Book Review: The Life Organizer: A Woman's Guide to a Mindful Year

Jennifer Louden

The Life Organizer: A Woman's Guide to a Mindful Year

2014, New World Library, Novato, California

Your to-do list is bursting and your morning got derailed. Now what? A rebellious alternative to linear to-do lists, The Life Organizer offers heart-based planning that taps into how you want to feel and considers the inevitable interruptions in a woman's life. Fifty-two weeks of creative strategies help women to "dismantle the Berlin Wall of Busyness" and balance what they truly want in life with what life requires of them. "What do I desire?" is a scary question for many women, but knowing what you want has a lot of power. Keep in mind that discerning what you want doesn't mean you have to act on it. Still, if you're stuck, starting with, "What don't I want?" can be really helpful. As for that overwhelming morning to-do list? Try sorting it by "have to", "could do" and "let go of." Or try this simple Life Organizing in the Moment exercise: Feel your feet on the ground, reach up high and inhale, exhale, sighing and feeling loved as you place your hands over your heart. Ask "What choice feels easiest for me in this moment?" Total time to reorient yourself? Less than one minute.

Gail Lord is a freelance writer living in Massachusetts. Please send book review copies to 51 North Street, Grafton, MA 01519 or email