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Why We Are Not Organized, and What We Can Do About It.

There may be simple reasons why we don't get organized the way we would like to:

Beginning - You want to get organized.  You really, really, do... but you can't get started.  Something always gets in the way.  The phone will ring, you must get groceries right now, or you've scheduled a meeting... the list is endless.  But the bottom line is that you don't ever get around to doing your organizing, so it never gets done.  The truth?  You don't want to face it.  You've heard all of the quotes:  "Just do it."  "If you want something different you have to do something different," etc., but none of that is working for you right now.  Look below for tips you can use when you just can't face your organizing task.

Middle - You have been working on your organizing for years... and it never improves.  Organizing feels like a lifetime journey, and for you it has been.  It's not that you can't face your organizing; it's that you get in the middle and get overwhelmed.  Look below for tips you can use when you get in the middle, and get stuck.

End - You know how it is.  You get near the end and the end never arrives.  You're in the yo-yo of clutter to organization to clutter to organization to clutter. How frustrating!  You know you can do it because you get almost there; then it reverts!  You get bored, or you get overwhelmed and forget what you were working on; relegating it to a back burner, or you are just doing too much all at the same time.  Either way, you would love to complete your projects. If your file cabinet is full of your unfinished gems, or your house still looks just "slightly" unkempt, look below for tips that can help you.


[ ] Face your organizing.  Don't run away from it.

[ ] Make a plan.  Draw a schematic and decide where to begin.

[ ] Commit to giving your organizing a minimum of 15 minutes daily

[ ] Break down your project into smaller pieces

[ ] Create a specific, measurable goal for your organizing session (even if it's just to go in the room or area that needs your attention)

[ ] Ask yourself what you would do first "if" you could do something.  Then do it.

[ ] Divide your project into quadrants.

[ ] Tag organizing to something you do every day, so you won't forget

[ ] Start by clearing off one surface

[ ] Draw a schematic

[ ] Sign up for the SOS program.  We place a big emphasis on starting because we know how hard it is.



[ ] Work from a "clean" perspective.  Make things "look" organized.  This will give you the energy to keep going.

[ ] Box up what you can do later

[ ] Set a time limit for each organizing session. Give yourself permission to stop when the time is up.

[ ] Set small attainable mini-goals for each organizing session

[ ] Use a timer; give yourself permission to stop when the time is up

[ ] Take a break and stop working on it for a set amount of time.  Do nothing, daydream, or walk in nature for a few minutes to re-set.

[ ] Use the SOS principle of "visual bang"

[ ] Use the SOS  principle of "always condensing"

[ ] Use checklists to see progress

[ ] Understand what is holding you back:  perfectionism, doing too many projects and not prioritizing them, boredom

[ ] Perfectionism - have two or three designated people to run your idea by.  If they all like it, go with it even if it's not perfect

[ ] Lose excitement - Remember why you are doing your project.  Write it down.  If it  no longer interests you you can re-file it.

[ ] Carrying too many projects - Prioritize.  Select one or two to work on and commit to completing them.

[ ] Commit to someone else, and allow them to hold you accountable for what you say you want to accomplish.

[ ] Get an accountability partner, or join a master-mind group.  

[ ] Do a weekly review to see if you are on track.