Being organized (Day 23 of 31 Days of Organizing)

I’ve been yammering on for the last 22 days about being organized and managing your time and becoming more productive.

And I want to hit the pause button and ask you to NOT take my message to heart.

What?

That’s right…in a way, I don’t want you to listen to me expound upon the virtues of being organized. Or managing your time. Or being more productive.

There’s a sickness in our culture that makes productivity a measure of our self-worth.

It also makes exhaustion a status symbol (you know when you say, “I’m SO tired” and the other person puts on their sympathetic face and whispers with conspiratorial glee, “Me, too”).

That is so completely NOT what I’m about.

In no way to do I want you to become some Productivity Automaton. I don’t want you doing more, more, more…better.

Rather, I want to help you to do less, well. It’s a radical way to think about being organized.

And part of that starts with letting things go. It includes making time for what matters to you. And it ends with getting enough rest.

So don’t be thinking I’m some crazy, Type-A, Productivity Dominatrix who aims to whip you into shape.

I’m here to help you get organized and productive so you can get stuff done. The right stuff. The stuff that matters to you.

All the rest? Kick it to the curb along with the ideas that exhaustion is some kind of status symbol and your productivity (or lack of it) in any way measures your self-worth.

Got it?

Good.

Make Some Room,

Angie

The gift of time (Day 17 of 31 Days of Organizing

Recently, I heard a great interview on NPR with Chris Rock (the straight-talking, tell-it-like-it-is comedian). He was pretty funny, even for the fairly serious NPR format. At least, he was funny until the interviewer brought up a comment he made about being in comedy for 30 years. The interviewer pondered, “At this point in his life, what does he consider success?”

His answer blew me away. Chris said, “What is success? Success is just hanging out with my kids. I mean, I always say if you have options, you’re rich. To me, success is the fact that hey, I just did a movie and maybe I’ll do some stand up, maybe I’ll will write a book or maybe I will do a play. Like, I literally don’t know what I’m going to do next. That’s successful. And just having time, you know, I’ve got – this whole upheaval in late-night – late-night and day-time – so I got a few job offers – And they work all the time. Like, work all the time when you do one of these shows. And I always said, you know, my dad worked every day. I didn’t get into show business to work every day. So the fact that most days I get to like, spend really good time with my kids – that’s what success is to me.”

In essence – having time is what he considers as a measure of his success.

And I have to agree with him.

Two of my friends, Kim and Brian SoManyPlaces.com, sold everything they owned and have spent the last three years traveling the world.

Their greatest gift and lesson: having TIME.

Whenever I ask people what they wish they had more of, they either say money (so they could travel more) or time (so they could travel more).

I think the 8-hour workday is stupid. I think the 5-day workweek is stupid. And for Americans, I think working 50 weeks a year is killing us (and many people don’t take any vacation at all). Jeez.

I recently heard Danielle Laporte say she was going to start a movement for a 4-day workweek. She and her staff instituted a 4-day workweek. She’s thrilled because her folks come back to work rested and full of new insights and ideas after their 3-day weekend.

Part of my work is helping people whittle down what they do to focus on what they do best. To do less, well (not more, better).

How about you? What would more free time do for your business? For your life? What would change?

And what would have to change in order for you to adopt a 4-day workweek?

Would you need to get more organized? More focused? Drop some things? Change things?

I believe you can do it.

And my upcoming “Make Some Room 8-week Challenge” will help you.

Details tomorrow. And a quiz! A very revealing quiz – and you don’t have to show anyone your results. It’s for your eyes alone.

Make Some Room,

Angie

P.S. Details tomorrow about the “Make Some Room 8-week Challenge.” Are you excited? I am!

Time to purge (Day 16 of 31 Days of Organizing)

This month I have talked to so many people who want to clear out their clutter. “It’s time to get rid of stuff,” they say.

As my hubby and I are in the middle of our own very big purge (we’re downsizing again from 900 sq. ft. to becoming minimalists living in a tiny house), the question we keep asking is, “How do we have so much stuff?!?!”

Folks, it’s time to purge.

Part of my upcoming “Make Some Room 8-week Challenge” will include helping you do a big PURGE.

And purging isn’t just for stuff, although that’s a big piece of it. Purging is also about letting go of the past, forgiving yourself, and even discarding thoughts which no longer serve you.

When you think about purging, think like this:

  • Wow! So many pictures. Do I need them all? Do I want them all? And more positively, which of these pictures brings me JOY?
  • Holy canoles, Batman – look at all these clothes! Do I wear them all? Do they fit? Am I saving them just in case?
  • Yowza – I find myself constantly berating myself for X. Perhaps now is the time to practice extreme gratitude and radical compassion for myself.
  • Dang it – I said YES again to something I honestly don’t want to do. I’m going to choose to spend five uncomfortable minutes now to un-entangle myself instead of regretting my YES for the next five months.
  • Zippity-do-da – look at all these office supplies. Have I used them? How old are they? For instance, if the sticky isn’t so sticky on your Post It Notes anymore, it’s time for them to go in the garbage!

Are you getting the picture?

Making time to purge is a hugely cathartic exercise in releasing what no longer serves.

Of course, the good feelings only come after the initial hyperventilation of actually beginning the purge, freaking out, and thinking, “I can’t do this!” (Angie’s Note: Yes, you actually CAN do this.)

Purging is a practice – and a good one when it is done thoughtfully, consciously, and from a mindset of love and abundance (I am enough, I have enough).

Go ahead, try your own mini-purge today:

What’s on your desk? Touch each thing. Does it bring you joy? Is it useful? Is it beautiful?

See if you can get rid of HALF of what’s sitting there (computer, printer, and other necessities excluded).

Do it and let me know how it feels when you’re done (or let me know why you started and never finished).

Here’s to healthy purging!

Make Some Room,

Angie

P.S. I’m serious about helping you make some room in your office space, on your calendar, and in your brain. When you are ready to up your game by getting organized, working and living with integrity, and focusing on your right work, I’ve got the answers. Details about the “Make Some Room 8-week Challenge” coming later this week!

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