Organize Your Life

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When you think of getting organized, what comes to mind? A planner, pretty containers from The Container Store, perfectly lined up shoes?

These are the things I typically think about, but while reading last night, I realized it is about so much more. I am reading Money, A Love Story: Untangle Your Financial Woes and Create the Life You Really Want by Kate Northrup, which is a book about personal finance from a spiritual perspective (I am loving it, and hope to post my review by the end of the week).

Money, A Love Story is about way more than the numbers, focusing on us as whole people and what we actually want to be doing with our lives and discovering ways to allow money to facilitate our dreams rather than work against us. I am near the end of the book, and it is all starting to come together.

“Focus on how you want to feel, organize your life to feel that way more often, and then sit back and watch how it all comes to pass…”

So far, this sentence has had the greatest impact for me. You mean I can actually organize my life, as it is right now, to feel the way I want to feel so the things I want in life will happen more readily? Yes, that is exactly the idea.

Organize Your Days

Even if we have things to do today or tomorrow that we really don’t want to do, we can still organize our activities so we feel how we want to feel. That might mean going to bed a little earlier, getting up a little earlier, skipping a TV show, or skipping a treat. It might mean doing yoga, going to the gym, or spending time working towards your dream.

Whatever it means to you, you get to decide. I all too easily get caught in the cycle of thinking that someone else has designed my life to be the way I don’t want it, and that I am stuck playing by those rules, no time left for me and what I feel passionate about.

But no. We get to organize our lives. Money, A Love Story is helping me learn what that means for the one aspect of life that has a whole lot to do with how I spend my days, like it or not.

Organize Your Choices

Organize Your Life is another way of saying Organize Your Choices. Our lives unfold largely based on our choices. Make the choices that are more in line with your vision more often, and you are automatically organizing yourself on the way to the life you dream of.

What one thing will you do today to organize your life to feel how you want to feel? Please share your thoughts!

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  1. Meg Evans Jan 4, 3:33 pm

    Yes, organization is indeed about feelings as well as file folders! At present, many of my bills and other financial documents are stuffed into old, overflowing folders with frayed edges. I’ve been meaning to replace the old folders and declutter their contents, but so far I’ve only done a few of them. Getting all my account statements in nice neat folders would go a long way toward feeling more comfortable with them! Thanks for the gentle push to give this task more of a priority and get it finished. 🙂

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    1. anniehurley Jan 6, 7:02 am

      Hi Meg! Yes, organization is a great thing. Finding the motivation to make it happen can be tricky! We are all works in progress. Although I have transitioned to paperless (for the most part) I must admit that I still have the digital equivalent of junk piles that I am still working to organize. We can inspire each other to take the tiny steps towards greater organization 🙂 It is always inspiring to me to hear that I am not alone!

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      1. Meg Evans Jan 6, 9:26 am

        My shredder got plenty of work yesterday — that will be the topic of my Clutter Comedy post this coming Sunday. 🙂

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  2. Brittany Jan 4, 5:35 pm

    I am going to make a to do list for the week and prioritize it. How do you organize your many lists of “things to do”? By week? Each day a new one?

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    1. anniehurley Jan 6, 6:59 am

      Hi Brittany! So glad you asked! I completely transitioned from paper-based planners a while back and now keep everything in Evernote. It was a bit painful to part with the land of pretty planners, but it was too much for me to keep up with. So now I look at pictures of them or browse through them at the store from time to time, but stick to my digital system that syncs between my phone and computer. I wrote a series about my “hipster” a while back. Here is the post about to-do list items: http://ow.ly/GScvX. hope you enjoy 🙂

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