I’ve struggled with organizing for my whole life. In some ways, I am super organized. In other ways, I am an unorganized mess. I have no idea why this is. I just want to be organized all the time!
My ah-ha moment happened last week. I had to take the turbo mini van to get it checked out. Jim and I went over to pick it up. I took the receipt from the mechanic and followed Jim home.
I knew the receipt had to be put away in the glove box. I imagined how I would carefully fold it into thirds and put it in there with the other receipts. Then I thought I should get an accordion folder to hold the receipts, which I would organize by date, latest on top. That would be a great way to keep track of the maintenance. Certainly it would be neater than the system I had now of papers filed in willy nilly order in the glove box.
I picked Jim up so we could finish our errands. He promptly gets into the van, picks up the receipt, sloppily folds it, and puts it into the glove box. I’m speechless!
I recover and shriek, “But you folded it wrong!”
He just laughed. Then made some smart ass comment about me not being able to sleep that night because I would be thinking of the incorrectly folded piece of paper in the van.
Well, I’m not that bad. But I do like things even. Corner to corner. Neat folds. Getting a piece of paper folded into equal thirds would be heaven. I like my towels with even ends, tags to the back, thank you very much. I like piles of books and magazines with the corners matched, smallest on top.
So where is my ah-ha moment? When I realized that if Jim hadn’t gotten into the van and quickly folded the receipt and put it into the glove box, that it would have sat there forever. Literally. Because I would have gone on to something else. I would have forgotten the need for an accordion folder. Eventually, the paper would have migrated into the back of the van and would have been trampled and ruined. And you know that that would be the receipt I needed in a few months!
If you do an Internet search on perfection and procrastination, you’ll find page after page of sites. Is it the perfection that leads to the procrastination? Or is the perfection disguised as procrastination? Kinda like the chicken and the egg to me.
Here’s the gist of my ah-ha moment: sometimes you just have to do things. Getting something done is better than waiting for the exact time to do something perfectly. Perfection isn’t always necessary.
This need to do something perfect has plagued many areas of my life. I would never have written the first draft of my first novel if it wasn’t for the absolute freedom that National Novel Writing Month (aka NANoWriMo) brought. Sit down and write 50,000 words in 30 days! Don’t worry about spell check! Don’t worry about grammar! Just get the words on paper. So I did that with gleeful abandon. Those words flowed so easily! Every day was an adventure.
Yet, the novel still sits here, unedited. Because I don’t know the perfect way to edit! I want a system! I want to know what works for other people. Except the more I research it, it seems that there is no perfect way. There’s whatever way that works best for you. Once November and NaNoWriMo is over, I will be doing editing of the two pieces. Hopefully, along the way, I will learn a method of editing that will work for me.
I am going to read one more book on organizing though. I love Hellen Buttigieg and have ordered her latest book, Organizing Outside the Box: Conquer Clutter Using Your Natural Learning Style. I will review the book when I am done, to let you know if it helps me. I love Hellen’s show neat that is only in re-runs now. I found it so helpful. Hopefully, her book will be as helpful! If you want to order the book and read along with me, here’s a link to purchase. Let me know if you do and we can do this together!