I’ve always considered myself as an organized person, but I must admit that sometimes I get overwhelmed and lose control of my time and organization. In those times of overwhelm, I need to get a grip!Very recently, I found myself in this space of needing to regain control of my time and organization. I realized that nearly every time I got to this place I experienced the same symptoms in my thoughts and behaviors. I feel:
- Overwhelmed and find it difficult to concentrate.
- Unorganized and cannot find key files, papers, or other information.
- Paralyzed by uncertainty and just where to begin.
- Forgetful and miss deadlines or appointments.
Unable to plan due to many, many dark clouds hanging over my head, these are telling signs that I need to get a grip on my organization. When I recognize these symptoms, I do the following simple steps to re-gain control over my life (especially as part of my New Year’s Resolution!):
- Write everything down that is in my head and hanging out in those dark clouds. When I do this, I create white space literally and figuratively.
- Determine and/or revamp my file system to capture notes, to-do action items, projects, and other information.
- Create a plan with timelines and stick to it.
- Celebrate the mini-successes!
The simple steps outlined above give me structure, which in turn gives me freedom! When I am free of clutter and dark clouds, I am able to concentrate, create, and plan. On Thursday, I will share with you my most recent file system, my Freedom Filing System.With love and no overwhelm,Maria