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Organization as a Lifestyle and Mental Health

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Have you ever wondered if you are an organized person, or have you noticed how you feel when your surroundings are disorganized? The chances of feeling restless when your work, study or rest areas are not tidy are very high, because being an organized person has a big impact on your mental health; it’s up to you whether that impact is positive or negative.


Characteristics of organized persons

An orderly person is one who makes organization a lifestyle, and who applies it day by day. People can become organized by adopting new habits and other useful practices that in the long run will help us feel calmer and live a life with less stress.
If you identify with most of the following statements, you might consider yourself an orderly person:
– You keep an agenda where you write down the tasks and activities you must do each day.

– You have no problem prioritizing the most important activities, and you take this into account when carrying out your responsibilities.

– You follow your schedules very carefully and fulfill them very easily.

– You plan your daily activities at least one day in advance.

– You like to keep your spaces in order, for example, your bedroom, your office, or even your email inbox.

– You only keep the things you need, and you don’t usually accumulate anything you don’t need.

Characteristics of disorganized people

On the other hand, we have people for whom keeping order in their lives is not a priority, as they are unaware of the consequences this can have on all areas of their lives. Here are some characteristics of disorganized people.

– They tend to accumulate objects, resulting in a lack of space to store all their things and an overwhelming feeling

– They feel comfortable even in messy spaces, because they have learned to develop in these conditions

– They’re people who postpone things they must do very often.

– They are spontaneous people who do not carry out their daily activities based on a schedule or agenda.

If you identify with many of these behaviors, don’t worry, later we’ll talk about how to go from being a messy person to a person who lives with less stress due to order.


What can cause disorganization?

The causes behind disorganization can be many. Speaking of psychological causes, your disorganization may be a reflection of a highly disrupted family, a situation that can cause you to get used to disorganization, and stop seeing it as a problem, as chaos becomes routine.

Similarly, when disorganization is accompanied by the accumulation of objects, it can denote fear of change, because when a person is used to a lack of organization and order, they prefer to stay comfortably in their comfort zone (in this case, disorder) and not get rid of anything.

On the other hand, within the psychological causes, your disorder may result from a feeling of little control over your own life; for example, if you live in a family with an extremely organized person who forces you to keep order, you may come to manifest your freedom of expression through the clutter in your room, as a way of saying, “I decide what to do with my room, here you have no control over me.” In a way, in this case, the mess gives you a false sense of control.

Also, suffering from depression is another factor that can cause disorder in a person, because within the symptoms of depression we can find a lack of energy and motivation, which is why we can notice that people with depression usually live in spaces with little order and organization.

It is well known that the order you carry outside is a reflection of the order you feel inside you: we could even say that your mental health plays an important role in how organized you are with your schedules, routines and the spaces in which you carry out your activities.

Consequences of being a disorganized person

The relationship between order and mental health is bidirectional, and just as we mentioned that your mental health can be reflected in the way you carry out organization, or disorganization, it can also be the other way around: order benefits your mental health, and disorganization has a negative impact on it.

One of the biggest consequences that disorganization brings with it is the accumulation of things to do, which results in stress, increasing your risk of depression, which can trigger behavioral disturbances and feelings of sadness and hopelessness.

Benefits of being an organized person

On the other hand, organization has proven to have a beneficial effect on people’s emotional and mental state. First, it gives you a genuine sense of control over your environment, which will always make you feel good and empowered. It also reduces your stress and anxiety, and improves your mood, because a messy area affects you consciously and unconsciously, and when you regain order, you experience feelings of satisfaction and happiness. Finally, it has been shown that a messy room can make it very difficult for you to concentrate, so organizing your surroundings will help refresh your mind, achieving better concentration for longer to carry out all your activities and be more productive.


6 tips to help you organize

The good news is, if you’re a person with little order or organization, you’re not doomed to be that way for life. As we mentioned before, organizing is a lifestyle that can be adopted and that brings endless benefits.

– Try to have an agenda where you can write down the activities you must do, or you can also use your phone, but the important thing is to keep track of the things you have to do in order to plan your days ahead

– Start setting dates and deadlines to carry out your day-to-day activities, and make a commitment to meet them

– Don’t multitask. Even if you think you can do several things at once, it’s better to do one thing as effectively as possible than to do three things at once without being able to give them your full attention.

– Get rid of things that are not strictly necessary. This way, it will be easier for you to keep your spaces in order. It’s also much easier to sort out a few things once and keep them that way, than to organize a lot of things every time they get messed up.

– Stop sabotaging yourself and postpone what you must do. Adopt a mindset of doing things in the moment.

– If you think that your disorganization may be caused by your mental health or other psychological causes, consult a specialist.

If you still don’t know if you are an organized or disorganized person, visit the following link and take the quiz

Remember that it’s never late to improve and grow as people, and that by adopting these simple habits, you can make a big difference in your life. What other advice would you give to someone who wants to be more organized? Tell us in the comments.

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