You might well be a bit puzzled by this heading – “Do you need Amanda Monday’s to get organised?” Well the story behind this relates to an email I recently received from a client:
“Just thought I’d let you know I’ve made a recurring appointment in my diary from 1-4 on Monday called “Amanda Mondays”. You showed me how much could be achieved in 3 hours and how good it then felt for the rest of the week. It won’t always work out but the plan is for that time to be spent on getting things – house, paperwork, business plans etc – in a deeper sense of order not just doing the day to day responding to stuff.
I like the way you approach both the organising and me – it feels very much like you are helping me to get what I want done but find very hard to do myself. You don’t impose order, you work with me to discover it. That’s very cool.”
I was chuffed to be reminded of the impact I have on people’s lives. I am privileged and honoured that my clients welcome me to work with them and take steps to make a difference to their lives. Not only do we deal with the physical clutter but in turn often the mental side of clutter at the same time. This is really important and often an aspect that people don’t give too much thought to.
So what does Amanda Monday’s to get organised really mean?
You are still probably wondering why I am telling you all of this? Just like my client the importance of having “Amanda Monday’s to get organised” is something we all actually need.
The first step in the process is naturally to get organised and feel back in control of your stuff whether it be a room, house, office, paperwork, filing and the list goes on.
The next step in the process is to then to stay and maintain being organised. I often say this can be the hardest step in the process but needs to become a regular habit in people’s lives and not just something they do occasionally.
That is why the point of having “Amanda Monday’s” for this particular client resonated with me. It is showing a demonstrated need to find the time to keep on top of the maintenance required to stay organised. By no means does it need to be a full block of time, as this client has highlighted, but it does need to be regular blocks of time and needs to suit a person’s own needs and lifestyle. It has to be able to work for them or it won’t happen!
You might like to find out more on the maintenance aspect of getting organised so here is a link to a recent blog “Maintenance is the key to being organised”
When I work with my clients I focus on not only the organisation side but providing them with tips and strategies as we are working so they can keep it organised an maintain it themselves going forward. There is no one size fits all solution and each solution is tailored to my client’s individual needs and what is likely to work for them.
I realise that life can get in the way sometimes but the main thing is to be aware of this and then still find time around this so as not to let disorganisation become overwhelming again.
So what now?
I regularly check in with my clients to see how they are travelling and in particular to see if the strategies we have put in place need tweaking or altering. I plan to keep in touch with this client who is having “Amanda Monday’s to get organised” to see how this might or might not be working for her going forward. The good news is she recognises she needs to be disciplined to do this and if it works for her then great!
If you are struggling, feeling overwhelmed in your home or business, then please get in touch and discuss the difference getting organised and then maintaining that can make to your life too.