We all go through many transitions in our life. In fact, with moving, weddings, and graduation, June is often a month of transition for many people. Some transitions are happy occasions such as marriage, the birth of a baby, and/or new job opportunities. Some transitions are more difficult such as divorce, the passing of a loved one, or becoming a caregiver for one’s parents. Other transitions are a rite of passage such as graduation or retirement. Even if things are status quo in our lives, the world is in transition around us. New technology is born everyday! We live in a world that is digital, mobile, and social.
All of these transitions in one’s life bring change. Change can be found in our schedules or routines, where we live, and the people we interact with in our day. Change can also impact our mood, our stress level, and our ability to cope.
As we move through our life transitions and experience change, we may struggle with our ability to get and stay organized. Therefore, life transitions are an excellent time to take a close look at our organizing systems and decide what is working and what is no longer working in our new day to day life. Examining our systems provides the opportunity for us to find better solutions and update our systems accordingly.
Have you noticed that you have adapted and updated your organizing systems with a life transition? Perhaps you started a new job that requires learning a new system for organizing paperwork or digital data. Perhaps you moved and need to establish organization systems in bedroom closets or a kitchen pantry. Or, perhaps you got married or had a baby and have experienced the need to better manage your time in order to be productive yet allow more opportunity to spend moments with the ones you love.
When entering a time of transition, it’s important to realize that change will inevitably come. Ask yourself, what organizing principals have worked for me in the past? What did not work and why? Do I prefer to learn new systems through visual techniques? Auditory techniques? Am I a procrastinator or a perfectionist? Additionally, it’s been documented that poor organizing can lead to stress and anxiety. Since change can also cause stress and anxiety, will this be compounded by poor organizing systems?
Taking some time to explore these questions and appreciate the transition and changes you are facing takes patience and time. Unfortunately, there is no cookie cutter solution and the right organizing system may not just develop over night. However, if we can move through our lives feeling free of excess “stuff,” being able to find the items we need when we need them, and if we can arrive prepared and on time to the appointments that matter the most to us, then the investment of going through this thought process and the time involved will surely pay off exponentially in the long run!