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How to Find Your WHY to be Organized

How to Find Your WHY to be Organized

Many people know they want and need to get organized but for whatever reason, they can never stick with sorting and decluttering long enough to make a dent in their space.


Have you found yourself in this boat and heard yourself say...

I have tried so many time to get organized, BUT...

I can't seem to find the time to get organized.

I can't seem to get up the energy to organize.

I can't stay motivated to stick with a project.

I make more of a mess and don't feel like I'm getting anywhere.


If you've said these things to yourself, I'm going to ask you to dig deeper. Ask yourself: What is MY WHY?


You need to drill down to the real reason that you want to change. This why will be become the driving force that underlies it all.

But how do you go about determining your why? Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Make a vision board.
  • Notice any themes you're pinning on Pinterest.
  • Start a journal and track themes in your entries.
  • Determine if there are areas in your life that are lacking: personal, professional or spiritual.
  • Have a heart to heart talk with your partner or trusted friend about your goals.
  • Explore with a therapist or life coach your motivation to change.

Every person's why is going to be different, but once you find your sense of purpose for wanting to be organized it will make such a difference in helping you reach your goals. 


There was a large study done in Japan with over 40,000 people. These individuals were tracked for 7 years and they found that those who did not have a sense of purpose for their lives were 50% more likely to die during the 7 years they were followed. Another finding in this study was that the risk of dying from a heart-related cause was 60% higher if you lacked this sense of purpose.


Ultimately finding your why is critical to making a change. And it must be your own, not influenced by wanting to please or placate someone else. Once you find this strong sense of purpose, it can keep you better motivated to live each day in an organized way. 


Have you found your WHY? Share with me in the comments!


Categories: Productivity


  • Great post Sarah and so very needed! Wow, what an interesting study - lack of purpose is so important and your post definitely encourages and inspires to find that why and purpose in order to have a different life!
    11/12/2017 1:38:54 PM Reply
    • @Liana George: I was fascinated by the study as well. It really hits home how crucial life purpose really is for all of us!
      11/17/2017 7:19:53 PM Reply
  • You are spot on here, Sarah. And what a fascinating study too. When potential clients contact me, during that first conversation, I'm listening out for two things: change talk and their why or motivation for wanting to make a change. While during the organizing process, these can shift, if they are present in that initial conversation, their chance of long-lasting organizing success is more viable.
    10/31/2017 8:56:02 AM Reply
    • @Linda Samuels: Those are great initial indicators to be looking out for with your clients. And you're right when you say their motivation and why can shift during the process, but if the drive is there, success is soon to follow!
      11/1/2017 9:05:46 AM Reply
  • This is really insightful. I've read a lot about "finding your why" this year, mainly in connection with business or career planning, but you've made me realize that there is a "why" to everything we do in life.
    10/30/2017 10:14:59 AM Reply
    • @Janet Barclay: Yes, the "why" theme has been popular this year. I think Liana George had a similar post last week. I recently saw a quote on Pinterest that read: There's no try unless there's a why. I think that rings true for a lot of things!
      11/1/2017 9:03:32 AM Reply
  • I think human beings long for purpose. The explosive popularity of "The Purpose Driven Life" is evidence of this. Knowing a way is a great way to define your priorities, which are things we can come back to in periods of doubt or waning motivation. If you set out to nowhere, you will probably arrive:)
    10/27/2017 9:54:07 AM Reply
    • @Seana Turner: Yes! Great point, Seana. And nowhere is not a great place to be, right?!!
      10/27/2017 10:27:52 AM Reply

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