Organizing Through Transisitions

Transitions change our lives. Birth/death, marriage/divorce, lost job/new job, children move out/aging parent moves in, moving, and downsizing are all transitions that pivot our lives. Our priorities may shift. Our schedules and routines may no longer work well. Adjustments need to be made.

When transitions happen, you have to make some decisions. What are your current goals? What is your vision for this point in time? What schedules and routines still do work and what ones are no longer viable?

Now it is especially important to organize time and space for self care. You may not be able to do as much as before but daily find some time to care for yourself – even if it is no more than walking the dog or taking time for a cup of tea and a magazine. Find small ways to care for yourself and time to work on your vision.

Figure out what is core. What do you love and what do you need in your environment? What do you have that is no longer supporting you and your vision? Let go in order to make room for new ideas and needs.

If you are now living with someone new, decide together what is important to organize and what is good enough for now. Recognize that each of you have come with different standards and routines. Try to develop a system that will work for both of you.

If you have systems in place that are working – at least somewhat – keep those intact. Keep things as simple as possible. Keep on top of the most critical items and let less important tasks slide for a while. No one cares about clearing out that closet now. Ask for help when you need it.

Accept and perhaps embrace change. Organizing your time and space gives you a feeling of having some control during the changing time.

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Making a Schedule That Works For You

It’s the end of the day. You look back at your schedule. So much has not been accomplished. You feel discouraged and wonder what is wrong with you.

Sound familiar?

How can you put together a schedule that works for you? One that gives you a satisfied feeling at the end of the day? 

  1. Be realistic. Don’t schedule everything in the world that you want to do. Put in the big 3 items that you want to do in the day that will move you toward your goals. Be realistic about how long each task will take. If it is a huge time consuming task, consider blocking off only so much time to work on it today and plan another day to continue it. 
  2. Plan for transition times. Allow time between tasks to put items away and prepare your space and mind for the next task on hand. If  you need to travel somewhere for that task, allow aplenty of time for that travel and set up when you get there. 
  3. Plan at least one task that is important but not yet urgent. This will keep you from always working “under the gun.” If you ignore important but not yet urgent tasks, soon those tasks will also become urgent and you will feel more stressed and out of control.
  4. When working on the tasks, quit when the task is good enough. Don’t try to get perfectionism. Don’t put more time into the task than it is worth. 
  5. Set up some accountability plan. This might be checking in with an accountability partner or keeping the goal in front of you by checking in several times a day with the questions, “Am I on task? Am I doing the best possible thing to move me toward my goal?”
  6. Reward yourself when you complete each of the big 3. Take a break. Give yourself some treat – maybe a short walk or a special coffee.

Still some days you don’t get it all done? Don’t beat yourself up. Learn from mistakes and know that tomorrow is another day.

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer