- Series: Compass
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (December 30, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142196177
- ISBN-13: 978-0142196175
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys: The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized (Compass) Paperback – December 30, 2003
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About the Author
Marilyn Paul has a Ph.D. from Yale University and an MB.A. from Cornell. She is a principal in the consulting firm Bridgeway Partners, with clients that have included Harvard University, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Pfizer.
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I've read more than 50 books on organizing, as particular as Easy Closets (Joseph R. Provey) and as free-ranging as Throw Out Fifty Things (Gail Blanke). Ms. Paul's work is the first which helped me start approaching my destructive for-me mindset: stress = an excuse to let my structures slip. I'm emphasizing for-me because for many many someone elses, stress is not always or ever an excuse - we are all different. Stress can truly overwhelm people. But Ms. Paul's techniques might even then provide some relief.
Ms. Paul understands living haphazardly because she "had to tackle her desk as if it were Mount Everest. I made thirty or forty attempts. I know this sounds exaggerated, but I had to get my figurative hiking boots, pack, and ice ax, and go after my desk with determination. The 'mountain' defeated me many times, but eventually I did conquer it. (I have a little flag waving at the top.)" page 11, last paragraph 2003 edition. Many of the BEST Pros are self-taught, now-organized "messies," and I'll go even farther and declare that any Organizer who claims s/he is always organized is probably fibbing.
I'm tempted to quote dozens of bits and pieces from this marvelous book. I'll simply suggest that you read it.
Lauren Williams, Certified Professional Organizer(R), Owner, Casual Uncluttering LLC, Woodinville, WA USA