Why bother to get organized and how come it seems that some people are just naturals at it while others struggle and feel stressed out about it?
I think some people have personalities that naturally lend themselves to getting and staying organized while others would rather be doing anything but!
Before we look at the tips I was wondering what blocks our attempts at getting organized.
“I can’t get organized” or “I won’t get organized”
If you fall into the I can’t category maybe you just need to learn the skill.
Yes, organization is a skill that can be learned. Maybe you’ve never been shown, or you are not quite sure where to start. There are all kinds of resources and support available to help you get started; books, professional organizer websites, maybe that annoying friend or relative that has offered to help you? 😊
If you fall into the I won’t category you probably would rather have a tooth pulled than organize paper and other “stuff”. Are you a free spirit that believes you’ll find that piece of paper or valuable document when you need it? Are there too many other interesting things to do that distract and hold your attention? Or maybe you start with good intentions and a couple hours later find yourself reminiscing over those old photos you found in that pile!
What should you do if you fall into the I won’t category? Weigh the pros and cons on your health and environment of staying unorganized. Can you tolerate being disorganized? What are the costs to your well-being and your business?
Here are 5 tips that will help you to get organized:
Eliminate, categorize and then organize. Throw away or donate anything you are not using, categorize what’s left and then organize it. Make sure you are organizing in a way that works for you, the space and the way in which it will be used.
Assess the size of the organizational job in front of you. Be realistic about how long it will take, agree with yourself that you don’t have to do it all at once. Break the overall task down into a manageable time block.
Don’t organize clutter. (See tip 1) Remember that tidying up is different than organizing.
Organizing means determining a place for everything, everything in its place.
Block time off in your calendar and commit to sticking with it. If you don’t make it a priority something else will easily take its place.
Recognize when systems aren’t working. When you’ve organized a space stay aware of whether it’s working, it may need to be changed to be more effective.
Here are a few reasons why 😊
Remember organization is a process that needs to be maintained. And don’t let perfection stop you! It doesn’t have to be all Pinterest perfect, it just needs to be functional and work!
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I ran into a friend yesterday and we had a brief chat about my self-imposed social media “break”. (it's been 9 days since my last post lol)
She was wondering how it was going and we talked about how much of an effect SM use can have on our lives.
I told her that what jumped out almost immediately for me was how hooked I am on social media (especially FB) and how many times during the day I have the urge to “check” it. I guess I was rationalizing that I needed to be checking because it was business, and I felt like I had to engage with any response immediately.
Fighting the urge to check or post something was strong initially, and the old FOMO (fear of missing out) was present in a BIG way. Wow!!
(Secret: I did give in more then a few times and “snuck” on to have a quick scroll 😊)
A few things I have learned about my relationship with SM (especially Facebook)
I took this break, so I could refresh and use the time to study and read, listen to my heart for what’s next and just relax and enjoy the moments.
What’s come from this time so far:
All very insightful for me. I am not walking away from SM. It’s a great tool for building relationships and connecting with others and I get a lot of enjoyment out of my friends and colleagues posts!
So, going forward? More mindfulness about how I am relating to and using SM.
How about you? What has been your experience? I would love to hear your thoughts 😊
Yup, that's me, holding a Python. Gulp. If you told me this was gonna happen I probably would have said "fat chance"!
Well....how on earth DID this happen? Like many things that help us to stretch and grow... kind of innocently and without much preparation. :)
I host a monthly free business group for women entrepreneurs where we share business challenges and brainstorm solutions. This month the owner of Vancouver Island Creature Teachers sent an RSVP and offered to bring along a few creatures to share with the group. Sure I said; that would be cool.
As Divine Intelligence would have it the topic we started with was "how to move to the next level in business, what does it take to level up and move out of our comfort zones".
We had a great round-table discussion that in summary looked something like this:
What is inside of our comfort zone?
We finished up with the discussion portion of our meeting and moved on to a bit of networking. Jen, the owner of VI Creature Teachers then introduced us to Houdini, a 20 year old Ball Python. Jen was wonderful, she shared some educational information about Houdini and then made an offer to the group: who would like to hold her?
As I watched the other women in the group step up I quickly realized that this was my chance to put into action what we had just been talking about. I was surrounded by a supportive group of colleagues in safe environment, I could move beyond my fears and misconceptions that I held about snakes, I could just do it. And I did!
Thank you Jen and Houdini for reminding me to:
So remember, sometimes we need to take that step outside of our comfort zones even when our hearts are beating wildly and we feel afraid...because on the other side is an opportunity to say I did it!