being organized
being organized

There’s a lot more to being organized than just having a clean home or office. True organization is a mental state — a way of thinking.

Being organized requires figuring out who you really are. This isn’t an easy question to ask. It’s easier to just try to sort the things on your desk, or rearrange a closet.  Asking “Who am I?” can be scary because many people are afraid to admit who they really are.  But if you aren’t willing to have that conversation with yourself, how can you get to a point where you can get organized?

Sorting stuff and moving it around in your office or home is easy compared to actually becoming an organized person. To be organized requires deep reflection and then aligning the stuff you have with who you are. Usually that means getting rid of stuff.

Remember the late George Carlin’s “Stuff” comedy routine?  It’s a rant about “stuff,” which includes this gem . . . A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff.

Getting rid of stuff is hard. We tend to put a great deal of our identity into what we own. That’s why it’s so important to really figure out who you are — separate your identity from the stuff you own.  Human nature makes us extremely attached to our stuff. The whole point here is to keep the stuff that’s important and learn to let go of the stuff that isn’t.

But all of that will be impossible, unless you’re able to be honest with yourself about who you are and what really matters in your life. Without doing that, you aren’t going to be able to get organized.

After you’ve done your soul searching, organize in your own way.  We’re all a little different in the way we arrange our lives. We have different ways of understanding. We have different patterns in the way we perceive the world and the way we act. So, do what works for you!

We all have tons of stress in our lives.  Being organized can help relieve stress and make you happier overall, simply because you won’t waste time and energy constantly searching for things that are buried under a disorganized mound of stuff.

Fran Lytle (fran@brandchamps.com) is a Behaviorist, Strategist, Author and Co-founder Brand Champs.  Her most recent endeavor is SEAN (http://bit.ly/12bBGK1) – 5 online organizational tools.

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