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Blog: The Nature of Being Organized
Spring Into Letting Go--Ten Tips That Will Bring A Smile

It's time! It's time to get motivated and take on the world of projects that have built up over the winter months. Can you feel yourself getting revved up? Jazzed? If you are gearing up my first words of advice are-- slow down! You want all this wonderful energy to last for the next few months. Jumping into organizing without pacing yourself is a surefire way to burnout and will leave you feeling guilty about all the projects that you weren't able to complete.
When you are facing chaos and disorder you don't want to approach it with a flurry of force and frenetic energy. Don't match the energy of the chaos! Chaos needs to be approached with a calm confidence and a sense of peacefulness. This approach will prevent burnout and discouragement, as well.
These are some tips that will prepare you mentally and emotionally and will have you starting and completing all of your projects in a very productive and manageable way:
  1. Get centered. Spend some time breathing and visualizing your project going smoothly and effortlessly.
  2. Set your intentions around how you want to be during the project. How will you picture yourself handling set backs, challenges and unexpected snags?
  3. Make a list of all projects to be accomplished and prioritize by order of importance or you can choose to start small and work up to the bigger projects. You know how you work best.
  4. Start where there is the least amount of overwhelm. Turn your back on the messes if possible and focus on one small area.
  5. Let go of things that have the least amount of emotional charge first. As items are eliminated and the chaos is reduced you'll see a shift in your energy and begin to feel more confident.
  6. Work at peak times.
  7. Time yourself. Don't work longer than two hours without a break.
  8. Get plenty of rest before the project.
  9. Get the best support possible. Support that is compassionate, that honors you and helps you through moments of indecision lovingly.
  10. Always check in, check in, check in with where you are mentally and spiritually and return to center as often as necessary.
The positive energy that we feel with the arrival of spring allows us to get so much accomplished. Entering into organizing projects with a clear mind, positive attitude and good support enhances the overall experience and sets the stage for the next project that we need to cross off the list!
Love To You,

posted on: 4/2/2009 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side

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by Paula on 4/9/2009 5:38:44 AM:

Hi Maggie - I loved this post. It is so apt for us, as we navigate our spring chores on the farm and chip away at the daunting task of cleaning up after last winter's ice storm. (I'm blogging about it in my 4/9/09 post on The Time Finder!) Thanks for sharing your great insights! Paula

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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.

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My Favorite Books

  • The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
  • It's Hard To Make A Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul
  • Organize With Confidence by Elizabeth Hagen
  • The Secret Of Letting Go by Guy Finley
  • Life Is Short--Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta La Roche
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin
  • Loving What Is by Byron Katie
  • Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber
  • "Happiness Now!" by Robert Holden, PhD.

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