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The Messy Person's Guide to Staying Organized
Take it from my old roommates (who used to collect my stuff and put it in a laundry basket outside my bedroom) or my boyfriend (who not-so-affectionately refers to my mess as "Emma droppings"): I am a really messy person.

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Stay Near Organized People

They’re really helpful resources.

Maybe your super organized co-worker will share the rules she sets up in her inbox. Or maybe try setting up a calendar with a neat co-worker that you ...

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Everything You Own Has its Place

Every single item that you own should have a place, wether is a business card, a snack or an email.

This will reduce significantly the clutter of your life.

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Turn it Into a Challenge

If you turn cleaning up into a game, you can make the process fun.

It may sound ridiculous, but this strategy really works, especially if you're a competitive person.

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Get Rid of Your Stuff

Once in a while make sure you do a big purge: donate and recycle the stuff that no longer fits you or you don't use anymore.

Don't get too sentimental. It's the only way to a tidi...

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Don't Beat Yourself Up

This down-on-yourself attitude gets in the way of actually cleaning up. Even small changes can make a big difference.

Accept that you'll never be perfectly neat. And that' s ok.

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Clutter: Catalyst To Creativity

Being in a mess is akin to breaking free of rules, norms and expectations, and the unkemptness lends itself to the flowing of mind’s juices. Keeping things tidy and cleaning up all the time can also hamper productivity by being a form of procrastination.

A mess can be looked upon as a wildness, a certain freedom of the mind.

The Wild Jungle

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Feeling lazy

Some people do the least to get just enough benefit. They can work hard, but only for a short amount of time. They always procrastinate with everything from cleaning to...

You form your identity

You make messiness and procrastination part of your identity when you don't want to do something you have to do and use the excuse that it is just "who you are." 

For example, you want to clean up after yourself, but you also don’t want to clean up, and then think, "This is me. Yes, I’m a lazy, procrastinating mess.” 

Conflicted about your choices

As long as you're conflicted about your preferences and the ways you've chosen to identify yourself, you have a problem.

It could be that you don't want to disappoint yourself and clearing the lowest hurdles possible. You are choosing a lifestyle of avoidance and low expectations.

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Think About It

Acting without first reflecting can make things worse. Regularly reviewing how you spend your time will give you insight into how you got to your present state, how to move forward strategically...

Manage Your Inbox

Knowing your inbox isn’t overflowing can save you a lot of mental stress, which helps you focus on more important tasks. You can reduce your message by:

  • Unsubscribe from promotional and notification emails.
  • Use filters to sort nonessential email into specified sections of your inbox, so they don’t show up every time you log in.
  • Use programs to schedule emails and send reminders, so you can deal with emails on your own time. 

Have a “Mental Junk Drawer”

Dump your ideas, notes, lists, and saved articles that don’t have another home into a digital document. This clears some mental space—without adding papers and notebooks to your actual junk drawer.

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