A few months back I came across an article written by Sarah Stebbins for “O” magazine, called “The 10 Habits of Highly Organized People.” Now, I’m not normally an “O” magazine reader, but my mom is and she’ll mention articles of interest to me every so often. As a matter of fact, I’m astonished she didn’t tell me about this one! LOL
At any rate, the article is pretty short and simple, which I happen to like, but makes total sense. It’s relatable and easy to follow. So many times when you read something about the habits of successful people, they seem so….unobtainable. These don’t. There are ten (10) insightful habits in all, but I’m only going to share a few of them with you. The rest you can check out for yourself.
- Make peace with imperfection – I know this is a hard one, but I promise you, you’ll get the hang of it. As long as you put forth your best effort, that’s good enough! Striving to be perfect is exhausting and boring! Besides, a little imperfection never hurt anyone, right?
- Schedule regular decluttering sessions – Why wait for a build-up? Do you like feeling overwhelmed with stacks of paper everywhere? Try scheduling 10-15 minutes of your time, say at the end of your day, going through your office, sorting through your mail or finally going through that pile of magazines on the floor that seems to continue to grow. Even the littlest of things that you can put away in their rightful place will help you feel more at ease.
- Separate emotions from possessions – Ever heard of the term ‘pack rat’? Most of us know of someone or is that certain someone who can’t seem to get rid of anything because it reminds us of something or someone else. Sentimentality has always been my weakness, however, I have learned over the years, that most of the material items I was holding on to were just that…material. My memories won’t fade if I let go of that old sweatshirt from my father nor will my feelings for my husband fade away if I get rid of the dried up flowers from our anniversary. There are memories attached to these things, yes, but honestly, I don’t need them and they are just taking up space. So, I let them go.
- Never label anything “miscellaneous” – This one rocked my world! Who doesn’t have a file somewhere labeled miscellaneous? Do you know what all is in that file? I sure didn’t. But, the habit makes sense. If you go through this folder, you’ll find either things you don’t need or things that should be filed elsewhere. The article suggests making specific groups and then sorting your files that way.
I don’t know about you, but these habits are extremely easy to understand and follow. I love personal growth articles that only take a few minutes to read and motivate me for personal change. I am looking forward to re-reading this article again and putting those thoughts out into the universe.