I know you're an honest person. Aren't we all? No matter how honest you are with others, I'm willing to bet you lie to yourself on a regular basis. Some of those lies get in the way of your health, your financial success and yes, your organizing success. Here are five of them you might recognize.
“I’m too busy.”
It’s easy to believe that you’re too busy to tackle the organizing projects in your life. The truth is you can’t afford to have that attitude because you’ll never get control of the things that hold you back. You are busy. We all are. But human beings naturally find time for the things that are most important. If organizing the chaotic parts of your life is important, try putting something else on the back burner temporarily.
“I’ll get to that later.”
How many times have you walked past a dirty dish, a pair of shoes or a stack of mail and thought, “I’ll deal with that later?” The truth is later never comes. Those little moments of procrastination add up and can become an overwhelming burden. To boost your feeling of “I’ve got my act together” begin a new habit. Instead of telling yourself that you’ll deal with it later, just DO it right then and you’ll always be caught up.
“I don’t have to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
Hahahahaha! That’s a good one! I tell myself that same thing every night as I’m falling asleep and yet another great idea pops into my head. But I’ve learned that if I don’t write it down, I will not remember it in the morning. Whether it’s an ideas, appointment, phone call or face-to-face meeting, relying on your memory is a mistake waiting to happen. Enter everything into your calendar to free your brain for more important tasks such as problem solving, creativity or just being in the moment during conversation.
“I saved this because…”
Imagine this… you’re cleaning out your desk / bedroom / office / kitchen for the umpteenth time and you can’t figure out why it never gets finished. As you pick up each item, you tell yourself its story. You remember where you got it, who gave it to you, the role it used to play in your life. Then you set it aside and move to the next item or piece of paper, doing the same thing each time. Thinking about your items isn’t helpful. However, using those stories to lead you to an actionable decision IS helpful.
“This will just take a minute.”
Squirrel! Shiny! Look a bunny! Whether you’re in the middle of an organizing project or writing a proposal, interrupting your focus with small tasks that will “just take a minute” is sure to derail you. One second you’re responding to an email and next thing you know it’s an hour later and time for your lunch meeting. To stay focused, use a timer or try the AntiProcrastinator to help keep you on track.