Overcoming Roadblocks to Organization
Failing to plan is planning to fail. If you don't plan for success based on your own personality and way of doing things, you will continue to be frustrated and disorganized.
Sometimes disorganization or procrastination is the result of your circumstances (lack of time, lack of money, etc.) Sometimes it's simply your personality. Either way, you must determine what your personal roadblocks are and make a plan to overcome them.
The best way to fix a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit.
Your task for today is to do the following:
Take out a sheet of paper and divide it into two columns. On one side make a list of the bad habits you need to change. On the other side write down the good habit with which you should be replacing each bad habit. However, make sure the good habits are still in keeping with your own personality. Don't try to make someone else's organizational methods work for you.
For instance, if you are a “Piles Polly”, always piling things around the house so you won't forget to deal with them, make a designated place to pile those things. Use a basket or inbox to hold bills that need to be paid or other mail that needs to be sent. Instead of piling things on the counter or coffee table that need to be put away in another room, use a large basket to hold those items and carry it with you when you leave the room.
The “Basket Betty” can continue to use her basket methods with just a couple minor tweaks. Instead of just keeping things in baskets to keep them out of sight, label each basket to hold one category (bills to be paid, items to be put away in another room, items to be donated, etc.) Then you won't have to rummage through several baskets to find what you need.
“Neat Nelly”, who keeps everything hidden out of sight in closets, can continue to do so as well. However, she should do a thorough de-cluttering, keeping only a few items. To keep things neat and organized, you should keep much less in a space than what actually fits in there. When you stack things one on top of another or have to reach behind things to get to something else, you end up toppling things over and creating a disorganized mess. Once you've determined how much can fit into your closets or cupboards without stacking or layering items, do not allow yourself to add anything else to your collection unless you get rid of something else.
Once you've made your list, choose one (just one!) habit that you're going to implement this week. Don't try to change everything all at once or you will get overwhelmed and give up!