Being organized is my key to unlock mindfulness.
I think that when you are bogged down by chaos, by disorder, by little details that you just can’t seem to get a handle on, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. It’s easy to get frustrated. And those feelings get in the way of learning and practicing mindfulness.
For me, having a plan written down and having systems in place are essential. I have systems for my work, for meal planning, for kids’ therapy, for every small task that has to be done.
These little bits of organization liberate me.
They make it possible to focus on the moment at hand without worrying about dinner, or phone calls I need to make, or bills that need to get paid. Not worrying, just getting it done. Focusing on the moment.
I get overwhelmed too, but not by the small details. I have methods of filing papers and not having them piled everywhere. I can find what I need in my home and on my computer when I need it. I am rarely searching for small details, like a recipe, a file, an email, to get the big things done.
Get the big things done.
When you have those organizing tools in place, and the organized habits, you really can focus on the most important things. Your work, your family and your own happiness. Not that happiness comes easy. Bliss takes work. But I use organizing tools and habits to take the anxiety out of the little details. Tools to help me practice mindfulness. An organized life directly leads to a more mindful life, a more blissful life.