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Welcome to the July 31, 2008 edition of balanced living carnival. Yes, I know that it is July 30th, but I was holding on to these great submissions for a while, and I couldn’t wait another day!

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Health/Wellness

Dean Moyer of The Back Pain Blog explains the advantages and disadvantages of water-based physical therapy in his post Aquatic Therapy for Back Pain.

Dale presents 6 Steps To Drinking More Water And Maintaining Optimum Health posted at Personal Development & Success Strategies for Life.

Motivation

Paul Piotrowski presents Why Does it Feel Like You’re Going Backwards posted at Inspired Money Maker. On your path towards living a more purpose-driven life, and your journey to learn to do what you love for a living, do you sometimes feel like you’re going backwards? Does it feel like the world you’ve built around you is falling apart? Does every step forward seem like it’s also coupled with three steps back? Check out this article!

Personal Development

Shamelle presents 31 Ideas To Escape The Monotonous Daily Routine posted at Enhance Life. Is your daily routine starting to get a bit, well, predictable? It’s not necessarily that what you do is boring. Routines have their purpose. Many people like them, as it gives some comfort and security. However, sometimes it gets too comfortable and leads to a lack of action. Check out this articles for some simple suggestions on how to shake up your routine – without having to change it entirely.

Dawn Abraham Life Coach presents My Positive Thinking Secrets That Work like Magic! posted at Qualified Life Coach.

Chris Edgar presents It’s Never Too Early For A “Midlife Crisis” posted at Purpose Power Coaching. The “midlife crisis” is a subject of mixed feelings in our culture. Some applaud people who have the courage to reevaluate their direction in life, while others see it as “too late” to change one’s course midlife. Chris does not think it’s ever too late to start considering what we’re here to do in life. What he wonders is why we call these times in our lives “crises” at all. As he suggests in this article, it’s best to keep your calling—your overall mission in life—in mind at all times, no matter how young or old you happen to be.

Avani presents 6 Ways to Get Mind to Focus When It Does Not Seem Your Own posted at Avani-Mehta.

Hopeful Spirit presents Breaking Back into the Light posted at On the Horizon: A discussion about breaking down the brick walls that we sometimes encounter in life and recovering from depression — through faith and faithfulness.

Rigdha presents 5 Things You Can Do Today To Get More out of Your life posted at Get Your Success Now.

Dereck presents A guide for increasing your creativity posted at I Will Not Die.

Louise Manning presents Wasting energy posted at The Human Imprint.

Productivity

Jackie presents Multiple Email Addresses posted at Overcoming Clutter.

Barry Wright, III presents 5 Steps to Glorious Productivity with Firefox posted at fashionablemathematician – personal.

I’m a big fan of multiple email addresses AND Firefox. Definitely check out those two articles.

Relationships

Jonathan presents Levels Of Relationships posted at Better Relationship Builder. Understanding what level relationship we are in can better understand how we should relate to that person.

babs mountjoy presents Approaching equilibrium « Awalkabout’s Weblog posted at Awalkabout’s Weblog. Everyone needs to step back once in awhile to see their place in the big picture, don’t you think?

Anand presents Neediness in Relationships posted at Anand Dhillon . com. Neediness can ruin a potentionally great relationship. Learn what causes neediness, how it manifests and what you can do to make sure it’s no longer an issue. Many of us are more needy in relationships than we think we are. If you’ve ever questioned your neediness factor, check out this article.

Toni presents When was the last time you did something new with your spouse? posted at Wifely Steps.

Simplicity

Kristy presents Money Monday: Values posted at Our Life in Colorado. Kristy shares her experiences with trying to live deliberately when it comes to her family finances.

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That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of The Balanced Living Carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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“I’m out of time.”

“I don’t have time to do that.”

I have said those phrases countless times and I’m sure at some point in your life, you have as well. When our schedules are filled to the brim and we feel like we are overwhelmed with commitments, there is often a struggle to find personal time. Whether it’s time to exercise, cook healthy meals, read a novel, or play tennis, we tend to put taking care of ourselves behind taking care of others. I used to think that 24 hours was just not enough time. But when you stop to think and focus on the fact that we are given 24 full hours in a day – that really is a lot of time! How we choose to spend our time determines whether or not we feel like we have enough of it to begin with.

Finding time to do the things you want to do and finding the time to take care of yourself can take some disciple. If you have not done it already, map your commitments. Figure out what your priorities are and really get a sense of what is important, urgent and (honestly) required of you. What can you delegate to others? If your kid is 15 years old, maybe its time he made his own lunch. When your kids are hungry on Saturday afternoon, they sure do know where the food is! School days are no different. Get them to pitch in. If you live with roommates, set up a housekeeping schedule.

What’s that? Oh you’ve tried all those things? And you still don’t have enough time? Well, here are some more suggestions:

  • If you often find yourself running late, start making small changes to help you get to where you need to go on time.
  • Plan your day. While you do not need to schedule every minute of the day, laying a foundation helps you get things done in less time. A little more detail can be found in this video clip.
  • Use your commute time to listen to audio books. My mind wanders, so this doesn’t work for me. I’ve asked people if they find audio books to be a useful tool to help them get through books on their “must read” list, and almost all of them said “yes!” So give it a try and see if it works for you.
  • Simplify your routines.
  • Make the most of your lunch break. If you typically find yourself working during your lunch break, stop it! Enjoy your meal, take a walk, get some reading done, or schedule your annual check up.
  • Say no. Respect yourself and your time. If you are feeling maxed out, or someone is asking you to do something that you’d really rather not do, say no! The world will not end.

I’ve been working hard to change my mindset. Instead of complaining that I don’t have the time, I stop myself as soon as I realize what I’m doing. I pause. I ask myself, “what have I signed myself up to do that I don’t really want to do? Which of these projects doesn’t bring me joy? Which meetup group is not that important to me?” When I ask myself these questions, there is always something I can take off my schedule that is not as important or interesting as I thought it was when I raced to get it on my calendar.

Try asking yourself similar questions if you feel like you just don’t have enough time. Where can you make room?

This article was featured in The Nineteenth Edition of the Carnival of Improving Life and the July 28,2008 edition of the Carnival of Self-Mastery.

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Just doing a little blog update for you.

I was really pleased with the blog carnival that was posted yesterday. I’ve already received submissions for the next issue, which I will put out at the end of July. As long as I continue to receive quality submissions, I’ll run the carnival mid month and at the end of the month.

If you haven’t already noticed, there is a Recommended Blogs section here at One Organized Life. I recently added a few more links. Check out the following blogs for some great posts:

I have also added a Recommended Viewing section. When I come across great videos that tie in to content here, I will add them. Right now, you’ll find a video on segment about how to plan your day, hosted by me (which scares me to death!), and produced by CAM Productions. You will also find a segment by Julie Morgenstern, a top Professional Organizer. She always has practical, high quality advice to share.

(you can view these videos in higher quality if you view them directly through YouTube)

For future reference, the Recommended Blogs and Recommended Viewing can be found in the sidebar here on the One Organized Life Blog.

That’s it for now! Just wanted to point out some additional resources and information. Have a great week!

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I’ve known about blog carnivals for a while, but never participated or organized one. A few weeks ago, I decided to create one, so that I could pass on some interesting articles to you. As the carnival goes on (I plan to post twice a month), you might occasionally see a post that covers something I’ve already written about. I think that’s great! Everyone has a different perspective on things, and if one of these articles or posts as an impact on your or inspires you to make a positive change in your life, then it has served its purpose.

I’m pleased with this first edition of the Balanced Living Carnival. I received more submissions than I anticipated – and I didn’t publicize the carnival in any way! Enjoy!

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Welcome to the July 15, 2008 edition of the Balanced Living Carnival.

Health/Wellness

Joshua Seth presents How To Double Your Weight Loss posted at Joshua Seth Blog. A study came out recently that discovered a key difference between people who are successful at losing weight and those who are not.

James Chambers presents Hyperhidrosis Causes posted at Hyperhidrosis. Though not a blog, the website includes several informative articles on the topic.

Motivation

Arun presents Getting Off The Safety Net posted at Arun is Bringing You…Your Daily Remedy. Building a personal safety net is important, but don’t fall into the trap of being content lying on it. Strive to climb to something higher!

Erek Ostrowski presents Why Do I Procrastinate? posted at Verve Coaching. The truth about procrastination is that it serves a purpose. The reason why people struggle to stop procrastinating is because they fail to see procrastination from the appropriate context.

Kate Hudson presents Do It Today! posted at Kate Hudson’s Blog. Her article motives people to follow their dreams instead of putting them aside on their “someday” list.

Nadege presents Five simple reasons why you should do it now! posted at Clearly Envision.

Hopefully those three articles give you some motivation to get things done!

Personal Development

Candice Brokenshire presents John Trosko – The importance of being organized posted at The Red Barn Cooperative. John Trosko is another Professional Organizer, based in Los Angeles (like me!). He has a blog of his own and heads the local National Association of Professional Organizers chapter here in L.A.

Avani presents 20 Learnings from Do One Thing Different posted at Avani-Mehta.

Shirley presents You Don’t Have Time to Worry posted at Fun Spirit. She notes: Most of us are so busy we don’t have time for living. How could we possibly have time to waste on worrying? Yet hundreds of thousands of us do it all the time.

Erek Ostrowski presents Manifesting a Job You Actually Want posted at Verve Coaching. Hoping to reach those of you who are unhappy at work, Erek says, “This post is for everyone out there who has ever wished they could find a better job, and for those of you who have become resigned about even trying! It is actually possible to manifest a job that you want, and anyone can do it if they know how.”

Jarrod presents How to Not Hate your Job posted at Warrior Development, saying, “You can be happy at any job.”

Amanda Harris presents Tools to Life: Self Help and Self Development posted at Pajama Mommy.

Raymond presents How Credit Scores Work And How Scores Are Calculated posted at Money Blue Book.

After learning more about credit, you might want to check out the next post (if you are looking for a new credit card).

Card Blogger presents The Best Credit Cards posted at Credit Card Blog.

Productivity

Dale presents Boost Your Productivity By Managing Your Energy, Not Your Time. posted at Personal Development & Success Strategies for Life.

Byteful Project presents Inspire your Workspace in 7 Steps posted at Byteful Blog. From small business to a corporate setting, one’s workspace profoundly affects their productivity, and even their predominate emotional state. Learn how to transmogrify your workspace into an inspiration in 7 steps. Includes tips on lighting and how applying feng shui principles is essential.

Professional Development

Erek Ostrowski presents Delegating vs. “Passing it Off” posted at Verve Coaching. One of the fundamental keys to delegating effectively is understanding the difference between delegating a task or responsibility, and simply “passing it off.”

Relationships

Jennifer Johnson presents SEX, MARRIAGE, AND KIDS posted at MommyABCs.com, offering tips to recover the romance in your relationship.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Balanced Living Carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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There have been plenty of periods in my life where I’ve had plenty of time that was spent not working. I can also tell you that during most of those times, I wasn’t devoting my energy to self-care. I never felt rested. I was tired. I was angry. I was wound waaaaay too tight. I preached the value of self-care left and right, but wasn’t putting it into practice in my own life.

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Being late has consequences. That was an obvious statement, right? People who struggle with being on time realize that it is a problem. Not only is being late stressful for the person who is late, but it upsets other people and effects how they that person.

If you struggle with being on time, here are my suggestions for some small changes you can make.

  • If you tend to use the same about of gas each day, pick a regular day to refill your tank. OR try filling up your tank on your way home from work – that way when you jump in the car in the morning, you won’t be late to work because your tank was empty and you had to stop for gas. If your local station is like the two closest to my house – you can expect a long wait between 7 and 9AM.
  • Keep the things that have to go with you when you leave the house near the door – keys, purses, backpacks, briefcases.
  • Pick out your clothes and pack your lunch before you go to bed.
  • When scheduling appointments and meetings, schedule in the commute time.
  • Set your clocks a few minutes ahead – or have someone else do it for you. My mom used to set her clocks ahead, but then she’s just subtract the amount of time and say “well, I really have five more minutes – that clock is fast.” So, without her knowledge, I set the clock a little faster. That way, she didn’t know if the clock was one minute or 10 minutes fast. Choose responsibly. If your teenage brother or eight year old daughter sets your clock an hour fast – or sets the clock back – you won’t be too happy about that.
  • Set multiple alarms if you have to. When I was back in college, I had two alarms. I think my roommate did too. I kept my cell phone next to my pillow and kept my alarm clock across the room. My cell phone at the time let me set multiple alarms, so for example, I’d set it for 7AM and then 7:05AM and have the alarm clock set for 7:10. Try putting your alarm in a place that makes you get out of bed to turn it off. And make it loud enough that you can still hear it!

It takes time to create a habit, don’t just try these tips once and give up. Keep trying!

Being on time can help increase the amount of respect people have for you. I lead a few different groups (mainly business networking) and I definitely notice who is always on time and who is always an hour late. When you are on time, people see you as professional, dependable, and responsible. Being on time is also a sign of respect, on your part, to the people around you.

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I’ve been blogging for over eight years. A couple years back, through a friend’s blog I believe, I found Waving or Drowning? Lately I have been checking in on those old blogs I used to read. On Monday, I found a great post on the site called “A Theology of Enough.” In his post, Mike quotes an author I’m unfamiliar with – William T. Cavanaugh, author of Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire.

“Detachment tends to characterize our attitudes towards the products we buy. Far from obsessively clinging to our stuff, we tend to buy and discard products easily. We don’t make them ourselves or have any connection to the people that make them; increasingly we have no connection to the people that sell them either, as small local businesses are replaced by gigantic chain retailers. Under these conditions, our connections to products become very tenuous and fleeting as well. The products we buy are mute about their origins, and the people we buy them from can tell us little.

…Such relationships are not made to last. There would not be a market for all the goods that are produced in an industrialized economy if consumers were content with the things they bought. Consumer desire must be constantly on the move. We must continually desire new things in order for consumption to keep pace with production. The ‘extreme makeover’ is an ongoing process in the search for novelty, for bigger and better, for new and improves, and for different experiences. The shaving razor with one blade had to be supplanted by the double-bladed razor, which was bested by three blades, then four, and now an absurd five on one razor.

This is more than a continuing attempt to make a product better; it is what General Motors called ‘the organized creation of dissatisfaction.’ How can we be content with a razor with a mere two blades when the current standard is five?… The economy as it is currently structured would grind to a halt if we ever looked at our stuff and simply declared, ‘It is enough. I am happy with what I have.'”

Christian or not, Cavanaugh gives us something really important to think about (especially those of us living in incredibly consumerist, materialistic America). This definitely provides some motivation for me as I start the 100 Things Challenge. Figuring out what’s important to me while I am deciding what to get rid of AND while I make purchasing decisions.

I am definitely ready to say “It is enough. I am happy with what I have.”


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