Article By Dee DeWitt

Are the in-boxes in your life stressing you out?


Our lives are filled with “in-boxes” … from email in-boxes to your to-do lists to voice and text messages to a variety of different in-boxes in social networks such Facebook to work applications to RSS readers and bookmarked “to-read” articles and more.  Whew!


For many people, managing all these in-boxes is stressful, never-ending, and complex.  And for many more, simply checking their in-boxes is addictive.


So, how do we simplify things?  How do we clear our in-boxes and let go of the stress of managing them all? Read More »

Posted on 18 June, 2009 in Goals, Productivity, Simplify
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Article By Dee DeWitt

Probably because of the economy, the fact that my 50th birthday comes this year, and any number of other reasons, I have been thinking a lot recently about my goals. 


For most of my life, I think I have either ignored goals altogether … or made goal setting so difficult that nothing is accomplished. 


After a lot of thought, I believe a better way is by goals simple … no overkill, no software programs to track goals … just a simply sheet of paper or index card.


The key to simple goal setting is to not have too many goals.  That’s not always possible for some people, but even so the idea of making goal setting simple has merit. 


Having too many goals makes things complicated and requires a more complicated system for keeping track of your goals.


Keep things as simple as possible if you can. That has the added benefit of allowing you to focus your energies on a small number of goals, making you far more effective with them. 


Try this: Read More »

Posted on 27 April, 2009 in Goals, Simplify
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Article by Dee DeWitt


We often rush through tasks, trying to get them done, trying to finish as much as we can each day.  We speed along in our cars to our next destination, rushing to do what we need to do.  Then we leave so we can speed to our next destination.


Unfortunately, it’s often not until we approach our final destination that we realize what madness this is.


At the end of most days we’re often exhausted and stressed out.  We don’t have time for what’s important to us, for what we really want to be doing, for spending time with loved ones, for doing things we’re passionate about.


It doesn’t have to be that way.  It’s possible to live a simpler life.  A life where you enjoy your activities.  A life where you are present in most things you do.  A life where you can be content rather than rushing just to finish things.


If this appeals to you, then take a look at some suggestions for living a more peaceful life: Read More »

Posted on 17 April, 2009 in Balance, Happiness, Simplify
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Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Blake Cothron


This time of year is seen as a time for new beginnings, a fresh start.  It’s seen often as a time to wipe clean the slate of last year’s stuff and start anew.  Personally, I don’t get wrapped up in any festivities or making New Year’s resolutions.  I think they’re mostly short-lived and overly hyped. 


How often have any of us really kept any resolution in the long-term?  Instead, let’s embrace change in our lives, letting go of the realities that aren’t in harmony.


Go Beyond the Hype

I know it’s happened to most of us.  The New Year comes along and we join in the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions.  It’s commercialized by … Read More »

Posted on 6 January, 2009 in Balance, Goals, Gratitude, Happiness, Simplify
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Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Blake Cothron


The Western world is now beginning to embrace the concept of “going green” and becoming more environmentally aware and responsible.  With 2009 upon us, we can do something new for the Earth and help reduce our own footprints on the Earth’s resources and ecosystems.  We can make this a New Green Year.


It can seem like there’s so much to catch up on.  Organic food, holistic medicine, natural fibers, hybrid vehicles; there’s so much to learn about it can seem like too much.  As with most major trends it’s easy to get swept up in the current of hype and lose touch with the essence of the movement (see footnote for more information).


What I will say first is a common theme in much of my advice – avoid the hype.  As businesses realize there’s money to be saved by “going green,” they also realize there’s as much or more money to be made by selling the green movement. Read More »

Posted on 4 January, 2009 in Making the Day Count, Simplify
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