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ISO Guided Imagery for Beefing Up Household Organizational Skills

30 Sep

BR,

Could you recommend one of your CD's that could help me with my lack of household organizational skills???

Thanks.
Janey

Answer:

You know, Janey, this may be one of the few instances when I think guided imagery wouldn’t be such a great help… or at least not the first place to turn to.

It seems to me that organizing yourself better around your household chores would require more left-brain skills, not a dreamy guided imagery or hypnosis approach. 

In the free-floating, unstructured nature of housework, you probably need some help with making lists, prioritizing tasks, breaking them down into smaller, more do-able goals, clearing space by making piles of what to toss, what to keep and what to give away, and creating a weekly schedule for yourself, advice on what shelves or bins or containers you could get to help you stash stuff away easily – stuff like that.  

A few sessions with an organizer – one of those time-and-task consultants or coaches - would probably be far more likely to help you with this.  

Because without some concrete, practical tips, you could imagine yourself being organized or sitting in a beautifully cared for house ‘til the cows come home, and you still wouldn’t get very far.
One book by two sisters always gets rave reviews, and I think one of my kids used it with great success.  It’s got a great title:  Sidetracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise, and it’s by Pam Young and Peggy Jones. You might want to check it out.

If you want to ignore my advice and try an immersive approach anyway, then I’d go for Traci Stein’s Procrastination imagery, which has some excellent work habit imagery that would go along with any organizer’s advice.

Hope this helps!
All best,
Belleruth

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award