I spent 30 minutes on my head yesterday trying to get these magnets out from underneath the refrigerator. It’s a good thing too because the amount of dust that had accumulated was surely a fire hazard.
At any rate, all the magnets are once again present and accounted for and Oscar is actually playing with them again. What is it about organization that makes things more accessible? Even to a toddler, it seems like when the playroom is clean and all of his toys are where they belong, he is more content to play alone. Interesting.
It’s the same for adults, of course. I am most productive when there is some sense of order in the world around me. When things start feeling upside down, so goes the neighborhood (so to speak). And it’s been that way – upside down – for a little while. I feel like I am starting to get a grip though and I feel good again about my direction.
I am learning that living within boundaries is more freeing than “being free”. I am becoming much more liberal with the word no and more committed to the word yes. I am getting organized, folks.
Cleaning out the cobwebs is a good thing too. Even if it means being upside down for a little while.
3 Tips for Getting (and staying) Mentally Organized
About a month ago I spent an afternoon making a master “life schedule”. This plan has everything on it from my daily chores to my writing commitments. This means I know when I can (or can’t) put something off or reschedule. I am able to be realistic about my time and what is required of me so I don’t burn out.
There are a few things I know about myself, one of them being I need to have a deadline. Even a self-imposed deadline is helpful for me. So I have some goals and worked backward from the end of the year to see how I can meet them. Some of them are professional, some of them are personal, but I know what they are and how I can realistically make them happen. Now, that is not to say I am kicking butt. It just makes things realistic. I can’t expect to lose 20lbs by Christmas if I am only working out once a month, right?
Slowing down is hard for me. I tend to have two speeds; full steam ahead and coast. I am not a pacer for sure. I am either going full out or I am crashing big time so I have to force myself to slow down a bit, know when to say NO and really only focus on the things that will allow me to meet my goals. This is where the schedule comes into play because I can look a the calendar and see that the next 3 days will be crazy, so today really is a great time to take that nap. It’s all about the give and take.
Of course, I am still working on sticking to my big plan, but the fact that I have this sort of “blueprint” in my head is really helping me level out, this week anyway. Last week was a big crash and a reminder that sticking to this system really has been one of the most helpful things I have done for myself in a long time.
How do you get organized when things get out of control?