How Ordinary Routine Leads to the Extraordinary

“Discipline is remembering what you want.”

~ THE REVEREND KATHRYN JARVIS

I rose at 5:30am this morning, getting up early enough to take a breathtaking picture of the view from our deck, as well as to do my morning practices. Without those morning practices my day simply does not go as well.

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Dr. Laura Basha is an organizational psychologist, writer, and artist, and along with organizational transformation, consulting, and executive coaching, she offers her skills as a life coach and educator, specializing in personal transformation and creative self-expression. For over thirty years she has worked with thousands of international clientele, using a principle-based paradigm of health and empowerment, catalyzing an awakening in people to their authentic self-expression, creativity, and power. She has taught her work in private practice as well as community, clinical, academic, professional, public, and corporate settings. Find more of Dr. Laura Basha's teachings, videos, artwork, and writings at White Bird Rising.

It Is Not Possible

It is not possible to lose 30 pounds.
It is not possible to write a book.
It is not possible to clear out all the clutter.

You know why?

Because it is only possible to lose a few ounces a day.

And it is only possible to write a sentence or two — maybe a few pages.

It is only possible to clear a bit of the room at a time.

This may seem like just word play, but stick with me here — because I think this is important for two reasons.

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Originally from Chicago, Samantha Bennett is a writer, speaker, teacher, and creativity/productivity specialist and the author of the bestselling "Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day" (New World Library)

She is the creator of www.TheOrganizedArtistCompany.com and www.TheOrganizedEntrepreneurCompany.com, both organizations dedicated to helping creative people get unstuck, especially by helping them focus and move forward on their goals.

Now based in a tiny beach town outside of Los Angeles, Bennett offers her revolutionary online workshops to overwhelmed procrastinators, frustrated overachievers, and recovering perfectionists everywhere.

How Often Should You Switch Up Your Exercise Routine?

The great debate on how often to switch up a workout routine varies from program to program, but one sentiment always rings true:

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Health Perch is a digital health magazine focusing on physical and mental wellness, as well as ways to fight signs of aging. We aim to make health and wellness easy to understand and fun to read.

We keep you up to date with the latest health articles, tips, & advice. Catch us on Twitter (@HealthPerch) for even more health news, and keep coming back here to learn how to become the healthiest version of you.

What If...This New Year...

What If…

This last year was the year
for sure
where you were

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Samantha Bennett's picture

Originally from Chicago, Samantha Bennett is a writer, speaker, teacher, and creativity/productivity specialist and the author of the bestselling "Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day" (New World Library)

She is the creator of www.TheOrganizedArtistCompany.com and www.TheOrganizedEntrepreneurCompany.com, both organizations dedicated to helping creative people get unstuck, especially by helping them focus and move forward on their goals.

Now based in a tiny beach town outside of Los Angeles, Bennett offers her revolutionary online workshops to overwhelmed procrastinators, frustrated overachievers, and recovering perfectionists everywhere.

Reduce the Scope of Your Project

“It’s big, R.J.! Big!” says the screenwriter to the old-time Hollywood producer.

Your vision may also have first appeared to you in breathtaking Cinemascope and stereophonic sound.

But you may be paralyzing yourself with the grandiosity of your vision.

Reducing the size of your project might free you up.

So rather than trying to create an international convention of lute lovers complete with presentations, performances, and a trade fair, perhaps you could host a gathering in your home for ten to twelve lute lovers.

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About The Author

Samantha Bennett's picture

Originally from Chicago, Samantha Bennett is a writer, speaker, teacher, and creativity/productivity specialist and the author of the bestselling "Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day" (New World Library)

She is the creator of www.TheOrganizedArtistCompany.com and www.TheOrganizedEntrepreneurCompany.com, both organizations dedicated to helping creative people get unstuck, especially by helping them focus and move forward on their goals.

Now based in a tiny beach town outside of Los Angeles, Bennett offers her revolutionary online workshops to overwhelmed procrastinators, frustrated overachievers, and recovering perfectionists everywhere.

3 Things You Can Do to Get (Back) On Track

Have you ever set a goal, developed your plan, worked towards the goal, and still found yourself way off course?

Yes, me too.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just stay on plan, stay on course, and follow a very straight line from point A to point B?

There is a poster on my wall as I write this that has five different routes we each take to get where we are going:

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Terry is the CEO of Time Triage

With over 30 years of business and entrepreneurial experience, Terry’s unique technology has dramatically increased the productivity of Fortune 100 executives and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries. Whether it’s a corporate executive or a “solo-preneur,” the outcome of Terry’s methodology will give you an expanded level of freedom and productivity with results you can measure.

Terry’s clients find themselves working on what is most fulfilling and what really matters in moving things forward rather than what they previously thought they “had to do.” The things you hoped to get to someday become the things you work on today.

Terry’s work was recently featured in the New York Times best-seller Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time by Brigid Schulte (Sarah Crichton Books, March 11, 2014).

Eliminating overwhelm, giving clients more time to focus and clarity about where to focus, and implementing what it takes to produce results beyond what is predictable are what Terry’s efforts are all about. Her high integrity, no-nonsense, practical approach to business operations has helped build trusted relationships with many high performing professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives.

Baby Steps Are Still Steps

Most significant achievements started with one simple action.

Many of us tend to focus on the big finish—the goal.

Then we look at how far we still have to go, all the things still to do and how long it is still going to take us.

We seldom look back to see how far we’ve traveled.

The next time you get discouraged about how much more there is still to do, focus only on the next step.

The next step isn’t that scary by itself.

One deep breath and there you go.

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Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, public speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life!

Andrew has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. 

Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.

The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.

He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. 

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering classes, workshops, and other online resources for businesses and individuals. 

Andrew is a member of the Experts Collective and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City. He speaks frequently on the intersection of spirituality and organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.

Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales).

Andrew lives by his motto: More Love, Less Stuff!® 

Find him on the web at andrewmellen.com.

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Sunrise over hills and trees and ocean
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“Discipline is remembering what you want.” ~ THE REVEREND KATHRYN JARVIS I rose at 5:30am this morning, getting up early enough to take a breathtaking picture of the view from our deck, as... read more
Section of metallic spiral staircase.
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woman in track suit stretching with effort
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Sunrise over hills and trees and ocean
07/15/2019
“Discipline is remembering what you want.” ~ THE REVEREND KATHRYN JARVIS I rose at 5:30am this morning, getting up early enough to take a breathtaking picture of the view from our deck, as... read more
Section of metallic spiral staircase.
04/10/2017
It is not possible to lose 30 pounds. It is not possible to write a book. It is not possible to clear out all the clutter. You know why? Because it is only possible to lose a few ounces a day... read more
woman in track suit stretching with effort
01/15/2016
The great debate on how often to switch up a workout routine varies from program to program, but one sentiment always rings true: Listen to your body and do what gives you the best results.... read more
kayak headed toward ocean sunrise
12/14/2015
What If… This last year was the year for sure where you were getting organized getting the book done getting the clutter cleared starting yoga – again — and really connecting with your... read more
tiny bright blue flower balanced on fingertip
10/19/2015
“It’s big, R.J.! Big!” says the screenwriter to the old-time Hollywood producer. Your vision may also have first appeared to you in breathtaking Cinemascope and stereophonic sound. But you... read more
winding path through forest trees
09/20/2015
Have you ever set a goal, developed your plan, worked towards the goal, and still found yourself way off course? Yes, me too. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just stay on plan, stay on... read more
baby feet on whit blanket
02/26/2015
Most significant achievements started with one simple action. Many of us tend to focus on the big finish—the goal. Then we look at how far we still have to go, all the things still to do and... read more