Are You Too Organized? Take Our 4 Question Quiz

Published Wednesday, March 19, 2014 8:54 PM

We love being organized as much as the next label-maker addict. Rows of neatly labeled folders and alphabetized spice cabinets make us happy. But sometimes we wonder, is it possible to be too organized? If being organized is getting in the way of your productivity (and sanity!) the answer is a resounding "yes."

Think you might suffer from "over-organized" syndrome? See if you answer yes to any of these organizing pitfalls.

Too Many Categories: Do you subdivide your files to the point where it's difficult to keep track of categories? If so, you've gone too far. Files should be simple to maintain. Think thick, not thin (i.e. design your files to capture about two-inches of material, rather than say, two sheets of paper).

To-Do List Overload: Would your to-do list give a professional events planner the shivers? Be honest. Its all too easy to fall into the "have it all, do it all" trap. Just because you can karate-chop your schedule into submission with your ninja time-management skills, doesn't mean you should. Try to do less, not more, every day.

Organizing is Your Hobby: Do you spend the bulk of your time organizing your time and your home? If so something is amiss. Being organized should create space in your life for other, friends, exercise, or whatever else floats your boat. Being organized is part of the journey, not the destination.

Catalog Craziness: Do you set impossible, unrealistic organizing goals? Life doesn't look like a home design catalog so stop trying to make your closets and your pantry Pinterest worthy. Organize for efficiency and harmony rather than for overly glossy perfection.

Remember, the old saying, "organize, don't agonize."



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