“Organize your mind, it’s easy!”. I’ll admit it, I clicked on the article because I’m always open to new ideas. While people may not realize it, professional organizers’ scope does go beyond just your pantry or closet. I love focusing on the whole client’s life, which includes their brain!
About one paragraph into the article, my eyebrows started to raise. Two paragraphs in I started rubbing my forehead (always a sign I’m getting concerned). At the start of the third paragraph, I gave up. The method described was so complicated and taxing that I have no idea how someone who already has unorganized thoughts would somehow be moved to change their ways.
I understand the need to organize your thoughts. We’ve all laid awake at 2 in the morning with our thoughts screaming at us in our heads. There has to be a way to be able to control that (or at least reduce them!) It just doesn’t have to be that convoluted.
Here are some TRULY simple ways to organize that mind of yours:
WRITE IT DOWN. Something pop into your head? Write it down. Does it seem silly but continue to bother you? Write it down. Carry a notebook around with you. Use your phone. Keep a word document open on your computer. Whatever your method, move it from your head.
LEARN TO FILTER. We all struggle with being weighed down by negative thoughts that simply don’t matter. If you have one cross your mind, take a second to think on it. Can you change it? Is it going to have any sort impact? And most importantly: does it REALLY matter? As you continue along this process weeding out those non-essential thoughts will become easier.
TAKE ACTION. Those thoughts you wrote down need to be dealt with. Pick a time of day that works best for you and your schedule. I prefer to do it in the morning, when I first sit down to work. Some people are better off right before bed and others while they sip their afternoon coffee. Find what works best for you. Tackle each thought by categorizing it (work, home, errands, future, etc.) and then think through a solution for each one. Some may be simple: “go to store after work to get those vitamins” while others might be more complicated: “Should we hire another person? Hiring another person will actually increase our ability to serve customers, which will mean we can do a higher amount of sales. Write a job description, picture the ideal candidate and call recruiter tomorrow”.