Simplify > Focus > Achieve goals
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As we contemplate a new year, who doesn’t dream to make our lives better, eliminate bad habits or just take more responsibility for our lives? As I’ve blogged in the past, the New Year is a wonderfully energetic time to make resolutions. However, this year I’m approaching resolutions from a broader perspective. Simplicity - the state of being uncomplicated. What about intentionally working on simplicity as a way to bring about positive changes? Here’s my thought process:
Simplify > Focus > Achieve goals
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Want to learn more about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
BLOGS & VIDEOS:
www.brownadhdclinic.com Blog by Dr. Thomas Brown, author of Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults
http://adhdhomestead.net/ Written by a woman who has ADHD, it offers advice and support
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IO6zqIm88s Youtube video contains interviews comparing a child with ADHD and a child without
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t32CK5t8d2Q Youtube video that shows a teenager’s perception of life with ADHD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouZrZa5pLXk Youtube video by Dr. Thomas Brown describing the symptoms of ADHD
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Most people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) struggle with chronic disorganization in their day to day lives. Do these challenges sound familiar? Inability to: find things when they are needed, make decisions about what to throw/give away, start and/or finish a decluttering project, sort/organize belongings. Fear not – there is hope. Organizing solutions for people with ADHD must be simple, creative and deliberate. Try the tips below that speak to you – it’s worth taking the time now in order to save time later. Your future self (and your loved ones) will thank you.
We focus on the topic of ADHD this month since October is ADHD Awareness Month. Many of our clients have been diagnosed with ADHD, a frustrating brain disorder that impacts the ability to be organized. People with ADHD experience significant problems getting started on organizing tasks, following through on these tasks, and maintaining organizational systems. They struggle with organizing things or with managing time. In many cases they struggle with both. What exactly is ADHD and how does it affect organization?
Embarking on self-improvement? Organization will follow!
In this month of Self-Improvement, we encourage you to think about self-improvement as the foundation for getting organized. Work on these common self-improvement goals: exercise, eat better, change habits, set goals, be mindful, be thankful, learn new skill, stop wasting time, and accept change. Then you will find that organization naturally follows. That’s because disorganization is often rooted in poor time management, lack of goals, living mindlessly and, yes, lack of exercise and poor eating habits. Once the mind is trained and properly nourished then it can function effortlessly to clear the environment. Why not work on self-improvement this month and reap the added benefit of organization?
See the previous post for self-improvement ideas.
September is Self-Improvement Month! What a great time of year to re-focus on ourselves. As the days cool and shorten, it’s the perfect time for looking inward. Now is a natural point to assess our goals, make adjustments and create plans to carry us through the year end. We may want to declutter a personal space, set up a workable filing system, or finally organize a photo collection. Of course, self-improvement can encompass any area of our lives such as health, relationships, career, volunteering or education. How do we get started and make progress and maintain momentum? The best way I know is to choose a small improvement and go for it! Don’t be tempted with grandiose ideas that could lead to frustration but be realistic, honest, and practical. The purpose is to make changes that will improve the way we feel about yourselves. The changes can make us stronger, wiser, or more capable of dealing with everyday struggles. Thus, time spent on self-improvement is never wasted. What small self improvement would make a big impact on your life? Are you ready to make it happen?
Sooner or later, with just about every client, we come across a box of old car stuff in the garage. You know what this looks like: a dusty, neglected, cardboard box full of things that came out of an old car. Maybe it resulted from cleaning out a current car. This stuff languishes sometimes for years. As a result, people go without sunglasses, snow brushes, coupons and other favorite items because they forget that the box exists. Eventually these necessities are replaced out of desperation.
It’s only one box! Hopefully! Don’t be afraid of it! Sort it out right now. You’ll feel better knowing it’s done. You might even find those favorite sunglasses or a missing check! Begin by sorting things into two piles: 1) RELOCATE elsewhere and 2) REPLACE in the car.
Does mental illness cause you clutter stress? Here are nine tips to help overcome inertia and achieve your decluttering dreams.
BECOME AWARE OF YOUR SITUATION – How did this happen? When did it begin? What is the cause? What’s going on? What are you feeling? Are there other things that need to be fixed before decluttering begins?
COMMIT TO GET STARTED – decide today, now, you will begin on your journey to improve your living space.
SET GOALS – if you don’t know where you’re going, it’s hard to know whether you’ve arrived.
START SMALL – expecting large results is a recipe for disappointment, stress, negative feelings. Plan bite sized tasks on your calendar and stick to them.
STAY POSITIVE – celebrate little accomplishments to keep motivated and maintain momentum. A journey begins with just one step. Baby steps ARE progress.
GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK – when you backslide. Every day is a new beginning, don’t give up.
SHARE YOUR JOURNEY WITH SOMEONE – a friend or relative who will listen to your successes and struggles. You will feel supported and accountable.
GET HELP WITH PHYSICAL LABOR – if you are challenged with energy or strength. Another person can work under your direction to do the heavy lifting.
SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP – in a therapist and/or professional organizer. A professional will hold you accountable and motivate you in the initial steps at the very least.
In the previous post we saw that depression and anxiety can contribute to clutter in the home. Further, clutter can make depression and anxiety feel much worse. Here, we describe how you can begin to take action to reduce clutter. As the clutter decreases you will feel better – less stress, more confidence to handle things, happier with your environment and more calm.
What’s the first step? The first step is to become aware that there is a problem. The next step is to reach out for help. Neither is easy but both are necessary. If you feel comfortable, talk to a therapist, friend or relative about your desire to declutter. If this is not possible or if you have already tried without success, you should contact a professional organizer.
Yes! In my experience it does.
In light of Mental Health Awareness Month, I am sharing some thoughts on the connection between mental health and disorganization. My hope is that readers find this post hopeful in their efforts to organize themselves or to help a loved one get organized. I speak primarily of anxiety and depression here but other mental health issues are linked to disorganization as well. It is probably no surprise to readers that mental illness affects most areas of a person’s life and organization is no exception.
Carol Martin-Ward, encouraging practical ideas for easy organizing