Whatever resolutions we make leading up to the New Year—to call mom more often, lay off the late-night snacks, or eat more broccoli—getting ourselves organized is likely near the top of the list.
And that often means clearing out the clutter that keeps us from functioning efficiently, whether we’re at work or at home.
Of course, certain personality types have the advantage here. But the truth is we’ve all said it, wished it, and even taken a stab at trying to be more efficient.
Many suggest we use this time of year to step back and reflect on our habits and how well they are working for us. It’s important to remember, so say the pundits, that to be “organized” is whatever works for you.
- There are “filers” — who love folders and like to know where things are.
- There are “pilers” — who want to keep their eyes on their stuff.
- And there are the “deniers” — who have bags of stuff shoved into closets, the attic and the garage.
This year, instead of using a “What does it look like?” yardstick, the better question to ask is “How will it work?”
Whatever the issue, know yourself, and come up with solutions that reflect who you are. After all, “It’s here somewhere” may be the most frustrating phrase in the English language!
When it comes to the spiritual life, identifying what works best for you is also the best approach. There are all kinds of paths to spiritual maturity. Some choose the path of contemplation, others active service. You may crave periods of solitude, while others find small group fellowship energizing.
The key is to identify what works best for you.
So let’s de-clutter our lives. It could be just the boost your spiritual life needs in 2013.
- By cutting back and cleaning out we make more room for God.
- By building in time daily for rest and relaxation we are more receptive to God.
- By giving of ourselves and forgiving others we become more like God.