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This is a guest post from Julie Gray, a holistic time coach, speaker, and author. Julie is hosting a FREE 3-Part Virtual Workshop in March on How to Find More Time for Health, Wealth, and Fun in 2015. Click here to sign up http://bit.ly/VirtualWorkshop Last Spring I ran in my eighth 10-Miler race. But I wouldn’t call myself a runner. A more apt description would be a really, really slow jogger. And I’m proud of that. Because 10 years ago I couldn’t run a mile. I lived in South Boston at the time and had spent years yearning to be one of those “runners” you see on the street. My health was becoming increasingly important to me so I finally jumped in and committed. My first goal was to run a 3-mile loop from my apartment around Castle Island and back. You can see the Castle Island trail that runs right out into the ocean in the picture below. Pretty cool huh? Here are the three things I learned as soon as I started running: By committing to the process, I started thinking of myself as a runner Learning how to run 3 miles was going to take me a really long time In order to stay motivated I had to break down my goals into much smaller goals I identified these small goals before or during a run to keep me going: Run to the end of the block. Run to the beach. Pass the grandpa who is walking faster … Continue reading
Over the course of the last couple years, pretty much every single client I have worked with has had questions about or problems with paper overwhelm. I’ve certainly been there myself. As I’ve gotten older it seems like there has been an ever increasing amount of paper that comes into my life. If I’m not continually diligent about processing it, it’s not long before it starts to feel overwhelming. Having good systems in place certainly is key, but let’s take a deep look into why we have such a hard time with paper. 1. There’s So Much of It. According to The Economist, worldwide paper consumption has increased by half in the last 30 years. This seems ironic with so many offices and homes “going green” and trying to make the move to paperless. The Technological Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry estimates that “Every year, Americans use more than 90 million short tons of paper and paperboard. That’s an average of 700 pounds of paper products per person each year. Every year in America, more than 2 billion books, 350 million magazines, and 24 billion newspapers are published.” 700 pounds per person!!! That’s nearly two pounds of paper per day per person. For a family of four that’s 2800 pounds of paper per year, or nearly eight pounds per day. Let’s say you were recycling half of that – if your recycling pick up happens once a week, that’s 7 pounds for one person and 28 pounds for a family … Continue reading