Live the Continuous Experience of Wholeness – New Techniques for Experiencing Pure Awareness All the Time

So, what if we were able to remove these barriers to living the continuous experience of wholeness? What would it be like if that was the case?

It is possible to describe some of the attributes of what it’s like to live in a state where you never lose the sense of wholeness.

· First of all, you can always trust and act on your intuition, every single time.

· You’re free from any influence of the past or the future

· You are totally presence, living completely in the moment.

· You’re completely free of being judgmental, neither of others nor of yourself.

· You have freedom from the grip of emotion. You never get lost to emotions. If emotion grabs you, you have a way out of it pretty much instantaneously, and even while the emotion is gripping, you never lose the sense of wholeness or pure awareness. This makes it possible to clearly distinguish useful from not-useful emotions and you then know how to respond accordingly.

· You have the capacity to feel, be present to and experience anything and everything. · You have a complete sense of self-sufficiency and independence.

· You experience the full support of all the laws of nature, and there’s a kind of spontaneous acting in alignment with nature. It’s like being an agent of nature.

· There’s also a sense of frictionless flow, very much like what athletes talk about when they’re “in the zone.” This is like living “in the zone” all the time.

· It’s a state of permanent inner peace.

· There’s a total sense of freedom.

· You have access to unlimited power, perpetual bliss.

Stone, Tom (2012-01-10). Live the Continuous Experience of Wholeness – New Techniques for Experiencing Pure Awareness All the Time (The Great Life Series) (Kindle Locations 246-252). Great Life Technologies. Kindle Edition.

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How to know God – Deepak Chopra

GOD IS AS WE ARE

WHO IS GOD?

Stage One: Fight-or-Flight Response: God the Protector

Vengeful
Capricious
Quick to anger
Jealous
Judgmental–meting out reward and punishment
Unfathomable
Sometimes merciful

Stage Two: Reactive Response: God the Almighty

Sovereign
Omnipotent
Just
Answerer of prayers
Impartial
Rational
Organized into rules

Stage Three: Restful Awareness Response: God of Peace

Detached
Calm
Offering consolation
Undemanding
Conciliatory
Silent
Meditative

Stage Four: Intuitive Response: God the Redeemer

Understanding
Tolerant
Forgiving
Nonjudgmental
Inclusive
Accepting

Stage Five: Creative Response: God the Creator

Unlimited creative potential
Control over space and time
Abundant
Open
Generous
Willing to be known
Inspired

Stage Six: Visionary Response: God of Miracles

Transformative
Mystical
Enlightened
Beyond all causes
Existing
Healing
Magical
Alchemist

Stage Seven: Sacred Response: God of Pure Being–“I Am”

Unborn
Undying
Unchanging
Unmoving
Unmanifest
Immeasurable
Invisible
Intangible
Infinite

WHAT KIND OF WORLD DID GOD CREATE?

Stage 1: Fight-or-Flight Response: World of bare survival

Stage 2: Reactive Response: World of competition and ambition

Stage 3: Restful Awareness Response: World of inner solitude, self-sufficiency

Stage 4: Intuitive Response: World of insight, personal growth

Stage 5: Creative Response: World of art, invention, discovery

Stage 6: Visionary Response: World of prophets, sages, and seers

Stage 7: Sacred Response: Transcendent world

WHO AM I?

Stage 1: Fight-or-Flight Response: A survivor

Stage 2: Reactive Response: Ego, personality

Stage 3: Restful Awareness Response: Silent witness

Stage 4: Intuitive Response: Knower within

Stage 5: Creative Response: Co-creator

Stage 6: Visionary Response: Enlightened awareness

Stage 7: Sacred Response: The source


HOW DO I FIT IN?

Stage 1: Fight-or-Flight Response: I cope.

Stage 2: Reactive Response: I win.

Stage 3: Restful Awareness Response: I stay centered.

Stage 4: Intuitive Response: I understand.

Stage 5: Creative Response: I intend.

Stage 6: Visionary Response: I love.

Stage 7: Sacred Response: I am.

HOW DO I FIND GOD?

Stage 1: Fight-or-Flight Response: Fear, loving devotion

Stage 2: Reactive Response: Awe, obedience

Stage 3: Restful Awareness Response: Meditation, silent contemplation

Stage 4: Intuitive Response: Self-acceptance

Stage 5: Creative Response: Inspiration

Stage 6: Visionary Response: Grace

Stage 7: Sacred Response: By transcending

WHAT IS THE NATURE OF GOOD AND EVIL?

Stage 1: Fight-or-Flight Response

Good is safety, comfort, food, shelter and family.

Evil is physical threat and abandonment.

Stage 2: Reactive Response

Good is getting what you want.

Evil is any obstacle to getting what you want.

Stage 3: Restful Awareness Response

Good is clarity, inner calm, and contact with the self.

Evil is inner turmoil and chaos.

Stage 4: Intuitive Response

Good is clarity, seeing the truth.

Evil is blindness, denying the truth.

Stage 5: Creative Response

Good is higher consciousness.

Evil is lower consciousness.

Stage 6: Visionary Response

Good is a cosmic force.

Evil is another aspect of the same force.

Stage 7: Sacred Response

Good is the union of all opposites.

Evil no longer exists.

WHAT IS MY LIFE CHALLENGE?

Stage 1: Fight-or-Flight Response: To survive, protect, and maintain

Stage 2: Reactive Response: Maximum achievement

Stage 3: Restful Awareness Response: To be engaged and detached

Stage 4: Intuitive Response: To go beyond duality

Stage 5: Creative Response: To align with the Creator

Stage 6: Visionary Response: To attain liberation

Stage 7: Sacred Response: To be myself

WHAT IS MY GREATEST STRENGTH?

Stage 1: Fight-or-Flight Response: Courage

Stage 2: Reactive Response: Accomplishment

Stage 3: Restful Awareness Response: Autonomy

Stage 4: Intuitive Response: Insight

Stage 5: Creative Response: Imagination

Stage 6: Visionary Response: Holiness

Stage 7: Sacred Response: Unity

WHAT IS MY BIGGEST HURDLE?

Stage 1: Fight-or-Flight Response: Fear of loss, abandonment

Stage 2: Reactive Response: Guilt, victimization

Stage 3: Restful Awareness Response: Fatalism

Stage 4: Intuitive Response: Delusion

Stage 5: Creative Response: Self-importance

Stage 6: Visionary Response: False idealism

Stage 7: Sacred Response: Duality

WHAT IS MY GREATEST TEMPTATION?

Stage 1: Fight-or-Flight Response: Tyranny

Stage 2: Reactive Response: Addiction

Stage 3: Restful Awareness Response: Introversion

Stage 4: Intuitive Response: Deception

Stage 5: Creative Response: Solipsism

Stage 6: Visionary Response: Martyrdom

Stage 7: Sacred Response: Beyond temptation

GETTING WHAT YOU WANT

The Seven Levels of Fulfillment

God is another name for infinite intelligence. To achieve anything in life, a piece of this intelligence must be contacted and used. In other words, God is always there for you. The seven responses of the human brain are avenues to attain some aspect of God. Each level of fulfillment proves God’s reality at that level.

Level 1 (Fight-or-Flight Response)

You fulfill your life through family, community, a sense of belonging, and material comforts.

Level 2 (Reactive Response)

You fulfill your life through success, power, influence, status, and other ego satisfactions.

Level 3 (Restful Awareness Response)

You fulfill your life through peace, centeredness, self acceptance, and inner silence.

Level 4 (Intuitive Response)

You fulfill your life through insight, empathy, tolerance, and forgiveness.

Level 5 (Creative Response)

You fulfill your life through inspiration, expanded creativity in art or science, and unlimited discovery.

Level 6 (Visionary Response)

You fulfill your life through reverence, compassion, devoted service, and universal love.

Level 7 (Sacred Response)

You fulfill your life through wholeness and unity with the divine.

The Seven Levels of Miracles

A miracle is a display of power from beyond the five senses. Although all miracles take place in the transition zone, they differ from level to level. In general, miracles become more “supernatural” after the fourth or fifth brain response, but any miracle involves direct contact with spirit.

Level 1 (Fight-or-Flight Response)

Miracles involve surviving great danger, impossible rescues, a sense of divine protection.

Example: A mother who runs into a burning house to rescue her child, or lifts a car with a child trapped underneath

Level 2 (Reactive Response)

Miracles involve incredible achievements and success, control over the body or mind.

Example: Extreme feats of martial arts, child prodigies with inexplicable gifts in music or mathematics, the rise of a Napoleon from humble beginnings to immense power (men of destiny)

Level 3 (Restful Awareness Response)

Miracles involve synchronicity, yogic powers, premonitions, feeling the presence of God or angels.

Example: Yogis who can change body temperature or heart rate at will, being visited by someone from far away who has just died, visitation by a guardian angel

Level 4 (Intuitive Response)

Miracles involve telepathy, ESP, knowledge of past or future lifetimes, prophetic powers.

Example: Reading someone else’s thoughts or aura, psychic predictions, astral projection to other locations

Level 5 (Creative Response)

Miracles involve divine inspiration, artistic genius, spontaneous fulfillment of desires (wishes come true).

Example: The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, having a thought that suddenly manifests, Einstein’s insights into time and relativity

Level 6 (Visionary Response)

Miracles involve healing, physical transformations, holy apparitions, highest degree of supernatural feats.

Example: Walking on water, healing incurable diseases through touch, direct revelation from the Virgin Mary

Level 7 (Sacred Response)

Miracles involve inner evidence of enlightenment.

Example: Lives of the great prophets and teachers–Buddha, Jesus, Lao-Tze

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Inner dialogue – Deepak Chopra

There’s an old parable that makes a very important point about inner dialogue and the effect it can have on how we live our lives.

A young man was inspired to follow a path of spiritual development and seek enlightenment, and he sought the advice of an ancient seer – a holy man of the kind that in India is called a rishi.

The young man said, “I want to follow a path of devotion.  I’m determined to achieve the highest realms of spiritual consciousness.  Can you help me?”

The rishi looked at this young fellow and he could see how sincere he was in aspirations – so the rishi said, “I think I might be able to help. But I must warn you that what you’re asking will be very difficult.  The path you’re choosing requires a great deal of inner strength and deep commitment.  Do you think you’ll be able to stay on this path in order to develop yourself spiritually?”

And the young man said, “I’m sure I will. Please help me.  I’ll do whatever you tell me if only I can achieve the kind of piety and sanctity that you’ve achieved in your own life.”

The rishi said, “Well, all right.  We’re going to start right now.  We’re going to begin a very, very strict period of fasting.  From now on, you’re going to eat only a few crusts of bread during the entire day.  You’re going to drink just two cups of water every 24 hours, and the fast is going to continue until I say that it’s over.  Do you think you can stick to this fast in order to cultivate your spiritual self?”

The young man replied, “Yes, I think I can.”  So, the fast started.  But after it had gone on for a couple of days, the young aspirant was finding it very difficult because he was seeing people all around eating three meals a day.  He was watching people satisfy their hunger, satisfy their thirst, enjoying food and drink – and there was nothing for him but crusts of bread and a few cups of water during the entire day. So he approached the rishi again and he said, “I’m finding this very hard to do in this environment. Do you think there’s any way we could go somewhere where I won’t be seeing other people indulging themselves?  Would that still be within the rules of the fast?”

The rishi thought about this and then he said, “Well, I think that it would be.  I think that we can go out into the desert and we can isolate ourselves, and if that will make it easier for you, it’ll still be within the limits of the fast.”

So, they went out into the desert, and they took their crusts of bread and their cups of water and they were walking along — but all of a sudden they came upon something that was so startling that they both just stood there in amazement.  There was an enormous table standing right there in the middle of the desert, and it was laden with the most delicious food that could possibly be imagined, as well as many bottles of excellent wine.

Both the holy man and the young disciple were very tempted by what they saw before them.   They were just standing there staring at the table laden with food.  And the young man said, “How is this possible? How could this huge temptation appear before us out here in the desert?”

The rishi thought for a moment and then he said, “It must be the work of some evil spirit or demon that knew we’d be coming this way.  The evil spirit prepared this table in order to tempt us.”

The young disciple said, “Well, maybe we’d better get away from this temptation.”

And he started to walk off into the desert.

But the rishi grabbed his arm and said, “Wait a minute.”  And then all of a sudden the rishi sat down at the table and started eating as fast as he could…He ate everything that was on the table and he drank several bottles of wine – and the young devotee just stood there staring at him in horror and disbelief.

Finally, when the rishi couldn’t possible eat or drink anymore, he wiped his mouth with a napkin and folded the napkin and calmly stood up and the two of them started off across the desert again.

The young disciple hardly knew what to say.  He really didn’t know how to understand what had just happened.  But finally, he said to the holy man, “How could you do that?  How could you break our fast that way and sit down and give into this temptation?  How could you eat all that food and drink all that wine?”

The rishi looked at him and said, “Well, it’s true that I ate the food and drank the wine.  But at least now I’m finished with it.  You’re still eating.”

In other words, the rishi meant that in the young man’s inner dialogue, he was still fighting this battle.  He was still arguing with himself – and not only with himself, but also with a character in his mind that he imagined was the ancient holy man.  There was an angry dialog going on. In his mind, the young man was saying, “How could you do this terrible thing?  Why couldn’t I do it?  How did I get into this mess in the first place?”

This kind of negative inner dialogue is the result of a mindset that’s always trying to overcome or resist difficulty, instead of discovering the effortless solution that’s always possible, and that solution will always do the least damage in the long run.  Spiritual transformation rarely results from overcoming difficulty.  It comes from finding easiness.   It’s not a matter of strain or force, because that creates corrosive inner dialog.  It’s really the opposite of strain or force.

One of the most important concepts of Ayurveda, which is the traditional life science of India, is the concept of agniAgni is the inner fire that allows us to metabolize and transform whatever enters our system from the environment.  For example, when we ingest food, the inner fire of agni is responsible for digesting and processing the food into a form that will be useful and beneficial.   But agni also processes whatever we take in emotionally and intellectually.  The internal fire transforms all this into usable form.  And if agni is functioning efficiently, there is no residue left over – there is no physical or emotional residue left to corrode or damage the human system.  But that’s exactly what negative inner dialog is.  Negative inner dialog comes into being when the fire within you hasn’t dealt effectively with the material it has encountered.

There’s an insight here that’s extremely important to understand. When you are synchronized with the energy field that gave rise to you – when you are in balance physically, emotionally, and spiritually – you possess a level of strength and flexibility that is sufficient to meet any challenge effortlessly.   But more than simply meeting any challenge, you can transform the “it” in such a way that it nourishes you on your spiritual journey.  Though a weak fire may be smothered, a brightly burning flame converts any obstacle that it meets with into fuel for itself.

The anecdote about the rishi devouring a huge meal in the desert is meant to be amusing – but it dramatizes the ability of a truly spiritual person to process any challenge, and to do so with nothing left over.  The rishi even enjoys himself while he’s doing it – but once it’s done, it’s done.  His flame was strong to begin with, and now it’s even stronger.  The disciple, on the other hand, still has to learn this lesson.  He has yet to develop this strength.  He struggles to distance himself from the problem, while the rishi literally takes it inside himself and transforms it to make himself stronger.

In the parable, the rishi finds a way to be always moving in one direction, while the disciple is inwardly divided against himself.  This is the point we’re all at until we reach a higher stage of enlightenment.  This is where we start from as people.  Consciousness, after all, only exists because the energy field created a division within itself.  The field created conscious, thinking human beings as expressions of itself, and it did so in order to think about itself.  We are an expression of that self-division that the field initiated.  Our thoughts are not only ours – they are the universe thinking about itself.

We are the inner dialog of the conscious energy field, — but all too often our thoughts take a form that hinders spiritual development that is moving us in the direction opposite from which we want to go.  Inner dialogue should help us regain unity consciousness with the field. Positive inner dialogue helps us move in that direction.  It fosters synchronicity. It fosters spiritual development.

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StrengthsFinder Leadership Themes

StrengthsFinder Leadership Themes

In Strengths Based Leadership, authors Tom Rath and Barry Conchie discovered in their research that there are four domains of leadership strength — executing, influencing, relationship building, and strategic thinking — and all are critical to the overall effective functioning of a leadership group.

Executing
Team members who have a dominant strength in the Executing domain are those whom you turn to time and again to implement a solution. These are the people who will work tirelessly to get something done. People who are strong in the Executing domain have an ability to take an idea and transform it into reality within the organization they lead.

Influencing
People who are innately good at influencing are always selling the team’s ideas inside and outside the organization. When you need someone to take charge, speak up, and make sure your group is heard, look to someone with the strength to influence.

Relationship Building
Relationship builders are the glue that holds a team together. Strengths associated with bringing people together — whether it is by keeping distractions at bay or keeping the collective energy high — transform a group of individuals into a team capable of carrying out complex projects and goals.

Strategic Thinking
Those who are able to keep people focused on “what they could” be are constantly pulling a team and its members into the future. They continually absorb and analyze information and help the team make better decisions.

The StrengthsFinder themes are organized into the Leadership Themes as follows:

EXECUTING  INFLUENCING  RELATIONSHIP STRATEGIC THINKING
  • Achiever
  • Arranger
  • Belief
  • Consistency
  • Deliberative
  • Discipline
  • Focus
  • Responsibility
  • Restorative
  • Activator
  • Command
  • Communication
  • Competition
  • Maximizer
  • Self-Assurance
  • Significance
  • Woo
  • Adaptability
  • Developer
  • Connectedness
  • Empathy
  • Harmony
  • Includer
  • Individualization
  • Positivity
  • Relator
  • Analytical
  • Context
  • Futuristic
  • Ideation
  • Input
  • Intellection
  • Learner
  • Strategic
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Clifton StrengthsFinder Themes

Strengths Finder Strengths List E-mail
The Clifton StrengthsFinder™ measures the presence of 34 talent themes. Talents are people’s naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling, or behavior that can be productively applied. The more dominant a theme is in a person, the greater the theme’s impact on that person’s behavior and performance.

Achiever® People strong in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.
Activator® People strong in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.
Adaptability® People strong in the Adaptability theme prefer to “go with the flow.” They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.
Analytical® People strong in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation.
ArrangerTM People strong in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.
Belief® People strong in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.
Command® People strong in the Command theme have presence. They can take control of a situation and make decisions.
Communication® People strong in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.
Competition® People strong in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests.
Connectedness® People strong in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.
Consistency® / FairnessTM People strong in the Consistency theme (also called Fairness in the first StrengthsFinder assessment) are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same. They try to treat everyone in the world fairly by setting up clear rules and adhering to them.
Context® People strong in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history.
Deliberative® People strong in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate the obstacles.
Developer® People strong in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements.
DisciplineTM People strong in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create.
EmpathyTM People strong in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.
FocusTM People strong in the Focus theme can take a direction, follow through, and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act.
Futuristic® People strong in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.
Harmony® People strong in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.
Ideation® People strong in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
Inclusiveness® / Includer® People strong in the Inclusiveness theme are accepting of others. They show awareness of those who feel left out, and make an effort to include them.
Individualization® People strong in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively.
Input® People strong in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.
Intellection® People strong in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.
Learner® People strong in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.
Maximizer® People strong in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.
Positivity® People strong in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.
Relator® People who are strong in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.
Responsibility® People strong in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.
Restorative® People strong in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.
Self-Assurance® People strong in the Self-assurance theme feel confident in their ability to manage their own lives. They possess an inner compass that gives them confidence that their decisions are right.
Significance® People strong in the Significance theme want to be very important in the eyes of others. They are independent and want to be recognized.
StrategicTM People strong in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
Woo® People strong in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.
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21 Ways Rich People Think Differently

1. Average people think MONEY is the root of all evil. Rich people believe POVERTY is the root of all evil.

2. Average people think selfishness is a vice. Rich people think selfishness is a virtue.

3. Average people have a lottery mentality. Rich people have an action mentality.

4. Average people think the road to riches is paved with formal education. Rich people
believe in acquiring specific knowledge.

5. Average people long for the good old days. Rich people dream of the future.

6. Average people see money through the eyes of emotion. Rich people think about money
logically.

7. Average people earn money doing things they don’t love.
Rich people follow their passion.

8. Average people set low expectations so they’re never disappointed. Rich people are up for the challenge.

9. Average people believe you have to DO something to get rich. Rich people believe
you have to BE something to get rich.

10. Average people believe you need money to make money. Rich people use other people’s money.

11. Average people believe the markets are driven by logic and strategy. Rich people know
they’re driven by emotion and greed.

12. Average people live beyond their means. Rich people live below theirs.

13. Average people teach their children how to survive. Rich people teach their kids to get rich.

14. Average people let money stress them out. Rich people find peace of mind in
wealth.

15. Average people would rather be entertained than educated. Rich people would rather be educated than entertained.

16. Average people think rich people are snobs. Rich people just want to surround themselves with like-minded people.

17. Average people focus on saving. Rich people focus on earning.

18. Average people play it safe with money. Rich people know when to take risks.

19. Average people love to be comfortable. Rich people find comfort in uncertainty.

20. Average people never make the connection between money and health. Rich people know money can save your life.

21. Average people believe they must choose between a great family and being rich. Rich people know you can have it all.

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12 Tips for Getting Organized for Adults with ADHD

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.

12 Tips for Getting Organized for Adults with ADHDOrganizing is a challenge and a chore for most people. But when you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), symptoms like distractibility, forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating can make getting organized seem impossible.

But there are small steps you can take to organize your space and your life. Below, attention and ADHD coach Laura Rolands and clinical psychologist and ADHD expert Ari Tuckman share their strategies for getting a handle on clutter and creating a clean space.

1. Start small. When it comes to organizing, one of the mistakes people with ADHD make is to try to work on everything at once, said Rolands, who operates LSR Coaching and Consulting.

The second mistake, according to Tuckman, is letting your space become unbearably disorganized. So the disorganization becomes doubly overwhelming, and you give yourself more reasons to avoid it.

“Pick one area to clean for today and make it an area that is not too large,” such as “one section of your kitchen counter or one corner of your living room,” Rolands said.

If this is still overwhelming, think of an amount of time that feels comfortable to you, such as 10 minutes, she said. Set your timer, and organize until you hear the ding. Timers also serve as great reminders that you need to move on to your next project.

2. Work on one small area each day, Rolands said. Again, this helps you avoid getting overwhelmed and easily distracted.

3. Organize on a regular basis. As Tuckman said, “We don’t expect one shower to last all week, so it’s the same with organizing.”

Find yourself slipping? “Remind yourself that although being organized takes some time, it also saves time when you’re able to find things quickly and with less stress,” he said.

4. Shrink your stuff. “The less you have, the easier it is to organize what’s left,” said Tuckman, who’s also the author of More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD.

Some items will be easier to part with than others, he noted, while you might hold onto items just in case you need them later. But he reminded readers that “If you can’t find it when you need it, you may as well not own it.”

5. Downsize regularly. In addition to getting rid of the things you own, be strict about buying more things and letting clutter in your life in general. “The less stuff that comes into your life, the less you need to manage, so get yourself off of mailing lists and resist the temptation to buy those unnecessary little items,” Tuckman suggested.

6. Keep your system as simple as possible. Having an easy organization system “makes it more likely that [you] will stick with it, which is the ultimate goal,” Tuckman said. For example, use file folders with brightly colored labels, Rolands said. Using different colors makes them easier to find, Tuckman said.

Too distracting? “Use one folder for all bills related to the house, rather than creating separate folders for each bill,” he said.

7. Color-code email based on the sender. “This way, you can see emails from your priority customers, family members and bosses first,” Rolands said.

8. Create a simple system for your home and office mail. Mail is something that easily piles up and creates tons of clutter. So organize mail every day. “Give yourself a few options such as File, Toss, Do and Delegate,” she said.

9. Carve out time to clean the clutter. Rolands suggested that readers “Make an appointment with yourself to organize.”

10. Limit distractions, Rolands said. If you don’t want to be organizing in the first place, there are tons of things that can pull for your attention. So turn off the TV and computer, and let your phone go to voicemail. Also, consider other common distractions that stop you from accomplishing your tasks and avoid those.

11. Ask for help. You don’t have to organize alone. For starters, you can ask someone to simply be in the room as you organize. “Having someone else present tends to keep us working longer and [with] fewer distractions,” Tuckman pointed out.

If you’re having particular trouble creating a simple organizing system, ask a friend to help or hire a coach, Rolands said.

12. Check out helpful resources. Rolands likes the National Resource Center on AD/HD for anything ADHD-related and Families with Purpose, “an organization dedicated to helping busy parents create a meaningful family life for themselves and their children.”

Also, ADDitude magazine offers a variety of free downloads on organizing and other ADHD information.

Ultimately, do what works best for you. “There is not a one-size-fits-all [system] with regard to anyone, especially adults with ADHD,” Rolands said. Tuckman added, “Don’t expect yourself to enjoy [organizing], just do it anyway.”

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