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Book Review: The Responsible Woman
by Tanisha DuBransky | Mom of Action on November 5th, 2016

If you made a list of all the things you're responsible for, what would it look like? Would it be long, short, categorized, or color-coded? Would it take you a day, a week, or a month to write? 

If you could drop everything and work on one project to completion, what would you choose? Would you write a will and trust, plan a birthday or anniversary party, or file and organize all those papers on your desk?
For me, the hardest part of a project is the planning. I can visualize the details and know how I want things to look and function, but the breaking down of a project into small tasks is what usually prevents me from strategically reaching my biggest goals. 
In her new book The Responsible Woman: 52 Weeks to Ultimate Organization & Life Balance, Janene Ustach has done to work for you! Ustach has created the manual on how to be an organized, woman while fulfilling your other roles as wife, mother, parent, or employee and have time for yourself to enjoy your life.

re·spon·si·ble

adjective
​having an obligation to do something, or having control over or care for someone, as part of one's job or role.

The Ultimate Handbook on Organization

Ultimate is right! This book is a complete guide to organizing everything. Ustach spent years creating this easy to use, step-by-step guide to dividing it into manageable weekly tasks. Each chapter includes a plan for the week, tips and tricks for implementing the plan, and ways to achieve balance applying what you've learned for the week.

Ustach combines tried-and-true methods with several of her secrets for success with handling papers, clearing closets, organizing workspace, tackling housework, clearing clutter, meal planning, celebrating those you love, preparing for the future, and SO much more--all in one place!

What I Liked

The Responsible Woman includes lists and concrete organizational strategies--from the big picture, down to the daily tasks. Unlike other organizational books I've read, you don't have to rack your overcrowded brain to search for everything you need to address before you begin. Ustach walks you through each step. I find that this encourages me in the beginning, whereas if making my own comprehensive lists is the first step of the process, I'm more likely to postpone.
In each chapter, Ustach affirms the reader's goals, describes the problem, and identifies the skills, tasks, and steps to the solution. She also offers practical ideas and suggestions to achieve long-term goals. She keeps the focus on what's important: if we fulfill our roles the best we can, we will have more time and energy to do what we love. This book isn't about doing everything. It's about doing the things that are important to you and doing them well. 

Book Release Day: November 5, 2016!

If you are clueless about organizing, then this book is a great place to start! If you have implemented a system, but continue to have things pile up, this book is for you, too!  Or maybe you're like me. You've got a good filing system going, but you made a goal in January, looked up and it was November, then realized you didn't accomplish something important because you were too busy handling the spot fires of daily life. This book has great tips and tricks to get you on track and keep you there.
You can find Janene Ustach on her website and on Facebook.
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