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It’s funny how your keys always seem to disappear when you’re running late and need to get out the door. When it happens on occasion, it is likely just an isolated case of absent-mindedness. But if you frequently lose your keys — or any other personal item — you may be suffering from chronic disorganization. Marilyn Paul, author of It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys: The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized (Penguin; $14), aims to help you get it together.
Paul asserts that chronic disarray can injure self-confidence, relationships, and your reputation. It was her own admitted disorganization, which eventually affected her ability to function effectively, that inspired the book. A chapter is devoted to visualizing what you want to achieve, selecting wise counsel and building an encouraging support system, and taking control by taking action.
It’s Hard To Make A Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys contains valuable insight into attacking the root of disorganized behaviors such as lateness, procrastination, and impulsiveness. Practical tips include considering how little time it actually takes to do seemingly large tasks such as putting away laundry. If you want to explore some of the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual issues that affect how we organize our lives, this book is for you.