Time management Monday: What does it mean to you to be “organized?”

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Organized Closet

“Get organized” is a common goal for many people, not only in the new year but throughout the year. It’s an ongoing struggle for some. But what exactly do you mean when you think of being “organized?”

I think this definition is different for everyone. One person’s “organized” is another’s functional chaos. When I think of the most organized person I know, my mother-in-law, I think of her at the top of the organization scale. (I wrote a post about her highly organized habits which you can see here.)

There are different types of organization: being organized with time, and being organized with physical things. It helps if you are organized with both, but it doesn’t always happen that way.

For example, I’m pretty high on the scale of being organized with my time, but definitely lower on the scale of being organized with physical things. I’m not a minimalist. In fact, a certain amount of clutter feels homey to me. Whatever you do, don’t look in my closets. But when I need to find something, I know where it is.

What about you? When you think of what it means to be “organized,” what image comes to mind? Perfectly-folded fitted sheets stacked neatly in the linen closet? Getting to all of your appointments on time? Making sure your children have the correct gear for what they have going on at school that day? Having time to work on your long-term goals? All of the above? Something else?

What is your definition of “organized?”

3 thoughts on “Time management Monday: What does it mean to you to be “organized?”

  1. My definition of “organized” would be “a dream that you just cannot reach”. I’m trying hard to write things in my agenda, to organize my drawers, my desk, my closets etc., but… it’s a complete disaster.
    I don’t give up, though.

  2. Interesting discussion. While I would label all of the above (time and things) as part of being organized, my focus is on time management first and then the ability to find things. While I don’t like piles, I can live with them as long as I can find what I am searching. For me, total organization would take more time than I am willing to spend.

    • Excellent point Gail, there is a point of diminishing returns. I could be more organized with things, but like you I’m not willing to take the time and energy away from other things to accomplish it. Organized enough is organized enough.

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