We’ve all heard the expression ‘Baby Steps’. And that is usually the answer when we need to do something in our lives that requires us to change our usual habits.
If you try to do everything at one time you get more overwhelmed and seem to take three steps forward and two steps back. This only leads to feelings of failure.
The biggest step you can take at this point is to actually start. Stop putting it off and get started.
Now for the Baby Steps, let me suggest this approach. Take it one step at a time.
Depending on your personality and which approach will give you the largest sense of momentum to keep moving forward, decide if you should start in the area that will be the easiest for you to do or to start in the area that will give you the biggest sense of relief once it is done.
Once you have made that decision take on that one area. If it is a rather large area divide it into manageable chunks. For example, if you choose to start with your desk. Start with one drawer, not four drawers. Just one.
When you are done with the one drawer you can always move to the next one if you’re ready, or you can stop.
The trick now is to make sure you set your next appointment with yourself to move on to the next step. (And of course, make sure you keep that appointment). Treat it like you would an appointment with your best client. Because ultimately getting yourself pulled together will allow you to attract more of your best clients.
And VERY IMPORTANT, whatever you went through and organized in your first session, don’t undo that action. Whatever you do, don’t put anything in the drawer or area that doesn’t belong.
Keep the momentum going by living with the results of your hard work. As you begin to make your way around your office or home and can feel the weight lifted and the overwhelm dissipating, you will make it all the way through.
Keep the appointments you make with yourself to keep going and you will feel a sense of great accomplishment very soon.
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Beth Flarida is the owner of Get It Together. She is a Certified Professional Organizer,
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