Here’s a story I heard a long time ago:
A little girl is in the kitchen watching her mother prepare a holiday meal. As the mother gets a ham ready to put in the oven, she cuts a slice off the end.
“Why did you cut off the end of the ham?” the little girl asked.
“I don’t know,” replied the mother. “That’s the way grandma always did it. Ask her why.”
When grandma arrived for dinner, the little girl asked the same question.
“Why do you cut off the end the ham before you put it in the oven?”
The little girl was surprised to hear her grandmother’s response.
“I don’t know,” replied the grandmother. “That’s the way great-grandma always did it. Ask her why.”
So of course when great-grandma arrived for dinner, the little girl asked her question again.
“Why does everyone cut off the end the ham before they put it in the oven?”
“Well,” great-grandma replied, “I don’t know why your mother and your grandmother do it. I did it because I had a very small roasting pan.”
Part of the disorganization in your life might come from habits and routines that really don’t serve you. You’re doing them because someone else said that’s what you should do. Or at one time they worked well, but now circumstances have changed and they really no longer fit your lifestyle. Or even worse, maybe you don’t have a clue why you do things. You just keep cutting of the end of the ham.
In the areas of your life where you feel most scattered, disorganized or unsatisfied, take a look at how you do things. If you approach tasks from a “that’s how I’ve always done it” perspective, consider new ways that might work better. Routines are called that because they become routine. Every once in a while it’s a good thing to consciously evaluate what is and isn’t working.