It is commonly mistaken that just because you are organized that you are also efficient. This is not necessarily true. Now don’t get me wrong, being organized is definately the first step to becoming efficient. However, you have to be able to utilize your organized content in the most effective way in order for this to lead to creating efficiency.
Some people over organize beyond the usefulness of the information. An example of this is someone who organizes receipts down to the level that is sorted by store and then by date. This would come in handy if you have a mass amount of receipts and have to often dig through and find a specific one in a quick fashion. However, if you only need to access the receipts say once a year to add up sale tax totals for personal taxes or to occassionally return an item, it really isn’t efficient to spend the time to organize down to such a detailed level.
So when you are determining how to organize items, think about what those items are used for and what level of organization would maximize the usefulness of your time spent organizing. One of the hardest things to do in creating efficiency is finding the right balance between organizing something and the time you will save in the future based on the level of organization. I call this selective organizing. This is something that may be refined over time as you determine which tasks are worth spending the time organizing and which tasks are not.
I hope that this blog has been helpful to you in creating efficiency in your life. If you have any questions or would like to leave a comment, please do so below!