Organizing Philosophy

I have some good news and bad news about my organizing philosophy.

The good news

Everyone has the potential to be organized. I think every person does some kind of organizing in their life, even if they don't recognize it that way. To tap into your organizing potential, you might just need help figuring out what skills you already have. Then you can apply those skills to other types of organizing.

The bad news

Being organized takes work.

The thing about organization is that it's a habit. It's a way of life. I hear so many people say that they need to "get organized," as if it's something you do once, and then "poof" you're done. It's kind of like saying you're going to get healthy or get the house clean. Sure...you can lose weight or wipe off the counter. The problem, though, is in thinking that you can just get it done and that's the end of it. Yes, you can get organized, but ultimately getting organized isn't enough. You must decide to be organized.

If I'm being honest, I think that getting organized is the easy part. You feel such a sense of accomplishment when you can see the top of your desk again and actually use it to do your work. Keeping your desk neat and tidy all of the time, though? Not so easy. You have to really get in the habit of putting things away as you go. Mm-hmm. Yeah. I BET you'll file those papers "later." NO! Either schedule a time for it or do it now!

This is not some new, groundbreaking idea I've come up with here. Any organization book will tell you that maintenance is the key. For me the difference is in being. If you can change your mindset from getting organized to being organized, you may start to find that it all gets a little easier.

And remember the good news about my organizing philosophy

Everyone has the potential to be organized!

What do you think? Agree or disagree with what I've said here? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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