There is something so accomplishing and peaceful for me, and I know many others, about getting organized. This can be as simple as shredding some junk mail or the trash getting picked up. It is a feeling of accomplishment and freeing of the brain, Admiral McRaven famously put it “If you wanna change the world, start off by making your bed” (watch part of that video here). You can call this “closing some tabs”, too many open tabs and you get stuck. The simple idea of making your bed in the morning, opens a tab and then closes it. This gives you the immediate satisfaction of accomplishing a task you created.
Getting organized in the real world helps my brain function better. If things are not organized it’s as if I cannot focus because my brain is thinking of these “open tabs”. Cleaning out a room, or my desk or even something like writing out this blog with my thoughts all accomplish this feeling of getting organized.
Consistency and Priority
For Christmas this year my wife got me 32 clear plastic organizational containers for our kitchen. At the end of the day the same amount of stuff still fits, actually less in some cases. The containers take up more “air” than some of the original packaging, but feels organized, standardized and how it should be. Thinking about all those TikTok videos of people who pour stuff from a perfectly good container to another. I get it, there’s something about consistency.
Too often I find myself bogged down by things that should not. I have improved at not letting this affect me as much. Over the years many projects have not been completed due to too many things going on. I’ve grown more accustom to dealing with more tabs being open and not closed at the end of the night. At the end of each day I do not let it keep me up or away from family, it will be there tomorrow.
Do Your Best
However, as Benjamin Franklin said “do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today”. This still rings true and I find myself happier on days where I am able to accomplish what I set out to, from the simple daily task to checking off that long term project.
Get organized, a place for everything, and everything in it’s place. It feels good at the end of the day to mark some things off your to do list and close out some tabs. Strive every day to do what you can, but do not let it carry over. If something is taxing your brain then get it knocked out so you can focus on the most important things in life.