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In The Other Side of Organized, Linda Samuels, CPO-CD® will encourage you to get organized enough to reduce the stress of life’s details and make time to embrace your passions. Already, thousands of clients and readers have found help and inspiration in her advice, personal reflections on change and connection, and vision of what can be accomplished when you find that sweet spot between chaos and perfection.

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The Power of New

The type of “new” I’m talking about doesn’t come in a box or a bag. The power of this type of new comes in doing something you’ve never done. This new can push you past the procrastination, beyond the fear, and outside your comfort zone. This type of new can bring fun, joy, and clarity back to your days. Positive energy is generated when you commit to the goals you’ve been dreaming about, and then take the next action step.

Sometimes we need more time to germinate our ideas. This year, I was ready to go. I embraced the fresh start momentum the New Year brought. What about you? Even if you haven’t begun the process, you can start at any time. We each have different ways of capturing ideas and activating them. Decide what will be effective for you, then go and do.

To harness the new, there were four essentials to the approach I used, which you might find useful.

  • Gather – Capture all potential goals and ideas in one place. Force them out of your head and onto something concrete like paper, computer, or recording. What becomes possible when they are released from your thoughts?
  • Prioritize – Acknowledge that you can accomplish a lot, but be clear about what’s most important. Does your list seem too ambitious? By prioritizing, you can focus on the key goals first. What if you accomplished even half of the things you set out to do this year?
  • Do – For the goals you decide to pursue, clarify what single next step brings you closer towards getting there. The smaller the step, the more doable it becomes. Anchor the step to your calendar and schedule the time to do it. Repeat this process until your goal is “done enough.”
  • Marvel – Coming full circle back to the power of new, take time to appreciate what you’re doing and feeling. What’s possible now that you’ve captured your goals in one place? What happens now that you’ve determined what’s most important? What does knowing “next” mean? As you move ahead, what are you noticing? Has your energy changed? Has your perspective shifted?

There are many goals on my list. I’m in hot pursuit of some. Others are on the back burner. A few of the forward moving ones include taking a Comedy Improv class, meeting my Twitter buddy Yota Schneider face to face for the first time, designing and building a new office area, reorganizing a kitchen trouble spot, helping my Mom to transition, inviting the 2013 “Ask the Expert” guests for the blog, and planning more collaborative posts. As I’ve pursued these goals, the excitement and learning that’s accompanied them has been surprising. Perhaps it’s the adrenaline pumping and the new neural pathways forming. My energy flows intensely as the power of new is pursued.

What is possible for you? I’d love to hear from you. What’s on your list? What process do you use to get there? Come join the conversation.

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Reader Comments (15)

First off..after reading your post, I called my 91 year old mother. Thank YOU for that!
It looks like we are "paralleling",Linda..I've had THAT kind of year also..and am THRILLED with the ride! I love your word "marvel". That defines my current state..I am "marveling" at realizing a dream I had for many years.
AND..I'd like to hear a bit more about "creating an office area"...I NEED YOU as organizing is not one of my strong-points!

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaneen Violante

Thank you for your insights and for presenting them so clearly. Each step you've outlined is so essential to the process. Most approaches don't include the final step, Marvel. So glad you've included it. How can we measure our success if we don't take the time to appreciate our accomplishments? As usual, fabulous article Linda!

I began the year with a similar process: listing everything I wanted to do, then selecting those that were most important to focus on first. I've started the first one, but before I got to the second one, I had an amazing idea for a new project that I just have to jump into right away! I'd love to tell you more about it, but want to wait until I've worked out more details. :)

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Janet- I can feel your excitement and energy! I can't wait to hear about the new project that's got you all jazzed up. Whenever you're ready to share, I'm ready to listen. Being the creative, savvy person that you are, I know it's something fabulous.

January 29, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Linda, great suggestions to get us started on something new. So many times our ideas germinate in our heads and we never get them out to the world. I love the process you suggest. I am working on my (short) list of priorities for this year and am joyful to be able to accomplish them instead of just having "ideas" in my head. Thanks for another great post!

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelena Alkhas

The New Year brought a strong resolve in me to be more present in the areas of my life that I felt bring me lasting joy. With more courage than I thought it would take, I resigned from big responsibilities that brought me a lot of joy and were right in alignment with my business goals, too. After making the leap and slowing way down, I am experiencing so much more joy than I had imagined. My heart connections with people are much deeper, and I have more energy!

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Hale

Susan- Congratulations on having the insight and courage to make the changes needed so that you would feel "more present" in the joy department. It sounds like the desire to slow down was a big factor for you. What wonderful benefits you've experienced...deeper connections, more joy, increased energy!

January 29, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Love all that you each are bringing to this conversation. What a lively, amazing group!

@Janeen- I bet your mother was so happy to hear from you. I'm honored to have played a small part in having you connect with her. I'd love to know more about the dream you're pursuing and appreciating. It sounds wonderful and exciting! Would LOVE to to help you with your organizing needs. If you want to pursue that avenue, please contact me anytime at and we can set up a time to talk.

@Peggy- "Marvel" resonated with you too. How easy is it to go from project to project or task to task without pausing to reflect and enjoy our efforts? Sometimes in the pursuit of getting things done, we miss this important step. Stop long enough to treasure the progress, the completion, the learning and the success.

@Helena- Love the distinction you make about working on your "short" list. We can run the risk of overwhelming ourselves into inaction if our lists get too unwieldy. It sounds like you're focused, poised, and ready to breeze forth.

What are each of you most excited about?

January 30, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Oh Linda! While reading your first few lines about experiencing new, my mind wandered (just a little) and I thought of travel. For me, travel is all about experiencing "the new" - - travel presents lots of novelty.

After graduating from high school and while in Europe (about a hundred years ago) I ordered a drink I'd never had, an Orangina. I still remember how wonderful that drink was. The bottle was a shape and texture I'd never seen or felt. The straw was different from straws I was used to. The flavor of the drink was unlike anything I'd ever had. It was all new; deliciously new.

Experiencing new things is energizing and uplifting. It's gotta be good for our brains because it feels so wonderful. Fresh, new experiences are delightful.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeralin Thomas

Geralin- As you described your first "Orangina" experience, it seemed like you were transported right back to that time. Your positive energy popped right off the page. It is quite something what that kind of "new" can give to us...not just wonderful memories, but also an opening up. Your word choice, "delightful," is just right. It's always great to "hear" your voice. Happy that you stopped by to join the conversation.

February 1, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Hi Linda, Love this post on experiencing new! My "new" has to do with music. I have always loved music, but I am stretching with my XM radio and listening to new stations. Not super out there, but it is a stretch for me!

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Ellen - I used to listen to the radio as I got ready for work, in the car on my way to work, and at work, but I don't think I've heard any "new" music since 2005 when I started working from home full time. Now I only listen to the radio in the car (which isn't a whole lot), and I find myself listening to "classic rock" or "greatest hits" stations, so I'm impressed with what you're doing!

February 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Ellen & Janet- So interesting that music has entered our conversation. You've gotten my wheels turning...or should I say "turntable" turning? Music has played and continues to play a big part of my life. I come from a family of musicians. There was always music in our home growing up...mostly classical. However with an older brother and sister, I also remembering hearing everything from the Stones to the Dead to the Jackson Five. As we raised our kids, our home has also been music-filled...everything from Zydeco to R&B to folk and more.

When I'm working, especially writing, I need music at all. However, in the car especially, I LOVE listening to the radio. My favorite station is WFUV (90.7FM). I think they stream online, Ellen. You should be able to hear them in Texas. They always play new, up and coming artists that other radio stations don't play. I love to sing along.

What you've brought to the conversation, Ellen is so important. "New" can come to us in all kinds of ways. It can be bold or subtle. I love how music is your "new," that brings with it that "stretch."

February 2, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Lin, great insights as always! You have such a wonderful way of sharing ideas that are practical and also personal. You know that this year started with some very big changes for me which have been somewhat stressful. The Marvel part is something I need to incorporate more with the changes I've already made, and then work on the total process for new ideas. You're very special- I'm a lucky guy!

February 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Samuels

Steve- I'm the lucky one. Thank you for being my number one supporter and encourager. I understand what you mean about embracing the "marvel" part more. When you allow yourself that gift, it's truly spectacular to witness. Change has been one of our themes. Yet to accompany it, there has been a constancy that has helped ground us. Here's to you and taking the time to marvel at who you are and all that you've accomplished.

February 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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