Smatterings: Office Organizing, Exercising for Life, Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

HOWBookendsI have fallen off the wagon lately in my blogging, but hopefully this post gets me back on track. Writing a  Smatterings column is a good way to break myself back in. This is a weekly digest of my selection of favorite and/or most-informative or inspiring articles read on the web during the past week or so. It’s a nice way to pass on to my readers good posts/articles that have helped me in some way and also an opportunity to “put in my two bits” on a given subject.

Also, stay tuned. This week I will be starting a new “weekly” column called Living Word (I put weekly in quotes to signify tongue-in-cheek, as Smatterings is also supposed to be a weekly column—though I haven’t written a Smatterings post in about seven weeks!).

Three Bits of Universal Organizing Advice for Traditional Office Environmentsunclutterer

While the title addresses traditional office environments, I took this article to heart for my home office. One of my longer-term goals that I am currently working on is to create an organized, clean, inviting home office. I’m an “out of sight, out of mind” kind of person, so I tend to accumulate a lot of stuff on my desk–because if I put it away, I’ll forget about it!

This article inspired me to develop some systems to work around that tendency. I have a ways to go, but I’m making headway.

For those of you who do work in a traditional office, this statement from the article might motivate you to do a little organizing and cleaning:

A Career Builder Study shows two out of five managers are less likely to promote someone with a messy desk. Messy offices were once a sign of creativity or busyness, but shows such as Hoarders and Buried Alive have brought serious clutter issues out in the open. Standards have changed.

Is a clean office/desk important to you? Do you have any tips to share? I , for one, would be most appreciative! Leave your tip as a comment, please.

Daily Walk May Cut Your Breast Cancer RiskWebMD

“Older women who walk every day may reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. And those who exercise vigorously may get even more protection, according to new research.” The study shows a 14% reduced breast cancer risk associated with moderate walkers and a 25% reduced risk in those who participate in more strenuous activities. Those are pretty significant numbers, especially in regards to such a serious subject!

Why am I including this article in my Smatterings column? Well, aside from the obvious (it is encouraging news!), it coincides with one of my core philosophies: it’s hard by the yard, but a cinch by the inch.

We often make mountains out of molehills when it comes to tackling meaningful goals. We look at things like getting in better shape, organizing our homes, building stronger relationships, etc. as “too big” to accomplish—and so we don’t even try. When in fact, if we just broke down our goals into smaller chunks of activity and behaviors, and did them every day (or very consistently, at least), we would see life-changing progress.

While some of you reading this may not consider an hour-long walk as a “small” commitment, bear in mind that the study was directed at “older women”—who generally do have more time to devote to such activity. My point, however, is that one hour a day is a small investment for such an important return. The same principle works in every area of life.

I write more about this principle of tackling big goals with consistency and perseverance in Small Changes + Consistency + Perseverance = Changed Life.

3 Ways Your Comfort Zone Is Restricting Your LifePick the Brain

It’s funny, but some of the blog posts that I read have nothing of great worth in them but maybe one sentence—or two. But those one or two sentences can really get me to thinking and inspire me to challenge myself in a new and exciting way. That was the case with this post. And here’s the few sentences that spoke to me:

You could be one hesitant step away from meeting your new best friend, discovering a new favorite dish or better yet, a new purpose in life. Going outside of your comfort zone and trying new things is one of the best ways to actually get to know yourself. Your greatest passion could be hiding as something you’ve never even dreamed of trying!

For me, getting out of my comfort zone is not so much about trying something new and fun, but more about expanding myself, increasing my capacity and dying to self (very uncomfortable).

I wrote my own version of this topic in Getting Comfortable Outside the “Comfort Zone.”

What does “getting out of the comfort zone” mean to you? Can you share an example in the comments? As always, I love to hear from those who read My Pleasant Places.

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2 Responses to Smatterings: Office Organizing, Exercising for Life, Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

  1. LynnDee says:

    I really like the article about cleaning the clutter from your desk. I have never liked clutter, but there has definitely been an emphasis in my life as of late to reduce clutter even more and be more organized in all places–car, room, house, work, etc. I am also seeing that this is not just about being “anal retentive” and OCD, but it is about being managed and ordered in all areas of life. After a good conversation with my brother, I am realizing that being externally ordered reflects how internally ordered I am. It reflects if I am living in a place of chaos or if I am being stable and well-managed in how I act, live, and think. I also feel a whole lot better once everything is clean and de-cluttered! 🙂

    • Diane says:

      Your comment made me smile, LynnDee (the anal retentive comment). I agree that our external world is a reflection of our internal world. So if we surround ourselves with chaos on the outside, there is probably some chaos going on on the inside. Yikes!

I love to read your comments!