Home Organization: 10 Ways to Start Taking Control!
Was last year a frustrating and overwhelming year for you, too?
As we enter into the new year, you probably find yourself reflecting back on what happened last year and making goals to improve your life this year.
Even if you had a wonderful last year you are probably looking for ways we can further improve and take better control of your life.
Positive thinking is an important part of this process. Positive thinking allows us to focus on our strengths and the things we have accomplished in the past year.
Having an optimistic outlook, making the choice to be happy will help you make progress on your goals and spend less time feeling down and stuck! Here are 10 practical suggestions to develop a positive, successful year!
1. Take Good Care of Yourself
It’s much easier to be positive when you are eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest.
2. Remind Yourself of the Things You Are Grateful For
Stresses and challenges don’t seem quite as bad when you are constantly reminding yourself of the things that are right in life. Taking just 60 seconds a day to stop and appreciate the good things will make a huge difference.
3. Look for the Proof Instead of Making Assumptions
A fear of not being liked or accepted sometimes leads us to assume that we know what others are thinking, but our fears are usually not reality.
If you have a fear that a friend or family member’s bad mood is due to something you did, or that your co-workers are secretly gossiping about you when you turn your back, speak up and ask them.
Don’t waste time worrying that you did something wrong unless you have proof that there is something to worry about.
4. Refrain from Using Absolutes
Have you ever told a partner “You’re ALWAYS late!” or complained to a friend “You NEVER call me!”?
Thinking and speaking in absolutes like ‘always’ and ‘never’ makes the situation seem worse than it is, and programs your brain into believing that certain people are incapable of delivering.
5. Detach From Negative Thoughts
Your thoughts can’t hold any power over you if you don’t judge them. If you notice yourself having a negative thought, detach from it, witness it, and don’t follow it.
6. Squash the “ANTs”
In his book “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life”, Dr. Daniel Amen talks about “ANTs” – Automatic Negative Thoughts.
These are the bad thoughts that are usually reactionary, like “Those people are laughing, they must be talking about me,” or “The boss wants to see me? It must be bad!”
When you notice these thoughts, realize that they are nothing more than ANTs and squash them!
7. Practice Lovin’, Touchin’ & Squeezin’ (Your Friends and Family)
You don’t have to be an expert to know the benefits of a good hug.
Positive physical contact with friends, loved ones, and even pets, is an instant pick-me-up. One research study on this subject had a waitress touch some of her customers on the arm as she handed them their checks. She received higher tips from these customers than from the ones she didn’t touch!
8. Increase Your Social Activity
By increasing social activity, you decrease loneliness. Surround yourself with healthy, happy people, and their positive energy will affect you in a positive way!
9. Volunteer for an Organization, or Help another Person
Everyone feels good after helping. You can volunteer your time, your money, or your resources. The more positive energy you put out into the world, the more you will receive in return.
10. Use Pattern Interrupts to Combat Rumination
If you find yourself ruminating, a great way to stop it is to interrupt the pattern and force yourself to do something completely different.
Rumination is like hyper-focus on something negative. It’s never productive, because it’s not rational or solution-oriented, it’s just excessive worry. Try changing your physical environment – go for a walk or sit outside. You could also call a friend, pick up a book, or turn on some music.
YOU CAN BE FINALLY ORGANIZED
Are you tired of the clutter in every room of your home? Is your To Do list a mile long? Do you wish your family was better organized?
Are you drowning in paper? Are you wondering what you can do to stop procrastinating and start getting things done? Do you want more time in your day for your family and the things you love to do?
Would you like to get organized, once and for all?If so, we highly recommend the book, ‘Finally Organized, Finally Free for the Home.’ We can honestly say, it’s one of the best organizing books on the market
Finally Organized, Finally Free For The Home by Maria Gracia