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Just Do Itů Finding The Motivation by Nancy McGarity

Sometimes being unorganized is not a matter of not knowing what to do. Sometimes it's simply a matter of being motivated to actually do what we know we need to do! If you're lacking in the motivation department, then this blog is for you. So come join me as we seek out unique, practical, and creative ways to get ourselves moving toward our organizing goals. Remember, you are not alone -- even I get stuck once in awhile! So let's get organizing!

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If At First You Don't Succeed...

Ever feel like you take one step forward and then two steps back? That can often happen when we're trying to get organized.

As with anything worthwhile doing in life, you gotta persevere.

My favorite saying is "success consists of getting up one more time than you fall". Whenever you feel like you have fallen into your old ways, stop right there and consider a few things...

Have you made any positive difference in your organizing situation so far? Any at all? In spite of your occassional lapses?

Have you made any progress - regardless how small or insignificant they may seem?

Are you further...


posted on: 5/19/2008 12:00:00 PM  by Nancy McGarity
category: The Mental Side

Let the Freshness of Spring Refresh You

Fresh cool breezes, birds a chirpin', colorful blooms opening here and there...ahh, glorious Spring!

Try this motivation tip this week: Go out and enjoy the outdoors!

I know, this sounds like it has nothing to do with getting organized, but it actually has everything to do with being in the right frame of mind to tackle the job with clarity and perspective.

Going through the sorting process requires a great deal of decision making. It also taxes your emotions, as you come across various items that evoke memories of all kinds. We sometimes procrastinate and dread approaching our organizing projects for these...


posted on: 5/12/2008 12:00:00 PM  by Nancy McGarity
category: The Mental Side

Who's Got the Power? You or Your Stuff?

Are you among those who get a lump in their throat and feel queasy at the thought of sorting and organizing? Do you dread having to deal with the pressure to get rid of things? Are you at war with yourself when it comes to letting go?

You're not alone.

All too often we give our belongings too much power. We allow our possessions to hold us hostage, keeping us frozen in a state of indecision. Even when faced with the need for downsizing, the nagging of family members, or a desire for more space, we can't bring ourselves to part with items we know we no longer need, use, or sometimes even like.

What's going on? It could be that we've allowed these items too much...


posted on: 5/5/2008 12:00:00 PM  by Nancy McGarity
category: The Mental Side

Stuck in a Rut?

Do you often find yourself spinning your wheels? Feel like you're not making any progress? Not sure where you left off when you return to your "organizing in progress" spot?

There's a funny email that you may have received at some point. Although this is altered somewhat, I think you'll get the gist...

It's about this poor gal who starts her day wanting a cup of coffee. On her way to fill the coffee pot, she notices the plant on her window sill needs watering. So she sets her coffee preparations aside and gets ready to water the plant when she spots the newspaper boy going by. She turns the water off and runs out to get the paper.

Just as she reaches the door, she remembers that today is her neighbor's birthday so she goes upstairs to hunt for a card. When she reaches the top of the stairs the telephone rings so she runs to answer it...

At the end of her day she's tired and worn out, feeling like she was busy all day but looks around and can't think of anything that got done. This leaves her exhausted and discouraged.



posted on: 4/28/2008 12:00:00 PM  by Nancy McGarity
category: The Mental Side

Schedule a Motivation Check-Up

Okay, you've got to be thinking, what on earth is a "motivation check-up". Something I've made up, actually, mostly because I didn't know what else to call it. Nevertheless, see if you can give this tip a try...

Oftentimes we mean well and we have good intentions yet the follow through is lacking. Why else would we need to discuss the need for motivation?

If you're like most of us, you are probably working on your clutter on your own. That is part of your problem. When we are isolated while involved in a project that can be as stressful as organizing can be, it's common to procrastinate and tell ourselves we'll get to it...


posted on: 4/14/2008 12:00:00 PM  by Nancy McGarity
category: The Mental Side

What's Your Motivation Carrot?

Sometimes we have to literally dangle a carrot right in front of our own noses to get ourselves moving towards a goal -- something tempting, tantalizing, exciting, fun, and well worth the effort.

When I have a dreaded task, such as sorting through the piles that have gathered on the floor by my desk (gasp! piles??! an organizer with piles on the floor?! yep! you heard right - I'm a "piler"), I put a very tasty carrot out in front. A "size large, coconut/banana/pecan/vanilla flavored" carrot.

I tell myself that I get to have a "Tropical" Dairy Queen Blizzard once...


posted on: 4/7/2008 12:00:00 PM  by Nancy McGarity
category: The Mental Side

A Walk on the Beach

What inspires you? What catches your eye, soothes your soul, feeds your spirit, and takes your breath away?

I love the beach! I love everything about the beach: the sand, the waves, the breeze, the salty air, the sun...everything! For me, there's no substitute for what the beach does for me.

When I have the good fortune to spend time by the ocean, I find that I am more relaxed than anywhere else. When I look out over the water, nothing else exists. The entire experience of spending time in the waves, walking the beach, and soaking up the rays refreshes every part of me. Absolutely nothing compares to how much the beach inspires me.

So what's so motivating about...


posted on: 3/24/2008 12:00:00 PM  by Nancy McGarity
category: The Mental Side

Depends on Your Answer