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A great way to stay in action is to shift the focus from ourselves to others.

By thinking more about “how can I be of use to others” instead of “what do I need or want,” you’re sure to increase your self-esteem AND productivity.

Mehmet Murat Ildan, a contemporary Turkish playwright and novelist, said, “Every New Year people get you some presents but the best present you get never changes: Your own existence! It is also your best present to others!”

When we’re stuck thinking about all the things that still need to be organized or accomplished, it’s easy to feel disappointed.

That’s when the negative stories start running.

Instead of fighting with yourself and procrastination OR waiting to feel inspired and “in the mood,” shift gears completely and find someone else who may be struggling as well.

How can you easily support them in accomplishing something challenging?

You could also review your “to-do” list.

Are there any items involving someone else that you’ve been putting off?

Something you’ve borrowed and haven’t yet returned?

Something promised you haven’t yet delivered?

Pick just one and get it done today.

TODAY’S ACTION:  

Find one thing you can do for someone today that you’ve been putting off, put it on your calendar, and get it done.

 

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About The Author

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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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