Definition of Organization: I define being organized as being able to find what you need, when you need it. Notice, there is nothing said about baskets or organizing bins! Being organized is about function. Organization effects how you live in your home, how productive you are at work and well you manage your time. It effects your quality of life, but nowhere does it say it has to be perfect.
Trying to live up to perfection is going to be a trap for you. It will hold you back from success. Especially if organization does not come easy to you in the first place, like so many of my ADHD clients, this is a constant battle.
So instead of striving for perfection, strive for getting organized enough....
- Practice new tools and organizing techniques- Try something new and give yourself some time to see if it works. Sometimes we give up too soon. Sometimes being late because you lost your keys only one day a week is better than being late everyday. If a strategy does not work, then don't be afraid to try a new one.
- Stay positive - If today didn't work out so well, don't worry, you always have tomorrow!
- Make organizing easy - Organize the way you think. It doesn't have to make sense to anyone else but you. Don't make your systems too complicated otherwise you won't use them. Follow your natural habits. If you pile, pile your papers, just do it in a way that you know what's in the pile. Prioritize them and make it work for you.
- Set up reminders - This is very important to the ADD'ers, place notes to remind you what you need to do, set alarms on your phone, do what you need to do to follow through.
Getting organized is a process.
By getting organized enough, you have decreased your stress and anxiety and increased your control of your space and time!
Until Next Time...