There is a huge difference between being tidy and being organised. You can be organised and untidy and you can also be tidy and unorganised.
If you are struggling with getting yourself to where you want to be it’s a good idea to take a step back and have a look at your surroundings, because what is seen on the outside is often a reflection of what is going on, inside.
- Is your tack room tidy on the outside and look organised but everything has been shoved away in a jumble, do you spend ages rummaging through bags, boxes and drawers looking for things, you know you have it, you just can’t find it. Whilst things are out of site there is no organisation or system in place.
You’re the person other people look to for guidance, because you really seem to have your stuff together — but the pressure to be perfect all the time can be overwhelming and you may sometimes feel like a fraud for not being as organised as everyone seems to think you are. Meaning you may find it hard to set goals because of fear of failure, feeling you have to have the latest matchy set to keep up appearances, getting very nervous before a competition or feeling like the yard problem solver because everyone comes to you for advice.
- Is your tack room really untidy with stuff strewn about everywhere, but you know where it all is and can locate it easily – apart from having to move stuff around to reach things. Do you find stuff damaged and broken from not being properly stored?
People who have chaotic, messy or not-so-clean spaces tend to be less task-orientated. Meaning you are more likely to be running late or struggle to complete tasks and achieve goals. This can translate to issues like, skipping riding due to lack of time, because you were late and held up, on your way to the yard, or wasted a lot of time looking for equipment in your tack room.
Not booking lessons because you are always too busy to fit one in, or having a lesson but finding it very stressful because it was such a rush to get to the yard and get ready on time. Any of these sounding familiar???
Having a look at your environment and then taking time to really think about how you feel can really help you to get back on the right track. If you identify closely with number 1. Then think about setting boundaries for yourself and others. Start by trying to step back away from sorting other people’s problems and instead focus on where you want to be, look at resources you can use to help you, a supportive trainer to help you set goals and keep you accountable. Riding camps where you can meet a new group of people and be away from any drama or issues at the yard. Also look at some online competitions or a sponsored ride to set a goal without the pressure involved in a big competition.
If number 2 is more like you take some time out to sit down and get a timeline scheduled in place. Set a small goal that you are commutable with make sure you write everything down and schedule dates into your calendar so you block out that time. Look for a riding buddy to keep you to scheduled rides and a supportive instructor, to help you set goals and keep you accountable. Look at where you save time, use the weekends to prep for the week ahead, bulk make haynets and feeds. Put clean bedding in banked up the back of the stable to pull down in the week. Set up a grab bag/box with your weeks riding gear in there sorted.
If you do need any help or advice with your tack room or routines please get in touch, we are here to help.