Is organization the enemy of creativity? Is it true that analytical people excel at order and creative people don’t? Maybe; but there are several important reasons why you might need to learn some techniques for “getting it together” and even remembering where you put “it” afterwards.
Now that I have your attention, let me ask a few questions. Have you ever repurchased something you lost, and found it later? Have you forgotten to pay a bill, paid a late fee, or not collected from someone who owed you money? Have you ever misplaced a valuable document only to discover days later it was on your desk?
If you answered yes, I appreciate you playing along because these are admissions as much as they are questions. I’ve done all these things. I’ve also found that a little work at improving my organizing skills helped in all of these areas, saving me money and brain power.
Here’s another admission; I used to describe a lot more of my days as absent-minded. Too much physical clutter can lead to mental clutter leaving you with that scatter-brained feeling. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a visual person. This doesn’t mean I want my possessions to be lying out on the floor so I can see where everything I own is. But at the same time, I don’t feel comfortable having every bit of it put away in hidden compartments, cabinets and closets either.
You’re probably somewhere between these two extremes as well. It’s essential to know what is comfortable for you and when clutter is becoming a stressor to you.
I also swing between times of disorganization and times of organization. But, I’ve learned that allowing clutter to go too long will zap my creativity rather than helping it. At those times, when I clear off my desk and organize the space around me, I find that it actually frees up my creativity.
By saving money, not wasting time looking for things and freeing your creativity, you’ll find more time and enthusiasm to write. You will focus more without being frustrated. You may even have money to buy a book or two you’ve been “eyeing” to help you improve your writing.
4. Build a Habit
Hey, why not? If you can build-a-bear you can build-a-habit. Experts in behavior agree it takes about 2 or 3 three weeks to start a new habit. My doctor also told me, in reference to eating habits, it takes about six months to unlearn the bad ones. Why work on organizing? You can start to build some productive habits and squash the destructive ones.
5. Tax time
If you only pay taxes once a year, it’s gearing up for that time in the Unites States where everyone gathers together their receipts, electronic files, and forms to start crunching numbers for the IRS. If you have set yourself up as a full-time business, then you may pay estimated tax on a quarterly basis. That’s even more reason to take some time every week or so insuring that you have taken care of important business items.
These are only a few of the many reasons why gaining some organizational skills can benefit you greatly. While organizing may not excite you, it’s important to get a grip on it. You will have to decide how tight the grip is.
If you’re like me and this subject is a challenge, take heart. In my next post, I’ll cover how you can assess your needs and some practical tricks for sneaking organization into your routine without scaring off your muse.
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