The Magic of not F***ing it Up

Claire Vane
February 25, 2019

So, I’ve really hit the big time. My dear friend, Allison Pearson, quoted me in the Telegraph. While I do not think that the compliment she gave me, following my newly tidied house really deserved the praise she gives, I do think we have something to learn from Marie Kondo.

I did manage to watch one of her programmes, but certainly not all of them as I became rather bored having everyone’s untidiness displayed. To ‘Marie Kondo’ one’s shelves once is eminently sensible; to do it regularly, rather sad. I would have thought that if one does something properly, you don’t need to do it again (except perhaps the dusting).  But let’s explore this idea of tidiness and the idea of what we need to do to not f*** it up.  

I think there are a number of things that might reform our lives.

One is to stop saying that we don’t have time. If we don’t have time we simply don’t rank that particular matter as important.  Exploring the Marie Kondo tidiness issue a little further certainly has some merit.  If we don’t clear our minds and houses of clutter, then both the former and the latter get blocked up.  Nonetheless, I know some intrinsically untidy people who have clear minds, and vice versa. 

But does tidiness really matter?  

If your mind is cluttered with lots of debris, misery and unhappiness, then I think you do not have the space to grow.  But I would definitely put your wardrobe second to mind clearance, and start on meditation ahead of clearing out your cupboards.  Once your mind is clear then perhaps it’s time to tackle the underwear drawer…

Our graduate trainee is impressed by one particular thing that he has learned, and that is the matter of ‘closing the loop’.  

Some of the organisational difficulties we encounter are as a result of the loop not being closed; never make an assumption and never take what you’re told on face value, that somebody said something.  The third party reporting it tells us that they have said it, but have they? So, communication is also part of the magic of not f*****g it up. You can never over communicate.

If you would like help on tidying up your life or, even your own business/organisation, then do please get in touch.

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Claire Vane

Claire is the Managing Director and Founder of Integrated Resources. She is passionate about releasing potential in individuals and organisations.

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