As a teenager, I was not an organized person. My room was a mess, my closet was always overflowing with clothes and makeup would somehow end up on the floor. My homework papers, textbooks and binders were in every corner of the room. It wasn’t pretty. I remember my dad took a picture of my bedroom one day and showed it to me. At first, I didn’t know what I was looking at, it was so strange looking. “What is this?” I asked. My dad broke out in laughter. I was shocked, it was as though I was seeing my room for the first time. I started cleaning it that very moment, however a month later it was back to the same position – unorganized.
It wasn’t until my first child was diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) at the age of 5 that I started taking organization skills seriously. While training him to be an organized individual, I started becoming one myself. As he was learning, so was I. I needed to spend less time worrying about where something had been misplaced and spend more time enjoying his creative side. I needed to be a good role model and I needed to be effective in my day-to-day tasks.
As most mothers do, I was constantly making decisions, regulating the kid’s behaviors and managing emotions. Self pity and making excuses had become second nature. Once I started taking responsibility for my actions, I started believing that my life was my own and decided to make the best use of the resources available to me. I now test every strategy, ignore advice that does not work for me and celebrate and share the ones that do.
If you want to break away from being reactive and become proactive, then I suggest...
5 Steps to organize your life:
First record everything that has your attention (List of chores, calls to make, errands to run, emails to send, projects to complete).
Categorize and Prioritize tasks and chores.
Keep track of upcoming events in a calendar.
Review the list often: Do easy tasks first and break down complicated projects.
Take appropriate actions with confidence and delegate where needed.