Organizing Your Life Professional

Taking a break…

Organizing your life is essential from time to time and especially during life transitions. Taking a step back to assess your priorities can seem daunting however it doesn’t have to be. Organizing is a dynamic process and because our lives are constantly changing we can benefit from utilizing specific skills to improve the quality of our lives.

How do you know when it is time to take a break and organize? When you are experiencing:

  1. Decreased productivity
  2. Increased stress
  3. Changes in health
  4. Financial changes
  5. Unexpected circumstances

Let’s face it, we will all be faced with internal and external forces that demand our attention. Personally, it is time for me to take a break and walk the talk. As a Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant I will remain available to those of you who wish to join me on this so-called journey.

Organize and let it go

Benefits of organizing

The benefits of organizing are significant! Imagine creating blocks of time to discard useless items and increase your space. The process and outcomes are energizing and freeing mentally and physically. Letting go of “stuff”, and clearing and cleaning your physical space enhances the flow of energy.

Organize your priorities and you will find that you are able to say no to time wasters and unwanted commitments. Being able to set healthy boundaries is empowering, not selfish. It is about taking care of yourself to be able to do the things that you need and want to do. This will actually make you more available to the people who are important to you.

Clear space

Organizing | Getting started

Make time to write down your priorities is the first step. Put your thoughts into writing without self judgment. This makes it real, visual, and creates a starting point.

The second step is to schedule time to get started. This means a specific date and block of time to begin address your first priority. If you have a long list or feel overwhelmed just pick any one item on your list. There is no wrong choice. It is about getting started and creating momentum.

Organizing tip: Make it manageable. Use caution and temper your enthusiasm. Rather than try to tackle a big task in an entire day I recommend breaking a big task into little ones for 15-60 minutes if you are doing it alone. Another way to make it manageable of course is to work with a Professional Organizer.

Organizing | Patience

Organizing is NEVER finished. If you accept this fact you can be more patient with yourself and the process. Ask yourself how long it took to end up with:

  • A stuffed closet
  • Overflowing drawers
  • Piles of papers, catalogs, unopened mail
  • No room for your vehicle in the garage
  • Hundreds or thousands of unread emails

You get the idea, right? Well remember that you are not alone and there is no reason to be ashamed. As with any change in behavior it begins with mastering small steps on a consistent basis. You’ve got this!