Growing up I was one of those strange people that actually liked quizzes and tests, especially those Myers Briggs and job career ones we all do in school. Learning about how to streamline my habits to my personality to make my life easier? Heck yes! Who doesn't want easier? Apparently a lot of us as it seems like more and more people aren't playing to their strengths any more.
Finding out how you study best, learn best, or are motivated best can only improve your life. Why wouldn't you want to know how to optimize your time or reduce your stress? Any opportunity for bettering myself, taking a class, or reading a book to gain new knowledge is a win for me, and you, too for that matter, when I pass my new knowledge on to my clients. But that's me - I'm a Green/Gold in the True Colors Quiz. Knowing my color helps me stay on task, play to my strengths, and try to avoid the traps that bring me down.
When we go to a client's home or business for the first time, we ask a lot of questions to get to know why people do what they do. Are you a piler or a filer? What are you motivated by - what is your Love Language? What is your learning style? Even silly quizzes in women's magazines can be revealing if you use the information given to you and do something with it to simplify your life.
A lot of the latest organizing books and articles out there tell you to implement a strict system to get rid of your clutter and keep it gone forever. We like to make suggestions, but hard and fast rules are hard to follow when everyone's personality is different. So take some time to learn about yourself, and then adapt the latest craze you want to try to fit your mold. One that comes to mind is the idea that you should only have 37 items in your closet to wear each season. I am a highly organized person with a tiny apartment closet... but I still say no to that for me. I know myself and that system will just not work for me. I love having a threshold for items as much as the next person but when you actually assign a number I'm allowed, that's when I jump ship.
Marie Kondo is a New York Times best-selling author and one of the most famous organizing gurus of the past year. While I love a lot of her ideas, I simply can't get on board with some of her suggestions even though Huffington Post called her The Queen of Organization and guess what? That's ok because they are just not for me. The idea that I should empty my purse each night of everything in it is a flat out time waster for a mom with 2 kids. She also recommends organizing in a quiet space and never with loud energetic music. Sometimes I think music is what makes it all fun and keeps certain clients laughing and motivated; quiet would drain all the joyful energy right out of the room.
So the next time you have a few minutes to yourself, take one of these quizzes, learn something about your own unique fabulous self and then DO something with that knowledge, no matter what the experts say is right. A great project to try is making your own Command Center to house all of your papers. Listen to the advice in our video, and then customize the folders to work for you, not against you. If it doesn't feel right, well you know you better than anyone else, so go with your gut and find a way to make it work.