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Let's talk about getting organized.

You probably know the obvious benefits: getting more work done, knowing where everything is, more time to relax and have fun. You may not realize, however, that organization provides opportunities for some serious self-improvement.

When I decided to get organized several years ago, my life changed. Yes there were the usual productivity doubling and all that, but I also found parts of my character changing for the better.

Less stress meant I was less irritable. I realized areas of my life where I may have been too overbearing, perhaps harsh on myself and others, and only after I got organized did I discover, reflect, and change.

Organization helped me find the balance I was missing.

Not to be cheesy, but organization made me a better person. It can help you, too.

First off: what exactly makes you a better person?

Good question. Let me start with this: you are perfect the way you are. All of us come with scars and baggage and sometimes the occasional bloom of anger that snaps at the people we love. But you are perfect, because you are living your life, and you are trying your best.

That said, self-improvement is a choice, and organization is one tremendous way to achieve it. 

The specifics of improvement are a personal preference, but I think most of can agree that we'd like to be kinder, happier, more efficient, and healthier.

The positive effects of self-improvement don't just stay with you. I find they travel outside of yourself and reach for new experiences and opportunities. Energy attracts and communicates: the more you put into your own change for the better, the more the world will respond in kind.

Don't believe me? Read You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero. Here's one of my favorite quotes:

It’s about respecting yourself, instead of catering to your insecure need to be liked. This is incredibly powerful, because when you love yourself enough to stand in your truth no matter what the cost, everyone benefits. You start attracting the kinds of things, people, and opportunities, that are in alignment with who you truly are, which is way more fun than hanging out with a bunch of irritating energy suckers. And by declining to participate in other people’s drama, (i.e. refusing to rip people to shreds, to complain about how unfair the world is, etc.) you not only raise your own frequency, but you offer the drama queens the chance to rise up too, instead of everyone continuing to play a low, lame game. Never apologize for who you are. It lets the whole world down.
— jen sincero, you are a badass

Let's get into 5 reasons why organization should be one of your top priorities:


1. Organization Improves how you view and succeed in your work life

Getting organized means streamlining your focus to a razor sharp point. You'll get a lot more work done a lot faster, and you'll have more free time than you're used to (drinks with friends, yeah!).

I suggest every woman have a planner (if you haven't met Patricia, read this) to remind them of the week's goals. Once I started using a planner, I found my productiveness more than doubled, and found greater satisfaction in my day's work.

Here's what studies have to say about it:

According to research in the field of occupational health, the more control that you perceive you have in your work, the more job satisfaction and less stress you are likely to experience. Third, you also have more mental energy because there is less worrying that you might forget something, or procrastinating on an important project or task.
— dana gionta, ph.d., psychology today

Here's where it gets deeper: practicing prioritizing to help me accomplish more made me realize the value of spending my own time.

I understood the worth of my work, and the worth of my skills. With the extra time and accomplishments I had because of organization, I cultivated a new confidence towards goal achievement, and I found the time to learn new skills I'd never thought I'd get around to before.

Organization also forced me to reflect on the people in my life who took my value for granted. It provided me with a kind of clarity: I was able to see past the chaos that used to be my work life, carve out the parts that held me back, and cherish the people who supported me. 

In a nutshell - organization improves the way you view your work life and your visions of success. It gives you a greater sense of control and a greater sense of self-worth.


2. Organization cultivates appreciation

When I go through the decluttering stage of organization, I take notice of what I actually have. I used to lose a ton of everyday items all the time, and would constantly spend money to replenish my stock.

Now that I've organized and taken inventory of what I own, I rarely lose anything, and have a greater respect for keeping those items in good condition.

When you get organized, you'll develop a new appreciation for what you have, not just for supplies, but in all areas of your life. Appreciation itself is good for cultivating happiness, but appreciation is also a precursor for something more powerful: gratitude.

Gratitude is defined as "the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness". Gratitude holds a wealth of benefits:

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
— harvard health

Organization helps you see the things in life that matter and helps you to honor them and show gratitude. In return, you'll see an improvement in happiness, relationships, health, and (what I think is one of the most important aspects of life) a resilience against hard times.


3. Organization equals financial health

Speaking of appreciation: organization saves you some dough. When you take the time to appreciate and show gratitude for what you already have, chances are you'll find yourself spending less frivolously. 

Still, appreciation doesn't make financial health alone. Organizing a financial plan for the present and the future can aid in building wealth and preparing for unexpected events in life, such as your car breaking down.

Another great benefit of financial health? It allows you to live your life to the fullest.

For the uninitiated: financial health means that your day-to-day activities make it possible for you to be resilient in the face of life’s inevitable ups and downs, and to take advantage of new opportunities when they arise.
— rachel schneider, bright

An inability to take the opportunities that come your way can hike up stress, regret, and block your progress towards your dreams.

No one likes being trapped. Organize a plan. Organize your money. Start making the strategic moves now so that you harness the flexibility to go where life takes you.

One easy way you can start? Decluttering. Take stock of what you have and make a list of those expenses. Get rid of or sell those that aren't important to your life.

This will help you organize your financial future to anticipate your monthly and even yearly spending, show you where you can cut back, and tell you how you can save more.


4. Organization Makes You a healthier, happier person

According to Shape, organization improves your sleep and your mood: without those last-minute tasks in your bed, you're more likely to fall asleep on time and get a good night's rest.

Sleeping enough is linked to overall happiness:

Sleep and mood are closely connected; poor or inadequate sleep can cause irritability and stress, while healthy sleep can enhance well-being.
— harvard medical school

Staying organized also helps keep you chipper by aiding the decline in the stress hormone cortisol throughout the day.

That's not all. With more free time and better rest, now you've got time to hit the gym, or take a walk, or try a new class. Healthy eating also takes planning and strategy. Basically: food organization.

A healthy diet is also one of the cornerstones of mood stability and overall happiness. Eating a well-balanced diet helps to improve and regulate hormone levels, which makes for a kinder and more productive you.

But how do these things make you better person, besides feeling great? Well, boosts in your health self-confidence color the way you see the rest of the world. It contributes to your resilience, your relationships, and basically everything in your life. 

Positive energy attracts positive experiences, and it absolutely applies to the energy you create by making your health a top priority. If you're keeping organized and efficient about your health, you'll start to see how this change in focus slips into other areas of your life and attracts new experiences.

Even taking a yoga class once a week opens up new opportunities to explore, connect, and improve your life.


Are you organized? Has has organization helped you? Let me know in the comments.



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