What personal organization strategies could make my hectic life easier?

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Answered by: Stephen, An Expert in the Home Organization Category
Life in the 21st Century is more hectic than ever! "The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!" has never seemed more true. So, what's a person to do?

Give serious thought -- as if you haven't already -- to Personal Organization Strategies.

A life-changing series of steps to better knowing yourself, and the people and world around you.

First, sit down and take a long, deep breath. You are not alone in our mad, magical world. Take another breath and say these words aloud, "I am not alone."

Now, for as many minutes as you can manage, sit comfortably, but still. Breathe deeply, relax your muscles, feel your heartbeat, close your eyes.

Say to yourself, "It's the big picture that matters, not the small stuff." What the old-timers meant when advising, "Take the time to smell the roses."

Remember, you are not alone. Remember, people who make things look easy -- people with calm dispositions -- have often worked the hardest to get there. You will have to work hard, too. But the results will be well worth the effort you expend.

So....where to start, what to do, where to find answers?

Look no further than the nearest mirror, then tell the familiar face staring back to make a commitment to Personal Organization Strategies. Say, "My goal is a better understanding of myself, and of the people and world around me."

Strip away the clutter -- real and imagined -- and you'll be amazed at what you find.

Because it's clutter that physically weighs us down, cramps our minds and keeps our spirits suppressed.

It's clutter -- of all types -- that must be contained, controlled or cast out.

This is what I call Personal Organization. A task both straightforward and complex.

A series of steps involving planning and action. The goal being to make your living spaces less cluttered, your mind less congested, your time better managed, your worries better handled. The result? A healthier, happier, more productive you.

Living in the moment. Relishing yesterday like the finish of a fine wine. Anticipating the wonders and challenges of tomorrow with a rested body and eager spirit. Letting go of the physical, psychological and emotional burdens that have, at one time or another, blanketed each and every one of us in the angst of hopelessness and defeat.

Consider consulting a life coach or certified professional organizer to help you discover and define your own Personal Organization Strategies. Enlisting the help of a mentor experienced in these matters can quickly get the ball rolling. Tips -- and there are hundreds -- can only get you so far. You need to act!

I'll offer this advice: Believe that the Personal Organization Strategies you act upon will have only positive consequences. It's like counting "1,2,3" during the pain of an injection. Just that quickly, the pain is gone.

So, too, with tangible possessions, the first place to start. The most critical. And -- for many -- the toughest. Just remember: Dispossessing yourself of things you don't need, use or really want is key to your success. You'll be amazed at how freeing the act of letting go can be.

You are enlightened by the knowledge that organization is really just another term for simplicity.

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