“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” — Immanuel Kant
What do you do when you’re a pretty organized, or semi-organized person, and your partner in crime is, let’s say, “a wee bit messy”?
Still, they get the work done but it looks like a tornado went through town and they cause a nervous twitch in your eyebrow.
When you approach the subject they want to change but don’t quite know how to go about it. How do you help them?
There’s no one right answer to this one. It’s predicated on what fits the person’s actual life.
What it comes down to is creating a system that matches the reality of their situation. Maybe they can’t do it completely on their own. They might be involved in a situation where the disorganization comes from other people or other areas of their lives.
If this is the case then there are other factors at play than just what the individual can do.
So, what if their performance isn’t hinged on anyone but them?
The first step is to identify times and spaces to get organized. If there are only a couple of hours in the week then start utilizing them for planning.
Find out what 3 main things can lead them to get the most results. It could be creating a schedule for certain activities, a system for prioritizing things, filing things, putting things that they don’t need in storage, etc.
The specifics will vary from person to person.
I’ll just add this little thing: You can only give people the tools to organize their own lives, you can’t do it for them.
Well, technically you can, but the results seldom last.
If the person feels like they thrive in disorder then there’s very little we can do to help change that.
The reason for this is that once you’re out of the picture there’s no accountability and people will most likely fall into their old habits. They’ll be able to put the blame on something that seems outside of their control.
Also, life changes. If they don’t understand the underlying principles of how to go about organizing and adapting their systems to fit their new lives, they’re going to find it that much harder.
They have to want it for themselves, get the tools they need, and then create systems they can adapt as their lives change.
Should they decide not to change or they say they want to but end up not doing anything about it, then you’re wasting two very precious things: their time and yours.
If you’re finding this hard to do then perhaps there might be some underlying issues that you need to work on. Ask yourself why this is so important to you?
All you can do is to set an example, give people the information, and let them decide for themselves.
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