It’s Hard to Make

a Difference When You

Can’t Find Your Keys

the seven step path to becoming truly organized

Penguin Compass 2003

Overbooking, running late, canceling appointments at the last minute, missing deadlines, feeling overwhelmed, losing important documents, or just plain losing your keys – had become a way of life for Marilyn Paul. But she found a way out.

Unlike other books on getting organized, It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys offers a clear, practical seven-step path to personal growth that is holistic and comprehensive in nature. Focusing on all four levels of human experience – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual – Marilyn provides you with the necessary traction for consistent and lasting change. Paul helps you recognize and transform the habits of thought and action that contribute to disorder.

By combining practical “how to’s” (such as how to empty out your inbox) with a deep understanding of the emotional strain of chronic disorganization, she shows how to develop a greater sense of inner calm and presence by constructively dealing with inner and outer disorder.

And finally you will be able to do more of what you want, when you want, with a growing presence of mind.

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Praise for It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys

It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys is a brilliant, provocative, and profound book. Marilyn Paul delves deeply into human nature as she discusses organization, and she offers remedies for the disorganized that respect one’s intelligence as well as uniqueness. Her approach is innovative and totally convincing. This book goes far beyond all that has previously been written on this subject. A wonderful book that I am using in my own life and recommending to my friends as well as patients.”

―Dr. Edward Hallowell, Author of Driven to Distraction and The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness

“In the midst of the hecticness and anxieties that define living for so many today, we all need a quiet place to stand. Marilyn Paul’s book shows how that place can be our office, our home or even the way we go about our everyday affairs.”

―Peter Senge, Bestselling Author of The Fifth Discipline

“Based on her work with a broad spectrum of managers and professionals, Marilyn Paul helps readers confront two hard and often denied facts about our own disorder: the chaos we create is more stressful than creative; and it wreaks havoc on the lives of our family, friends, and coworkers. By showing us the way back into a world of calmness and order, she gives readers a great gift — the freedom to be truly creative and effective.”

―Robin J. Ely, Professor of Organizational Behavior, Harvard Business School

“Marilyn Paul has managed not only to uncover the secrets to becoming organized, but perhaps even more miraculously she has been able to convey this information in a way that anyone can follow in her new book, It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys. Knowing where everything is will help you save time, reduce stress, and stop beating yourself up.”

―Cherie Carter Scott, Ph.D,
Author of If Life is a Game, These Are the Rules.

“Marilyn Paul’s approach to healing disorganization is a wonderful balance between the practical and the spiritual. If clutter and disorganization are suffocating your spirit, you must read this book!”

―Cheryl Richardson, author of “Stand Up for Your Life” and “Take Time for Your Life”