When you think of bringing order to your world, you probably think of it in outer terms – what items you need to let go of, what containers you will use, and what your organized space will eventually look like.
While it’s true that getting organized primarily focuses on the outer components, it also requires us to look inward and ask ourselves some hard questions. How we answer these questions can often dictate how quickly we will be able to move forward on our organizing journey and how truly successful we will be to complete and maintain the order we’ve created.
4 questions to test your heart & mind
Most questions we ask about getting organized follow the basics:
Although these are very important questions to ask, if we truly want to bring about lasting change, we first have to dig deep and ask ourselves the following:
What have I put as more important than getting organized?
If an organized lifestyle is not a priority for you, then you will find other things more important to do and getting organized will inevitably get pushed to the bottom of your to-do list or not make it on there at all.
While that might sound a bit harsh, it’s true. If something is truly important and valuable to you, nothing will stop you from making it a reality in your life. You will schedule time and prioritize it on your calendar as a necessary activity. You will make sure it gets accomplished because it’s just that important.
So ask yourself, what you have put as more important – TV watching, web surfing, social media, may come to mind – and determine if organizing your order world is a priority for you right now. It may be or it may not be. Neither is necessarily wrong or right.
What matters most is that you know deep within whether it’s a priority for you or not and then act accordingly.
How have my thoughts influenced me?
Though you may not realize it, your thoughts about yourself and your ability to get organized play a major role in bringing about order.
While some people have a natural bent towards organization, there are others who struggle to overcome chaos and disorder. They falsely believe that they are wired or created this way and that no amount of trying will ever change anything. But that’s simply not true!
What many of us fail to realize is that our beliefs stem from our thoughts and our thoughts influence our actions. If you believe and think that you will never be organized because you weren’t born that way, then you don’t allow yourself to act in an organized manner. However, when we live with a mindset of, “I am and can be organized” then our actions start to follow that line of thinking and change can take place.
So ask yourself what thoughts have you been thinking regarding getting organized and how has that affected your actions and abilities to bring about the order you desire? Having a clear understanding of how your thoughts may be influencing you could very well be a game changer for you.
What excuses am I making?
Excuses can come in many forms, but they always come when we are faced with a challenge. The key is to identify them early on so when they begin to creep in we can tackle them before they cause us to give in or give up.
Some of the excuses you may face in your efforts to get organized may include: fear, lack of knowledge, time, or something else completely unrelated. First know that everyone makes excuses – you’re not alone!
Then honestly listen to the words or thoughts you may be saying to yourself. When you recognize that you are offering an excuse rather than a valid reason, note it and determine what’s causing you to use that as an excuse.
Finally, commit to not let your excuse be a factor any longer and find ways to overcome. For example, if lack of knowledge is the excuse you’re using, then commit to reading books, blogs or articles that can teach you how to get organized.
Dealing with our excuses is not always easy and it may take awhile to realize what you’re actually verbalizing is an excuse. However, once you’ve identified and understand how excuses are keeping your from an orderly life then you are one step closer to success.
(Need some motivation to help you with your excuses? Here are 62 motivational quotes about excuses that might encourage you.)
What will getting organized do for me and my life?
When we think about getting organized we tend to focus on the process rather than the end result. We often ask: what will it require for me to get organized? what steps do I need to follow? While those are important questions to ask, they aren’t the most important one.
Before you ever purchase a container or donate a piece of clothing, you need to ask yourself what getting organized will do for you and your life. What will all the hard work allow you to have? It’s not just about having a functional and pretty space; it’s about what that order allows you to feel, do and be.
With that understanding, not only will you be able to do the work, you also be motivated to keep going when it gets hard. It’s the true finish line beyond your immediate space. However, no one can answer that question for you. You have to define and determine that yourself. So don’t forget to ask it!
Looking inward can be uncomfortable, unusual and just plain hard. But it’s a necessary component of the organizing process – one that often gets overlooked. Use these 4 questions to help you evaluate where your priorities, heart and mind are as you set off on the journey.
Because if you truly want to bring order to your outer world, you have to start by looking inward.
How could looking inward make a difference in your quest to bring order to your world?
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