Getting organised: how you can learn from nature

Do you have piles of stuff constantly growing around you? Are you overwhelmed by your to-do list and the sheer volume of work you ‘absolutely must’ do to keep your business going? Right now. Straight away. URGENTLY!

You are not alone.

A couple of months ago things came to a head in Susan’s copywriting world. And I couldn’t focus on client work any more. Not good.

But then…

I talked things through with my business coach, spoke to my professional organiser friend and got organised!!

And it got me thinking… Why is being organised so important? Why is business (and life) so much easier when you’re organised?

In this post I use nature to show how you can be more organised.

But first…

How being organised will help you

organised shelves

According to Psychology Today UK you’ll benefit from decluttering:

  • As you make decisions on how to clear up you’ll feel confident and competent which will put you into getting-things-done mode. Then you’ll feel energised to tackle the rest of your to-do list.
  • When you get decluttering the break from hard cognitive work allows your mind to wander. This rest time may lead to light-bulb moments.
  • Cleaning and organising will reduce your anxiety. Take someone with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – ok, so this is an extreme example, but it makes the point. Their repeated cleaning, organising and counting makes them feel calmer. I don’t have OCD but I’m always calmer and more able to concentrate in a decluttered space.
  • You may also find lost treasures while organising things. And your finds will give you a sense of abundance that can boost your mood and increase your energy for tackling bigger issues.

Pretty good huh? Organising your physical space will have a huge impact on your mind. And you’ll free up the headspace you desperately need to focus on your business tasks.

But it also feels more natural. Things flow when there’s a process in place, when your to-do list isn’t constantly interrupting the cycle.

Nature itself is organised. So being a geek who’s fascinated by such things, I thought I’d share a few examples with you…

Nature’s numbers: the Fibonacci Sequence

spiral shell

What do you think of when you hear the term ‘Fibonacci Sequence?’ Do you recoil in horror remembering your school maths lessons? Or does it evoke happy memories of tramping around the playing field looking for patterns in nature?

The Fibonacci Sequence is indeed a mathematical pattern and it produces some beautiful natural structures. Hurricane winds swoop across the Earth in huge spirals, galaxies form from billions of swirling stars, and many shells are spiral-shaped (think of garden snails or the pearlescent nautilus of tropical climes).

The Fibonacci Sequence

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, …

Where the next number is found by adding up the two before it:

0+1=1, 1+1=2, 1+2=3, 2+3=5, …

When you make squares with those widths, you get a spiral

fibonacci spiral

Leaves, branches and petals can grow in spirals too – so new leaves don’t block the sun from older leaves, or so the maximum amount of rain or dew gets directed down to the roots. The amount of petals on a flower is often a Fibonacci number (e.g. lily = 3, buttercup= 5, daisy = 34).

Even our DNA follows the Fibonacci pattern – each molecule measures 34 angstroms long by 21 wide for each full cycle of its double helix spiral.

In your business…

The Fibonacci Sequence produces predictable patterns. Keep organised and you’ll know what to expect tomorrow with increasing confidence. It will help you plan for the future and you’ll feel on top of things.

Nature’s laws: gravity

apple

Despite what you may think, our universe is not chaotic. At the beginning God brought order into his Creation (Genesis 1) and we benefit every day from it.

Take gravity. You’ve all heard of Newton’s apple. How young Isaac was lounging under an apple tree pondering the mysteries of the universe when suddenly, doink! An apple hits him on the head. ‘Eureka!’ he cries as instantly he understands gravity.

Gravity

The force that attracts a body towards the centre of the earth, or towards any other physical body having mass.

Where would you be without this law of nature? Where one minute you could jump of a cliff and float serenely to the bottom but the next minute your friend jumps off and – splat!

In your business…

The law of gravity is the same every day. If it wasn’t, you’d be in a right old pickle! By having some regularity in your business schedule and planning tasks ahead you’ll keep afloat.

Nature’s order: food chains

dinosaur

Picture the scene. The sun is shining, the sky’s a cerulean blue and there’s a gentle breeze wafting wispy clouds high above the trees. But what’s that? Munch, munch, munch… It’s a Diplodocus grazing among the greenery.

Then roooooooooaaaaaar! Crash! With a gnashing of teeth T-rex enters. Diplodocus howls and chaos ensues. The king of dinosaurs is here and he’s hungry!

Not a pretty picture but it shows the natural order of life. There’s a food chain where the sun’s energy makes plants grow, Diplodocus eats the plants and T-rex chomps on Diplodocus. The result is a thriving ecosystem where all creatures instinctively know their place. Break the chain and you’ve got a problem…

If one of your links (species) goes extinct (yes, the dinos did have a bit of a problem there…) it can cause other animals in the chain to disappear too. And the whole ecosystem may become unbalanced or even collapse.

Food chain

A linear sequence of organisms through which nutrients and energy pass as one organism eats another. Many food chains follow this sequence:

Sunlight – plants – plant-eating animals – small meat-eating animals – larger meat-eating animals

But it’s not all bad. When an ecosystem fails it often paves the way for thriving new systems. If the dinosaurs hadn’t been wiped out, you wouldn’t be alive today! The small mammals that could only exist in the shadows while T-rex and friends roamed, were able to move into the space left free by the dinos’ demise. They flourished, grew bigger and ultimately a whole new ecosystem was born.

In your business…

Don’t panic if your business is on the brink of collapse. While organised food chains undoubtedly help an ecosystem flourish, if the chain does break it creates the perfect opportunity for a new system to arise. See your business problems as an opportunity and you’ll be able to turn things around.

Summary: to get organised learn from nature

The question is if nature wasn’t organised would life have survived? Or would our planet simply be a barren lump of rock floating aimlessly through the cosmos?

I can’t tell you. But I do know getting organised will help your business flourish…

  • The Fibonacci Sequence produces predictable patterns. Keep organised and you’ll know what to expect tomorrow with increasing confidence. It will help you plan for the future and you’ll feel on top of things.
  • The law of gravity is the same every day. If it wasn’t, you’d be in a right old pickle! By having some regularity in your business schedule and planning tasks ahead you’ll keep afloat.
  • And don’t panic if your business is on the brink of collapse. While organised food chains undoubtedly help an ecosystem flourish, if the chain does break it creates the perfect opportunity for a new system to arise. See your business problems as an opportunity and you’ll be able to turn things around.

I was at this last point a couple of months ago. But by clearing my office clutter and instigating a decent email/ calendar system I’m now getting the important things done. My head is less all over the place, I have time to focus on each task properly and I can relax better during my down time. Happy days!

Do you want to quit the chaos? Need a copywriter to organise your writing? Contact me

By | 2019-07-24T16:01:10+00:00 July 24th, 2019|My copywriting life, Outdoors and wellbeing|0 Comments

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