Mirth, merriment, fantasy, mingling and interacting, mayhem, reveling in the atmosphere, bustling marketplace, continuous entertainment, delicacies to tempt the palate.

These are a few of the words used to describe the Renaissance Festivals that are taking place during the year throughout the country and in our Phoenix area right now. Who wouldn’t want to participate in events that promise this?

In considering the popularity of these celebrations, could one factor be that, in order for us to escape for awhile, we have to recreate another era, an era where, on the surface, life seems to be less complicated and, therefore, more fun? This is often in stark contrast with our current state, being bogged down with daily tasks and assignments, going home stressed, working in the evenings, and then starting the process over again day after day.

Although Renaissance applied to the period of time between the 14th and 17th centuries, the root of “renaissance” derives from the word for “rebirth” and is defined as “a renewal of life, vigor, and interest.” There’s nothing limiting about that definition. With planning, we can create our own renaissance or, better yet, many renaissances, at any period of our lives.

On a simple level, when I work with individuals in an office for one day, they gain a fresh outlook on their business. The next day begins with a new attitude and a feeling of being in control. We have changed the confusion, and often chaos, that had developed over time and given everything a place as well as a system to account for and prioritize each task.

Exhilaration, excitement, sanity, enthusiasm, energy, more efficient, appearance of neatness, transformation, valuable, less stress, peace of mind...

These are comments written by clients who have spent just one day creating new office systems. Who wouldn’t benefit from experiencing these effects when feeling overwhelmed by daily multi-tasking requirements and lack of time to process it all? This is an example of a renaissance that we can create for ourselves — a renewal of interest and vigor.

By accomplishing this business renaissance, there are more free hours in each day. Consider that the average business person is wasting over two hours per day due to disorganization. With new office procedures put in place to capture every task, these newfound free hours that are suddenly gained can, in turn, lead to a renaissance in home life.

Becoming organized is a matter of creating processes that simplify our lives. A mug was given to me that reads: “Organized people are just too lazy to look for things.” I believe, instead, that not having to look for things adds to the time we can devote to other activities like creating room in our resulting, less complicated lives for more merriment and mirth.

Organization is the first step in achieving any goal. If you want to create a renaissance in your life, you start with a vision, give it a time frame, put specific steps in place that will allow you to achieve this, and then schedule those steps.

In what areas of your life would you benefit from changes? Is it time to plan for a personal Renaissance Festival?

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Denise Landers is the author of “Destination: Organization, A Week by Week Journey.” Reach her at (602) 412-3876 or dlanders@keyorganization.com.

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