Just as My Very Best Life-Changing Tip For A Clutter-Free Home will put you on the path to neatness nirvana, this one idea will transform your approach to personal organization.
Seriously – if you apply this strategy, you’ll find it far easier to get organized and stay organized.
Getting Organized: One Thing You Must Do
You must make quick decisions
Indecision is what causes the clutter to accumulate, the paperwork to pile up, the inbox to overflow. Instead of things, paper, clothes, emails and everything else flowing through your life, indecision keeps them stuck in limbo.
Now clearly I’m not talking about deciding who to marry or what job to take. I’m talking about where to put the remote, how to reply to the email, and when to pay the bill.
Every decision you put off – however tiny or unimportant it may seem – is a barrier to a more organized life.
How To Make Quick Decisions And Get Better Organized
Make a habit of deciding fast. The more you do it, the more of a habit it will become.
Don’t worry about making the ‘wrong decision’. Let me put your mind to rest right now by saying that you definitely will. Expect that sometimes you’ll later wish you had done something different.
But – and don’t undervalue this – your net gains from being decisive, taking action and cleaning up your life will far outweigh the minor losses.
Here Are Some Examples:
- Opening the mail?
Decide now if it needs to be actioned, filed or discarded. Then do it.
- Tidying up?
Decide now where things will go and put them there. Or throw them out.
- Wondering whether to keep or toss?
Decide now to toss it. There – now you can blame me. 🙂
- Got random papers on your desk?
Decide now whether to keep and, if so, where to file.
- Reading email?
Decide now what action if any is needed, and take it.
- Been reading the paper?
Decide now if you’ll look at it again and if not, put it in the recycle bin.
You get the idea.
Personal Organization Made Easy
Start thinking of yourself as a decisive action taker. Practice with all kinds of things – which muffin to have, what outfit to put on, where to go for dinner. Learn to love the feeling of keeping your life flowing rather than letting stuff stagnate.
This mindset will make it much easier to be organized. Try it – and let me know how you go!