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When Ambition Outweighs Energy

On the subject of food, my mother used to tell me “your eyes are bigger than your stomach!”  On the subject of organizing, I have observed that, for many of my clients, their ambition significantly outweighs their energy. Don’t get me wrong. I think it is important to challenge ourselves.  It’s OK for our reach to exceed our grasp, but when our plans SIGNIFICANTLY exceed our capabilities it leads to frustration, guilt, and further disorganization.  Consequently, not only do the impossible goals remain unattained, but so do the manageable goals. The phenomenon of ambition-outweighs-energy seems to be especially prevalent among the creative-minded, ADHD-sufferers , and the elderly, but I think we can all relate on some level to the effects of this phenomenon.  Here’s a few things you can do about it: 1. Face Facts. Your good ideas will ALWAYS outnumber your hours to act on them.  It’s important to not feel like a failure because you’re not getting to all the things you wanted to do.  I have often quoted time management expert Harold Taylor on this subject, but […]

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Perfectly Disorganized

Perfectly Disorganized

Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, February 2007

PERFECTLY DISORGANIZED

It often takes 50% or more of the total effort to squeeze out the last 10% or so of quality or whatever it is perfectionists want out of a situation. Not a good investment of time. -Jeff Olson, The Agile Manager’s Guide to Getting Organized, 1997

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