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"You have taught me to believe in myself and to take things slowly, one step at a time, keep sight of my goals, both short term and long term.

Your coaching style was both nuturing and motivating, you seemed to intuitively know some days what I needed most. Your caring and understanding was so appreciated and it came from the heart."

-Holly C.

I would recommend the Simplicity Course as an easy, practical way to start simplifying one's life. I especially liked the segments on Tolerations, Wardrobe, and Office and Paperwork.

Each day focuses on only one task, which is helpful to people who feel overwhelmed by the complexities of modern life and hardly know where to begin downshifting.

-Joan, New York

Beth has an uncanny way of, "reading between the lines" to see a person's heart. I appreciate how genuine she is.

I have already begun implementing her suggestions, and am dumbstruck at how well they are working. I am feeling so much more secure, and feel I am finally put onto a life path that will bring me joy for many years to come."

-Sue Halpern

I feel more focused and have an objective instead of aimlessly filling up the day.

-Shelli Segura



52 Tiny Changes

You've done it before. Tried to change your whole life in 30 days. Only to fizzle out at day 10 because it take too much time. Join me in making a small change each week and by the end of the year you will have made 52 improvements to your life!

52changes@encouragingcoach.com with 52 changes in the subject line. Or come here each week for a new change and some steps to help you along the way.

Tiny Change #11: Take the last few minutes of the work day to straighten up and plan for the day ahead

It can be hard to start a day positively when you are surrounded by a mess and don't even know what you are doing the day ahead.

When I was working outside the home full-time, I fixed this problem by taking the last 15 minutes of the work day to prepare for the next. I cleared off my desk, made sure the papers were in the right folders, found all my pens, and washed my water mug.

Then I would empty my brain of all the things I had to do the next day. I categorized by calls to make, projects going to film, design projects, projects I am waiting for another person on, etc. It was a way to let all my thoughts of work hit the paper, then when I left work I didn't have to think about them anymore.

When I came into work in the morning a clean desk awaited me and my first project to do was highlighted on my to do list.

Working from home or parenting at home is tougher, since there is no real transition period. I still try to do the same routine, now that I work from home. I have a set time where I finish work (usually). I clear my desk and plan work for the next day. It's like a mini-transition from working to home and family. Sometimes though, I end up on the computer later, so I also have a 5-minute office cleaning routine at the end of the day. Otherwise I can't keep on top of the mess my office can get into.

Working Moms and Parenting What do do before leaving for work and before coming home

Changing Gears Making the transition from work to home

What do you need to do to transition from work to home?


52 Tiny Changes Archive


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