Organizing vs. Rocket Science
Did you know that “the exact speed needed to orbit the earth depends on the altitude, according to a formula that was developed by Johannes Kepler in the early 1600’s: V = sqrt ( g0 * Re^2 / (Re + h) ) where V is the velocity for a circular orbit, g0 is the surface gravitational constant of the Earth (32.2 ft/sec^2), Re is the mean Earth radius (3963 miles), and h is the height of the orbit in miles?”
Maybe you did. Or like me, maybe you didn’t 🙂
Either way, you’re probably wondering why I’m telling you this. Well, I was just reading NASA’s website, looking for a fact I could include in this email to show you just how easy organizing can be compared to rocket science!
Rocket science is hard, organizing is not.
If you take something out, put it away. If you stop using something, get rid of it. If something doesn’t have a dedicated home, create a system. It really can be that simple.
But organizing can become difficult when we complicate things more than we need to…
We wait for the perfect time to start, and then we never begin.
Or maybe we let our imagination run wild on why we may need something in the future, and then we never let go.
Or maybe we focus on unrealistic perfection, and then we never progress.
Or maybe we let others hypnotize us into thinking we can’t get organized, and then we stop trying.
Or maybe we let our past failed attempts determine our future, and then we limit our potential.
This stuff doesn’t have to be complex…
If you’re waiting for the perfect time to start, what’s wrong with today? Ask yourself how you can carve out 20 minutes in your day today (no matter how busy you are) to declutter, organize, or tidy-up. Just using the word “how” in a question will guide your mind toward a solution.
If you’re allowing your imagination to run wild with all the things you may need someday and it’s preventing you from letting go of anything, play it out in your head. Suppose you don’t have those old greeting cards you’ve been saving for years. Or suppose you don’t have that specialty kitchen gadget when you need it 3 years from now. What happens then? Do you trust that you’ll be resourceful enough to move forward in life?
If you’re focused on unrealistic expectations for organizing your home, remind yourself that you actually live, play, learn, eat, work, get ready, cook, and relax in your house. Does any of this happen in a model home or in a magazine?
If you’re letting others hypnotize you into thinking you’ll never be able to get organized, can you really trust their opinion about your abilities? Do they really have all the information they need to make an accurate statement about you?
If you believe you can’t do it because you failed before, didn’t you fall when you learned to walk? Your past failures don’t determine your future success.
Focus on your goal and keep things simple. Obviously there are more details to know to efficiently and effectively get organized. But at the end of the day, this stuff isn’t rocket science. It’s just a game of shuffling stuff around. You don’t need a master’s degree or a PhD. to get organized. Anyone can do it. ANYONE.
The best time to learn was during childhood. The second best time to learn is NOW.
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