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Written by Sumit Dua, MD, MBA.

Being organized is one of life’s more important skills.  The word however conjures up images of someone who is very neat and tidy and someone who just is naturally gifted.  The reality is quite the opposite; organizing is just like any other skill – some people have an aptitude for it – but with the right knowledge and a little work, it is a skill that anyone can acquire.

A lot of authors start the discussion of this topic with – do you have trouble finding your keys, did you miss paying an important bill, did you forget your girlfriend’s birthday, etc? I am going to try to avoid this approach (yes finding your keys will become easier and so will remembering birthdays).  Instead my approach is more of an intellectual one instead of appealing simply to your emotions – I am doing this purposely.  I am assuming that if you understand the benefits and reasons why you need to do this, then you will follow through with it – appealing just to your emotions may get you started, but it will be hard to get you to keep going.

What Does it Mean to be Organized?

Written by Seana Turner, PO.

As a professional organizer, I often have the experience of people walking into my home and saying, “Your house is so neat…I wish I could be organized like you.” Whenever they say this, I have to laugh. Believe it or not, being “neat” really has nothing to do with being organized. In fact, it can sometimes mean the exact opposite.

The reality is, being organized simply means being able to find what you need, when you need it.

Most of the frustration we encounter with our “stuff” stems from the feeling of being out of control. Some of the symptoms of disorganization are lateness, missed deadlines, loss of possessions, forgetfulness and procrastination.