For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned. ~ Benjamin FranklinWhen you're better organized and your environment is uncluttered, your mind can relax and focus. You're more efficient and productive. And it's easier to be spontaneous when you can find your car keys and have a handle on your schedule! What if you knew you could get organized... and stay organized? Would you be willing to invest some time now so that you could have more time everyday to spend on the activities and people that matter to you?
There’s been a lot of research done on the science behind happiness. According to Ayla Lewis of http://www.HappyBrainScience.com, as it turns out, our brains are not as hard wired as we may think. We tend to think of our personalities as being fairly “set” however science has proven we can take specific actions to change how we think and feel.
So how does this relate to organizing?
If you’ve locked yourself into a mindset that you can’t be organized, that you’re a “messy person,” or that you’re just not good at it – that doesn’t have to be your story! We tend to cast ourselves into a role that is static but brain science shows change is possible.
Here’s 5 ways you can proactively change your approach to getting organized:
Research shows that you can make more progress if you involve positive people in your life. This could be a professional organizer or just a supportive friend.
Perspective has tremendous power. It is as important as the actions you take. A shift in perspective will empower you to get and stay organized.
Searching out and focusing on the positive in a situation primes our brains to look for more positives. Let’s say you just pulled a pair of worn out shoes from your closet to throw away or donate. That’s a positive step toward decluttering! Yay! Celebrate that and see that as a step in the right direction.
As Amy Cuddy, Harvard researcher has suggested, standing with your hands on your hips like Wonder Woman for two minutes can change your psychology. Putting on a smiley face helps…even if you don’t mean it. Research shows that the physical act of turning the corners of your mouth up actually makes you feel happier.
Work toward making progress on any given goal as opposed to measuring success by the endpoint. Happiness research has shown that this provides more satisfaction than actually achieving the goal. Spending 5 minutes on decluttering is more doable, and happiness-inducing, than setting aside an entire weekend to get organized.
People feel empowered, lighter, less burdened … and they get happier when they get de-cluttered. Isn’t it worth a try?