Can you be too organised?
Well, actually I think so. In fact I’m pretty sure I’m too organised.
You see I’m the kind of annoying person who has stupidly high standards for themselves and included in that is being organised, planned and prepared. It doesn’t sound like too bad a thing, but it can take over…
Let me explain. I use a paper diary system – a lot of people do; nothing too unusual there. I use one that shows a week over two pages, so it’s open on my desk showing the activities for the week ahead. These include things to do with work, birthdays, appointments, pet-related reminders, when to pay bills, when the rubbish bin men come, anniversaries of specific events, regular TV shows I watch etc. etc. Are you starting to get the idea?
I write a shopping list during every week too – as we use food items or run out of them they go on the shopping list for Friday, (yes there’s a regular shopping day). I write other kinds of lists as well. I have Amazon wish lists (yes, that’s lists with an ‘s’ – plural – not just one), article and writing ideas lists (both written and on computer), cryptic password lists hidden so they can’t be found or read, and the list goes on! (Sorry…)
My books, films and music collections are all alphabetised and my clothes hang in a certain order in the wardrobe; winter and summer are separate – that goes without saying. Even my washing comes out of the machine in a particular way to make it easier to hang!
I could go on, but I won’t as all this causes me a problem. Apart from maintaining these tools (it can take forever in the New Year!), starting new ones and completing others, I’ve lost all sense of spontaneity, which I find very sad…
To be honest I don’t know if I ever was spontaneous (I suspect my instinctive planning ability is nurture not nature), but all this organising is killing me – I have to rely on others for off the cuff ideas and activities. If I ever do anything without planning it comes as a shock – a pleasant surprise, but a shock nonetheless.
So with the best will in the world, yes be organised; use what works for you to make your life easier and helps you out with tricky problems, but for goodness’ sake don’t end up like me. I beg you!
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