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Sparking other aspects of my life: organization and time planning

Saturday, August 06, 2011

I bought The Spark two weeks ago. I am still working my way through it (I'm super busy), but I love its mindset that the tools it advances aren't just about losing weight: They're about building a better, healthier life.

I have been pretty disorganized my entire life, just because I thought I could get away with it and it saved time. I always thought it would be good to become more organized, but that I didn't really need to, and besides, those people who were super-organized were not as "fun" or "spontaneous" as I was. After a few disappointments this year, I am realizing that I need to improve my organization and time planning. But not in the way that I used to do it, which was a crash-diety kind of way (I need to clean my room because my parents are coming! I need to get myself prepared for a big test!), but in a real lifestyle change way.

I actually lose by being disorganized and not planning my time well. I lose time; when something is missing and I don't know where it is, it takes a while to find it. I lose confidence; I can't invite people into my room without shame. And I end up less able to perform; when I don't manage my time, I can get too wrapped up in completing one task and not do everything I need to do before a deadline.

The idea of criss-crossing really spoke to me, because there are some aspects of my life that are working that I can use to motivate and teach me how to succeed here. Setting small goals and aiming for streaks are tools I plan to use in improving my organization and time planning. I'll be blogging about this, along with my health goals from now on.
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    You can do it! The first step is realization. The next step is taking control :)
    2389 days ago
    I am chronically disorganized myself. Hoping to work on that but currently spending too much time on line and exercising to have time left over for organizing.
    2390 days ago
    Great blog! You really have a great attitude towards everything. Good for you!
    2391 days ago
    Great blog! I loved reading The Spark, especially since it wasn't just about losing weight.
    2391 days ago
  • OBOIST61
    Nice blog, and thoughts that really resonate with me. When you finish The Spark, I highly recommend The Happiness Project. The author worked her way through a year of building life habits that she thought would help make her happier, and interestingly enough, she started the year out with organization.
    Best of luck to you!
    2391 days ago
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