In my perfect world, organization is permanent. Everyone gets through the labor-intensive process of taking care of the back log, getting systems in place, and then everything just stays perfect. The reality is: life throws things our way that we can only do our best to plan for, and sometimes our best isn't good enough. Being as organized as possible both at home and at work, and maintaining physical health and well-being will always leave us better equipped to handle the curve balls with grace and clarity.
There are all different levels of organization. Whatever "perfection" you are striving for is a unique vision you have created in your mind. It may or may not be something you have time to achieve this week, this month, or this year! So what can you do today to ease some of that external pressure and get things running more smoothly? Are you ready? Here it is:
Master tip of the week: CLEAR YOUR DESK!
Your primary work surface is the platform for your productivity, your efficiency, and your intellectual or creative success on a daily basis. Back in January I wrote about altars; our physical spaces and all of our belongings reflect our goals and expectations, whether or not we are aware of it. Let's take your desk as an example...
Oh my goodness, check out that pile of papers under your elbow! Is that tax stuff? Bills? Unopened mail? Inspiring articles buried under bank statements? You probably put it all there so that you could "get stuff done" - deal with everything in that pile as soon as possible. I am going to be honest with you: it's probably not going to happen, at least not today. Letting those papers pile up has created an area of stagnant energy - a portion of your desk that you are encouraging yourself to ignore on a daily basis. Here's what you should do:
Without getting caught up in the details, sort the pile into categories. Today I cleared the papers on my desk into two categories: "follow up" and "projects". I wrote these words on some file folders, tucked the papers neatly inside, and I'm storing the files vertically so that my horizontal surface is clear. I have already checked the follow up file twice in order to check some tasks off my to do list, and both times I disposed of papers that were no longer necessary, and returned the file to its vertical position.
My desk is most useful to me, most inspiring, and incredibly functional when it is clear. Getting work done on a messy desk is like trying to write a novel between the lines of another manuscript, or trying to go for a run in your apartment. Eliminate distractions and obstacles, and make space for the work that needs to get done here and now!
I can't think of a client who hasn't expressed fears about forgetting to do something, or anxiety about the stuff they've already forgotten. Accumulating papers, notes to yourself, perpetual reminders of the stuff you are not getting done IS NOT HELPING! I can't emphasize this enough. If you're still skeptical, try it for a day. You can always bring the papers back out tomorrow, spread them around your house, even roll around in them if it brings you any relief, but for today, try starting with a blank slate. Clear that surface and see what comes from it. My guess is that you will accomplish more than you expected, and I would absolutely love to hear about it. Leave your success story as a comment!
As an extra treat I am including a link to an article by Dr. Ken Bennett, an excellent chiropractor at The Balancing Center. He says "A properly aligned workstation, when set up and used correctly, means that a majority of the things you do 40+ hours a week will no longer contribute as much to any symptoms you feel, both physical and mental." Check out his research and solutions by clicking on the images below, or visit http://www.thebalancingcenter.com/press-yoga-chicago.html. Everything I'm talking about has direct connections to our physical health and well-being. You can't imagine what's in store, because with clarity and grace comes more clarity and grace! Enjoy.