I help people let go of what’s getting in the way (literally!) and then organize what’s left. When you create an environment that supports your intentions and goals you are better able to focus and create change.
Creating change requires time and energy — if you don’t prepare for the process, it’s easy to lose momentum and make excuses.
Balancing Technique and Positive Mindset
When you’re getting organized, technical aspects like re-designating spaces and creating new systems is important, but if you don’t address your inner patterns, the clutter will come back.
When organizing, take note of:
Emotions that come up when you think about organizing
Limiting thoughts around getting organized (i.e. I’ve never been organized, I’m just not good at that.)
Old patterns that prevent you from staying organized
The urge to buy things you don’t really need
Resistance around changing your habits, beliefs or stories
It is key to spend time on the technical and emotional, so that change is addressed on all levels. Remember, there is no need to do everything on your own — you can always ask for help, or reach out and get some support.
What process do I choose?
Self help books often promise transformation, if you just follow a few magic steps. These steps tend to be rigid and require extreme structure — and don’t take the ebbs and flows of real life into account.
The mindset that you “have to” follow a process in a very particular way is often judgemental. When you fall off the bandwagon for a day or two, you are more likely to give up. This ultra-structured approach is not realistic, so I urge you to find a balance between structure and flexibility, with your values as the guide.
How to create balance between structure and flexibility:
Sit Down Sunday: choose your focus for the week
Make a plan: create a list of small tasks that will lead to your larger goals for the week
Designating time for your tasks:
a) Book structured time when you’re at your optimal focus level for more complex and high priority tasks
b) Create flexible work times when tasks don’t require as much attention, and leaves room for live to happen
How To Keep A Positive Mindset Around Being Organized
As you go through this process there is an opportunity to go deeper and see what lies under all of those patterns. If you are ready to dive then you can ask yourself:
What stories do you need to change around staying organized?
How are you unconsciously resisting this process?
How can you move past your resistance to change a habit or make the time to do something?
What’s the feeling underneath your resistance?
Accept where you’re at in your journey no matter how far along you are.