When you think of organization, what image comes to mind? For most people it's a bunch of neatly labeled bins or boxes all lined up. But organization goes way beyond labeled boxes. It's an entire mental, physical and emotional process.
Think about an area in your home that you would like to get organized. Now stop. What are you feeling emotionally? Are your neck and shoulders tight? Are you smiling? Frowning? What is your breathing like? Is your heartbeat just a little quickened?
Organizing takes energy from all areas of yourself and that's why it's hard. Often we say that we don't have the time, but it's really that we don't have the energy to get organized. We are tired from our jobs, family and other commitments. Our mental and emotional entities tell us that there is no more energy to give to that task. It's the body's way of protecting itself from getting hurt. No matter how much the mind can say "just go and do it", the emotions will resist twofold. Think of two children on the playground. One little child hits another and says he's a jerk. What will last longer, the bruise or the memory of being told he's a jerk?
The question then becomes how do you get over the initial challenge of getting started? How do you get over the emotional "Stuff" The same way you start anything else - set aside the time to do it. This will allow you to mentallyIt can be small chunks of time. (read last weeks post). Any positive energy that you put towards your organizing task is a step forward. If you get stuck ask yourself this: "What's the worst thing that would happen if I didn't have this anymore?"
To your organizational success!
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