Get Your Life In Order

Do you know why “order” feels good?  Well, in part it’s because our brain doesn’t have to work so hard.

Clutter creates stress that has three major biological and neurological effects on us—our cortisol levels, our creativity and ability to focus, and our experience of pain.

No matter how we slice it, when clutter creeps in to the point where it exceeds our ability to manage it – havoc occurs in our world.

So if you’re struggling with clutter, it stands to reason that your mind is craving calm, clarity and focus.  That’s why I am going to suggest that you attend my FREE webinar.

Makes sense?  (I think it does!)

Go ahead – click on the link below and I’ll see you on the other side.



The Psychology Of The To-Do List

There are many benefits to writing a to-do list.  However, despite the gain, there are some people who will resist them.  Let’s take Mary for example.  Mary is an artist with a very active lifestyle. Her professional and personal life combined has her going in many directions.  Mary told me that she was starting to feel overwhelmed and some of her tasks were falling through the cracks.  When I inquired if she was using a to-do list to help her plan out her day, she informed me that “occasionally” she would scribble a few things down.

Although Mary was made aware of how a list could help manage her stress, she still resisted using one for a very long time.  She said, it stifled her flexibility. She felt that if she kept a list, it would tie her down and restrict her creativity. This is not an unusual response ( at least I found in my practice) with very creative people. They have adopted a belief that putting their thoughts down in order will somehow interfere with their creative flow.

Gradually, though, Mary came around. The busier  her life became, the more crucial it was to have some sort of running agenda on hand. Before long, not only did she embrace her to-do list but Mary even started scheduling some of those items onto a weekly calendar. In other words, she reluctantly become a planner.

Looking back, Mary admits that it wasn’t the actual writing of the list that she found so difficult, as it was the transition of doing so.  She now understands that she had emotional blocks surrounding her beliefs about to-do lists.  Once Mary was able to work through her roadblocks, she had a  different perspective of drawing up a list.  She is now in agreement that planning helps her get things done more efficiently and does not interfere with her creative nature.

Here’s the psychology of the to-do list – studies have shown that people perform better when they have written down what they need to do.  There are three reasons for this:  they dampen anxiety about the chaos of life; they give us a structure, a plan that we can stick to; and they are proof of what we have achieved that day, week or month. (the

Simply put, the brain loves order. That’s why being organized makes us feel so good.

If you’re interested in finding ways to make your life easier and more manageable, you can schedule a consultation with me by CLICKING HERE.

Fall Cleaning Checklist (It’s Not What You Think)

Fall Cleaning Checklist
(It’s Not What You Think)
Fall is here!  Now is the perfect time to get your tasks completed and yourself organized.

Yet, sometimes, even though we have the best intentions and the greatest plan, we can end up getting distracted and/or overwhelmed.  Two key ingredients that can sabotage our checklist.

If you can identify with that, then you want to be on this call!

I am going to share with you my fall checklist, how I go about breaking down my tasks, and a few surprises that you just may be shocked to learn about!

I know fall clean-ups can be a dirty task, but I promise to keep it clean…well, somewhat…  🙂

Now go register…talk to you real soon!

Register Now!
PS – You need to attend “Live” to receive my latest eBook – so mark your calendar now and reserve that date!

Your task coach,

Patricia Diesel

Time Heals All Wounds

I am sure many of us (myself included) have passed on this advice to someone who was hurting – “Time heals all wounds.”

However, I have recently been rethinking this.  Do we really need time to heal us or is there something we can be doing in the meantime?  I’m not suggesting that we deny our reality of what may have caused the emotional pain. What I am saying is that perhaps there is something else we can be doing while waiting on time.You see, it’s not necessarily that time heals all woundsit’s what we do with the time that heals.  I believe that action is the best course we can take for ourselves during the healing process.

If you think about every other aspect of our lives, we have to take the initiative to do something to cause something to happen.  Therefore, why should a hurtful situation be any different?  Why should we wait for time to pass for our feelings of sadness, anger, guilt, anguish, and yearning to decrease. Remember, we do not have a clue how much time we are talking about – six months, one year, two years…or more.

Let me give you some examples of why I believe taking action can help the recovery process.

Example One
It was about three and a half years since I last heard from Sally.  Before that, she would periodically update me on the status of her cluttered home, the children, and her pending divorce.  During this time, I would encourage her to participate in a workshop or an online course that I thought would be helpful for her. She would always decline.  When I stopped hearing from Sally, I would email and telephone her, but she would never return my messages.

During the time we didn’t talk, Sally became more and more depressed.  Her house became cluttered to the degree that all surfaces and furniture were piled high with everything and anything you could imagine.  There was not a sacred place for her to rest and relax.  Sally literally had to carve out an area to lay her head down in order to sleep at night.  She no longer could cook or bathe in her home.  She could not receive guests at her house and her children refused to come see her unless she got help.  All social life for her shut down.  In a sense, Sally became homeless in her own home.

Then Sally reached out for help.  I knew immediately the best thing was to take swift action! She needed relief not only from her environment, but also from her feelings of shame and guilt.  Time clearly was no longer an option.  We rapidly (within 24 hours) put a plan into place that included decluttering her home, getting Sally the medical support she needed, and enrolling her into a Life Recovery Coaching program.  I am happy to report that Sally is doing very well at this time and is now in touch with her children.

Example Two: 
My first impression of Basel was that he was a very proud man. I remember the stories he would tell of being a young boy and the adventures he would go on with his father.  Not far from their home on the outskirts of their farm, they would venture deep into the forest for days.  It is here that Basel’s father taught him how to climb mountains. I recall with every tale he related that he catapulted me back into time.  He had a knack for making you feel as if you were experiencing it with him. I found him to be deliriously intoxicating.

With each feverish story, I noticed that Basel’s voice would change. His tone and pitch would intensify and you could hear the ascent of the mountain in his words.  As he would get near the story’s final descent, a gentleness and tenderness would seep into his voice.  His words became soothing, like a lullaby, innocently rocking you to a safe landing.  Yet, there was a sadness that he could not disguise with his words. Deep down, I could feel the sorrow radiating.

At the age of 45, Basel could no longer bear the weight of carrying around his pain from the loss of his beloved father.  Never having the opportunity to grieve as a young boy, Basel shouldered the brunt of his pain by making a career out of climbing the world.  In every foreign country where he climbed, he would build a new romantic relationship.  Since he knew there was always a future destination in sight, it was the perfect alibi for not having to commit to one person for too long.  It was the ideal set-up.  At least until he fell in love.

According to Basel, although he was accustomed to his lifestyle on the run, the idea of leaving it for the woman he loved made him feel  an array of emotions ranging from guilt, shame, anger, frustration … and he didn’t know why.  He was accustomed to living his life alone and figuring things out by himself.  Although he told himself he was okay with it, he suspected that was not the truth.

No amount of time or distant mountain could heal Basel’s pain.  Like any young boy who lost their father, Basel began to grieve.  The outpouring of emotion startled him and he longed to be with the woman he turned away from.  He vowed from that day forward to begin the process of change – beginning with not running from his feelings any longer.

In these examples, you can clearly see that there is a difference between taking appropriate action to begin the healing process versus the act of running to hide from the emotional pain.

If you are going through a difficult time, please know that there are alternative ways for healing to begin. We do not necessarily have to wait for time to heal all wounds.

Change Can Be Fun!

Change Can Be Fun!

Have you ever asked yourself – ‘How did I end up here? What went wrong?’

Many of us ask these questions but  are unsure of what to do next. We know change is needed, yet we do nothing about it – instead, we wait for something magical to happen.

If you ever said anything like …
“I’m stuck.”
“I have difficulty following through.”
“I procrastinate.”
“I have a hard time staying focused.”And you would like to change your circumstances…

Then my upcoming class is going to be perfect for you!

Oh Where, Oh Where Did My Papers Go?

There is nothing more frustrating than looking for something you cannot find – wouldn’t you agree?  How many times have you tried to reach for something – hoping that it would be right there in front of you – right within finger tips reach – and it’s not!
Disappointing isn’t it? 
Now let’s look at this from a paper perspective.Generally speaking, our papers hold information we need.  At some point we will take some type of action on these papers.  These paper can represent mail that has to be opened, a bill that requires payment, or a very important document that calls for immediate attention.
Regardless of what type of information the paper may be holding, the paper has something to do with a very personal part of who we are.  This is the very reason why our papers can be so emotional to deal with – they hold emotional energy.
Our papers tell a story of our past, present and future. 
How we handle our paper can determine where we go.
So if our papers are not organized and they are not easily accessible when we need them, well, you get the picture – you are going to feel emotional about it.
Are you getting this?  This is really cool stuff!If you would like to learn more about how to organize your paperwork so you can move in the right direction, then you won’t want to miss out on my Live Event:
How To Tame Your Papers & Calm Your Overwhelm
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 @ 7:30-9:00 PM
This class is open to the first 10 people who register.  There is a $39.99 fee that includes a Workbook and PowerPoint Presentation.  Information will be sent to you upon registration on how to attend the Live Event.
P.S. – Remember, this class is only open to the first 10 people – class fills up quickly so don’t delay if you want to get your papers tamed! 
Patricia Diesel is a Certified Life Coach and Professional Organizer dedicated to bringing her skill, inspiration and encouragement to those who want to regain hope and enhance the quality of their life. She conveys her life transforming lessons through her travels, speaking engagements and media appearances. She has helped countless individuals restore tranquility and sense to their lives.

Cluttered & Cramped?

The latest statistics show that our culture on a whole is consolidating.

It may appear that it’s as simple as “getting rid of this and getting rid of that” to make our lives neat and tidy, but we know that it does take much more than that!

You know, just as well as I do, that if it were that easy everyone wouldn’t be feeling overwhelmed when it came time to “letting things go” and organizing the rest.

It’s why the professional organizing/life coaching profession has exploded over the past few years and still is in high demand. 

People require assistance and guidance when it comes to their lovely, beautiful, sentimental things.

They want to live in a home that feels “homey” and is not referred to as a place, a house, a flat or an apartment.  They want to feel good in their space so when visitors come knocking they can feel proud to let them in and cozy up to.

Tell me, by looking at the below photographs what comes to your mind? 
cluttered & cramped
Do you think one space is better than the other? 


Do you see a difference in how their space is being used?


Do you see clutter in the spaces?
Do the pictures represent anything else for you? 
Do you secretly wish you could have a home that reflects order and style?

It’s true that everyone has their own unique style and flair for decorating – that’s what makes our homes so interesting.  It’s a reflection at some point of who we are.

Not everyone has to agree with our taste, but from my years of experience I can confidently say that everyone does agree that they don’t like clutter. 

In this class we are going to explore the many faces of clutter, and how to get motivated to want to rid yourself of the clutter by using “style and order” as a technique.

It’s a secret that I have used throughout the years with my clients and I would like to share it with you in this upcoming tel-class.
All that is required for this class is an open mind and a willing to learn and of course, you will want to take plenty of notes!  It’s going to be fun, fun, fun!

Disorder Distracts – Order Brings Focus

I’ve heard it been said that “Wisdom is the study of difference.”

I thought about this and how it applies to disorder and order.

For example, I have always said…

“Show me a person with clutter and I will show you their lack of follow through.”

Clutter, a form of disorder, distracts the mind.

Organization is order and brings clarity.

Look at the below picture – do you think you can be productive, focused, and orderly in this environment?


Now look at this picture – do you think this environment would bring about focus, clarity and order?



What are you experiencing right now?  Do you understand the difference between order and disorder in the context of how it can make a true difference in your life?

Here is a fact:

If I can change what you know, I can change what you do.

And if I can change what you do to help you be more organized and efficient, I think you will then understand that “Wisdom is the study of difference.”

Interested in learning more?  I hope so!  I will be teaching you how to apply 7 Organizing Laws into your life that are bound to be life changing.

So don’t waste any more time – register now!



Tuesday’s Tips – 4/5/11 – What’s Your EQ?

What’s Your EQ?

Join us in this week’s Tele-Class

Are You Emotionally Intelligent?

April 5, 2011 – 6:oo PM – 7:00 PM Eastern Time

Here’s the buzz about EQ and why I am offering this class.

First let me begin by saying that over the years, it has been my experience that 99.9% of my clients can get organized…once taught.

This means, getting organized is a skill set that can be learned – at any age, any time.

If my clients were struggling before we met, it was usually due to one or two reasons:

1)  They were never exposed to the skill set adequately and therefore felt insecure in their ability


2)  They just didn’t want to do it because of a belief system they integrated into their life.

Regardless of either reason, the client did not feel good about their emotional intelligence.

I have found that once they were exposed to EQ, they had better self-esteem, more confidence, the ability to get organized and feel more in control over their life.

And it is for this reason I am offering this class – I want more people to feel better!

Register Now!

How Do You Feel After You Clean Out Your Closets?

So I decided to take my own advice and clean out my closets today.  There really is something about getting order back into your life.  I feel lighter, and although tired, feel as if I can focus now on other areas of my life that need attending to.  Do you ever feel this way?  What is your experience after you clean something out or purge?