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Dream Possibilities

@2011 Photo by Linda SamuelsOrganizing isn’t just about sorting papers, editing closets, and decluttering junk drawers. It’s also about having the level of order that’s comfortable for you. Getting organized will reduce the stress of life’s details, enable you to accomplish larger goals and give you more time to embrace your passions. Dreaming is an essential part of the organizing process. There are several ways to encourage the dream juices to flow.

Dream small. If you had an extra 3o minutes free each day, how would you use that time? Would you read a book, take a walk or have coffee with a friend? If 30 extra minutes a day seems like a tremendous gift, begin here. Once you’ve managed to secure those minutes, think about moving on to bigger goals. Life can be overwhelming. Sometimes we just need time to re-energize so that we can go through the rest of our days being present. I regularly have to remind myself to just stop and take that needed break.

Dream moderately. If there are 52 weekends per year and you reserved just four of them to complete a short-term project, what would it be? Sometimes we think about “projects” we’d like to do and never schedule the time to get them done. With a little advance planning and commitment, it is possible to accomplish some of these dreams. I don’t quite know how it’s happened again, but our garage is in need of organizing. Since I’m not excited to get in there and do it, I know it won’t get done unless my husband and I block out the time to do so. Guess what I’ll be doing one of these fall or spring weekends?

Dream big. If time, money or circumstance weren’t challenges, what would you want to accomplish? Let your mind dream without criticism or judgment. Often we tend to discourage ourselves before even taking our first steps forward. Try to suspend all negativity; there is no harm in dreaming and wishing. Identifying what you’d like comes before any action can occur. Each New Year’s eve our family reflects about the past year and future thinks about goals and wishes for the coming year. We know that not all of our dreams will be accomplished, but also realize how important it is to record them. The act of taking that one step puts these ideas into motion. When we come back the next year to review, we are amazed by how many of our hopes were realized.

The possibilities are there for you. Whether you need time to rejuvenate, accomplish projects, or push the envelope of your comfort zone, setting aside time to put some of these dreams into place through thought and action can make all the difference for the life balance and satisfaction you seek.

Stop by and join in the conversation. What dream phase are you in? What are you thinking about? If you join the conversation and leave a comment on this post, you will be automatically entered to win a very cool "To-Do Tattoo" by Fred and Friends. One lucky winner will be chosen on Sunday, October 16, 2011.

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I encourage you to leave a comment on this post. Share a reaction, a dream, or an insight and be entered to win a fun set of "To-Do Tattoo" lists. It's always great to hear what you're thinking. Join in the conversation. Winner will be selected tonight.

October 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Dreaming big has never been a problem for me. My lottery dream has always been to rent that incredible villa in Tuscany for a summer and fly my special friends for a visit. However, I never thought of carving out the small weekly 30 minute dream. If I could arrange to fit that in my schedule, I think it would be to pick up knitting again and make a cozy afghan for my family room. This would satisfy my goal oriented self, plus have a warm blanket to curl up when watching TV.

October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ Lewis

I find myself more eager and motivated to organize my life on these beautiful, fall days. Maybe it's the anticipation of all the time we spend in our homes during those cold, winter days...the need to "nest" and make our homes welcoming, warm (and tidy :) places. Thanks, Linda for your inspiration

October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShar

Thank you for sharing, Judy. I love your big thinking, but also your ability to bring it back to the now and the immediately doable. Your descriptions are so vivid, which is always the first step...the dreaming part. It's often that seed which plants the idea for action. I know you will find your 30 minutes to create your "cozy afghan." And the Tuscany trip...wonderful place, fabulous dream...I'm thinking pasta, gelato, Botticelli, Ponte you've inspired me!

October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Shar- So glad you joined in the conversation. I love how you've identified the need for "nesting" as fall arrives and gets us ready for more time at home during the winter months. I never thought about it that way and think you're on to something big here. Fall becomes an opportunity to shift, organize, make our homes feel good and welcoming. I'm sure your thoughts here will inspire others and am so appreciative of you sharing them.

October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

30 minutes isn't a lot... I always think I could use another 4 hours a day to get everything done! But an extra 30 minutes would let me spend more time preparing healthy foods, not just day-by-day meals, but things that could be used as ingredients to make quick yet healthy meals in the future.

October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

What creative thinking, Janet! You're right that 30 minutes is short. It's enough time though to take that small step towards something important like eating healthfully. As you identified that extra 30 minutes could be used to prepare nutritious meals or parts of meals. Congratulations for identifying a specific and doable dream. I appreciate you stopping by and joining in the conversation.

October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

As well as Judy, I don't think about carving out time in my day for 'me' or 'project' time. Those 30 minutes extra are precious, and I think the answer varies per day/ week/ month. Sometimes I want it for taking a walk, making a luxurious breakfast, tea drinking, or cuddling my partner in bed. I think it will be important from now onwards to **actively** choose my 30 free minutes.

October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

Hi Linda! I think my problem is that I only feel like I can fully accomplish tasks if I set out a large chunk of time--like deep-cleaning the house, mending clothing, or having a "me" day (sometimes when I have one of those days, I don't really want to do anything else and that's another problem). This is a really great tip, I'm going to start carving out time for certain tasks. I know I also have to try to understand that I can spread things out and some things don't have to all be finished in one day.

October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Allison- I like how you came up with the phrase to "actively" choose your 30 free minutes. Deciding to reserve that "me" time for whatever it is you need be it the walk, tea break or extra cuddle is a significant shift. So often we feel like we can't or shouldn't stop to rejuvenate, when in fact it's essential to our well-being. Thank you for stopping by and joining in the conversation. Hope you found your "30" today.

October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Hey Rachel - You make a good point here that you prefer to work in longer bursts to accomplish projects or tasks. That's great for when we have large blocks of available time, but very often we don't. I can see that your thinking has shifted slightly to consider the idea of what I call "Mastering the Minutes," where you look to accomplish portions of or smaller projects in shorter time blocks. Breaking down the tasks to smaller pieces still moves us forward, but helps make the steps more doable. I appreciate you stopping by to join the conversation. Come back any time.

October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Hi, Linda,

Like Rachel, I usually think of projects in terms of large chunks of time- and when I can't or don't carve out that time it gets in the way of accomplishing more that could be done. Breaking things into 30 minute goals could move me forward on many levels. I think it's important to block out that time and commit to making it uninterrupted- ignore the phone, email, blackberry, etc. and treat it as special personal time. A lot can get done in 30 minutes if you can focus your mind and energy. As always, thanks for your clear and direct way of presenting insightful concepts.

October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Hi Steve- Thank you for stopping by and adding to the conversation. You've hit on another idea which is not just to carve out 30 minutes blocks of time, but to make them interruption free with a focused intensity. I love the strategy you thought of about "ignoring" the common distractions like phones, email and blackberry. When we think about doing something for a brief period, like 30 minutes, that goal becomes much more viable. I am grateful for YOUR insights and contribution to group.

October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Congratulations, Rachel! You just won the blog contest. Your "To-Do Tattoo" lists will go out tomorrow.

Thank you to everyone that participated. You made the conversation interesting and diverse. Come back any time to comment and join in the discussions.

Happy dreaming and organizing to all!

October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

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