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How Your Intuition Helps You Organise

I was doing puzzles with my 4 year old and reflected upon Oprah's words "what is the next right move?"

If you haven't seen her asking this question and its significance to her, here's the link to the video.
When you're doing a puzzle, there's no risk, right? You are free to take your next move without fear of making a mistake, or shame or judgement.
It's different when you're an adult, isn't it? You've learned that someone will point out an error, or see a better way than you've done it, or want you to finish doing it quicker than you did it. There's pressure. That increases the stakes, adds an anxious or competitive element, and for each move that doesn't produce immediate results, you kick yourself that you could have done better.
What happens then? You slow down, you spend more time researching, you ask everyone's opinions, you feel stuck, and then you move onto something else. You don't finish what you were doing.

Back to the puzzle

There are many ways to put a puzzle together:
  1. Look for corner and edge pieces
  2. Sort similar colours together
  3. Look for key elements of the puzzle
  4. Test pieces to see if they fit together
  5. Compare details of pieces to see if you can place them in the picture
  6. Any others you can think of?

Does it matter how you do it?

It doesn't matter where you start the puzzle, it just matters when you are able to fit pieces together. Then you get a little thrill reinforcing you're on the right track. The more you fit together, the more you understand the purpose of the remaining pieces.

Thiis is good practice for asking yourself "what is the next right move?"

How does this relate to organising?

  1. It reduces your "stuck" feelings. If you can get into the habit of asking yourself and seeking your intuition, you stay in a place of calm, of curiosity, of investigation, you're less attached to a perfect outcome, you want to see what happens. That way, your energy keeps flowing, and you understand you're on a journey, and things will continue to change. It's easier to move forward and try something and see if it feels right to you. If it does, great! If it doesn't, you've learnt something, you can change it, and try something else. This means you feel empowered to take action, and action reduces your clutter.
  2. You know whether your belongings make you happy. The better you are at listening to yourself, the more you recognise how your belongings make you feel, and whether they are valuable in your life. You need to be able to identify that to decide what to keep and what to let go. For example, if you are surrounded by belongings that you are keeping out of obligation, you are likely to feel the weight of expectation around you, and feel a lot of resistance to that, which brings procrastination, lethargy, avoidance and anxiety. If, on the other hand, you are surrounded by belongings that support the way you want to live, you feel a certain lightness, a clarity of purpose, a feeling of comfort, and a sense of movement.
There is some really powerful research that shows your environment is totally capable of influencing your feelings, even to the point of stopping drug addiction:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/the-real-cause-of-addicti_b_6506936.html?ir=Australia

What is your next right move?

So take a moment to take a breath and ask yourself, "what is the next right move?" and see what comes to you. I'd love to hear what you notice and how it goes for you. Comment on Facebook or send me an email at leah.fry@makelifeeasierorganising.com.


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