The Magical Power of Habit

‘Make It Fun’

By Pam Young

At this very moment, you are creating your tomorrow with your habitual thoughts and subsequent actions. If you love the consequences of these habits, you’re on a magnificent journey through this life you’ve been given. But if you don’t particularly like the way your life is going right now, you have the power to choose new thoughts that’ll create wonderful consequences for your tomorrow. Do you know who Ordelle Daily is? She’s a fictitious character I drummed up to explain what a BO (Born Organized) is. Here’s a letter from one of my readers who remembered Ordell Daily Dear Pam, I read your books in the early 80s, did your 3×5 card organizing system at least five times with great success every time, but over the years, I’ve felt like a failure because I’ve never been able to be consistent with the system. Then I read your new book because, once again I found myself in a humongous mess. While reading it, I realized why I’ll never be like my mother who was an Ordell Daily. I’m ME and there’s only one of me with all my creative inconsistencies! Thank you for shining a beautiful light on who I really am! Dana Ordell is a powerhouse of habit. Here’s a poem I wrote about her. I’ll warn you ahead of time; it’s got a sad ending. ORDELL DAILY Ordell Daily was an organized soul No one could match her skill The crack of dawn was her rising time Her day was a routine drill. Showered and dressed in just under ten Breakfast in less than three Dishes cleared, the dusting done She knew she wouldn’t be free Until the table was set for dinner And the bathrooms were sanitized And the plants in her terrarium Were properly fertilized And the pile of ironing nagging her (Just a blouse and her husband’s shirt) Were pressed to their perfection And put away so they wouldn’t hurt The streamline look in her laundry room A sight not seen by most With its white and shiny counters And appliances she could boast Were cleaned on the inside Polished on the out Twice a day With the right amount Of elbow grease And lemon pledge She even polished The window ledge Then back upstairs To make the bed Brush her teeth While her prayers were said Vacuum carpets, Check the clock Exactly time To wake the flock. “Get up kids, It’s time to rise” Back down stairs To bake some pies At eight when the kids got on the bus Her day had just begun She didn’t waste a moment But worked straight through to one At one she ate an apple While she wrote a menu plan Answered several letters Then off to the store she ran She never had to look for things They were always in their place Her hair was always perfect She had make-up on her face She never missed appointments And she’d always get there early Tardy wasn’t even part Of her vocabulary That’s why it’s so ironic That when her name was in the news A synonym for tardy Was the word the writer used The column in the paper said, “Ordell was thirty four,” She left behind a tidy home From the ceiling to the floor Ordell never played in life She worked to her demise The writer named the funeral home Where the “late” Ordell Daily lies *** LOL Want to know the real reason you’re not organized right now? LOL. (No, I’m not laughing at that question, this time LOL stands for Love Of Life. You are a lover of life! You’re a passionate person and you love all the projects that life serves up to you including getting organized. You love to start fresh with abundant enthusiasm and you love people. Because of your God-given ability to establish habits (good or bad) you spend most of your life in habitual mode. If you have habits that don’t serve up wonderful consequences, now’s the time to make changes, first in your thinking. Do you want an Ordell Daily life? If you’re a SHE (Sidetracked Home Executive) I don’t think you do. You want to have fun with family and friends, eat good food, sleep well and because you’re not meant to be unhappy, you have a divine urge to be happy. You have the power to have a marvelous new life and you are the only one who can define what that looks like. Start defining! What’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Write it down as if it’s true now and stick it in every place you can think of that will cause you to bump into it. You might write down, I am organized just enough to please me. Stick that sentence in your purse, write it in your phone, tape it to the bathroom mirror, inside a kitchen cupboard, inside the freezer, on the dashboard of your car, you get the idea. Now go make a new tomorrow. For more from Pam Young go to You’ll find many musings, videos of Pam in the kitchen preparing delicious meals, videos on how to get organized, ways to lose weight and get your finances in order, all from a reformed slob’s point of view.


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