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How to Determine Your Personal organization Mentality
Organization is not just about a space, a room, a home, an office. Organization or the need to organize begins in the mind. It’s a feeling of disarray that begins somewhere in your spirit and lingers and nags at you until you throw your hands up and scream, “I can’t take this anymore.”
That feeling of “I need to organize this” is your inner voice advising you, and sometimes screaming at you to make it right. For the purpose of this article, let’s focus on How to Determine Your Personal organization Mentality and get you on the road to peace, tranquility, and organization.
Does it sometimes feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day or dollars in the bank? Is your
car usually running on empty, and your trash running over? Is something inside of you screaming, I have to do something? If so, you are suffering from a common affliction of being too busy – you have no time to spare, and no time to unwind. The good news is that there’s a cure – Organization! Follow the simple steps below, and you will be enjoying regular bouts of relaxation and peace of mind in no time. Whoosah!
- Determine the cause of your lack of organization.
- Why do you feel all cluttered and overwhelmed? For some people, busy schedules get in the way of the organization process.
- Being busy is a smoke screen for something much deeper. For others, a simple lack of motivation or know-how is the culprit.
- To start organizing your life, you need to acknowledge the cause and make a decision to change it.
- Consider what needs to be organized. Although it’s easy to say “everything,” chances are there are specific areas in your life that have more clutter than others.
- Where are you the most disorganized? Is it your schedule? How about a new journal that works for you? Or a good calendaring system that keeps you on track? Sound easy? Not so much because you MUST choose a system that works for your personal organization personality type and believe me, all journals and calendars are not created equal.
- Consider your skills when making plans, cleaning house, or running errands. Which of these is the most stressful for you to accomplish? Remember to consider your work life, friendships, and general thought processes as well.
- If you do think that everything in your life needs to be organized, make a list and choose one thing – your schedule, one space – your office, one chore – the way you prepare dinner after work, from your list and focus on that one thing. Stick to this one thing until you have mastered it. And then, and only then, move on to another item on your list.
6. This is not always as easy as it sounds and you may need the help of a professional to get you through the process. This could mean that you hire a professional organizer to do the work for you. Or you could hire a professional organizer to help you work through the planning process to help jumpstart your effort. S/he could simply check in with you from time to time to make sure you are still on track but once you have a plan in place you work it yourself. The choice is yours and there are many degrees of help you can choose. You have options.
7. Once your first project is complete, I guarantee you a sense of inner pride like you have never felt before. I have had clients do a happy dance once they organize a cabinet in their kitchen or their closet or even the family junk drawer. That feeling of knowing that you can put your fingers on anything you need in this organized space is like no other.
8. You will continue this process until you have completed everything on your list. And trust me it will become easier as you move along.
9. I suggest to ALL my clients that they need to use a calendaring system. If you have a busy schedule (or even if you do not!) purchase or make your own solid calendar system and place it somewhere you will see it on a regular basis. This could be near your keys, on the fridge, in your home office, and of course electronic. Personally, although I use an electronic calendar, I still need to write things down so I also use a hard copy calendaring system as well.
10. Take a few minutes to fill out the entire calendar with important dates and upcoming events.
11. Your list could include classes, your work schedule, doctor’s appointments, and major events such as weddings, shopping with friends, birthdays, gym visits, or PTA meetings.Review your completed calendar and check your weekly schedule often. And be sure to check your daily schedule the night before so that nothing catches you off guard.
12. When are your breaks? Do you have short periods of time between events that you can use to your benefit? When are you busiest? Always schedule time for you as well. Time to go to the gym, meditate, take a nap or whatever it is that recharges you.
13.Stop procrastinating. Possibly the toughest item on the list, procrastinating is a major detriment to organizing your life. Instead of putting things off, get them done immediately. Force yourself to start and COMPLETE items on your to-do list. If it can be done in two 10-minutes or less, always do it right away while breaking down larger tasks into smaller pieces to make them manageable.
14. Set a timer for fifteen minutes and work like crazy during that time. Don’t get distracted, take any breaks, or stop for any reason but an emergency during the time your timer is going. Then, allow yourself to stop working on your tasks when the timer goes off. Likely, you will want continue working because you finally managed to make headway on a project you have been avoiding. Do you see how that works? The hardest part of any project is getting started.
15. Remove your distractions, whatever they are. Often it is the internet, your phone, TV or even a good book. No matter what distracts you, set a period of time where you work on projects without indulging.
16. Start your day right. If you work from your home, when you wake up, eat a good breakfast, shower or wash your face, get dressed, and put on your shoes. Do all the things you would do, every single day, if you were going into work at the office. This will change your mental perspective (mentality if very important – remember that voice screaming at you to fix this); by getting ready and making yourself presentable to the world, you have set yourself up for success. You will have more confidence because you’ll know that you are prepared for anything, and you will, therefore, be more direct about getting work accomplished and being organized about it.
17. Finally, write everything down. Whenever you have an important thought, think of something you do not want to forget, or are reminded of something to do, write it down. This can be done in your planner or in another generalized notebook that you keep with you. Writing down your thoughts will not only remove them from your mind, making room for more thoughts and great ideas, but also place them in a place that you can return to later. And writing your brilliant ideas down will ensure you never lose one. And who knows…that bright idea could be your key to success so record it and make it happen. 🙂
There you have 17 of my tips for getting your mind right and beginning the organization process. It’s not about just jumping into a project without planning. You must plan. You must know what your next step will be once you empty that infamous junk drawer. You must know what you will start, work and how to complete a project. Organization is not one of those “fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants” activities.
If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask. A professional organizer can walk you through the planning, plan the job for you, or even do the job for you. It’s all about How to Determine Your Personal Organization Mentality.
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