I Searched High and Low, But Could Not Find It!I was in a text conversation with a friend of mine yesterday and he asked me if I wanted to hear a funny story related to organizing. Obviously, 'funny' AND 'organizing' piqued my interest right away. By the way, it's important to this story to mention that he has his own business...he works at his home and spends a significant amount of time at his desk on his computer. Here's what he typed...'I bought two Arlo cameras about a month ago. When I took them out of the box, I placed the box on the left side of my extended desk...rather than putting the box with the rest of my electronics’ boxes. Because it was new, I figured it would be convenient to leave the box accessible until I decided if I was going to keep the cameras, and also so I'd have all the components quickly available until I learned how to use them.Yesterday, a month after my original purchase, I needed to recharge one of the batteries. So I said to myself, 'I'm sure the charger is in the box.' That's where I usually keep product components after I buy them.I looked for 20 minutes for the box...in the area where I keep the rest of my boxes, and elsewhere. I searched high and how. I could not find it.It finally occurred to me where it was. Right in front of me, exactly where it has been the whole time since my purchase!Had I put it where I store the rest of the stuff, I would have found it immediately. Instead, I looked past it at least a dozen times. Apparently, since the box was on my desk for a month, it became 'a part of my desk' to the point that I no longer saw it!'This has happened to most of us at one time or another. We walk into the house with a cell phone, put it down somewhere, and then 10 minutes later, we're on a full-out scavenger hunt because we can't remember where we put it. We might even find it in the most unlikely of places...like the refrigerator.Or, we're frantically looking for our keys until we realize where they are... in one of our hands!When this happens now and then, we may feel we're 'losing our minds,' but it's not generally cause for concern. It’s usually just a temporary 'mental lapse or block' that happens for various reasons, like...•having 'too many things on our plates' at any given time. Our minds can only hold so much at once before it begins to 'drop excess information,' like the fact that we're holding the keys we've been searching for.•trying to multi-task, like putting the groceries away without putting your cell phone in your purse first. This is how the phone can end up in the fridge.•not being fully truly mindful of what we're doing•getting distracted (by other tasks, phone calls, social media notifications, visitors, etc.)•or, as in the case of my friend's story, temporarily changing a system, method, location, etc. that we're used to. Sometimes the 'new' becomes invisible, because that 'visual' hasn't been permanently imprinted in our minds yet.On the occasions that I myself have experienced a mental lapse like this, it's usually a reminder to me to slow down a bit. Sometimes, just taking 10 minutes to stop everything I'm doing, closing my eyes, inhaling a few deep breaths, and 'rebooting' so to speak, does a world of good. At this point, I may see what I'm looking for right away...but even if not, I can then focus and begin retracing my steps with a calm, clear mind...hopefully finding what I'm looking for soon after.
In Closing “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” ― Thich Nhat HanhAnd remember...Being organized creates a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life!Warmly,Maria GraciaGet Organized Now!
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