Feeling stuck? Have personal paralysis? Are you procrastinating? It’s common when it comes to organizing. It can be overwhelming and difficult to get started organizing, especially if you have a brain based condition such as ADHD. Making decisions, creating a plan, and initiating are all challenges that interfere with getting started. There are ways to get unstuck and get started organizing.
Set a date and a time to organize
Setting a date, that is an appointment with yourself, gets you started organizing. It’s just like all other appointments. It is on the calendar, your time is reserved, and you are committed. Choose a time that is good with respect to low distractions and high energy level. Plan on 1 -2 hours to work on this project. If you still feel overwhelmed, start with the smallest amount of time. When you work for 15 minutes, you know you have accomplished a baby step. Like any appointment, even if it’s easy to procrastinate, follow through with your date.
Get support for your efforts
Support is critical to getting started with an organizing project. According to a recent NAPO survey, the a major reason for not getting organized is not asking for help. Both support and help making it easier whenever you start any project, whether it’s exercise, nutrition, or any lifestyle change. When you know that you are not getting started, look around for support. Support can look like a friend who cheers you on and shares how hard it can be to make decisions. That person can have the role of a clutter buddy. It can be a team to work with so there are many hands to do the work. You can find support in a professional organizer, coach, or therapist who help you define new perspectives, create a plan and support you in your work.
Have a compelling reason
A personal, specific reason to get organized gets you started. It’s the WHY of getting started. Why will being organized make a BIG difference in your life? The word compelling is critical because the more important this reason is, the easier it is to get started. Your compelling reason could be emotional well being and less stress, but why that makes a difference every day will help you get moving. It’s powerful emotional and mental starting point for you. I invite you to share your compelling reason here, to share it with the universe, and get started organizing today!
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