Posted: 28 Jun 2013 04:00 AM PDT
By Leo Babauta
A trusted organization system that you actually use regularly can turn your day from one of chaos to one of focus, effectiveness and calm.
This is something I’ve learned through repeated failures, actually: when I become loose with my organized habits, my day becomes worse. It gets stressful and crazy, and I can’t focus on anything. Everything is on my head all the time, and I’m always worried that I’m missing something, that I should be doing something else.
But when I get my system down, and the habits are on track, things are smooth, I feel good about what I’m doing, and I’m much better able to let everything else go and focus on what’s in front of me, confident that everything else is in its place.
I’ll show you my system in a minute, but first let’s talk about what a good organizational system does and how it works.
Why Form the Habits of Organization
Several important reasons:
Building a Trusted System
So what does a trusted system look like? Honestly, there are a million tools and combinations of tools you might use, but there are a few things that are important in building a trusted system:
With that said, here’s my current system (it changes over time) … just note that you don’t need to use my system, and there are lots of great tools for each type of item:
That’s pretty much everything. What’s important is that everything has a place, and I know exactly where that place is.
Building the Organized Habits
Of course, it won’t be a trusted system unless you actually use it — there’s the rub. We often forget to use our system because we have old habits that don’t die easily.
Luckily, we can replace the old habits with better ones, with practice. It takes about a week of very conscious effort to do this, and after that it gets more and more automatic.
Here are the habits:
With these four habits, and a trusted system, you can now relax, and focus.
The Sea Change Get Organized Module
If you’d like help forming the habits of organization, in July we’ll be doing a new module in my Sea Change Program called Get Organized.
Sign up today to join us, and get a simple plan and some accountability.
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