Every year, we all make New Year's resolutions:
This year, I'll exercise more.
This year, I'll eat better.
This year, I'll get organized.
The start of a new year is a great time to make resolutions - to make promises to ourselves about how we'll be better this year, do better this year. Right? I'm not so sure.
As a professional organizer, I work with people who have a hard time getting organized, or staying organized, all alone. Often, being disorganized makes them feel overwhelmed, stressed out, sad, tired, and powerless.
Organization is a skill just like any other.
Like playing the piano, or public speaking, or perfecting your short game, or knitting. Think about a skill you have - and now think back to when you learned that skill. It wasn't always easy, right? Maybe there were some times when you had a hard time, and maybe you wanted to quit. And, maybe there were also times when it just clicked, and you finally "got" it. Learning organization skills is just like that.
So, what does that have to do with making a resolution to get organized?
Well, just imagine you are already feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, sad, tired, and powerless from being disorganized. And now imagine you have just come out of the holiday season, which for many people brings out feelings of overwhelm, stress, sadness, tiredness, and powerlessness. Add to that the ups and downs of learning a new skill, and the pressure you may put on yourself to learn that new skill quickly... Yikes!
I'd like to give you permission to wait until it's the right time for you.
Of course I think organization's important - it's my favorite thing to do! But it's never going to work for you unless you approach it in your own way, in your own time, at your own pace.
And then, you can start to transform your overwhelm, stress, sadness, tiredness, and powerlessness into calm, peace, control, time, and clarity.