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Are You Over Organizing?

Sometimes in your quest to be organized you dive too deep and actually over organize.

Though I see this most often with virtual files, I had a recent occurance of overorganizing in the offline world.

sorted nuts

I like to keep notebooks of thoughts, ideas, tips or whatever about various topics.  Sometimes I convert the information into digital files sometimes I don’t.  In an effort to be “Organized” I would put all my notes onto small scraps of paper – and then put them in the “proper” notebook later.

As you can image this led to tons of scraps of paper on my desk and several notebooks with different topics, all over my desk too.  On paper this seemed like a great idea to me, but the reality was that I had too many pieces of paper and I would loose them or forget what I meant before I was getting them into the “proper” notebook.

One day I was listening to a webinar about time management and in that presentation, she suggested the one notebook system.  Lightbulb moment for me  – I was trying to to hard and over organizing.  My one notebook is always on my desk and I write everything into my notebook.  About once a week I look back over the notebook and see what actions I need to take.  This has been working great for me…and then.

I was listening to a recording and instead of writing in my notebook, I grabbed a small pad of paper – about a quarter the size of a full sheet of paper – and began taking notes.  No idea why.  And the next day, I used the same small pad of paper for some random ideas I wanted to remember – stuff that usually goes in the notebook.

Then I realized I had all these little scraps of paper on my desk – of course I knew they “should” be in the notebook – so I stopped right then and tranferred them into the notebook.  I’m back on to my awesome one notebook system.

Before the one notebook, I was trying too hard and making myself more unorganized – the opposite of my desired goal.  Are you trying to over organize your office or those wonderful files on your computer?

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I would love to hear how you overcame your over organizing ways in the comments below.

Why Is There a Toothbrush on My Desk???

I just walked into my office and realized there was a toothbrush (brand new) and a box of sport guards on the corner of my desk.  Then I realized that wasn’t the only out of place item on my desk.

Pretty Purple Toothbrush

As a matter of fact my desk looked like it belonged in the bathroom.

In addition to the dental supplies – I had put my vitamins on my desk in an effort to encourage me to take them daily.  Sadly, I had begun to use one of vitamin bottles as mini desk furniture and it was holding a couple of my hair ties.

Clearly I’m not taking the vitamins – this isn’t the right place for them – nor is it the right place for my dental supplies.

10 Minutes Later…

I feel better.  I have relocated the dental supplies to the bathroom drawer where they normally live.

The vitamins required more.  I have moved them into my bedroom and have set a reminder on my calendar to check back in 2 weeks to see if it is working there.  (If I have slacked off already, I will try again and shorten my reminder to myself.)


It is so easy to forget to be organized isn’t it?

The best way to overcome these ‘creepers’ – as I like to call them – is to live in the moment, but in our daily hustle and bustle that is easier said than done.  I’m always trying new ways to improve my functionality – that is my main goal of organization.

Habits take time to develop, I need help to build new habits.

Did I solve all my organization problems – No!

Did I notice a problem and take action – and have a plan so it doesn’t happen again – Yes!

That is a win in my book – not a victory lap kind of win – but a nice pat on the back kind of win.

Take the time to acknowledge even these small wins – they add up over time.

Please share your most recent win in the comments below.