Focus On What You Want Most

Lately, I’ve been focusing on what I want most.  It seems a little selfish at first blush, but it’s not.  This thought method helps align my focus with my values and makes me realize when I have a decision to make – I can think about what I want or what I want most.  I can’t always have both options, so I have to make decisions based on what is most important to me. It’s added incredible clarity and made me step out of my comfort zone even more.

I encourage you to stop and think about what you want most and let that guide you as you move forward.  Here is the organized strategy that has worked for me:

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The Power of Being New

I’ve been in a few situations lately where I’m the new person and I’m not sure what to do.  I’ve seen others avoid these situations because it’s often uncomfortable to be unsure of the next steps. I used to think that I was the same way, but I’ve realized that I do know what to do and I’m comfortable getting what I need – so if I’m new or I’m the expert, I’m making the best of the situation.

Even if you’re new, you can be more organized in managing this situation.  I encourage you to consider these strategies that have worked for me:

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How to make progress when you have zero time

I’ve been waking up at 4am regularly again.  This means that I don’t have enough time during the day and my mind wakes me up thinking of everything I need to get done. Our schedule is too packed, I’m too busy and I’ve noticed things are starting to pile up because I don’t have time to make the progress that I normally do.  I’m too busy, have zero time and it’s stressing me out.

I bet you’ve felt like this too – your schedule is full, your place is a mess and your stress level is rising.  I encourage you to take time to make necessary adjustments to continue making progress, even if you have zero time.  If you do this now, you’ll have a better chance of improving your schedule, your stress level and your sanity.

Remove things from your life.

When you look at your schedule, what do you see? I’ve got a packed work schedule and a packed free-time schedule. And it isn’t working for me.  I don’t have time to think if I’m running from one meeting to the next. It made me realize that I needed to start removing some things from my schedule, from my thoughts and from my life.  After taking a long look at what I’ve been doing, I started to make changes.  I’ve removed important, valuable things from my schedule.  Some of them weren’t easy to remove.  All of them were necessary to remove.  I could tell it made a difference as my stress level decreased with each removal.

I encourage you to look at your schedule right now.  How can you get others to help you? What can you remove? What adjustments can you make? The more you choose to focus on the most important things, the more you’ll start to realize how your schedule shouldn’t be filled up with the other things.

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#OrganizeYourLife How to get started

This month I’m focusing on how to #OrganizeYourLife and I’m sharing my best strategies to get started or get back on track.  Don’t let this monthly goal seem too big – work through my strategies and it will seem very reasonable to accomplish your goal.

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Realize the value of your well-being.  Do you see something every day that bothers you? It’s not worth keeping it in your life.  Even if it cost money, even if someone special gave it to you, even if you’ve had it forever – cut the ties and get this monstrosity away from you. Free yourself from the frustration of something that isn’t working.  You can donate it, trash it or give it to someone else.  If you’re trying to organize your life – you need to really think about everything in your life.  This gives you a starting place for making your plan.

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Do One Thing: Easy Organized Home

This month I’m challenging you to do one thing every day. It doesn’t seem like much if you look at it on a daily basis, but a continued focus on doing one thing will lead to amazing results.

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Stock spaces correctly. And correctly has a few different key meanings: Keep items where you use them most and store similar items together.  We have our cleaning supplies in the room where we use them. I keep my umbrella, boots and coats in our home entrance. Wherever we use the item becomes where its new home is.  These sometimes change based on our family needs – and that’s ok – your active storage zones should be flexible.

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Fix Your Email For Good

Opened my email and found 8,000 messages recently. Turns out, there was a systems error and all of our online forms auto populated and then came directly to my work email. Realized I was going to have to clean out my email immediately.  Your email can be more organized, it just takes a little time and these simple strategies:

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Delete what you don’t need. With this issue, and with everyday emails, the first thing I do is skim through everything and delete what I don’t need.

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Always have a work in progress? Great!

I’m pretty sure that many people assume my family lives in a beautiful, sparkling organization metropolis of squeaky clean glory, amazingly organized everything and never a mess to be found! Far from it (well, except the amazing organization). We always have a work in progress and a home that shows our progress. Sometimes our projects last for days, weeks and even months.

Just like Active Storage adjusts based your needs, your Work in Progress keeps your home actively organized–from the beginning stage to the very end. It takes work to get organized and the middle can be a bit messy, but that’s what it takes to be organized, sometimes you have a little bit of mess. It’s all part of the process.

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Help yourself remember.

I probably make 100 trips up and down the stairs daily. And with each trip, I’m able to put a few things away because I stack them at the top or bottom of the stairs. With these out-of-place items just staring at me, I always remember to grab a few with each trip. It’s easy to take a few items with you to put away as you head to your destination, try to incorporate this as you travel around your house.

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Realize the realistic amount of time a project will take.

This is the most often cleaned room in our house, the kids toy room. When it’s been used to the max, the room can take hours to put back together. We break it down into smaller pieces because I don’t always have large blocks of time to organize, but I do have 15 minutes. I’ll spend this time with the kids picking up a specific number of toys. We usually do three rounds of pick up times with the kids in our 15-minute cleaning block. Big brother gets 10-15 toy pick up tasks and counts the toys aloud as he picks them up (Remember Bonus Minutes? Yes, I reinforcing counting while we’re cleaning–Win. Win. Win.) and little brother picks up 3-5 toys at a time. These small tasks and times make the project much more manageable.

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