Organizing isn’t just physical –“where should my stuff go?”
Organizing is really how we spend all of our resources – money, time and emotional energy. Are you looking for more space and more time in 2020? Time is a non-renewable resource. How we spend our time reflects what we value in life. Do you spend a lot of time in passive activities like social media scrolling and watching tv? How much time do you “lose” each day looking for something you cannot find? Are you your most productive during the day or are there blocks or chunks of time that you can reconfigure to be more effective? The first step in maximizing your time is to map it out. When I really know how much time I’m spending on daily and weekly tasks and activities, I can plan better.
Where am I wasting my time?
Most people think that commuting time is their biggest block of wasted time. But I can use that time much more productively by listening to podcasts or audiobooks in my car. Do you take public transportation to work? Reading or listening to books is a much better use of my time than scrolling through social media (while an occasional nap is a wonderful use of that time as well!) Why not learn something new or exciting during that time vs. envying someone else’s seemingly marvelous life? Is the couch and Netflix your daily end of day habit? Relaxing and rejuvenating has its place for sure, but taking part in an activity has just as powerful an effect. What’s a skill or hobby you’ve always wanted to try but always said you didn’t have the time for? Photography? Line dancing? Yoga? Rock climbing? What if you spent less time on the couch and more time engaging in a new activity? Spend some valuable time creating organizing systems for your home and work so you don’t waste so much time sorting through your clutter to find what you really need.
If you want something different, you have to do something different. Use your time wisely.