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 things...family,
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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Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.