Overwhelmed? Stressed? Embarrassed? Frustrated? Too much stuff? Buried in clutter? Running out of space and storage options? Don’t know where to start?

Are you:
Wasting time? Losing important paperwork? Missing or late to appointments? Ready for a change?
Relax… You are not alone; yours is not the worst!
Without realizing it, disorganization can cause frustration in many aspects of our lives. Two causes of disorganization can be procrastination and fear. Procrastination is one of the most powerful habits preventing you from developing your truest potential. And more often than not, the root cause of putting things off is fear. Whether it is fear of failure, all the work it will take, how others will react or just general lack of belief in yourself, fear can and will get in the way of your goals and dreams.
Procrastination is simply a way to cover up your fears about a certain goal. Making excuses is a natural defense mechanism to combat those fears. ‘I don’t have time’ becomes your weapon of choice, which has no potency against disorganization and clutter.
Remember, you are not the only one who feels:
‘No one else has this problem.’   
‘I should be able to do this on my own.’
‘I am too embarrassed and couldn’t possibly ask for help.’
‘Something is wrong with me.’
Once you recognize the ‘what’ and ‘why’, it’s easier to figure out the ‘how’ when conquering objectives like organization.
  • First, identify one task you have been putting off because you haven’t found the time to fit it into your  schedule. What’s on your backburner?
  • Next, ponder why you have been neglecting this task?
    Set emotions aside and focus on the logical issues behind your hesitation for starting the task or project.
  • Write down the pros and cons, so your facts are in black and white.
  • Finally, find someone to lean on when you need help with a decision or encouragement for follow-through. We all have moments of doubt and it is important to have people we can talk with and to give us a hand.
Change is not easy. But, don’t let fear prevent you from fulfilling your potential.
Ask yourself:
What is the worst thing that could happen in taking the first step toward this goal?
Will you regret it if you keep setting this task aside?
The answers to these two questions can give you the motivation and courage to move ahead. Overcoming disorganization is a manageable life-long commitment. Organization takes dedication and time, but can help you reap benefits in many areas of your life.
Serenity Prayer:
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.