I’ve been helping people become organised for over a decade now and one big difference I’ve noticed between levels of disorganisation is the impact follow through or lack of has for many clients.
While a lot of emphasis can be placed on the need to have organised spaces, it’s important to remember the role we play in making sure the areas stay organised.
No space will stay organised if we do not invest the time to maintain it.
One easy way to keep areas organised is to make sure we follow through and complete tasks and chores.
So for example at home when we bring in the laundry making sure we follow through by folding and putting the washing away.
When dishes are clean, following through with drying and putting them away.
After working on a project putting associated items and paperwork away before moving to the next task…
It can be easy to get distracted and taken away from the task at hand. But not following through is one sure way to find ourselves in a chaotic mess which can have a huge impact on the state of our mind and homes.
There is also the bigger picture with these traits likely to follow through to bigger life changing goals.
I was reading an article by James Clear on Akrasia.
Quoting James ”Akrasia is the state of acting against your better judgment. It is when you do one thing even though you know you should do something else…Akrasia is what prevents you from following through on what you set out to do.”
He talks about “time inconsistency.” And goes on to explain “When you make plans for yourself…you are actually making plans for your future self. You are envisioning what you want your life to be like in the future and when you think about the future it is easy for your brain to see the value in taking actions with long-term benefits.
When the time comes to make a decision, however, you are no longer making a choice for your future self. Now you are in the moment and your brain is thinking about the present self. And researchers have discovered that the present self really likes instant gratification, not long-term payoff. This is one reason why you might go to bed feeling motivated to make a change in your life, but when you wake up you find yourself falling into old patterns. Your brain values long-term benefits when they are in the future, but it values immediate gratification when it comes to the present moment.” You can read his full article here
If you are feeling overwhelmed over following through on a big project, like decluttering and organising your home, break the job down into small manageable steps and take it one step at a time. My e-course will walk you through the process.
Don’t delay, start today