Originally Posted by christinekane
This is my first time writing in on this forum. I'm clueless about all these icons. So here goes...
impaul, I'm a performer and songwriter... and how you describe yourself makes me smile because before I started getting serious about my art as a business, I used to be a complete mess, but I "always knew where everything was!"
But then I hired someone to work for me in my office, and that person didn't always know where everything was! (and i was on tour all the time, so she couldn't ask me!) Anyway, I highly HIGHLY recommend Julie Morgenstern's book "Organizing from the Inside Out." It's great for beginners, and minds like yours. (You're probably a Myers-Briggs "P." me too!) And I have to say... "order" has become one of my biggest values. Order and beauty! Another thing about it is that once I started to make space, I started to value space and actually be able hear myself think.. .then I started saying "no" more often which cleared out chunks of time, which helped me maintain order... and on and on.
Just some thoughts. I hope this post works. I'll be so very proud of myself if it does... Christine
Thanks, I'll go and pickup that book tonight. I have been thinking about my beliefs in terms of being organized and I think it's time to make some changes.
For example, I did make my bed quickly this morning and it felt really good. It didn't take 15mins like I thought it would, it only took like 45seconds. I also put some laundry away that was in a basket in the hallway and then took that basket and put a few items of dirty laundry and put them in that. That felt really good too. So I think there's something to this.
I was watchign Oprah one day and she said something along the lines of her home being an extention of herself. Meaning, she keeps her home very tidy and clean and organized because that is who she is inside as a person. I thought that was cool, but my ego countered with the thought that she probably has a maid or something that does all the cleaning for her.
I think it is time for me to purge my beliefs around organization onto paper to see which ones serve me and which ones don't. I'm probably holding onto some stubborn beliefs rooted in feeling of rebellion from my teenage years or something.
It's so funny how synchronicity works. Right after I wrote the message above yesterday argueing against being organized, I wanted to go jump on the treadmill so I grabbed my iPod and I was going to plug in my Nike sensor but it disappeared on me from my desk. I thought I put it in a certain spot but it wasn't there so I spent 15mins looking for it under all the crap on my desk and I finally found it. So right there was an example for me where disorganization is hurting me. THEN I went on the treadmill and turned on the TV and on the tube they were showing a series about people who are disorganized and messy and I saw this woman who lives with her son and their house is disgusting! It was like the messiest thing I've ever seen. Crap everywhere!
They introduced the woman and she wasn't a very pretty sight either. She wasn't very healthy looking, she was overweight, and did NOT look happy with her life. Her son was pretty messy looking as well. Wrinkled shirt, unshaven, etc. They asked her when this mess began and she told them it started after her husband left her and she said she basically just gave up and stopped cleaning. The only spot left in the house was this little tiny spot by the computer where she sits all day and hangs out online. She even had a DEAD MOUSE in her kitchen utensil drawer! Disgusting! They found like 5 different types of infectious bacteria around the house, one totally deadly for people with diabetes (which she had).
Man, it was a Charles Dicken's story showing me what my house is going to look like 20 years from now if I don't make organization/cleanliness a priority.
You know what I love most about my life? The ability to realize that I am NOT my beliefs, so I can change things rather quickly. It's cool being unattached to things like beliefs.