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Selectively Implement This Super Woman's Advice
on August 17, 2005
Brook Noel knows how to make things happen. She sets impossible goals and meets them by being very well organized.
I found her 70 day life makeover challenge for women to be more than a little daunting. Perhaps I had that reaction because I'm a mere man . . . and not very neat and tidy around home.
Unless you embrace her vision of being a super woman (and there's nothing wrong with that), I suggest that you selectively employ this book to help you get organized where improving will make a big difference in your life.
Improving your life probably means that you've got to become better at using your time . . . or you won't have time to improve your life. Ms. Noel digs right into that area with the first 12 days of her program (including your "before" snapshot, keeping track, planning and avoiding procrastination). Everyone should read and apply that part.
Each chapter includes an explanation of that day's concept, directions for improvement, questions to help you assess yourself, an assignment and references to other materials that can help you. You can download a free workbook from her publisher's site to put your answers in.
The book's next section gets your house in order (yes, even the back of those closets you haven't visited since the Middle Ages). If you aren't as obsessed with cleanliness and neatness as this paragon of an author, you can probably take a limited dip into this part of the book.
If you cannot find any papers you need when you need them, the third part will be a gift from God. The system Ms. Noel espouses reminds me of what my very capable wife does for our family. I endorse this approach. It works!
If you want to have family dinners that everyone enjoys, part four is your section. I don't know if it will work or not, but it makes sense.
Part five is another section that everyone should pay attention to: Relationships, Romance and Friendships. Our relationships usually are the first thing to go when we're overly busy and disorganized. Like anything that's important, relationships require attention and Ms. Noel has good ideas to help use organization to be better in touch.
Working Moms will cheer at part six which looks at how to be a super Mom. She even offers tips for getting the squalor out of your sons' bedrooms.
There are also sections on simplifying your life, finances, good health and taking care of yourself. All but the last seemed a little too underdeveloped for my taste.
If you just read and applied the section on taking care of yourself while taking care of everyone else, this book would be a great resource.
Check it out!