I have been throughout my life either over organized or under organized. Most of my disorganization comes not from lack of desire for organization, but a laziness in reaction to being overwhelmed at thinking through the big picture.
I victimize myself through Defeated Perfectionism.
Recently when thinking of a large job of cleaning the whole house, my wife and I both felt the size of the task before us. Somehow this wisdom escaped my mouth:
“Cleaning the house doesn’t matter… Picking up one thing matters.”
I have been using this like a mantra the last few weeks, and to a great surprise, I can finish a lot more, by not worrying about finishing.
Here are three scenarios and their results:
If I am FOCUSED on finishing a huge task — I quit because it seems too big to finish.
If I am UNFOCUSED on the task — I take too long, and miss a deadline.
If I am FOCUSED on the NEXT STEP — then I am likely to move through on time.
SO, my advice to all of those of us who are defeated perfectionists is: care about ONE THING at a time.