Have you ever felt swamped by stuff? Overwhelmed by a lack of organization in your home or work place? Frustrated because 24 hours in a day are never enough? If so, you’re not alone. Lane Jordan has addressed these concerns in her latest release—12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman. She’s offering a snippet of encouragement for us today. Read on.
Can a Disorganized Person Really Become Organized?
By Lane P. Jordan
Can a disorganized person really become organized? Now that is a loaded question! Whenever I speak, I seem to have two types of people in my audience:
- Those who are already organized and thrilled to have someone validating their actions
- Those who are not organized and are in pain as I share my tips!
Well, they may not be in literal pain but trying to do something that is hard for you to do is, well, hard!
For one reason, each one of us has different personalities, influenced mostly by our genetics. Some personalities are just more organized than others. And, each of us has different behaviors which is what you choose to do. You make choices each time you take an action.
If you truly want to get organized for you (and not to please someone else), I firmly believe you can become more organized! Even if you have the type of personality that isn’t orderly, you can change. You just have to decide if you want to change your behaviors and start working toward being more organized. Then start taking some steps in that direction. Here are some tips I pray will help you:
- Have a good, specific reason for why you want to be organized. Perhaps you are tired of losing things; frustrated that you are always running late; tired of short changing your family by not being available to them in the way you want to be; missing assignments at school or work; or just plain tired of living in mess and clutter.
- Then, sit down and make a plan for one of your reasons. For example, if you keep losing your keys, think of a place where you will always place them. If you are always running late, force yourself to set your alarm earlier. Then force yourself to count back the hours from when you need to be somewhere to the time you have to leave and write that time down on a sticky note so you won’t forget. If you are tired of living in a messy house, plan the steps that can get you out of the clutter as finding a window of time in your week, getting your cleaning supplies out and force yourself to do it.
- Start with your weakest spot (it’s usually the one thing that is driving you crazy). For some people it’s keeping up with the mail and all the important papers coming into the home and not letting it culminate in large stacks. For others it’s the laundry; or clutter; or closets that are a mess. It may even be time – life is pulling you in so many directions that you don’t have time for the most important things in your life, which I hope are people.
- And start with just one thing: one stack; one drawer; one closet; one room. Once you start with one thing you will be motivated to continue.
And last, if you are too busy – taking on too many things – then you will have a real struggle with having an organized life. This is when you will need to go to God and ask Him what priorities you should have for your life. I believe that He doesn’t want us running around in the wrong directions feeling frustrated and out of control. He wants us to have peace and structure in our lives. Remember: there are so many good things we can do with our life, but God only wants you to do the best things. Rethink your priorities and drop the less important.
And remember that God wants to help you with every area of your life – even the disorganized ones! “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Lane P. Jordan
Author of: 12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman. Purchase your copy here: http://www.tinyurl.com/l06fskz
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