For many of us, getting organized is the fun part. We love buying materials for new craft projects. We love school supplies. We’ll make our lists and schedules, and even organize our recipes.
We’ll spend all of our time planning and getting ready, but then starting to work on those projects stumps us. So what do we do? We organize some more.
If you’ve wondered why some people are so productive, how they manage to finish those projects and accomplish so many things, it’s not just because they’re organized. Being organized is not enough; you also need to be willing to take chances and try something that is hard. You have to be willing to start.
- Cut into that fabric even if the finished piece won’t be as pretty as you imagined it.
- Bake that new recipe even if it flops and the whole thing winds up in the trash.
- Send that difficult email instead of organizing your email inbox first.
We often think about organization in terms of appearance: if it looks pretty, if it looks calm and orderly, if you can find what you need, then it’s organized. But organization is every bit as much about usefulness as it is about appearance, and something is only useful if you use it.
Sometimes organizing masquerades as productivity, when it is often another form of busyness. Don’t let organization be a tool for procrastinating something that is hard to start.