I have people who contact me to help them get rid of extra stuff and make their spaces clear and simple. I also have people who contact me to help them do what they need to do more efficiently, whether through technology, managing their schedules, or learning how to keep track of their priorities. Once in a while I have the potential client who calls and says something like, "I need to get my spaces organized, but I think there's more to it - I need to get my mind organized...does that make any sense?"
Indeed it does, and that potential client is probably already halfway to their goal without even realizing it. That's because they have intuitively stumbled onto what I try to incorporate into my work with all clients: that organization and productivity skills naturally work together. The mindset and approach to how you complete tasks is as important as the de-cluttering. Still, sometimes I sense a little resistance when I try to talk about time management in the context of setting up a home drop zone, or a quizzical look when I suggest that the desk needs to be clear and organized before we tackle goal-setting. It's kind of like those old Reese's Peanut Butter Cup commercials:
"Hey, you put productivity in my organizing session!! Oh yeah?! Well..." You get the idea. (Yes, I know I'm dating myself...I even know who those actors are).
What folks sometimes don't connect is that if your spaces are set up for your style of work (or play), then it's a LOT easier to make decisions, and you have more time to think about lists, goals and priorities. And if you are making headway with keeping track of to do items, appointments, or even the laundry, you may just feel a lot more inclined to simplify and de-clutter your personal possessions. You need less stuff to do what you need to do. Productivity is not just for folks who work in big companies and receive lots of emails. And organizing a space is not just for overtired moms trying to get a grip on their closets. Whatever project we work on together, I'm likely to put the two in sync. It's how I believe the best level of success is achieved.
Organizing and productivity - they go great together.
Sara Skillen - Certified Professional Organizer®, coach, wife and mom, and serial list-maker. Excited to be in the long but worthwhile process of becoming a Certified ADHD Organizer Coach. Learning to trust my intuition more every day. Shall we work together?