It’s easy to say, “If I were more organized, I could do X.” In some ways this is true, if X is actually dependent upon being organized (such as, if I were more organized and kept a calendar, I could check it right now to see if I’m available for a meeting next Tuesday). In most cases, however, X has very little to do with being organized or decluttered or whatever word the person decided to insert into the phrase, “If I were more …”
Usually, when a person says, “If I were more organized, I could do X,” she is actually saying, “If X were a priority for me, I could do it.” When X doesn’t occur, it is typically because X isn’t really that important or she has no idea what actually is important to her. At the end of the day, X isn’t being made a priority.
One of the easiest ways to pursue the life of your dreams is to be organized and decluttered. However, if you are unclear as to what the life of your dreams includes, being organized and decluttered isn’t going to help you. You need to know what your priorities are. What does matter to you? How do you really want to spend your time? And, are you willing to put in the time and effort to get what you want out of life?
Simply stated: If you don’t know where you’re headed, you’re not going to get very far.
Grab a pen and a notebook, find a place where you can think clearly, and take an hour or two to get to know yourself better. What are the priorities in your life? How much time do you devote to these priorities and caring for these priorities (you may not like to work, but working provides you with an income to care for the things you do like)? What are you doing now that isn’t a priority for you and how can you minimize its presence in your life? What do you wish you were present in your life that isn’t?
Once all of your priorities are identified and you have a clear picture of the life of your dreams, you won’t have a need to say things such as, “If I were more organized, I would do X.” Being organized and decluttered isn’t your goal, they’re simply tools to help you achieve the things that truly matter to you — just make sure you know what does matter.
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