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It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys

By Marilyn Paul, Ph.D.

It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys: The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized Penguin Compass, 2004 has become an international best seller (160,000 copies sold) primarily through word of mouth. This powerful book speaks to the mind and heart of the person who struggles fruitlessly to get organized.

Readers continue to say that the empathic tone of this book enables them to approach getting organized in more rewarding ways, thus liberating themselves to experience what is most important to them.

“A brilliant, provocative and profound book.”

– Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.

“If clutter and disorganization are suffocating your spirit, you must read this book.”

– Cheryl Richardson, author of Stand Up for Your Life

“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 this place can be our office, our home or even the way we go about our everyday affairs.”

– Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline

Marilyn tells her story of being chronically disorganized and how she slowly dug out.

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What Readers Say

Thank you for writing the book It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys. I've been trying to get organized all my life, and I'm 60 years old.

I feel so good because I'm taking time to clean up and finish the project before beginning a new one. This step really frees my mind to focus better on the next project. I also spend less time looking for things and being frustrated because I can't remember where I left the stuff I need.

Great book – I appreciate your efforts to help me get organized and your efforts to help me find the ways that fit my life and my attitudes about life. This is not another rule to learn. This a system to live.

– Andra Atteberry, Manchester, Iowa

Thanks for writing your book. I have read so many books on organizing. I had lost confidence that I could ever change. Both your writing style and circumstances remind me of myself. I read the examples out loud to my family and they laugh with me at the similarities... My stepson gave me an electronic key finder for Christmas and it helped. Real change, however, is much better.

– Susan James, Minnesota

Your booked changed my life, I have read many self-help books, but this is the perfect fit for me. I'm bright, active and involved as a Mom, a manager and as an athlete. I think most who know me admire my ability to somehow get it all done, hold it together. I have always thought privately “If only they knew.” Thank you thank you for writing your comprehensive, articulate and encouraging book. My children thank you, my co-workers thank you, my pets thank you and my lovely home thanks you.

– Alison Colavecchia, M.A., C. Psych. Assoc.