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Are you ready to get organized but don’t know where to start? Whether cleaning out a closet, kitchen cabinets or kid’s room, follow my S.P.A.C.E. formula to make the task manageable, methodical and rewarding. The key to succeeding with the SPACE formula is to do every one of the steps, and most importantly, to do them in order. Attack and complete one room at a time for the biggest sense of accomplishment and success. 

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Nothing piles up faster than the paper in our lives, nor is anything more satisfying to clean out. Make it easier on yourself by following a few simply rules to do a quick-sort and weed. Purging Paper: Speed up the process by getting a shredder and follow these simple rules.

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Finding you work/life balance isn’t always easy. You may need to get creative, like Jane did. But what if you, like Jane, work in an environment where face time is very important? Perhaps your co-workers and your boss keep different hours than you: they could begin their day at 11 a.m. while you start yours at eight. If this is the case and you are determined to keep those unusual hours, like Jane, than here are a few tips to help you succeed.

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Waking up late on a Sunday morning, you brew coffee, grab the paper from the front door, and head for your fluffy couch. But first you need the perfect music--ah, maybe the gently energizing, velvety voice of Norah Jones. You open the CD case and ... it's empty. Where on earth is that disc? Still in the changer? In your car? In the wrong case?
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Jocelyn has been late her whole life. As a kid, she never got to school on time, even though John Jay Elementary was just down the block.  Now 56, married, with two grown children and a successful career, she is still late for work every day.  Jocelyn fills every moment with activity—going to the gym 6 times per week,  listening to books on tape as she drives, lunching with friends, attending dinner parties, scurrying to business meetings, weekend brunches, movies and museums. She’s late for them all. 

Friends tell her she has no sense of how long things take. She’s tried to be more conscious of it, to be more sensitive, making a big effort to give herself extra time. But she always gets caught up in this feeling that I've get to fit one more thing in. 

             Lateness is an emotionally charged issue. What’s fascinating is how people on both sides of the issue have so little understanding of the other person’s experience.  These are parallel universes that refuse to intersect, with lots of misinterpretations and paranoid thinking on every side.
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Spending the first hour of your day stuck in traffic can be enough to make you feel like you’re losing control.  According to a recent national study, American drivers waste nearly an entire work week per year just sitting in traffic on the way to and from their jobs.   But, your time behind the wheel doesn’t need to be squandered.  Turn this down time into prime time by following these quick tips to make your commute more productive.    

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How productive did you feel last week? If you got less done than you'd hoped....what kept you from staying on task?  For many people, a constant stream of interruptions is the biggest hurdle to productivity.  So, here's some advice for preventing unnecessary interruptions from taking more than their fair share of your upcoming week.

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