The Organizing Habit

You’ve seen the photos in magazines and online. Oh, you think, how would you love to have that space, that closet, that kitchen, that master bedroom. You can’t have it all, but you can have something like it, I always say. If you dream of that spacious, clean, fresh environment, then there is no reason why you can’t get some part of that action.

Just ask the right questions.

What do you want?

How bad do you want it?

What would you do to get it?

Fake it til you make it. Live in your space as if.

As if you were house sitting.

As if you were selling.

As if you were temporarily there.

This helps you learn what’s really important in your life. Try not to purge to the point of guilt, because that would be more detrimental than productive, no?

There’s a show on TV called Consumed, in which the participants get most of their stuff removed and have to go through a month without it, then decide what to do with the heaps of it in a huge storage unit. But for you? Try a few boxes. Label them, and then-

This could be worth renting a storage space. It could save you in the long run, because consider that this is the price to pay now for saving later in shopping binges and the collecting of items like you’re accustomed to.

Oh the 1st world problems we have!

Fake it til you make it for 30 days.

After 30 days revisit your ‘stuff’ that you’ve stashed. You may be interested to see how you can continue to live without it. You’ve created a habit.

It takes about 30 days to make something a habit.

Set your intention to take your new action each day for the next 30 days. Put up reminders around your home.

Stephen Covey’s book, ‘The 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE’, teaches habits of personal change.

Habit 1 Be Proactive

Habit 2 Begin with the end in mind

Habit 3 Put first things first

Habit 4 Think Win/Win

Habit 5 Seek first to Understand, then to be Understood

Habit 6 Synergize

Habit 7 Sharpen the Saw

 Choose just one new habit to install at a time.

It’s a challenge to focus on more than one. In fact trying to make a whole lot of changes at once is a great way to sabotage yourself. One a month means a whole lot of change by the end of the year.

What if you had only 2 hours a day to be productive? What would you choose to do? When you book the appointment…2 hours a day, you will use it productively.

Tell others about the actions you intend to take – the more people you tell, the more committed you’ll be and the more you’ll be accountable.