Staying organized: It’s about the journey – the climb – not just the destination

#1 of 12 reflections on principle-centered living

Although it may seem like I’m organized, I’m really an impatient slob who rushes to get things done ASAP and leaves messes along the path of accomplishment.  If I want to repeat an accomplishment, NOT destroy bridges, or my health, I  must not only clean up my messes well but value the journey of accomplishment –

the climb

(Please listen while reading, in my opinion, to one of Miley’s best songs)

– not just reaching my destination.   Personally, I also HATE excessive clutter because it makes me anxious: personally, its like I can’t even think with so much chaos that I’m forced to stop and organize just to calm down and rationally think clearly. Without organization I lose track of what’s important and why it’s important to me; my day-to-day chaos leaves me too exhausted to do anything about it, then the cycle repeats and I get more anxious.

To overcome this cycle of distress every year in late December when I set my New Year’s resolutions I recommit to the value of organization.  I get a new calendar, then I write in not just my New Year’s resolutions, but the key commitments of everyone in my inner circle, my professional/work obligations, special days, etc.

How’s this different than past years?

  1.  I’ve invested in a great planner. I need a visual system to interact with DAILY to be successful. At this point all the phone apps I’ve tried don’t allow me to see the big picture (but have very useful calendars and alarms) of all my responsibilities. For years I was a devotee of weekly Franklin-Covey Planners because they help you to think across your roles, priorities and separate the urgent and important (like organizing) tasks from those that could be put off, and/or unimportant time wasters, e.g. TV.  This year I am proudly using the Inner Guide Planner because it is so aligned with the Wellness Compass Travel Guide. I’m also using the “Today’s Plan of Attack” stickees to prioritize, as my dad would say, “what’s the most important thing to do today.
  2. I committed to using a planner DAILY  with weekly and quarterly reviews. For the first year ever I will NOT just use this calendar system for a few months, but am 100% committed to staying organized (and balanced) all year, so I will actually reach my financial goals and achieve my vision for the first time!
  3. Following my own advice: Just do it! I will establish realistic financial and home maintenance PLANS with my husband and will stick to them; usually i give in/give up as people do with diet resolutions. This year “when the going gets tough, I will stop whining about how hard it is, how tired I am, and be the woman of integrity I say I am and just do it!”  Unfortunately, it won’t be easy on other family members, but that really is another blog.

To help you assess your organizational needs check out: Activity 16.2

Please comment on:

  • How you’ve overcome obstacles to staying organized.
  • What planner, app(s), systems you’ve found effective.

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2 thoughts on “Staying organized: It’s about the journey – the climb – not just the destination

  1. Thank you Joda, hearing about your commitment and goals gives me inspiration for mine. I think I am particularly interested in how to mesh personal goals and family or group dynamics. Changes I want to make in my life typically affect my schedule and changes in my schedule affect the family dynamic. That’s where things get sticky for me.

    • Thanks for sharing. I too struggle with the crux between personal, family and professional goals, that’s why centered in middle of the Wellness Compass Travel Guide is our Maintain Balance goal. I encourage you to look at each area of your life, and share with your closest family members and/or work colleagues your dreams and passions, openly sharing your concerns for their needs, their wants and the simple challenge of change. Listen to their concerns, reassess, meditate and pray for clarity. No matter what if our Lord truly wants me to do something than the “nagging idea in the back of my mind” doesn’t go away, but instead become a pivot part of my purpose, even if for only a short time.