By Jennifer Snyder
If you were to Stop and think about your daily life, would you say that you are deliberate in your actions? Notice, I did not say Intentions, actions are our focus for right this minute. Right this minute, I am being deliberate about writing this little bit of wisdom while my husband thinks I should come look at the dinner he is cooking. You might call it prioritizing but I am deliberately ignoring him to write. Now, on with the show…
I have a busy life and if I don't pay attention to what I am doing, I will live my entire personal life on auto-pilot. Sound familiar? I will get in the car and end up going to HEB instead of Target or end up driving home when I was trying to go someplace else. When this happens, I am not being deliberate in my life. I can also come home and work on my computer for hours until I look up and see that it is 11:00 and no one in my house has had showers or dinner. I recently got so lost in my life that I (the Professional Organizer) threw away 4 prescriptions that had just been filled. This was my wake-up call!
Throughout this painful and terribly inconvenient learning process, I realize that so many of my clients end up with messes and clutter through lack of being deliberate in what they do with their things – and their time. I encourage you to make one small change and be deliberate about it. If your one small change is shredding the junk mail as it arrives, then do it – every day! If your one small change is to put your shoes in the closet or make your bed each day, then do it – every day!
They say it takes 21 days to make a habit but I prefer 90 just to make sure it sticks and sticks well! Have you ever tried to drink more water (if you say no, you are lying!) and it worked for a few weeks or a month and then you back to sodas? I am the same way and have to be deliberate about drinking water before something with some flavor.
This is something we all struggle with but a 90-day change challenge is what we need, along with a buddy to hold us accountable. Having said that, I am implementing a Clutter Buddy Program, which is a virtual Clutter Buddy or email pal that can work together to support and encourage one another. If you are interested in the Clutter Buddy program, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with Clutter Buddy in the Subject line.
Have a Neat day!
Jennifer Snyder, CPO
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