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Worth Repeating – October 2014

Pomegranates ripening on a bush, Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico. Photo by Margaret Lukens
Pomegranates ripening on a bush, Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico. Photo by Margaret Lukens

Happy Harvest Time! In this monthly feature called “Worth Repeating,” I’ve harvested a small crop of posts from recent Octobers that  feel as fresh as when they were first written. Because when it comes to good productivity practices, we can all benefit from a little reminder.

Next weekend, most residents of the United States will set their clocks back an hour to mark the end of Daylight Savings Time. If time changes caused by travel or seasonal adjustments mess with your equilibrium, revisit this post about the SleepCycle app, and get relief from time-change trauma.

Last October I declared it a “month of not-knowing.” Since then, I’ve made tons of changes in my business and my life. Among the steps I took to reduce my fixed expenses and give myself a little more flexibility, I closed my away-office and moved all my business back to my home office. I’ve launched a new online class, PO-103 Ethics for Professional Organizers and Productivity Specialists. I’ve made changes in my daily habits to give me more clarity, including having no alcohol for nearly a year and beginning a practice of mindfulness meditation. Now, twelve months later, “the month of not-knowing” is still in force. Is there a place in your life where you’re waiting for the fog to burn off?

Late autumn often feels like a time of waiting. In the northern hemisphere, darkness falls sooner, the atmosphere can feel hushed. It’s worth remembering that we don’t always have to be proactive to be productive. Make good use of your waiting time, with this meditation from wolf-watching.

You’re perfect. No, really! So am I. And… well, this zen proverb says it all. Can you hold two opposites in your mind at the same time?

I wish you an outstanding October, this year and always!

My Conference Packing List is Now Yours, Too

No sooner had I made my plane reservations this morning for the first conference I’ll be attending this year (a week in New Orleans this April with 800 or so professional organizers who, believe it or not, know how to party), than my friend Jodi Womack published her conference packing list . I’ve been sharing… Continue Reading

Packages, Programs, and Value-Based Pricing

  Let the good times roll! I’ll be speaking in New Orleans next year at the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers. The topic is “Packages, Programs, and Value-Based Pricing.” I’ve got lots of great content to share. Click here for a video sneak peak at what we’ll be covering. I hope… Continue Reading

Watching For the Wolves of Yellowstone

Planning to visit Yellowstone National Park with some members of my family, I was looking forward to a chance to spot some of the nearly 100 wolves that now populate the park. Since wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone 17 years ago, they have settled in the Lamar Valley, a little-visited area in the northwest corner… Continue Reading

Sometimes my plans work out, other times things come out better

by Margaret Lukens, New Leaf + Company Last weekend I went to Santa Cruz, California to see the migrating monarch butterflies in their winter home. My chosen destination was Natural Bridges State Park, which features a natural stone bridge formed by the Pacific Ocean tides (hence the name) and groves of the monarch’s preferred eucalyptus… Continue Reading

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