Most people really struggle to get organized. If you feel this way, rest assured that you’re not alone! The good news is that there are ways to overcome the things everyone hates about getting organized. Here are the most common problems that the “organizationally challenged” must overcome:
Organization feels like a chore.
It takes too long to get organized.
You have no idea where to start.
It’s easy to quit.
It’s easy to fall back into old patterns.
It’s hard to let go.
Overcoming these obstacles to organization can change your life and the way you look at the things around you.
Organization Feels Like A Chore
Solution: If it feels like a chore, make it fun! Put on your favorite music playlist, invite a friend over, or make a game out of it. Sometimes we have to change our perspectives to make something work. Remember to reward yourself at the end: you’ve worked hard, and you deserve it!
It Takes Too Long to Get Organized
Solution: Start small. Stay focused. Take breaks. If you can avoid distractions and be disciplined, you’ll be done before you know it. The thought that it takes too long is all it is: just a thought; it’s not the truth! And the truth of the matter is, you’re saving yourself time in the FUTURE when you can actually find what you need or accomplish your goals faster.
You Have No Idea Where to Start
Solution: Make a priority list of what area needs to be organized first; if you’re still feeling overwhelmed, pick a spot – ANY spot – and start there. It can feel frustrating, but remember that there are things everyone hates about getting organized. You’re not alone. Take a deep breath and start. There is no perfect spot to begin.
It’s Easy to Quit
Solution: Have the end in mind and determine a realistic goal. Set a timer for a predetermined amount of time (three hours, for example) and commit to focusing on what you can get done in that time. If that doesn’t work, consider recruiting an accountability partner. Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the mess, so to speak, so make sure you take before-photos, progress shots, and after-photos to document your journey.
It’s Easy to Fall Back Into Old Patterns
Solution: Be self-aware. Know your triggers. If you’re not sure what they are, start paying attention to your habits. Do you stack papers in one area because you don’t know what to do with them? Look at your habits and then choose a new habit to counter that. They can be tiny habits, little changes. It’s easier if you choose to focus on one habit at a time. Most of all don’t be so hard on yourself: change can be overwhelming and intimidating, but it can also be one of the most rewarding things you do for yourself.
It’s Hard to Let Go
Solution: Ask yourself these questions:
Can I easily replace this? What’s the worst that could happen if I discard this? If I didn’t see this, would I remember that I had it? When was the last time I used or needed this? Would someone enjoy this more? Your answers may surprise you. Don’t hold onto things for a possible future when you can’t enjoy the space around you now.
So what did you think about these common things everyone hates about getting organized? Which of these areas frustrate you the most? Here’s our challenge to you: start with one area – it can be a table, a desk, or even a corner. Set a timer for 25 minutes and get to work. If it feels sluggish and difficult to get started, don’t worry: it gets easier with practice.
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