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Sunday, 11.06.05:  Getting Organized Syndrome

I had an organization fit last night. Too many projects. Too little space. I have a decent tolerance for stacks and piles on every surface, then suddenly I don't. This is when I get that haunted feeling that spirits inhabit every object and whenever my back is turned they take a tiny step toward me. Finally, I have to puff up my own spirit and push everything back.

A thousand things were close enough to bite me, so I started cleaning up.

This feeling crept over me last night. I wanted to start a new project involving some drawing and there was no surface area left in my studio.  A thousand things were close enough to bite me, so I started cleaning up.

I don't have Attention Deficit Disorder, but that doesn't mean I don't have my days of following the shiny object from half-done project to half-done project. Busy-ness is a wonderful analgesic for lack of accomplishment.

But when I stop to clean up after myself and when cleaning up turns into list making and reorganizing my Roladex, I've officially crossed the threshold to Getting Organized.

A Time article called "Clean Your Desk" mentioned software to help people stay organized. A magic pill. Oh, goody. Let me check these out...

Does Getting Organized flow into Getting More Accomplished?

I need to stop and ask myself: does Getting Organized flow into Getting More Accomplished? Or, is Getting Organized only a satisfying way to stay busy and avoid getting more difficult projects done? Is the person with the clean desk well organized or does she simply waste a lot of time finding hidden places for things?

Whatever. That didn't stop me from downloading a trial version of Microsoft's OneNote. Am I ready to use my laptop as a catch-all for all my brilliant ideas and memos-to-self? Or will this wind up as more litter at the intersection of Distraction and Overkill?

 

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