By Monica Friel
Is it hard to find the time to get to that looming organizing project? People often say they don’t have the time, but it may have more to do with having the energy than the time. You can always find time for what’s important, but sometimes it’s hard to find the energy and motivation to tackle something that’s not on a deadline like keeping your desk organized or getting started on a big organizing project. Here are some tips to help you boost your energy and motivate you to get organized:
Work when you have the energy
Determine when your energy levels rise and fall and plan your projects accordingly. If you’re a morning person, carve out morning time to tackle tough tasks. Plan low energy, mundane tasks for after lunch and later in the day. Work within your own rhythms and you’ll feel more energized.
Take care of yourself
Eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep and regularly exercise to maintain optimal energy levels. If you’re not feeling well, you can’t expect to get much done. Sleep deprivation and illness can zap all of your energy. When you feel great, it will be easier to get motivated.
If your job requires you to sit at a desk, make sure you regularly get up and move around. Studies show that we are actually more productive when we can move around. Think of tasks you can do while walking: make calls, listen to audio, collaborate with a colleague, or simply use the time to gather thoughts.
Music has the power to trigger energy. An upbeat song can quickly motivate. However, don’t keep the music on all the time–it works best to boost energy when it’s played periodically.
If you really want to get something done, get it on your calendar and stick to it. Carving out the time and putting it on your calendar will help ensure that it happens. Schedule time to get organized, whether it’s with a professional organizer or simply planning time on your own to get through it.
Break it down
Write down all of the projects (and parts of projects) that you need to get done. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed just by thinking (and re-thinking) of all we have to do. Create a list and break big projects down into smaller, do-able parts.
Getting organized can seem like a daunting task if you’ve let things slip, but it’s worth the effort to chip away at it. You’ll enjoy the feeling of knowing where things are and feeling more productive. That in itself will boost your energy!