I have asked my clients this question many times: “If a hurricane comes tomorrow what would you take?”
I believe this helps the client to begin to access and think about what really matters in life.
What is most important to us? What is absolutely sentimental and a part of us? Many of us have accumulated so much and it sometimes consumes us.
I had to ask myself the above questions when preparing for Hurricane Irma earlier this month. Yes, there are evacuation lists and hurricane preparedness lists, but what is my list for life? I left my house with the mindset that I may only come back to a shell of a house based on the category 5 storm heading for Miami. My house is a two story and my upstairs is wood and not mad of concrete block. I do have impact glass windows and a 25 kw generator on a slab in the yard since Hurricane Wilma left us without power for over 2 weeks in 2005, but I live in an evacuation zone near the coast. We evacuated.
The storm went west affecting others so horribly, but kept my house standing with debris, discoloration and really only a big mess to clean up. I could unpack what I brought and begin to get back to somewhat normal. The psychological component continues. I am not sure why. I do know not much matters as far as stuff. Being safe and having what you need is all that matters.
Be safe and organized! My thoughts, prayers and healing wishes to all affected by Harvey, Irma and Maria this season.
I was reminded lately of the quote that Ben Franklin said so long ago: “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Who knew that what was important in the 1700s is still so relevant today!
This idea of having a designated space for the things you need every day and if possible, for most things, is terrific for children, college students, and adults.
If the space is labeled or everyone in the home, dorm or apartment has communicated about the placement, it makes evenings and hectic mornings better for all.
Stay in touch with the kids and adults and be sure to make eye contact for better retention of information. Make a routine of catching up on any details for school, work or life in general on Wednesdays or Thursdays to make sure your week is finished so all deadlines can be met. My daughter recently wrote a blog post for her job, which correlates to getting ready for back to school and fall life.
The end of summer can be full of mixed feelings as we approach Labor Day. I always associated the beginning of the carefree lifestyle with Memorial Day and the need to return to structure and more routines to be by Labor Day.
Let’s take a minute to say it’s been fun basking in the summertime and let’s look forward to what comes now.
Wishing you the best as you transition and embrace Ben’s words!
Now you are allowed to dream, contemplate, search for serenity and breathe. Take a vacation or a staycation and just be. What do you want to do for enjoyment? Fish, bike, swim, dive, garden, BBQ, sail, hike, golf, read, take an art class, drive across the USA, be a tourist in your own town or just chill.
For many school is out, business schedules aren’t as hectic and it is ok to visit that summer feeling of sun and fun or cool and relaxed! You have earned it and when the beginning of August arrives and it’s back to school and the structured rat race is near, then you can revisit the organizing plan again.
It will be time to reassess clothes, kitchens, patios, garages and any piles that may have accumulated in cars from the carefree summer days just to name a few! You will be ready after recharging and punching out for awhile. Studies have shown that people who take a break and take a vacation are happier in life and perform better throughout the year.
When you step away from the hustle you are able to experience another perspective on what is really important and why you are driven to do what you do all year.
Face it you have already gone through half the year and you want to be in gear for the fall season, the new school year, new work contracts, new clients, associations, teams and whatever else will lead you into the end of 2017. Before you know it the Holidays will be upon us!
Ask yourself is my schedule controlling me or am I controlling my schedule?? Where did the first half of this year go? Now go ahead and take time to be off the grid today and in the coming weeks. Lets make a plan to catch up and do some organizing and streamlining towards the end of this summer.
Your brain is an organ and a muscle that sucks up a huge amount of energy.
Our brains go through a natural cycle every 90 minutes according to the Organizational Dynamics publication, so pause and think relaxation. Go for a walk, talk to a friend, watch a funny YouTube clip or do 3 yoga poses.
Aren’t making decisions sometimes fatiguing?
What to wear?, What to cook?, Where to eat and How to schedule the week?
Are you guilty of multitasking?
This is also a big challenge for your brain.
Have an energized and organized day!