The Renegade Organizer
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The Wisdom of Mama Mia

I dragged my poor boyfriend to Mama Mia a few weeks ago.  I really liked it.  My boyfriend…well, he forgives me.

One of the main characters is talking to some of her lifelong friends.  She starts talking about obligation and how you’re supposed to act. Her friend interjects “Don’t you remember?  Screw ’em if they can’t take a joke”.

That really stayed with me.  From the moment I started working with small businesses on their organization I’ve been told that I need to wear more suits, be more traditional, be more serious about what I’m doing, like other professional organizers.

But look, everybody’s doing that and there are still tons of people who aren’t able to get organized, no matter how many traditional books they’ve read or how many serious seminars they’ve attended.  I think that half of our problem is that we are taking ourselves, and our organization, way too seriously.  There are plenty of things in this life that are serious, organization does not have to be one of them.  One of the things that I hear most often from people who I work with is that they didn’t expect it to be so much fun.

So, how about you stop being so hard on yourself?  Smile a little.  Relax a lot.  Start asking questions.  What am I using this for?  What way of filing makes the most sense to me?  What would I call this folder?  How can I make this more fun?  (I am aware that organization might not be the most fun you’ll ever have, all I’m suggesting is that you try to make it MORE fun than it is now.)

And if anyone tells you that you’re not being serious enough, remember Mama Mia and you’ll know what to say…

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