In fact, I honestly don't understand people who aren't! How can you nutty non-planners possibly keep track of all that has to be done without writing it down? Without a to-do list how do you wild and crazies live with that fluttery feeling that you might have forgotten something?!?!
I also adore symmetry. And even numbers (petrol gauge, volume on the TV, even always). I like stripes and spots. I love black and white. I adore renovation shows but would happily only watch the big reveal. All that neatness! And tidiness! And paint that's yet to be marred by a single dirty fingerprint! The unclutter movement is my bliss. I've done KonMari. The William Morris quote “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” gives me happy chills!
And yet - in the eternal dichotomy that is human existence - I don't see mess. It's comes part and parcel with my (diagnosed) 'Off With the Fairies' disorder. How can one possibly keep ones house tidy all the time when there are imaginings to be imagined? For example, I could walk over a bobby pin sitting on the stairs a dozen times and not notice it. Or if I do I'll tell myself to pick it up later. Just ask my husband - he's the one with the (undiagnosed) Just Pick It Up when You See It condition. This also comes down to the fact that I have no willpower. Am distracted by bright shiny things. And happily lose great tracts of time to faffing.
And thus, in order to maintain a base level of sanity, my eternal pursuit for Being Organised is real.
Here are a few mantras and hacks that have helped me at least feel more organised:
DO IT NOW
Answer emails, texts and invitations the moment you read them! The longer you leave them unanswered the more weight they place on your shoulders. And it just keeps piling up.
WRITE IT DOWN
Think of something you need 'to do' write it down. On a scrap, on your hand. Keep a master list somewhere - I use my Bullet Journal.
TICK IT OFF
Ticking things off you to do list is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It's been scientifically proven that you'll get a dopamine hit every time you make that tick. And you feel physically lighter!
Before getting to the meat of my day (the writing of the books) I now know I need to do a few things to clear my head first. Admin things, preparation things, creative things. For me its a form of meditation. Cleansing of the creative palette.
Once the preparation is done - unplug. Switch off. Put your head down and work. Distraction is the key to your undoing.
IF IT ISN'T BEAUTIFUL OR FUNCTIONAL, LOSE IT.
I'm a big one for finding your bliss and swimming in it till you're all pruney. So ditch the clutter and surround yourself with things that give you joy. Lighter and brighter all the way, baby.
And if anyone has a magical piece of organisational advice to add, please share! My learning on this score will never be done.
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Anyone coming to the Romance Writers of Australia conference in Brisbane this month, I'm holding a workshop entitled The Organised Writer in which I'll share hints and hacks to help others like me to organise their space, their time and their heads in order to write more, write clean, write better. Head over to The Organised Writer facebook page for more.https://www.facebook.com/theOrganisedWriter/