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Things That Caught My Eye This Week | 12-6-2021 To 12-10-2021





Monday - 6th - December - 2021


- A Four Day Work Week.

The idea of a four-day work week — and its benefits is growing in popularity. 

Before you make the leap, author @JoeSanok suggests you do a trial run of the practice. 



Well-publicized trials in New Zealand, Iceland, and Japan showed participants' wellbeing improved and they were more productive when they reduced their hours.

Governments in Spain and Scotland have pledged money to fund trials.


Source: Twitter:  https://t.co/8M9DJ2cAf9
Source: Business Insider:  https://www.businessinsider.com/4-day-week-pilot-your-company-work-joe-sanok-2021-12


- California Minimum Wage Could Go Up To $18/Hour.


California voters could get to decide whether the state minimum wage goes up to $18 an hour, at a time when rising prices and living costs are eating into workers’ household incomes. 

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The Living Wage Act of 2022 was filed with the state attorney general’s office Friday. 

It would gradually increase the state minimum wage starting in 2023, then rise to $18 an hour for all-sized businesses by 2026.


Source: Twitter: https://t.co/5cdMrgKczD
Source: LATimes  https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-12-06/california-minimum-wage-18-dollars-ballot-initiative-joe-sanberg

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Tuesday - 7th - December - 2023


- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Is Changing It's Weekend.


#UAE announces today that it will transition to a four and a half day working week, with Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday forming the new weekend.

All Federal government departments will move to the new weekend from January 1, 2022.

The UAE is changing its weekend as it seeks to draw in global investment and businesses.

Source: Twitter: https://t.co/tQoa22pai9

Source: Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-12-07/uae-switches-weekend-to-saturday-sunday-from-next-year?sref=Ycj954CZ


- Canada Is Facing A Maple Syrup Shortage.

Due to a global supply shortage, Canada's liquid gold - maple syrup - is running low.

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers (QMSP), released nearly half of its emergency reserve.

It is equivalent to 22 million kilograms.

Increased demand and a shorter harvest drove the shortage of Maple, according to QMSP.

In Canada, it’s the first time the reserve of Maple syrup is in use in three years due to its shortage.


Source: Twitter: https://t.co/MuU0ybIsmQ 

Source: Breezy scroll: https://www.breezyscroll.com/world/canada-taps-into-emergency-maple-syrup-reserves-amid-shortage/


Organize And Plan | How To Start Healing From Addiction To Clutter

Organize And Plan | How To Start Healing From Addiction To Clutter

Organize And Plan | How To Start Healing From Addiction To Clutter




Quote:

"I'm touched by the idea that when we do things that are useful and helpful - collecting these shards of spirituality - that we may be helping to bring about a healing."
 



One of my clients, called Martha recently told me that she was trying to help her sister, Elizabeth get back on her feet.


Unfortunately, Elizabeth, had recently been laid off from her job after suffering from an illnes. 

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Elizabeth's house had always been a mess, but after the lay off it had become so filled with clutter that there was no place to walk or sit.


My client, Martha, had thus offered to buy her sister a car as a way to motivate her to clean her house. Martha, even went so far as to offer to help Elizabeth to clean up the house.



Martha was therefore quite shocked when her sister refused the offer, even though she desperately needed the car. Elizabeth was unwilling to get rid of her clutter.



Why Was The Clutter So Important To Elizabeth?




Underneath all addictions, lie feelings of fear, emptiness, helplessness, loneliness and aloneness. 


Addictions are a way for the addict to feel safe from experiencing these difficult and painful feelings. And an addiction to clutter is no exception.

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It's about having a sense of control over feelings of un-safety. Clutter, like all addictions, provides momentary feelings of comfort. 

However, as with any addiction, the clutterer needs more and more clutter to maintain the illusion of safety and comfort.


The Fear Of Not Having Enough



When my grandmother was moving house, my son offered to help clean  her house. 

However, while helping to clean and organize her house, he discovered that there were huge amounts of clutter in the house.


While my grandmother's house had always looked neat and clean, what we didn't realize was that the cupboards and drawers in her house were filled with clutter. 

So, while cleaning, my son told me that he had found 6 broken hair dryers in just one of her cabinets. 



So, Why Would My Grandmother Want To Keep Six Broken Hair Dryers?




My grandmother grew up during the great depression and had always had a fear of not having enough. No matter how much she accumulated materially, she never felt that she could ever have enough. The six hair dryers thus made her feel safe from her fear, even though they had stopped working.


Difficulty Letting Things Go



Katerina, has trouble throwing things away, especially magazines with important information in them. She subscribes to many magazines but, being the mother of three small children, she doesn't often have the time to read them all.  


So the magazines pile up and pile up. Katerina, hopes at some point to have the time to read them, but that time never seems to come.



When asked why she won't throw some of the magazines out, her answer is, "because the magazines contain important information in them that I don't want to miss."



Katerina fear's missing out on some important piece of information, because having information gives her a feeling of safety from ignorance. It makes her feel safe and in control to have all the magazines around her with their important information, even if she never gets to read them.



When we don't feel safe on the inside, then we try to make ourselves feel safe on the outside, and clutter is one way of doing that.



Whether it's things, such as hair dryers, or information, such as in magazines and newspapers, clutterers do not trust that they will have what they need. In addition, clutterers may be resistant people who see messiness and clutter as a way of not being controlled by anyone who may want them to be neat.


Healing The Addiction To Clutter



Clutter is created and maintained by a wounded, frightened part of oneself.

The wounded self is the part that operates from the illusion of having control over people, events, and outcomes. 

As long as this wounded self is in charge of decisions, the clutterer will continue to accumulate clutter as a way to provide comfort and the illusion of control over feeling safe, or continue to be messy as a way to resist being controlled.


Healing occurs when the individual does the inner work necessary to develop a strong, loving adult self. 


A loving adult is the aspect of us that opens to and connects with a spiritual source of wisdom, strength, and love. A loving adult is capable of taking loving action on their own behalf.


The loving adult operates from truth rather than from the false beliefs of the wounded self, and knows that the comfort and safety that clutter seems to provide is an illusion. 

This enlightened individual thus realizes that no matter how much clutter accumulates, the clutter will not help them to feel safe. 


The loving adult knows that safety and integrity do not lie in resistance. Only a loving adult who is tuned in to the guidance provided by a spiritual source and capable of taking loving actions on one's own behalf can manage to successfully create a sense of inner safety.



Quote:

"It's always hard to deal with injuries mentally, but I like to think about it as a new beginning. I can't change what happened, so the focus needs to go toward healing and coming back stronger than before."

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Quote:

"Have a bias towards action – let’s see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.” 

Indira Gandhi



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Quote:

"Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent return on energy!” 


Organize And Plan | How To Choose A Professional Organizer

Organize And Plan | How To Choose A Professional Organizer

Organize And Plan | How To Choose A Professional Organizer


Quote:

"Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." 

- Albert Einstein


As modern life progresses, I believe that time has become even more precious and has the capacity to increase our potential for finding opportunities.  


Using a professional organizer allows you to maximize the  opportunities that life has to offer while also helping you to make the best use of your time.


The past decade has seen life become increasingly sophisticated yet far less labor intensive for many people. 


If you want to get and stay ahead, it has become important to stay organized. 


A professional organizer service or what I call an 'efficiency service' is a great way to start and stay organized. 



In this age and time, we find ourselves outsourcing more and more tasks in our homes to other people and companies, just as if our home life were a business. 


The services provided by these individuals and companies make our life more efficient and that is why we use them. A few of the efficiency services that you probably use include: 


- Delivery services

- Car wash

- Launderette

- Lawn maintenance

- Various home maintenance tasks

Etc.

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As time has advanced, many of us find that we can afford to have lots of chores taken care of by other people, thus leaving us with some spare time.  


How we maximize that spare time to live a better and more productive life gives us an opportunity we shouldn't waste. 

And that is where professional organizers come into play.

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Imagine what a professional organizer working for you could do for your personal organization. 


As a professional organizer I consult with many people to help them  organize everything in their life; That is to say that I help to organize goals, organize homes, organize time, etc.

 

With my expertise, I have chosen some core tips to help you choose a professional organizer that is also  suitable for your personal needs. 


Choosing a professional organizer can be a cause for anxiety itself, which can defeat the point of organization services. 


So, to help with the process of choosing a professional organizer, I have listed some key insider tips from a professional organizer on how you can choose a good professional organizer who will be suitable for your own style and way of doing things.


1. Make a list of 10 or so professional organizers by doing a search online or in a phone directory.

Next, contact them by phone or by email and let them know that you are contacting 9 other professional organizers to find the most suitable candidate. 

This approach will let your potential candidates for the assignment know that they can not 'hard sell' you.


2. Take a look at their website, read some of their articles, and read their reply email or hear them out by phone. 

Tell them you still have the other candidates to consider before you make your decision. 

A good professional organizer will approve of your organized approach.

On your checklist you also need to score them on:


a. How interesting and thoughtful their products and services are. 

b. How their email response makes you feel.

c. How good they listen to you. 

This may seem strange but I believe the skill of listening is one of the most important skills that a good professional organizer should have.

If a professional organizer can not fully and completely listen to everything you have to say and hear your point of view, they will never be able to take you to a level of personal organization that satisfies you.


The factors I have mentioned above  should give you enough information to be able to at least make a short list and might allow you to choose a professional organizer in no time at all. 

So, all the very best as you make that all important decision. 


Quote:

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." 

- William Morris



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Quote:

“Always plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” 


Richard Cushing



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Quote:

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” 


Pablo Picasso

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Quote:

"Choosing a hard-to-guess, but easy-to-remember password is important!" 




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Quote:


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