"What’s your best organising tip or technique?”
My answer to this FAQ is simple: My best organising tip is to be in the present moment.
The only way to have experiences and create memories is now. Likewise, the only way to improve our lives, simplify a situation, or prevent a problem, is in the present.
By choosing to be alert and conscious of the circumstance we are in right now, we are well placed to make the most of things.
- If we feel frustrated or overwhelmed, instead of seeking distraction, we can pause and look for the underlying problems—then make a plan to resolve or improve them.
- When working on a task, we can focus so we don’t get sidetracked.
- If we are about to go shopping, we can compile a list and then stick to it.
- If we are driving, we can drive to the speed limit and avoid a fine. We can be alert to the traffic around us and drive defensively. When we park the car, we can check for parking restrictions to avoid an unnecessary ticket.
- We can maximise any situation we are in. Making a telephone call? Are there other calls we can get out of the way? About to start a project? Do we have everything required before we get started?
In the present moment, we can (and should) still consider the future. What is coming up: later today, tomorrow, next week, and next year? What can we do to prepare for it? By taking action, and taking action early, we can be organised and ready. We can then give ourselves a pat on the back when the new present moment arrives and appreciate being in the best position to handle it.
Life can only ever happen now. The only moment to get organised is now. If we are not organised, or not doing anything to get ourselves organised—now—why will things miraculously change in the future? It’s what we do now that largely determines that future.
I hope this post doesn’t come across as too patronising; I don’t mean it to. I struggle with living in my head more than the present moment far more often than I’d like to admit.
What I really want to emphasise is the freedom that comes when we realise that right in front of us and right now is our best-ever opportunity to get organised.
Do you find being mindful of the present helps you with organisation? What is your best organising tip?