A quick guide to become organized
Use these tips to save time and achieve calmness
I recently hosted a meeting of the Ottawa branch of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada at my home. Despite the -39° C temperatures, there was a great turnout as we all welcomed the opportunity to enjoy each other’s warm company.
The guest speaker was a professional organizer. She spoke about how many professionals feel life is busier than ever, that it seems there are never enough hours in a day, and that time is wasted looking for items. We can all benefit from taking back control and reducing the clutter in our lives. It is not about appearing neat and tidy; rather the goal is to be able to function well within that environment.
The path to clutter
The extra work and responsibilities we have gained over the years do not easily offer us the time to become organized. As well, we are responsible people; we could not possibly get rid of something we may need in the future . . . so it accumulates. Growing up with parents who were immigrants or lived through the Depression makes it even harder to throw out something that is still usable.
It is helpful to understand why being organized is not easy, and nice to know we are not alone.
The SPACE methodology (Sort, Purge, Assign, Containerize, Equalize) is a good tool for becoming organized:
Here are 10 tips to organization from OrganizeMe101.com:
None of us manges this perfectly, but it can be easier than it feels at times. Similar to weight loss, instead of “yo-yo” organizing, being organized requires an internal attitude adjustment and ongoing maintenance. Yet, the reward of calmness that comes with achieving a better level of organization and feeling more in control is worth the effort.
Mamta Gautam is an Ottawa psychiatrist who specializes in treating physician patients. If you have a question you would like addressed in this column, please contact Dr. Gautam at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Helping Hand” in the subject line. All inquiries will be confidential. Your questions will not be replied to, but may be selected to be answered in this column, which is intended to be educational, not therapeutic.