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Simplify with the "Know-No" Strategy

One of the most common themes of organizing is "Simplify." A less complicated, less hectic life implies the opportunity for greater reflection and meaning, more relaxation and peace. If you're attracted to this idea, take a deep breath…now let it out…and read on…

My dictionary says that "to simplify" means "to make plain or easy." The trick is that though simplification will make things easier, it isn't always easy to simplify. Today's society invites us to lead extraordinarily complicated lives. To consciously choose another pattern requires effort, courage, and discipline.

Especially during the holidays, many people end up over-scheduled, over-spent and overwhelmed, obliterating any chance for a spiritual wrap-up to one year and refreshing start of the next.
If you want to simplify, here's a technique that works. I call it the "Know-No" strategy.

First, you have to know what you want. Schedule time (right now is good!) to visualize what is most fun, most important, and most special to you during the time between now and New Year's. Book those on your calendar. A walk in the woods, a meal with friends, a quiet morning at home with no electronics, baking with your grandmother…know what is going to energize and rejuvenate you, and commit to it.

Now, look at all the other things that have snuck onto your list and calendar, and get ready to say "No." Actively decline less fulfilling commitments or un-sought obligations that wedge their way onto your schedule. You can say "No" to parties, cookies, gift-buying – anything that leaves you feeling spent instead of fulfilled.

The "Know-No" strategy lets you create a more peaceful and meaningful holiday, and is a great technique to add to you repertoire as the new year begins. With practice, you can use "Know-No" to simplify and organize any aspect of your life. Best wishes for a satisfying end to 2007 and a fresh beginning to 2008!

posted on: 12/17/2007 11:38:43 PM by Porter Knight
category: General organizing Tips

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Yes, I love organizing. And I love teaching others how to adopt the skills necessary to become more organized. But you know why I organize? Because what I really love to do is ride horses, hike, practice yoga, swim, read, dance, and spend time with my family (2 boys, husband and dog). Being organized allows me to balance all the aspects of my life so I can enjoy life fully. Since 1996 I have used vivid descriptions of organizing solutions to help make productivity and balance more achievable for thousands of individuals. Jump on board!

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