A couple of months ago, my husband was out of town for a few days, which meant I had three days all to myself. I was sad for about five minutes, and then I reveled. I realized that I could do anything I wanted.
What I ended up doing that first day surprised me. I organized my office. I mean totally. I filed everything that could be filed, I sorted through all my piles of business cards and tossed a lot, organized the rest with headings in just the right box. I cleaned the supply drawers; I created lists, and rearranged things. It was glorious.
In retrospect I realized I was doing the dance. Organizing and cleaning are often part of what I do as my ‘dance’– that thing I do as I prepare to do the bigger thing I want or need to do.
It’s my mental preparation for what comes next. Often, if I have to make an important phone call or write an email, I will find myself tidying first. This can look like procrastination or not focusing on what’s most important, but I have come to see it as my preparation.
By clearing my space, I clear my head. By focusing on minutia, I focus on one thing at a time. I have come to recognize it as part of my creative cycle.
Sometimes when I find myself digging in to a deeper organizing jag, I realize that it’s because I am preparing for something. It could be a bigger shift of my focus, or the start of a new project. Organizing is always grounding and clarifying for me.
Of course there is a fine line and a slippery slope between preparing and procrastination and avoidance, so we do need to be mindful here.
I believe that having a clean slate allows us to move forward in a bigger way.
It is also just a great way to get energy moving. Sometimes when we don’t know how to get started on a project, the best thing to do is to organize – your space, your office, your to-do list or the project itself.
Getting organized is a fantastic way to shift energy and get yourself going.
What does your dance look like?
What might you be preparing for?