"There are 2 types of people in this world: Those who produce results, and those who have reasons." Author Unknown
When I first read that quote, my first reaction was:
Of course, then I went into denial, and gave myself all of the "reasons" this doesn't apply to me. Then I remembered what I used to tell my sons when they were young. "A "reason" is a fancy word for an excuse." Ouch again. It still comes back to stare at me... right in my face.
Am I making excuses?
Are you making excuses?
Why is your organizing not done? What is your "reason?" Is it really a reason? Or is it an excuse?
Why do you say you want to be organized, yet you dedicate NO time to it? Or, you make false starts and stops? Or you tell yourself you are overwhelmed, when the truth (in our heart-of-hearts) is that we really just don't want to do it. We REALLY don't want to do it! We'd rather do ANYTHING ELSE in the world than tackle that pile, or move those clothes off of the sofa!
I understand. I've been there.
Here's what I've learned. Once I developed my "organizing muscles," it no longer hurt to go through piles and make decisions. Of course, I didn't enjoy doing it, but it was no longer painful. But, the only way to develop those muscles is to exercise them.
Then as I continued, exercising my organizing muscles, I discovered it had an element of fun to it. Sometimes I'd even find myself humming along as I folded clothes or shredded papers. It wasn't fun, but it had that small element.
Did organizing ever become actual fun for me? No. But it is fun to be able to invite company over, or be able to open the door when the UPS guy knocks. It is fun for my sons to be able to bring their friends home. And it is fun to be able to go into my file cabinet and find something I need.
Maybe we should look at what we want (an organized life), and not focus on what we don't want (to do the organizing). It's not easy or fun today, but it's not impossible. Hold onto the fact that others have done it... and get strength from their struggle.
Give your organizing 15 minutes. And do the same tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow.
You know I'm in your corner!
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