Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Get Organized: Finding the Motivation to Start

We have a guest writer today, Carmen of www.getorganizedtips.blogspot.com is going to help us find the motivation to start getting organized....

In my "former life," before becoming a professional organizer, I was in the military for about 6 years. Let's just say there are lots of things I remember about boot camp and most of them unpleasant.

Running in combat boots.

Getting yelled at.

Doing push-ups until I collapsed.

Getting yelled at.

Woken up in the middle of the night for inspections.

Getting yelled at.

30 second showers.

And, yup...you guessed it! Getting yelled at some more.

I recall thinking at one point, Why am I putting up with 6 weeks of this?

While all my friends were enjoying summer vacations, I was being subjected to unwanted rules, impossible orders, minimal sleep, nasty food, physical fitness ad nauseam - all topped off with copious amounts of shouting.

But then I remembered how much I wanted to be in the military and serve my country, and I realized that 6 weeks of training would only make me a stronger, better soldier. The end justifies the means, if you will.

And I could be miserable during the whole ordeal or I could make the most of it...it was totally up to me.

I realize that for some of you out there, getting organized may be just about as fun as boot camp. But in this day in age, when life keeps getting crazier and crazier, you can't afford not to be organized!

Dr. Wayne Dyer, the "father of motivation," once said, "Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice." Isn't that so true?

I could have been miserable through boot camp, but instead I tried to motivate myself as much as possible, keeping the end in sight. And the same goes for organizing...

If you know you have to get organized, you can choose to procrastinate, and your disorganization will just cause you more frustration. (Not to mention lost time, money, and resources!)

Or you can choose to get motivated, get organized, and truly know the freedom that comes with it. It's always your choice...

Carmen Coker is a professional organizer who helps individuals find the motivation and know-how to get organized and stay organized. To learn how to save money, create more space, and manage your time through organization, claim your "FREE Tip Kit: 10+ Pages of Tips and Tools to Help You Get Organized — Finally!" at www.OrganizeClutterbugs.com

Thank you for joining us today!

1 comment:

  1. First of all, THANK YOU! for wanting to serve our country - and doing it! It really does mean so much.
    And I love the way you framed the idea of getting organized to be like boot camp. Surely it can't be as grueling, but definitely overwhelming just the same. Thanks for this food for thought. I really did find it helpful. :) Have a great day!