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Procrastination: The Excessive Organization Trap

Spend an hour or more on the computer and with your nose buried in notebooks and lists every day and you might have fallen into the excessive organization trap. It’s a sneaky trap that masks meaningful work quite easily. See if you are stuck, and if there is any hope of escape.

Spend an hour or more on the computer or with your nose buried in notebooks and lists every day and you might have fallen into the excessive organization trap. It’s a sneaky trap that masks meaningful work quite easily.

Productivity gurus may say when your time is organized, goals laid out and progress tracked, you get more accomplished. This may be true for the bulk of people going about their business or personal lives, but it’s only a clever mask for the true procrastinators like me.

In the past year, I have downloaded trials for seven productivity, goal setting and organizational software applications. I have at least a dozen notebooks labeled and divided neatly with tabs. I even have a baby shoe box stocked full with index cards detailing every task I need to accomplish for an entire month. Do you know how many times I had to pull all those cards out, lay them out on my bed to organize them and then put them back in some other order I deemed better?

It’s all about procrastination when it comes right down to it. I don’t really like getting started with my work. I get overwhelmed, and it’s easier to fiddle with another calendar program than it is to dive right into the middle of work and start slogging through it.

Excessive organization is just as deadly to progress and success as social media apps, video games, youtube playlists and mindless article reading that usually starts with “how to grow your online business” and ends with “celebrity diet tips for your handbag dog.”

Pick a method. Stick with it.

In the end, most organizational methods are pretty much the same. You have a schedule or list of tasks to do and a date to get them done by. You can  use a fancy program or a scrap of paper, just pick one and dedicate yourself to it. Then start at the top and work till you hit the end.

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  1. well mentioned

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