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. Visually, peace abounds in the perfect world of a Nothing Out Organizing Personality. A casual visitor sighs in awe a space free of piles. Papers, folders, staplers, supplies sit behind closet and cabinet doors, hidden from view. The workspace speaks of control and organization and is neat and calm. Clutter and chaos are hidden from sight.
A Nothing Out style prefers clean, uncluttered spaces believing that it contributes to her sense of peace. With a clear desk, she feels more in control of her situation. Organizational products that hide things from view are preferred because a Nothing Out dislikes looking at cluttered or messy spaces.
Nothing Outs truly feel that when the workspace is neat this means things are organized. This may be far from the truth since items stashed away in haste may be difficult to find. Having no established systems for where things go causes one put away things haphazardly particularly when clients are scheduled or company comes. Feelings of guilt build up thinking of the disaster zone that lurks behind closet doors.
Nothing Out may encounter conflict with others if they put away other’s belongings without acknowledging other’s organizational systems. Co-workers or family members may can get frustrated working with a system that lacks logical labeling and categorization. This method makes day-to-day systems difficult to maintain.
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Can a Nothing Out personality type use her natural space 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 a Nothing Out style enhance workflow:
1. Create workable easy-to-understand, labeled, filing systems – ones that make sense when you need to stash things quickly.
2. Use portable storage solutions and barriers (like doors and curtains) to keep excess items hidden from the active work areas to curb anxiety.
3. Install closet and drawers organizers and label sections for label easy maintenance.
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 organizing personality and style!
Cena Block (sanespaces.com) specializes in helping moms design work on their own terms and build smart supportive systems that create time for living. 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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