Getting Organized
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Where in the World Do I Even Start to Get Organized?

by Maria Gracia  

 

Have you always wanted to get organized, but keep putting it off? Perhaps you're not sure where to begin? Or maybe you're feeling overwhelmed? Is it possible that you feel you don't have enough time?  More...

 

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

CLOSE YOUR EYES AND TAKE A DEEP BREATH

Dream, for a moment, about how wonderful life is going to be when your environment is clutter free and organized. Focus on the dream--not the effort.

START SOMEWHERE

Not sure where to start? It really doesn't matter. The important thing is that you just start somewhere. Just by getting started, you're halfway there!

WHAT'S BOTHERING YOU THE MOST?

This is usually the best place to begin. If you hate that pile of papers on your desk, start there. If you're getting stressed because you can't fit another item on the kitchen counter, than you've found the perfect starting point.

FOCUS ON A LITTLE BIT AT A TIME

Rather than thinking about the huge project ahead, break that project up into manageable tasks. For instance, if you want to organize the boxes in your attic, you might consider going through one box per day, until it's all complete.

ASK SOMEONE TO BUG YOU

Tell a close friend or relative what you plan to organize, and by what date. Then, simply ask that person to bug you a few days before to see if you've done it yet. A little outside motivation is often an enormous help!

BRIBE YOURSELF

Make something you love to do, dependant on the completion of today's task. If you promise yourself that you will not watch your favorite television program tonight, unless you work for 15 minutes on organizing your paper piles, you're sure to get that small task finished. No cheating allowed.

 

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Copyright 2006 by Maria Gracia, author of Finally Organized, Finally Free!  All rights reserved.

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