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My #5 Organizing Tip - Focus More on Why than on How

For the past few months, I’ve shared with you some of my favorite organizing tips, with ideas on putting each one into action. This week, I’ll finish off the series with one final gem.

Focus more on the why of organizing than the how
Often when I meet with a client for an assessment, one of the first things she’ll ask is what needs to be done to get the organizing process underway. It’s an understandable question: because we’re working to create order and calm, it makes sense that the client wants a logical sequence of events to get from Point A—disorganization—to Point B. Ultimately, I create an organizing project plan for each client, but before I do, I ask her to take the time to explain why she wants to get organized in the first place. I find (and clients often do, too) that this information is crucial to creating systems and habits that will stick over the long term, rather than coming up with quick fixes.

Though it’s important to have a plan before you start the organizing process, it’s equally important to focus on why you want to get organized. Once you’re clear on that, the steps that follow will be easier, more meaningful, and more effective.

Putting this tip into action
This week, spend some time thinking about how disorganization is impacting your life and why getting organized is important to you.

How you go about getting (and staying) organized is important, but even more key is why you want to get organized in the first place. Create organizing goals that are meaningful and inspirational and you’ll be far more likely to stick with the organizing process long-term.

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