Organize Your Mind
By Michelle G. Williams CPC, CGL
Being an adult with ADD I know the benefits of organization. I understand that being organized promotes order, progress and good time management. For me it has become a way of life because it has increased my ability to stay focused and be more productive. However it took me a long time to realize that before I could organize my closet, my schoolwork, or my home, I had to organize my mind.
Cluttered thoughts can inhibit your perception of yourself, and the world around you. However when reorganization is in process your thoughts begin to flow and a new mindset begins to develop. You will have a clear view of your purpose, your vision, and your goals. With an organized mind and a clear point of view you are ready to start organizing your surroundings. As my scattered brain began to defragment I was able to recognize the important from the unimportant, to plan ahead and to become proactive instead of reactive. My balancing act became a highly developed skill which put me in control of my life so that I could focus on my priorities. The obstacles of my once unorganized mind are now a thing of the past. Once the mind is re-organized it takes a conscious effort to keep it that way. Just as you tidy up your home and keep everything in its place, you have to do housekeeping on your mind as well.
Here are a few simple strategies that I use to maintain mind organization and stay on task.
• Make to do lists, one for what has to be done now, and one that can be done later
• Set a time line and make adjustments if needed because important items may become less important over time.
• Check each item off as it is completed. A simple check or line through the item is a visual aid that provides a sense of accomplishment.
• Break goals or tasks into small pieces and delegate when possible.
• Calendars and day planners are useful in staying organized. I also use my Blackberry to set reminders and to keep track of appointments, activities and deadlines.
• Be flexible. There will be times when changes will have to be made due to situations that are out of your control. This can cause your stress level to elevate. However it is during these times that I recite these words for comfort “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
Keeping your mind and environment organized keeps your time productive and your life as stress free as possible.
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