Get Organized

Do you have a junk drawer? A “filing cabinent” in your car? A chain for your glasses so that you don’t lose them?

Let’s be honest: there may be a method to your madness, but getting organized is essential to success.

And heaven knows there’s a million ways to do it.

You can get every color highlighter. Every planner that tells you what the phase of the moon is. Every little Post-It note flag. Every paper and binder clip. Tabs, folders, labels. You can buy it all.

But if you’re anything like me, I bet you know what you’ll say once you’ve got all your stuff organized into more stuff: Okay, I put that in a box but where did I put the box?

And that’s really hard to reconcile. Because you think, if only I could clean up my act, I might be able to not accidentally miss my appointments and/or lose everything in my purse. Or, there’s so much out there that could help me get organized. I just need to find a place for everything and then I could always find it!

I know I’ve been having a lot of trouble with this lately. I’m not, by nature, the most conducive to being organized. And when I get too much on my mind, things start to slip away like fallen leaves down a waterfall. (The first step is admitting you have a problem, right?)

But I’m learning that if you buy 10 different highlighters, all you have is 10 different highlighters. I’m learning that if you buy shelving units for your room, nothing in the world is going to move you to fill them. You have to have your own system, no matter how messy it may be.

Which sort of brings me back to the beginning. You may have a method to your madness. And maybe that’s the only thing that you need. No amount of flair pens is going to change that.

So, get organized. But do it your own way. It’ll stick, like a Post-It, if it’s yours (and getting it into your head will be a lot easier).

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