Is it Time for a Fresh Start

Is it time for a fresh start? - Organizing with a Side of Fabulous Blog
Is it time for a fresh start? - Organizing with a Side of Fabulous Blog

I've said this many times before but it's always good to have a reminder.

As things change, your organizing systems need to change with them.

If not, they'll not function as well as they could or even just flat fall apart. When you realize that it's not working anymore, sometimes it's best to blow it all up and start fresh.

Figuratively, of course.

I did that for myself this past weekend.

Once you're organized, you'll find yourself making tweaks here and there. That's good. That's what you're supposed to do. However, when things change quickly, the small tweaks might not work anymore.

For me, I've been getting new ideas fast and furious for the past few months now. Really, I've been on a major creativity upswing this entire year. However, being a for the most part one-woman-show, that means that a lot of things have to sit in a holding pattern until I can take action.

At the beginning of the year I did a productivity series and in it I mentioned I used TickTick. I still do and love it. However, a few months ago it wasn't working as well as it once did. It didn't suck...but it was less than fabulous. I'd heard great things about Trello and after thinking about how I wanted it to function for me, got it and started transferring things over.

Let me tell you - this is a TEDIOUS process. I'd MUCH rather be writing or tackling the to-do list or up to my eyeballs in other people's clutter or eating or napping or drinking champagne or...

You get the picture. When your to-do list is as massive as mine, the transfer sucks.

I got a bunch popped over, but then decided to do it bit by bit over time.

Confession: I never transferred anything else.

So I had this awkward TickTick/Trello combo that worked OK...but not fabulously.

Two weeks ago - enter Evernote.

Holy cow I love that Webclipper!!! PERFECT for researching things. Such a game-changer as I've gathered all the necessary info to prepare my book "Fabulous Foothold to Organization" for Kindle, Smashwords (which distributes to all the major retailers) and now prepping for print.

I loved it so much that I started transferring everything over there to keep everything in one location.

After all, I'm all about efficiency and such.

But then...holy crap that became WAY too much visual noise for me.

Three different ways to manage my to-dos and projects and none of them working fabulously???

Time to blow it up and create a fresh start.

I ripped it all apart. Stripped lists, labels, and due dates. The works. Everything back into random little single notes. Then I went back through, thinking about 1) if this was something I really needed to do and 2) what would I think first when I needed to look for it. I then re-listed everything in TickTick based on this new system. Trello is out and I'll continue to use Evernote but only in a research capacity.

*Cue huge sigh of satisfaction*

It took a long time to do - but the space it's created in my head and ease with which I now know what to do and when is MORE than worth it. Pretty much par for the course with any organizing project: the process can suck and is certainly time-consuming but hot-damn if the after benefits don't rock!

So how can you create your own fresh start?

  • First, determine what needs to be blown up. If you're not sure then think about this: what in your life isn't working as well as it should? It's not necessarily bad...but it's not fabulous either. I knew it was time to  blow up my to-do list system when I found myself with tons to do but regularly spinning my wheels on what to do next.
  • Create a nice chunk of time to work. You'll want to do this distraction free. Get snacks and something to drink. Play good music.
  • Take what you need and break it apart. Get it down to its simplest form.
  • When it's down to the littlest pieces, it's easy to get overwhelmed. That's OK. Don't freak out. Just take a break. Step away for a bit. Take some deep breaths. Go for a walk. Maybe watch a little TV or do something completely different. Then regroup and come back.
  • Once back, resort like with like, remove what is no longer needed, and then reassemble in a way that makes better sense and works better.

When circumstances change slowly it's easy to make tweaks and adjustments as you go. However, in times of rapid change you may find that it's best to blow it up, break things completely apart, and then rebuild fresh.

What can you blow up and rebuild in a better, more fabulously organized way?

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