The Life Organizer
When was the last time you made a self-care appointment for yourself? A dentist appointment or your annual mammogram doesn't count. When was the last time you took a few minutes out of your day to do something you enjoy? For most women, the answer is probably (at best), last week. However, according to Jennifer Louden's new book The Life Organizer: A Woman's Guide to a Mindful Year (New World Library, 2007), women need to learn to prioritize their lives, allowing more time for themselves. Louden is quick to point out that it isn't that we're unorganized; in fact, it's the oppositeâ€”we're so organized with â€œtasksâ€ that we forget to include the details, events, and joys that make our lives richer. In The Life Organizer, Louden discusses her five steps: connect, feel, inquire, allow, and applyâ€”each designed to help facilitate good decision making that is in tune with your heart as opposed to all of the â€œshouldsâ€ that frequently make up your day. The book is divided into thirteen sections with four weeks of theme-based questions within each section. Think your life is already organized? Start with one of her key practices: Write down your minimum requirements for self-care, whether it is to practice yoga, meditate, spend quality time with your family, or walk your dog. Then note whether or not you're meeting your minimum requirements, and make adjustments to your schedule to ensure that you are. For me, Louden's book brought to light one prevailing theme: Slow down for I'm the only one that expects me to move this fast.