The neat thing about personal systems is that they have a structure and a memory so that when we are away from them and then come back home the order of the system is still there.
(I was wide-awake, but you instantly put me to sleep with the beginning of this post. How does this personal system has structure and memory stuff have anything to do with being interesting, let alone anything fun?)
OK voice in the ( ), do you believe in ease and comfort?
Well, I’m talking about personal systems because they can create ease and comfort.
For example, your house is a system. If you leave a clean house and go on a weeklong trip, when you return it’s still clean. It doesn’t just make itself dirty during the week you are gone. Your house retains the order you leave it in. And coming home from a great trip, this organization gives you a sense of ease and comfort, right?
(Yes, coming home to a clean space is nicer and more relaxing than coming home to a dirty one. I can just plop down on the couch and reflect on how wonderful my trip was instead of worrying about how dirty the house is. But Jason, when did you become Mr. Better Homes and Gardens?)
Hey ( ), instead of calling me names, pay attention, this stuff could help you enjoy more peace in your life. Then you wouldn’t feel so inclined to resort to picking on me.
As I was saying, our personal systems retain the order we put them in as long as they don’t get disrupted or flooded with new information.
(Flood! What flood? I’m so confused one minute, I’m snoring because you are waxing boring on this personal system blah, blah, and the next minute you are shouting, “Flood”.)
Let me tell you what I mean by ‘flood’. Say when you left on your vacation, you left organized by emptying your email box. However, when you return your email box has ninety new messages in it. So a flood occurs when a system that you left in order, through external change is flooded with new information while you are gone.
By comparison, when you return home, the furniture in your house will have retained the order you left it in, except possibly for a new layer of dust.
When you are gone, your furniture represents a static system and your email box represents a fluid system.
(Static, fluid, kind of catchy Jason! But what does this all mean for your readers.)
Glad you asked, ( ). It means that with a focus on creating organization before you leave home, you can return to organization. When you return to a clean living space, you can really relax and feel the comforts of home.
Then when you are ready to do something, instead of the laundry on the floor or doing the pile of dishes on the kitchen counter, you can attend to bringing your fluid systems like your email and snail mailbox back into order. This way your fluid systems get reorganized and not more flooded.
(Makes sense, but why are you so keen on this personal organization stuff anyway, Jason.)
I’m so interested in it because for most of my life I resided in spaces I chose to let become highly disorganized. Now that I live in a home that I spend time organizing on a daily basis I notice that I’m much more relaxed and happier. And I’ve found that cleaning and organizing is fairly simple, I just have to choose to take the time to do it consistently.
(Well said…Mr. Better Homes and Gardens!)
Game of the Day
How and when do you organize your static personal systems?
How and when do you organize your fluid personal systems?
How do you like to feel when you return home after being away?
What, if anything, could you do to make organizing before you leave home more fruitful and satisfying for you?
Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska. He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset. For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com