Start Where You Can Start – Getting Organized

In part 1, we talked about the challenges of motivation and to start with daily tasks/ routines. I shared a personal example of a dip in motivation and the improvements made by taking simple concrete steps. Now let’s look at ways to build onto that motivation by getting organized. 

“Put the things you can in order. Repair what is in disorder, and make what is already good better.”

– Dr. Jordan Peterson

Getting organized isn’t just about making your bed or cleaning your room but removing barriers or hurdles that, over time, negatively impact motivation and ultimately mood. Imagine trying to drop off a package to UPS and not be able to find your shoes, keys, and phone before you leave the house. Now you have three problems to solve before you even leave the house.

If you are wondering, how do I get organized? Let’s take a look at an example by Thomas Frank of 7 things that organized people do. As we discussed last time, organizing your world is also helping organize your mind and creating positive emotion.

Below are some different practical resources to give you ideas on how to get organized and to help you take your organization skills to the next level:

Ultimately, you have to find what works for you. If these resources are not a good fit for you or seem too challenging to start with, finding a trained therapist to support you in figuring out how to move forward might be the place to start.

Written by: Dustin Ellis