We all have natural behaviors regarding the use of time and how we organize time and space.
Sometimes our styles work well for us, but when we do not understand how to work with our natural styles, we can get in our own way and impede our best intentions. Understanding what can work for us and what does not impacts the overall quality of our life.
Picture a work area where folders are piled high. Projects for the week, or perhaps the month, cover every open space, save the one currently commanded by your computer or pen. The piles speak volumes – busy, busy, busy. Every project is important and possesses the highest priority.
Someone with an Everything OutTM organizing personality style preference owns this territory. Keeping these visual clues exposed helps her maintain a sense of control over her domain. The motto ‘nothing is hidden, therefore nothing can be forgotten’ lives in their minds. An Everything Out’s to-do list literally fills her space.
A sense of overwhelm lurks silently among the piles. Overwhelm threatens the Everything Out when randomly placed items are difficult to locate. Ironically, she resists organizing for fear of losing things. ‘I may forget something important!’ she thinks or ‘Why put away items that are just going to be used again anyway?’
The expansive disarray produces anxiety in others who cannot understand the motives of an Everything Out. The workspace appears cluttered and disorganized. Others find it stressful and difficult to navigate.
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How can an Everything Out change the quality of her experience?
Can an Everything Out organizing style work within what is natural to her style preference to reduce anxiety, stop stressing others out, arrange her space, and create a more enjoyable workflow?
Flow is defined as the “natural, effortless unfolding of life in a way that moves us toward wholeness and harmony” (from The Power of Flow, Belitz and Lundstrom). The gateway to flow begins with awareness, being present in the moment, and learning to manage your inner experience.
Flow StepsTM offer simple choices to help resolve tension and restore freedom over time and space.
Here are some basic Flow Steps that can help an Everything Out organizing personality enhance workflow:
1. Select organizational and storage products that provide maximum visibility so you can see and know exactly what you have and where things are
2. Evaluate your workspace often – Ask questions for each item:
- Do I like this and enjoy using it regularly?
- Is it functional?
- Is this the best place to store it?
3. Create a basic sorting system for incoming paperwork that will enhance a feeling of mastery over the work rather than disorganized piles mastering you.
These are just a few ways to use your natural style to create a more pleasing workflow experience.
Once you identify your dominant preferences – are you an Everything OutTM, Nothing OutTM, MinimalistTM, SaverTM, StraightenerTM, or No RulesTM? – you can begin to take steps to integrate more Flow Steps into your experience.
The Time & Space Style Inventory™ (TSSI™) evaluates your style preferences and how you arrange space, tolerate disorder, and assign value. By learning your preferences, you can make the most of your style to increase flow in your life with Flow Steps that will help you successfully manage your inner experience.
EMBRACE your natural style!
Cena Block (sanespaces.com) A business coach and author, Cena has collaborated with professional organizer and author Sunny Schlenger (suncoach.com) to create the Time & Space Style Inventory™ – a tool that not only identifies natural behavioral styles but also enables you to use that information to create a personalized road map to manage your time and space. Find Sunny’s new book: Flow Formula: A Guidebook to Wholeness and Harmony on Amazon.com
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