Getting Organized Will Follow
How to Create a Happier Home, Family and Life
by Sue McMillin
I have been in the business of assisting corporations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, hospitals, manufacturing, small businesses, individuals, and churches to become better organized since 1982, and I have seen everything.
There was the government agent in Washington, D.C., who had two drawers of napkins and the corporate manager in Virginia who had 11 glue sticks. Then there was the pastor in Maryland who had a pile of paper on his desk that was four feet tall. The only way he could work at his desk was to stand up. Finally, there was the brilliant, beautiful congressional worker who had 75 bras and 119 eyeliners. We have too much stuff, and it’s blocking out light and air.
As I have traveled across this beautiful country and worked with every conceivable kind of person, I have noticed a pattern, a consistent paradigm, or way of thinking, that permeates the minds and hearts of many of the clients mentioned above.
One of the reasons my clients struggle with disorganization is because of the way they think. True, sometimes they struggle because of their lack of training, or they just don’t take the time to organize. Mostly, though, it is how they think that gets them into trouble. When I directly affect their thinking and train them in the art of organizing, they stay organized. Therefore, the following maxim is true:
When you think properly about getting organized, you will become organized. The only prerequisite to getting organized is the willingness to change. Once you are willing to change, the training, the motivation, and the time to do it will flow your way.
It’s our thinking that needs to change, not just our training or our schedule or our children or our habits or our spouses or whatever excuse we have for why we are not organized. When we eliminate old, outdated ways of thinking and change our paradigms (perspectives) about getting organized, we will be well on the road to a new way of looking at ourselves; we will begin the process of organizing, and we will stay organized.