There are times when organizing our office space is actually unproductive and we become so distracted by the need to organize that we lose sight of the ultimate purpose.
- If you are constantly straightening up your desk and working on filing you may simply be procrastinating.
- When you frequently purchase organizing tools and equipment without a specific purpose, you end up with additional clutter, which creates stress, impacting productivity.
- By assuming that there is one “perfect” technique or method for you if you can just find the right book, you give yourself permission to not do anything, lest you do things the “wrong” way. There are so many resources with helpful information; choose and implement the ideas that work for you and let the rest go.
- If you apologize for non-existent messes, you invite criticism. Why do that to yourself – unless you are trying to lower others’ expectations of you?
- If you are so fearful that you are going to overlook some detail to the point you create multiple charts, lists and reminders, you are probably spending too much time on keeping your systems organized. Clarify where the fear is coming from and deal with that!
There are times when our efforts toward being organized are really an escape or type of “self-medication” and do not contribute to productivity.
Is your need to be organized is creating more problems than it is solving? Tell us in the comments below.