The Make Today Matter Makeover: The 26 Best Ways to Recapture Daily Magic, Kickstart High-Energy Living, and Get the Most out of Life


Let go of what you cannot control and focus on the action you can take today to make the most of these twenty-four hours-to make today matter!

Now is your moment—begin living the life you want today

Do you spend countless hours planning how your life will unfold?
Do you look back at the path you wanted to ...

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Let go of what you cannot control and focus on the action you can take today to make the most of these twenty-four hours-to make today matter!

Now is your moment—begin living the life you want today

Do you spend countless hours planning how your life will unfold?
Do you look back at the path you wanted to take?
Do you dream about the magic you might have missed?
Do you worry about the days ahead?

There's never been a better time than now to begin building the life you desire. Rediscover your true priorities as a woman, mother, daughter, wife, sister, or friend. Uncover the life areas that may be holding you back and then chart your own course through 26 action-oriented mini-makeovers, each carefully designed to inspire positive, lasting change in the life areas that matter to you most. These mini-makeovers represent the best-loved fan favorites from the more than 200 options within the Make Today Matter System:

  • Live by Your Priorities
  • Improve Relationships
  • Manage Time
  • Save Money
  • Regain Energy
  • Uncover Your Core Values
  • Find Balance
  • Manage Mealtimes
  • Get Organized
  • Set Your Goals
  • Recapture Daily Magic

It has been said that life is what happens while we are making other plans. The Make Today Matter Makeover is a call to action for all women-a challenge to stop asking "Why me?" and start asking "What now?"

A positive and practical solution for living your best life, The Make Today Matter Makeover draws on the best of Brook Noel's acclaimed Make Today Matter System.

With tips on high-energy living, health and wellness, home management and organization, time and information management, conquering procrastination, self-esteem, recapturing daily magic, clearing clutter, and staying centered, The Make Today Matter Makeover offers readers an opportunity to improve no matter what the area. Brook Noel provides a do-it-yourself guide to happiness and getting the most out of life.

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Editorial Reviews

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""Noel explains succinct strategies for change that even the busiest person can digest and enact."" - Library Journal

""Whether you're trying to iron out problems of self-discovery, self-esteem, goals, time management, and more, you'll find help and encouragement in this book."" -

Library Journal
Noel (The Change Your Life Challenge) presents another inspiring tool kit for managing time, saving money, regaining energy, and more. Each chapter covers a particular aspect of change and offers evaluation tools, concrete steps to improve the current situation, and a commitment statement to make three changes. As in her previous books, Noel explains succinct strategies for change that even the busiest person can digest and enact. The fill-in-the-blank analyses and work sheets are more conducive to purchasers than library patrons, but this book is a gem for all adult readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402212239
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 1,497,169
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Brook Noel is a CEO, author, speaker, and mom. She has been featured in hundreds of shows and magazines, including ABC World News, CNN Headline News, and Fox and Friends. She is the author of I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye, The Change Your Life Challenge, Good Morning, and several other books.

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Chapter One: The Make Today Matter Journey

"Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn't buy an extra hour. What will you do with this priceless treasure?" —Anonymous

It has been said that life is what happens while we are making other plans. If today you stopped and took inventory of your life-to-date, how has your life path differed from the path you planned? Have life events and circumstances caused unexpected twists and turns? Perhaps a divorce, chance meeting, step-family, illness, job change, promotion, or loss have catapulted you in a direction you never foresaw when planning the future.

When I was in elementary school, I remember my father telling me he was moving to the Virgin Islands. Although I did not know where the Virgin Islands were, I guessed they were nowhere close to my then-Wisconsin home. While my parents had divorced when I was eight months old, my father and I had reestablished a relationship that was about to be severed just as it had been years before. As a young child I gained an introduction into how little control we often have over events that may largely influence our life path.

This would not be the only unexpected turn. In my teens I would leave high school two years early and uncover a talent, passion, and love for writing. My twenties would bring the tragic and sudden death of my only sibling, marriage, the birth of my daughter, an unexpected move across country, and nurturing a new and volatile business. The trend continued into my thirties (I am thirty-five at the time of this writing) with another cross country move, my husband's unexpected job loss, the tragic loss of my father, the sale of one business, and the exciting start of a new one.

Interestingly, despite the ups and downs I have always remained an obvious optimist. More than once I have been asked "How do you keep such a good attitude?" Only recently have I been able to put my optimism into words. I realize that over the years I have learned to stop looking at the path I had wanted to take and instead look at the path life has given me. I find magic where I am instead of dreaming about the magic I might have missed. I no longer spend countless hours planning how my life will unfold. Instead, I spend that time living the days I have. I have quit worrying about big milestones and instead focus on making each day matter.

Will Rogers once offered this simple and wise advice, "Never let yesterday use up too much of today." While we will all have days, weeks, months, or even years we would like to change, we cannot change them. If we spend today looking backward, what type of tomorrow will we create?

My formula for living optimistically is quite simple: Stop asking "Why me?" and begin asking "Now what?"


The culmination of my life experiences led me to create the Make Today Matter Life System (MTM) in 2008. A comprehensive, online support and learning community, each day hundreds of members utilize MTM to stay focused on what we can control and letting go of what we cannot. We balance a little planning with a lot of action to create successful days that in turn create successful weeks, months, and years.

In the MTM System, after working through an online 30 Step Toolbox that covers time management, organization, clutter control, energy, routines, and attitude we take a monthly Snapshot and then choose three Minis to help support the areas where we want to grow and improve. We look at little, effective, realistic steps. This book brings the Snapshot and twenty-six MTM member-selected Minis to you in a do-it-yourself format.

The Minis cover a wide terrain. Use the first chapters of this book to help you work through the Snapshot, identify your priorities, and chart your unique path through this book. By doing so you will uncover what life areas are out of alignment and find proven strategies for effective change. The Mini-Makeovers provide short, achievable steps that fit into today's busy lifestyles. You do not need extensive planning or time. All you need is a commitment to letting go of what you cannot control and a mind-set ready to focus on what action you can take today to steer your life—to make the most of these twenty-four hours—to make today matter. Perhaps Maria Edgeworth said it best when she said, "If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves." Now is your moment to begin. When you are ready, meet me at Chapter Two and we'll get moving.

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Table of Contents


Part One: Creating Your Make Today Matter Road Map
Chapter One: The Make Today Matter Journey
Chapter Two: Your Personal Snapshot
Chapter Three: Charting Your Course

Part Two: The Mini-Makeovers
Energy & Health
Refueling: Creating an Energy Map
Keeping a Food Diary
The Caffeine Culprit
Nine Steps to Breaking a Bad Habit
Household Management & Maintenance
Simplifying Your Wardrobe
Creating a Recipe Library
Mastering Meal Planning
Controlling Your Cosmetics
Beautifying Your Home
Responsibilities and Rewards
Goals & Career
Creating a Goal Grab Bag
Mind Mapping
Effective Project Management
Seven-Day Anti-Stress Regimen
Time & Information Management
The Ten Faces of Procrastination
Overcoming Magazine Madness: Creating a Personal Reference Library
Little Time Blocks
Reality Routines
Self-Time & Self-Discovery
Creating a Goal and Treasure Book
Journaling toward Self-Discovery
Journaling for Answers: Digging Deeper
The Movie in Your Mind
Attitude & Self-Esteem
Staying Centered
Recapturing Daily Magic Part One: Back to Basics
Recapturing Daily Magic Part Two: Beyond Ourselves
Facing Fear and Stepping outside the Comfort Zone

About the Author

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