop a habit of organizing behavior.
  • Take a day off out of your own time and dedicate it to organizing your life and the things in it. It will surely pay off the next day!
  • Once you get organized, you may go back to your old habits. Just keep pushing yourself and you’ll eventually get organized for life!
  • Don’t try this if you have a newborn baby. Wait a month or two.

Things You’ll Need

  • Equipment. Whether it be paper and pen, or boxes, files, chess clocks, or labels, assemble all the equipment applicable.
  • Patience. The habit of becoming an organized person may take quite some time to acquire. And remember, not everything works the same way for everyone. It’ll take time to find out what works best for you.

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Sources and Citations

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_science
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B-tree
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_buffer
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_information_manager
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Task_switching_%28psychology%29

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