Monica Ricci, Professional Organizer, speaker and blogger extraordinaire posted today about flexibility. She hits on an important misnomer about organizers as a ruler-wielding dominatrix-type group. For most of us, this could not be further from the truth! She then goes on to say:
“Getting organized is a process not a singular event.”
I could not agree MORE!! It’s not that once you decide you are going to “get organized” wave your magic wand, spread some pixie dust and everything is instantly different. It’s going to take time and work to get there. As long as you are making headway, celebrate! And remember, at the risk of repeating myself, say to yourself: “Progress NOT Perfection”. I might even revamp that to read, “Flexible Progress, NOT Perfection”. If you need to change your direction, do that!
After a side trip, just get back on track.
Monica’s post also references her recent shopping trip, she bought a box of Cap’n Crunch. Even though she has embarked on a great 18 month change of her eating habits, she took a little side trip. OK, despite the fact that I have a weakness for sugary children’s cereals (yes, that IS a box of Cocoa Pebbles in my pantry), she has got a great point about her purchase. She is eating well and yet she sometimes makes a conscious decision to do something that brings her joy and then she will get right back on the wagon. Not a stitch of guilt involved.
Change is guaranteed, so flexibility is key.
Try not to get yourself so tied up with rigid systems or plans that you can’t breathe. Change is great and it’s a process. Remember one of the only certain things in life IS change. You have the power (and the privilege) to change your mind and do what works for you. Think back to those times when you were really hard on yourself – did you stick with what you were trying to accomplish? My guess is NO. So give yourself a break and live your life the way you want to! And for goodness sake, eat some chocolate once in a while! 🙂