Professional Organizing Tips and Resources.
Forget about why you have a collection of STUFF, or how it got there.
Decide what you are going to do with it, so it's not just 'Stuff' anymore.
Inboxes and psyches all over the world are stuffed with stuff with no end in sight. As volumes keep increasing daily, many find it overly stressful.
To make progress in organizing 'Stuff', at some point you will need to get engaged with it physically. It's true, thinking and analyzing has value, yet the power of action trumps contemplation. Action means results.
Maybe it's time to jump in... ?
It's not enough to stand on the high diving board and think about jumping. You have to get your feet wet by jumping and making this dive a reality.
Thinking too much can be counterproductive. Sure you want to make a plan for the best course of action, yet replaying what you will do over and over in your head is not going to get you moving forward.
Sometimes we like to think we're 'thinking' about something when really we are just going over again what we already know for fear of taking the next step.
Many times my clients want to give me detailed stories about why their e-mail is out of control, or they have not managed to process the piles of papers on their desk, or even why the spare room has become a dumping ground.
It's like when we find ourselves here, piled under something we just don't want to deal with; we go to great lengths to explain what it all means and why the stuff is still here. In this way it can all be justified. The more we let everyone know what great thought has gone into it, we feel we can justify the space and energy it's sucking up.
I listen attentively and then I just start asking questions. What's next? What do you want out of this space? Where will this go? Do you need this?
Here's the part where I see them twitch. (Don't you care about my reasons?!) Well, yes and no. I get it, but my job is to get you past this and on to making a decision. Thinking on a different level about this 'stuff', now we are looking at getting past the frustration and irritation that comes from replaying our story over and over again. No more avoiding.
What's the next step? Where will we put this? Will doing this, or keeping this really add to my life? Resolution, clarity and completion is our goal. My job is to help you with the process. You are the one who'll need to figure out what it means and what you want to do about it.
Does thinking about this create a subtle feeling of angst for you, like the thought of jumping off the high diving board? That's OK I promise, it's natural. Taking the pledge to action is risky business. We wonder if we'll be disappointed in the results if things don't work out just as we imagined and thought they could. How deep is that water anyway?
The reality of what will happen and what's possible will only be realized when you take the leap and shift into action. Your talent and creativity will kick in as you crack down on your plan. There is a huge pool of possibility waiting for you.
Want to learn about how to be better engaged with all the things grabbing your attention? Enjoy this 'click back' to my post on the Secret to Avoiding Inappropriate Engagement
Need help organizing? Michelle serves the Carleton Place, Lanark County and Ottawa areas.