At any time of day, many of us spend a lot of wasted energy searching for any one of these three things: a wallet, a set of keys, and a digital device (or two). And, as the clock ticks while we search for what we "know we put somewhere", stress increases.
Before any international trip, how many times do you find yourself checking the same bag in the same place over and over again to make sure your passport hasn't suddenly moved on its own? It's often about not trusting ourselves, as we too often forgot important things at important times when we are under stress.
So why a picture of vans and bicycles? Look closely, and you'll see that the designated parking area for bicycles is marked off by a rope placed in an orderly fashion over the loose stone parking lot. With clear delineation, everyone else knows what's expected each and every time they park there. So how does this tie into our mindset?
Here are a few thoughts:
Simple acts, like not having to look for keys or phones, to that passport stored in a "safe place", all come down to a basic habit: put your same things in the same place every time.
When things are in order, predictability and productivity increase, leading to more peace of mind and less stress.
Orderliness for the sake of having everything in order is not the goal, it's a starting point. When things are in order, "search time" is reduced, efficiency is increased and it becomes easier to execute more fluidly.
When your personal and professional calendars are in order, your life will flow better, as you'll be running it, rather than someone else running it for you.
When things are in order you'll feel mentally lighter, vs. closed in when surrounded by clutter.
Cluttered desk = cluttered mind = less bandwidth for free thought:
When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment. Eric Dolan
What do you do on a consistent basis to maintain both physical and mental order?
Jamie is the founder of Life Work Integration, a process that integrates passion with purpose and vision. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org & via twitter @jdouraghy