Getting caught up in the idea that your desk, work bench, house or office must be in perfect shape for you to really get stuff done can lead to you getting nothing done. Learn to recognise what's good enough.
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Every activity has a point of diminishing returns and recognising what that point is in terms of planning and organisation is critical to spending more time getting stuff done and less time planning to get stuff done. At the home organisation blog Small Notebook they highlight the dangers of over-focusing on organisation:
We'll spend all of our time planning and getting ready, but then starting to work on those projects stumps us. So what do we do? We organize some more. [...]
We often think about organisation in terms of appearance: if it looks pretty, if it looks calm and orderly, if you can find what you need, then it's organized. But organisation is every bit as much about usefulness as it is about appearance, and something is only useful if you use it.
How much your workspace, your files, or your tools need to be organised to increase your productivity is a personal issue and dependent upon the kind of work you do, but it's important that you look at your organisational system and the amount of energy you invest into it and ask "Is this helping me get more done?". If your efforts to organise aren't actually helping you do things more efficiently and get more done then the organisation itself is at best a hobby or sorts and at worst a form of procrastination.
How do you strike a balance between getting ready and organised to work and actually getting work done? Share your tips in the comments.
Sometimes Getting Organized is a Big Fat Waste of Time [Small Notebook via Simple Productivity]