Life is layered. The stability of those layers (your time, energy, and space) is dependent upon how organized you are. Some may feel that organization is confining, preventing any fun and spontaneity. The opposite is true. The more organized you are, the more liberated you are. You can open yourself to new opportunities because your personal priorities are in order. If you regularly find your layers out of balance, it’s time for a shift in your mindset. Allowing yourself to change when you need to is one of the greatest personal gifts you can bestow.
Marilyn Paul, author of It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys: The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized, suggests that there are four levels of Self. By acknowledging and embracing these levels, you can begin to create the change needed for organized living.
- The physical level—what you do day-to-day, the actions you take that produce the chaos
- The emotional level—your feelings about disorder, order, timeliness, and possessions
- The intellectual level—what you think, how you think, and what you believe
- The spiritual level—your deeper sense of meaning and purpose; your values and your sense of the sacred in time, space, and material things; your connectedness with your source of strength and courage
Think about each level and write down the challenges you have. Then, ask yourself what ways you can change to overcome every obstacle. Step outside of your norm and dare yourself to adopt an attitude of change. Switching yourself into “action mode” will empower you to meet and exceed those challenges, ushering you into becoming the balanced, organized person you want to be.
The idea of change is as simple as it is complex. While the thought of change is not lost on most, the actual process of doing it is. It can feel overwhelmingly difficult to change. Change messes with you. It defies you to be different; to rethink your thoughts. It takes you out of your comfort zone. It’s been said that “challenges don’t stop you; they propel you.” Welcome it. Embrace it. Live it. Your time is now.