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 stand in our own way and impede our best intentions. Understanding what works best for us and what does not impacts the overall quality of our life.
Does this phrase fill your head with images of pristine, clear spaces, sparsely filled and neatly organized? Or is your vision brimming with boxes and containers filled with decades of memories and projects not yet begun? Some people have a knack for eliminating items that have outlived their usefulness. Others hold on to items purely based on sentimental value or often for an intended future purpose.
Your Organizing Personality Type
Have you ever been in the flow? Flow is that effortless feeling when things just seem to work well. Those flow experiences are often thought to be random occurrences, but in our research and years working with others to enhance productivity and stay organized, we’ve found out some important information.
It seems that each of us has natural behaviors regarding how we manage time and how we organize our living and working spaces. And, the Time & Space Style Inventory was designed by productivity professionals with decades of experience to help you gain insight and be more productive as a result. Here’s what we’ve learned about Minimalist personality styles when it comes to organizing!
How Your Organizing Personality Type Creates Flow Experiences
When things flow smoothly, we often think it’s simple synchronicity. But, the more you know about yourself, the better you are able to manage tension when you become inundated, over-scheduled and blocked with clutter. When your stress increases, it’s important to understand how to work with our natural style preferences, and let your dominant habits and behaviors work for you rather than stand in your way!
If you ignore tension and stress, you can get in your own way, impede your best intentions and miss your goals. And understanding what techniques, behaviors and products work for you, and what does not, impacts the overall quality of your life.
Are You A Minimalist Organizing Personality?
Minimalist Organizing Style Types dislike clutter and avoid it by purging items frequently. The Minimalist Space Style Preference places a high value on function and use over the sentimental value an item possesses. Minimalists cringe at that thought of collections that serve no purpose. A person with this preference will not be spotted at garage sales or snapping up loads of discounted or free items. She connects with the function of an item she needs to get a job or project done.
As a result, Minimalists keep life manageable by controlling the number of things in their living and working space. They dislike clutter and though they appreciate the value of memories, they prefer to live in the ‘now.’ Being surrounded by miscellaneous objects that solely represent memories and past events is unnecessary. “Letting go of stuff creates space for the new things coming into my life” would be a Minimalist thought. (Suddenly, a popular Disney Movie track comes to mind…)
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In addition prioritizing and letting go is easy for a Minimalist. Clear surfaces give her a sense of control over her environment. It’s important for a Minimalist to be aware that others may not be as comfortable with this process. Believing that others who share their space should be able to let go of low-priority items with equal ease can (and often does) create tension with others.
In contrast, Minimizing clutter may be a knee-jerk reaction to having lived with someone who hung on to too many items; a minimalist may be tempted to get rid of someone else’s belongings without their permission. Because value focuses on function, she may purge rashly causing regret. To balance her need to reduce tension by releasing clutter, a Minimalist needs to be self-aware – particularly when her emotions are heightened. In times of grief or anger, she may throw out things to feel a greater sense of control and relief.
How can a Minimalists arrange space, avoid tension with others, and create a more enjoyable spaces?
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.
Some Flow Steps To Help a Minimalist enhance workflow:
1. Use clear, straightforward systems to manage items.
2. Isolate decision-making from the ‘action of purging to create space’.
3. Engage and seek to understand emotions to avoid using purging as a response to unresolved issues.
4. Take time to determine the value of what you have decided to dispose of so you are not disposing hastily – don’t dispose of jointly used (or owned) items without determining the value held by others first.
When you follow the four steps above, you will help yourself 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 Style Preference!
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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