So, how are those New Year’s Resolutions going? Still sticking to them? Have they long gone by the wayside? Didn’t bother to make any to begin with? I hear ya. I rarely make them any more. They just never seem to work. Maybe I try to make too many changes at once? Am I biting off more than I can chew at once? As Einstein once said – ‘the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’. So, maybe it is time to alter the way I go about this. I bet there’s a book for that…
There are books for that in fact, but not the ones you are probably thinking of. New from DK Books – Success: the Psychology of Achievement – A Practical Guide to Unlocking Your Potential in Every Area of Life. I don’t think it’s news to anyone that the little voice in your head can big your biggest ally or your greatest enemy.
‘Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re right’ – Henry Ford
All the platitudes in the world won’t help you succeed if you don’t have a solid game plan. In Success, the reader is taken from exploring reasons for past successes and failures, to re-framing them, and then positioning yourself to move forward. The last third of the book is dedicated to actionable ideas about moving your plan from the notes on a napkin stage to concrete actions.
There’s no guarantee of success, but the ideas offered in this book certainly make it a much greater probability.
Whether it’s always make your bed in the morning or clearing off your kitchen counter every night before heading to bed, there are no end of ideas out there about how to get organized and stay that way. Thing is, being organized doesn’t always come naturally. And not everyone has complete control over the space they live and work in. Whether it’s family, roommates, or co-workers, we all have to deal with others ideas of what neat and tidy looks like. In Cut the Clutter, Cynthia Townley Ewer very honestly outlines her own struggles with clutter and disorganization.
Overcoming her real life struggles (including a downright embarrassing episode involving the police) makes this one of the most realistic ‘get organized’ books I have read. The approaches are doable and livable. The ideas are more likely to gain you admiration rather than the label of control freak.
What I find particularly useful are the last few chapters of the book. Perfect for first time homeowners or those who find themselves suddenly managing a household by themselves, there are maintenance checklists for both the pretty parts (carpets, furniture, woodwork) and not so pretty (furnace, air conditioning, windows) portions of the house.
This book would be a great gift for a new homeowner or the suddenly single set. What better way to start a new chapter in your life than by increasing your organization.
New Year’s Resolutions Giveaway
My good friends over at DK Books have graciously offered this pair of books to one of my lucky Canadian readers. Approximate retail value is $46. Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Not responsible for lost or misdirected entries. Contest closes February 3, 2017 11:59 pm Good luck everybody!