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Get me out of this mess!

Recently, my sister gave me a present that, although modest, would change my life. It was a pencil case, decorated with the characters from Peanuts, a childhood favourite of mine, and featuring different zipped compartments. Strange to say, I have never possessed such an item in my grown-up life. Not so strange to say, I am always the person scrabbling around asking, ‘Er, has anyone got a pen?’ minutes before an important interview. Or, at least, I used to be…

After a couple of weeks of realising how much easier, and more efficient, my life was now I could always access vital writing implements, the penny dropped. Far from being boring, maybe a little organisation might, in fact, free up my energy to get more done? This was a difficult thought to take on board because, like many people who regard themselves as ‘creative’ types, I have always believed that chaos equals good things like creativity and spontaneity while, say, colour-coded ring binders and sticky labels are the enemy of originality.

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Psychologies May 2017 - Get More Organised

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Oliver Burkeman tells us how making tiny changes to the way we speak to ourselves can create powerful results
Our journey through life may be unique, but we are all united by death and grief. So, what can we do to weather the loss? Grief psychotherapist, Julia Samuel, shares her views with Martha Roberts
Fed up with her long commute, Amber Key spent a spring and summer living in a tent. She loved it so much, it has become the foundation for a whole new way of life
Want to expand your business? It’s not as complicated as you think says our columnist, bestselling author and businesswoman, Sháá Wasmund MBE
The actress talks about confidence, happiness and parenting, and her new film A Quiet Passion, in which she portrays reclusive poet, Emily Dickinson
If we graze a knee, we reach for disinfectant and plasters, but how do we heal emotional cuts and bruises? Martha Roberts investigates
Vintage enthusiast, Kate Beavis, has filled her home with mid-20th century relics to create an eclectic, cosy retreat with ageless character
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Like many women, Karla Newbey’s sex life has never been truly fulfilling. But why? In search of answers, she embarks on a journey into tantra, and self-discovery
Our award-winning coach, Kim Morgan, gives advice on how to deal with a bullying, dominating boss, who takes pleasure in humiliating staff
Most of us will never be exceptional at anything, or even reach the giddy heights of top of our game – and what’s wrong with that? Run-of-the-mill Lizzie Enfield extols the pleasures of an ordinary life, self-esteem intact
Our new psychotherapy service helps you match up with your ideal therapist to support you through life’s ups and downs, and teach you to be your best self
Our agony aunt, Mary Fenwick, offers a new perspective on whatever is troubling you
Oscar-winning actress, Reese Witherspoon, shares her excitement about her new TV series, Big Little Lies, and reveals the turning point in her career which changed everything
Physical disorganisation can be frustrating, but clutter
From disorganised desks to mental chaos, Anita Chaudhuri discovers the joy found in creating more order in life…
Surrounded by ‘creative chaos’? Former musician and singer, Sheila Chandra, knows the feeling. But, she asks, what if becoming more organised could help you flourish in your artistic field?
Three disorganised people describe how they broke free from the chains of disarray in their lives – and purposefully, peacefully strode towards success
Do you ever feel as if you don’t have enough time to worry about your everyday chores, let alone organise opportunities for happiness and growth? Authors, Emma Grey and Audrey Thomas, share three 15-minute practices to help you lead a more joyful life
Are you super-efficient at work, but never have anything to eat in the fridge? Always on time, but useless with names? Sometimes, chaos sneaks in where you least expect it, holding you back from living your best life. Take our test to find out how it’s impacting you…
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The former beauty and food writer, whose London hotspot, Jikoni, celebrates the finest seasonal Anglo-Indian fare, shares her holistic beauty rituals
Eminé Rushton uncovers a world of natural beauty and colour for sun-kissed, silky skin
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Each month, leading integrative health expert, Dr Andrew Weil, gives his definitive answer to a medical question
How do you like your eggs in the morning? Nutritionist, Eve Kalinik, cracks open the golden, feel-good benefits of the humble hen’s egg
Studies show that close friendships boost our happiness, and even our health. Daisy Finer presents the quirkiest, loveliest and most inspirational places to stay for a happy getaway with your chosen few, or many
Reveal the mysteries, and revel in the wonders, of this vast and fascinating continent in an independent and authentic way, with ethical travel specialist, Rickshaw Travel
Award-winning novelist, Lucy Atkins, says this month’s task is to probe your characters and their circumstances, and turn up the heat
From hypnotic prose and dark fairy tales, to permission to seek out struggle in the fourth instalment of our ‘How to write a novel’ series, this issue’s books pages promise to be mysteriously magical…
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