I created this piece for a retreat at which I gave a workshop, all about managing/organizing our days to be what we want them to be about. Not the business, “should’s,” chores and obligations but whatever the “more” is that we want from our days. So while in retreat mode, I wanted to distill some of the most important learnings I’ve had, through client work and my own work.
These observations are distilled from 11 years as an organizer and organizing coach, my second career. Some would have been great to know when I was a manager but …. we learn when we are ready. So your questions could be: What “more” do you want? Which of these did you not already know or believe? Where would you start?
Part 1 of a 2 part blog, to give you some thinking time in between.
Organizing Truths: Pay Attention to These.
- An urge to declutter things or commitments from your calendar is often a sign that internal change is brewing, such as a new life’s chapter, something you are resisting or avoiding thinking about, or letting go of a past chapter. Pay attention to the sign; it means something.
- Pay attention to your energy – physical and mental – over the course of the day and week. Plan to this as possible.
- As you work on managing and/or decluttering your things, thoughts or time, your family may not notice at first. Wait until you see some small victories. Point them out and watch what happens. You may notice others follow your modeling once you do.
Organizing Truths: “Permissions” Can Be Important to Some of Us.
- Your way is the right way. No apologies necessary to yourself or anyone else.
- You don’t need a “list,” but a way to remind yourself of what’s important. That takes on any form that works for you.
- Choices, limits, and boundaries are personal. Yours to create for your use, so they do not need defending.Keep, toss, delegate … or wait, percolate, marinade, and let it unfold. If it doesn’t feel right to move something off your plate, don’t. Do create a reminder to return to it so you can make your decision. That’s the piece we miss.
Please return a few times to this post to reflect on how these play out in your work and home life. It’ll be worth it.