STYLE Savvy: Putting Organizational Doubts in Their Place

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Have you ever had the feeling that, despite your progress with respect to organization, you really don’t have it all together?

Yeah. Me too.

Because this is a process, we all have those days when we feel as though not only don’t we have it all together, but perhaps we never will. It’s a terrible, defeated feeling, and it’s one we need to shake off. It’s okay — normal, even — to have doubts, but there’s no point in letting them win.

Here are three keys to putting the doubts in their place.

Put it in perspective. Usually, when these feelings emerge, something has gotten in the way of our progress. Maybe it’s a shortage of time, maybe it’s an influx of stuff, maybe it’s that one spot that just won’t stay organized. Temporary setbacks are not the same as permanent problems. Keep using your style-specific strategies and this too, shall pass.

Focus on what is working. Often, the best way to put things in perspective is to seek out specific examples of solutions we’ve put into place. While these successes don’t negate the things that bug us, they remind us of what we’re capable of. There’s a reason the S in STYLE stands for Start with Successes.

Remember who the systems are for. No one else has to like, approve of or understand the systems you choose to use. The only person your system has to work for is you. So, if it doesn’t look perfect or spotless, it doesn’t matter. Not as long as you can find what you need when you need it.

We all have those days where doubt digs in its heels. A little shot of confidence might be all it takes to loosen its grip.


Copyright 2018 Lisa Hess

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Lisa Lawmaster Hess has contributed articles to local, national and online publications, and blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles, The Susquehanna Writers and here at Catholicmom.com. She is the author of two non-fiction books (Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce) and two novels, Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is a lecturer in psychology at York College and enjoys singing with the contemporary choir at her church.

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