Being organized can make or break your happiness, as dramatic as that exclamation sounds.
But I really do mean that, speaking from experience.
I’m rather grateful that I have always been a somewhat organized person. I like to have a plan, I believe knowing the facts is important, and I try my best not to procrastinate.
Procrastination gets the best of us all sometimes, and that’s okay. But when it becomes a habit, you may need to switch gears a bit.
As for how organization correlates with happiness, allow me to provide you with a bit of context.
Say you’re about to embark on a vacation. You’re travelling somewhere distant, so you need to arrange flights, hotels, possibly develop an itinerary, pack, and ensure that you have all of the necessary documents required to travel.
In a best-case scenario, you’ve given yourself oodles of time to prepare. You’re packed, ready to go, and even arrive early at the airport. You’re feeling relaxed (hopefully), excited, and prepared as you sip on a delicious virgin strawberry daiquiri at the bar in an airport restaurant.
But say you weren’t so organized and ended up leaving things to the last minute. You find yourself frantically throwing random items of your wardrobe into a dishevelled suitcase, you’re running late for your flight, and you can’t find your passport and you settle for some cold coffee left in the pot from the day before because you didn’t have time to brew a fresh batch.
Not the best way to start a trip, right?
Hence the influence organization can have on our moods. Being organized and prepared can save us a lot of headaches, and it can definitely make most situations run a little smoother. Not always, but most of the time.
Do yourself a favour and invest in some organization strategies. You’ll thank yourself later.
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