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7. Consolidate. Consolidate means to “merge, combine, unite, join”. Look for something in your life that is scattered and consolidate -- group of small bills, hand lotions, hobby supplies. I’m using consolidate in this case to mean either to literally combine as all into one container, but also in collecting like items together. Instead of spreading your collectibles all over house, combine them into one beautiful cabinet for impact. Consolidate toys or reading material/bills/papers by type. You’ll be able to see duplicates easily and free up some time and space.
8. Do opposite. If you find that you’re constantly having to run to next room to retrieve a pair of (for example) scissors, that’s a clue that you need to *add* a pair where you need them. This is opposite of consolidate. Just be careful with this one, and make sure that you really use item enough to make it worthy of taking up valuable real-estate in your home or office or closet.
9. Predictability We can’t know future. No one can. But about everyday things, it’s usually pretty easy to make a fairly accurate prediction of what consequences of your actions will be. A first ‘mistake’ is simply a learning experience, finding out information that you didn’t have originally. A second ‘mistake’ is not exercising your skill of predicting. Practice predicting, and make informed choices to go in a direction you want to.
10. Assign Value. A big mistake I see in my coaching clients is not assigning a true value to your time, to your energy, to your money, and to “real estate” (space) of your home or office. Realize that for each thing you say Yes to -- from a pair of shoes to watching a movie -- you have said No to something else. Always ask yourself - is this *valuable* enough to me to bump something else from my closet, my schedule, my money?
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Professional Life Coach Kathy Gates specializes in helping people who are ready to create a simpler, less stressful, more joyful and meaningful lifestyle. Visit www.reallifecoach.com for information, products and services, and sign up for a free newsletter.