Whether or not you make New Year’s resolutions, you’ve no doubt resolved to make changes in your behavior at various points in your life, with varying degrees of success. Getting and staying organized and using time more productively both require habit changes. While I help my clients identify, and then support, the habit changes that lead to organizational and productivity success, habit change is still often challenging. Here are some perspectives on why changing habits is sometimes harder than it seems it should be, although it’s still worthwhile to make the effort.
Change is a process. It’s easy to get discouraged when you make efforts to change but don’t succeed. Maybe, despite your best efforts, you still pay bills late, or you still waste time looking for things. Don’t give up! Change doesn’t have a beginning and end – it’s a process that is enhanced by awareness and practice. So simply taking note of what’s troubling you and making small steps towards change will bring you closer to your ultimate goal.
Change is not linear. Sometimes our efforts to change include backsliding – it's normal and certainly not the end of the world. Use your missteps as learning opportunities to help you prepare for what lies ahead as you navigate your journey.
Change requires motivation. Getting organized isn’t an end in itself. Knowing why you want to get organized (to get out the door on time and on a positive note, to stop wasting time looking for things, to have more time for things you enjoy, etc.) can help you stay enthused and on track.
Change requires knowledge and structure. It’s one thing to say you want to get organized or be more productive, but desire will only get you so far – knowing what to do differently and setting up a structure to support those changes are critical to achieving success. Read well-regarded books, support yourself with resources, or hire a knowledgeable professional to help you chart a path to victory.
Here’s to a new and better you!
Wishing you simplicity, harmony and freedom,