Get Organized Now!
By Maria Gracia
February 16, 2017
Quick Thought of the Day from Maria
Organizing...Are You Paying Attention to the Signs?
As I was out driving this morning, it occurred to me how many road signs there
were...and how those messages not only help keep us safe during our travels, but
they also apply to life in general. Here are a few road sign thoughts that came
STOP: Sometimes, stopping everything you're doing, is the best action you
can take, especially when you're feeling overwhelmed or frustrated. Stopping
for a few moments to regroup, can help us be more productive.
YIELD: When we try to get things done in record speed, it often ends up
in disaster. By slowing down a bit and working more methodically and mindfully,
your project at hand has a much better chance of being done accurately and
DETOUR: Things don't always work out exactly as we want them to. Even the
best worked out plans can be thwarted by a child not feeling well and keeping us
home from work, or rain making everything muddy at an outdoor wedding. Being
able to take a detour with ease and grace...a plan b and plan c so to speak...is
always in fashion.
DO NOT ENTER: When I come upon a 'Do Not Enter' sign, I don't enter.
Obviously, it's there for a reason...maybe a big hole in the road, or perhaps
oncoming traffic. When you're asked to give of your time, and you really don't
have the time to do it (like volunteering your time for something when you're
already feeling overextended) or you really don't WANT to do it (like going
to a party you have no interest in), don't be guilted into doing so. It's OK to
NOT enter that road. You're not saying no the person. You're saying no the
MERGE: These signs always remind me that the world doesn't revolve around
me AND doesn't depend solely on me...there are other people here! Sometimes, we
can merge with others in different ways, like delegating to them. learning
something from them, or teaming up to share the workload.
NO PARKING: When you're parked, your vehicle isn't going anywhere. When
we park ourselves in life, we're not going anywhere either. The second you see
yourself caught up in the 'same old-same old,' it may be high time to put
yourself in gear and go on a 'road trip' to some goals that get you out of your
TWO-WAY TRAFFIC: Just because we see things one way, doesn't necessarily
mean that's the right way...in many cases, that visual is just our perspective.
Being open to other thoughts and ideas may un-fog our windshields and give us a
whole new view ahead.
When you're out driving today, notice the signs on the road...and see if you can
apply them to getting organized...and life in general. Reply to this email with
your thoughts. I would love to hear them!
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Today's Organizing Feature
Articles I Tear Out of Magazines Never Get Used
A GON READER ASKS
I tear out LOTS of magazine articles I love for future use, but I never access
them. They end up taking up residence in my filing cabinet forever, and the
ideas in them never come to fruition. Your thoughts?
I am married with kids, and manage a staff of 20 employees at work. I am always
working on lots of projects and love to be organized.
MARIA GRACIA RESPONDS
As we're reading articles in magazines and elsewhere, it's easy to come up with
ideas and thoughts we may want to use in the future. Sometimes, we think that
tearing them out and filing them away gives us the opportunity to find and
use them later. But once ideas are tucked away in our filing cabinets, they're
also tucked away, out of sight, in our minds.
When you come across an idea you want to implement in your life, you need a
definite plan to do so, with a specific date and time set in your planner to get
working on it...whether that date is next week, or 8 months from today.
So, if you see an article on 'catching up with your reading,' and that article
gives you the idea to set aside a 30-minute reading time 3 nights a week, BEFORE
filing that article away, designate that 30-minute reading time 3 nights a week
in your planner. And then participate in that reading time when those days and
times are here.
If you see an article that provides ideas for better landscaping your garden
that you feel are doable, BEFORE filing that article, set a date/time in your
calendar to sketch out the idea on paper, set another date/time to make a list
of materials you need...and so on and so forth.
It's great to be organized and save interesting articles that will help us grow
in life. It's more wonderful to have a good system for accessing that
information AND a definite date and time to give those ideas life.
Hope this gives you a new perspective you can begin applying in your life!
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