How I Discovered the Secret to More Productivity
My friend, client, and now mentor, Melynda (the CEO of Order to Everything), gave me a life-changing present for Christmas: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.
This gift came at the perfect time. I had just watched Made For More from Rachel Hollis (read my review of that documentary). I was inspired as heck! For sure, one of the main factors for living a great life is ENVIRONMENT.
It got me thinking… How can I make sure I live in a productive environment? To me, this means:
- Laundry is done
- Home is clean
- Car is organized!
While I was thinking about all of this, Marie Kondo’s book fell onto my lap, thanks to Melynda.
I got hooked and booked Melynda to give me specific solutions to fix some areas where I needed to strategize my space.
As a mom of 4, CEO, wife, and community influencer, my agenda is very full. I never have time to do chores at home. Even when I get someone to clean it, the house won’t be in order.
As I found out, though, cleaning and order are two different worlds. That’s why I want to share my journey and the lessons I learned.
See more pics from my journey in this Facebook album.
3 Big Lessons I Learned on the Journey to Productivity and Order
I gained so much from this experience. These are my biggest takeaways:
1. Everything You Have Must Have a Place
That’s right – everything you own must have its own place to live.
After I found a place for all my stuff, I noticed the shift. When I saw my tidy drawers with every single piece of clothing fitting inside, it was an instant WOW. It’s been almost a month and I am proud to say that I am keeping them intact!
2. Make Little Moves Consistently
This is a big lesson and applies to the tidying process. Of course, I need to organize 10 other drawers, the garage, the office, etc. But, you need to focus on one small goal at a time. Finish that goal, then move on.
For me, it all started with the space where I spend most of my time – my bedroom.
Once my bedroom was done, right there, it increased my energy by 50%! Instant boost!
3. Claiming a Victory Empowers You
Melynda organized my clothes and my closet and suggested that I get hangers of the same color. Oh my God. That was glorious. I did it and it looked so nice, I got empowered to do even more!
This is a big lesson for entrepreneurs. Sometimes you just need a little bit of help, and then all the ideas flow!
Productivity and Order in Your Life Are Totally Achievable
The best part about these lessons is you can apply them to other goals, too, beyond just tidying up your life. They’re universal.