Writing our observations about experiences and recording our goals is a powerful tool in the process of changing our lives. You may not have thought of organizing your clothes closet or files as a part of a life changing process. Perhaps you assumed the Community Challenge would be a mechanical five-week how-to adventure. I'd tell you what kind of hangers and file folders to buy and you'd be done.
The Real Deal
Many of my students are shocked when I say things like, "Getting organized is an expression of high self-esteem and healthy self-love." They expect my class will be a road map of the local office supply store and nothing more. On the contrary, getting organized will enable you to:
- Free yourself from guilt or shame about past efforts to get organized that were not as successful or long-lasting as you had hoped they would be
- Create home and work environments that nurture your best efforts rather than automatically sabotage them
- Better understand the unique contribution that you alone can make with the gift of your life
- Consciously chart the course of your future rather than allowing life to simply happen by accident
"Okay," you sigh, "but I'm not a professional writer. Is this going to be hard for me?" No! It's going to be fun. Most of us kept a diary when we were teenagers. Remember going to the store with your best friend to pick out a special notebook? I distinctly recall mine was pink, had a drawing on the cover of a girl in a ponytail and came with a lock and key. I came to view that diary as a special friend in whom I could confide. In much the same way, the Get Organized Journal will be a special place for you to work out your feelings about past efforts to get organized. It will also be where you flesh out the road map to your future.
Please gather the following items:
- A brand new notebook in which you will record your thoughts and the answers to specific exercises I'll be giving you. Please don't plan to haphazardly grab two or three sheets of scrap paper every week. We want to give this exercise the respect and care it deserves. After all, the wisdom we learn from these exercises just might be instrumental in changing our lives.
- Be sure you have a pencil, a red pen and a black or blue ink pen handy. It works best if you buy new ones while you are out choosing a notebook. We want to enjoy our transformation tools and fill them with the energy of this change.
How It Will Work
- Every week I'll give you some written exercises to do in your Get Organized Journal.
- We'll set a time limit so you don't get "lost" on any particular question.
- I'll ask you to set aside at least 30 minutes of private time. Whether you have to close your office door during lunch and brown-bag it once a week or ask your best friend to watch the kids, consciously carving out this time will be an indication of your commitment to succeed.
Life is a journey, not a destination. You have the freedom to make that journey a little easier and more productive. And it all begins with the willingness to try ... and the purchase of a notebook, a pencil and a few pens. As we used to say in my old neighborhood in Brooklyn, "Such a deal!"