If there were an organizing spectrum to measure your level of interest and commitment to the organizing process, how would you rate yourself?
Your answer would probably depend on your level of desire to have an organized life. If you don’t mind the mess and the clutter around you, you might say you are just “Interested”. But if order and neatness are a priority to you, you might label yourself as “Committed”.
But what if you’re in-between? How can you know what the difference between Interested and Committed really is?
Interested vs. Committed
Although the two words seem to be both positive and similar in tone, they are really quite different.
According to the dictionary, Interest is defined as the state of wanting to learn or know more about something or someone; Committed is described as feeling dedication and loyalty to a cause, activity, or job; wholeheartedly dedicated.
While those definitions help differentiate the two terms, what we really want to know is – what do they each look like in a person’s life?
Here is a breakdown of what those who are just “Interested” in the organizing process may exemplify:
- They make excuses: “I’m too busy to get organized right now” or “I’m not naturally organized so there’s no hope or point in me trying”.
- The like the idea of being organized, but they are not necessarily willing to do the work that it requires.
- They give up being organized if it gets too hard or if the system they set up didn’t work the first time.
- They organize only when it’s convenient or comfortable, rather than on a regular basis.
- They are ruled by their feelings (“I don’t feel like decluttering today”) and are, therefore, inconsistent with their organizing efforts.
- They know they need to get organized, but they continue to battle with the decision in their head or talk the issue to death rather than take action.
Those who are committed to the organizing process, however, show a different set of characteristics:
- The refuse to make excuses.
- They are willing to make the investment in terms of time, effort, or even money if necessary.
- They are willing to sacrifice personal comfort to bring order into their lives.
- They are committed to the process, trying to find the right system or process that works for them, even if it gets hard.
- They make having an organized lifestyle a priority in their lives and schedules.
- They are not ruled by their feelings, but rather committed to the habits and discipline of being organized.
- They continue to be organized even when they’ve lost the “warm, fuzzy feeling” for the task.
- They don’t debate the point, they just do it because they know that’s what they should or need to do.
So why does it matter?
Now that you know the difference between “Interested” and “Committed”, does it really matter?
Actually, it does! It’s important to know where you fall on the organizing spectrum because by knowing you can either relieve yourself of any undue stress, or you can push yourself to take it to the next level.
Not everyone feels the need to have an orderly lifestyle, and that’s okay. If you are only slightly interested in getting organized, then don’t allow guilt or outside pressure to entice you to do something you aren’t ready for. You will only end up frustrated and find yourself fighting the process.
However, if you know that you are committed to bringing order to your life, then you can better understand what it will take for that to happen and better prepare yourself for the journey ahead. Commitment to any undertaking will have its peaks and valleys, but dedication to the process is what will help you find the success you are looking for.
While you may not have considered that there could even be such a thing as an organizing spectrum, knowing where you fall can make all the difference in your organizing efforts.
Where do you fall on the organizing spectrum?
How does knowing the difference between “Interested” and “Committed” help you?
Leave a comment and let me know!