52 Weeks: #49 Say no to scattered and unfocused organizing
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As you know, while in Ontario visiting my family, I helped my sister and brother in law do a lot of organizing. I’ll talk more about that next week but today I wanted to talk about a bad habit that I recognized in my brother in law that I know is very common for many.
Scattered and unfocused organizing.
It will get you into a whole pile of trouble.
Unless of course you have all the time in the world then don’t worry about it.
Except most of us don’t.
We find pockets of time here and there to organize our spaces. Nothing wrong with that.
Except when we don’t focus on the area at hand and instead find ourselves here there and everywhere leaving a trail of disorganization behind us.
Scattered organizing will get you nothing but one great big mess.
I can’t even tell you how many times I had to say to my BIL, “focus, stay focused”. He was all over the place moving from one room to the next organizing a little here and a little there (he really really loves to organize so for him he just kept getting ahead of himself). Things quickly get out of hand this way.
It’s not effective.
It’s not productive.
It can be overwhelming.
And it’s very very common.
Focus –> Freedom Out of Curing the Urge to Scatter
It happens so easily. You start organizing in one room when you find something that belongs in another room. You go to put it away in that space and realize you should actually deal with the toys scattered all over the bedroom floor but that means you need to rearrange the room. You then realize you are missing a piece to one of the toy sets so you head over to the living room to find it. Your eyes land on the piles of paper on the coffee table and you immediately forget about the toy reorganization when you remember you need to sort these papers out in order to find the bill you know needs to be paid. You’ve got papers scattered all over the floor when you have to go the bathroom. Once in the bathroom though you see your hair products scattered all over and decide you simply must do something about that asap. And on and on it goes. As you can imagine the path of destruction by this time is totally out of hand. You feel like a failure and beat yourself up.
There is a cure for this.
Start a task and finish it before moving onto the next. This is why throughout this 52 weeks series I have emphasized setting smaller task goals that can be completed in reasonable and practical amounts of time. Never say to yourself “I need to organize my playroom today”. Break it down to manageable steps…I need to organize the Polly Pockets, I need to organize the Lego, I need to organize the dress up clothes, I need to buy x, y and z, etc.
Always have a container near you for items that need to be relocated elsewhere and toss things into that rather than moving it right then and there. At the end of your time, relocate all items at once. It will not only save you time but your sanity as well.
In order to motivate yourself to continue you need to see that you are making progress and you can’t do that if you never allow yourself to complete any one task.
Don’t be a scatter pants.
Be mindful of this pattern of behavior this weekend and see if any of it rings true for you. Making this one little adjustment might be just the mental shift you need to stay on track and get things done.
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