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Also: Organization

Orderliness is having a sense of where things belong and how they relate to each other, and keeping them organized accordingly. When there is a place for everything and everything in its place, then we are able to think and work efficiently. We are also more able to work collaboratively –to share tools and space with others.

To be orderly, we also must have a sense of priorities, of what is most important and what we must let go. We can only put our lives in order if our priorities are clear.

In this sense, orderliness is not so much an external habit as a quality of our mental life. It means that we seek to understand how things relate to each other--their similarities and differences, the cause and effect relationships that connect them, and how these relate to our own values and aspirations.