The time you spend setting up organisation systems and keeping your stuff properly stashed is a form of investment. How do you determine whether or not you're investing wisely? A reader wrote into Steve Strauss, a writer for USA Today's business desk, asking for non-traditional advice on weathering the rough economic state we're in. Strauss suggested she take time to assess her organisation techniques to determine if she's actually getting a return from the effort she puts into them. With more free time, he suggests, she'd have time to pursue worthwhile projects and maintain relationships with her business customers. You might not have a large customer base to tend to, but everyone benefits from efficient use of their time. We want to hear how you find the dividing line between organisation time and, well, time for everything else. How do you determine when to throw in the hat on a system, scrap it, or start altogether fresh with a new method? What techniques have stood up to your occasional negligence and are still worth the effort? How do you determine if five file cabinets of elaborately cross-indexed files serve you any better than some banker's boxes thrown in the crawl space? Share your metrics and time tested techniques in the comments below. Photo by orcmid.