Better catch your step because we’re falling forward fast, whether we like it or not. We’ve had to say goodbye to summer already as this year has flown by so fast! Seriously, I saw Christmas decorations at the local super center just the other day, how is that even possible!?!?!?
The hustle and bustle has definitely hit our household as well! My girls jut made it through Senior Pictures, Homecoming and ACT testing, and I have started traveling monthly for continued yoga education. To keep the wheel running smoothly takes a little bit of teamwork and a lot of disciplined planning on each of our parts.
As an Organizing Professional I have learned that planning can in itself, be a very scary word for many people. The word planning triggers fear and can make people feel overwhelmed before even getting started. If this is the case for you, then throw “planning” out the window and start “brainstorming” instead. Changing the language can change mental attitude and make all the difference in the world!
What does that mean? To simplify, part of the job of an Organizer is to take large, overwhelming projects and break them down into smaller, more manageable tasks that people can accomplish. Planning can sometimes act as a trigger word, causing overload and shut down, so your goal can be getting your thoughts down onto paper or onto a voice recorder or whatever system works best for you, which will allow you to begin to prioritize all of the pieces of the puzzle so that each category can come together, forming your master plans. This can range from grocery lists to upcoming appointments, from Holiday shopping to home improvement and organizing projects. You could use one notebook to empty all of the agenda items and thoughts you have, and watch them begin to assume priority, with the most important items getting a #1 and least urgent #4. Next, section the notebook off with sticky notes and create categories to keep track of all of the items in your life that require some planning. Take this idea one step further by color coding the sections of your notebook to make finding your categories more efficient for visual thinkers.
In our home, brainstorms include next month’s wisdom tooth extraction surgery, holiday shopping, and plans for the new year! And again, with two teenagers I am looking forward to not only budgeting time and energy, but also financially budgeting for Spring Break trips, Prom and then Graduation! All of these things will be here before we know it and I want to be as prepared as possible!
So, wherever you are in your process of falling forward, try to capture your thoughts. Clear out that metal space so your brainstorm can begin to take shape, like a map of what lies ahead for your time, energy and money. Once your ideas begin to take shape in your notebook or on your spreadsheet or in your voice recorded folder, you will have more mental space to be mindful of your time and to listen to what your body needs so that you can best care for yourself and in turn, those you love most.
Replace old, ineffective habits with positive new routines. Break large overwhelming obstacles into smaller more manageable tasks. Reward yourself for accomplishments, large and small. Rely on a support system for things you get stuck on. Beleve in the process and in yourself. Dare to be great.