Get movitated to get organized by focusing on what is possible. via

For many people the hardest part about getting organized (and many other projects, for that matter) is getting started. Maybe this has happened to you before, too. You’re ready to start an organizing project but…

You don’t have enough time to start and finish the project, so you don’t start. Or, you aren’t sure about all the steps that will be required to get the job done, so you don’t start. Or, you don’t have the resources (time, money, containers, etc.) to do the project all the way, and so…you don’t start.

Next time this happens to you, here is a simple question to ask yourself:

What can I do?

See, when we’re feeling overwhelmed by a project, organizing or otherwise, what’s ultimately getting in our way is all the thoughts about what we can’t do…I can’t finish it, I can’t afford it, I can’t figure out how. Asking “What can I do” stops that thinking dead in its tracks. You begin focusing on what is possible and this will help motivate you to get started.By the way, I used this question this weekend to break down some barriers of my own. Want to know the results? Here’s just a partial list of items checked off my list, simply by focusing on what was possible: I organized a makeup drawer, touched up trim paint, washed the dog, cleaned the car upholstery, and swept one half of the garage. Not a bad return on investment for four little words. ;) So…what can you do? Let me know out in the comments!


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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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