The Gift of Being Organized
When it comes to organizing our lives, we often think about the external benefits: a clean house, a well-run office, an efficient way of getting things done. But what about the internal benefits? What about the peace of mind that comes with being organized?
For me, being organized is one key to a peaceful mind. When my desk is clean, my email inbox is empty (or empty-ish), and my to-do list is overseeable, I am less likely to be distracted by thoughts of things I need to do, or worries about what I might be missing.
That’s why I advise people to get their to-dos out of their heads and into a productivity system (a productivity system is a system for how you handle your to-dos: anything from pen and paper to using an app). While there are many different types of systems out there, the important thing is that you find one that works for you.
In my case, I often first write down my to-dos using stream of consciousness: this allows me to visualize my day and know what I need to do. I then enter my outstanding tasks into simpler so that simpler can then prioritize these to-dos for me. That way I’ll still have access to them later on and I won’t have to worry about forgetting something - it's all saved and prioritized.
Having a productivity system in place isn’t just about getting things done; it's also about enjoying your life. When our minds aren’t cluttered with worries and thoughts about what else needs to get done, we’re able to experience life more fully and connect with others in a deeper way.
So if you're looking for a way to reduce stress and experience more inner peace, consider being organized. A small, well-organized to-do list may not seem like much at first, but it can make a big difference over time.