Stop Letting Perfect Be the Enemy of Done

Looking at this pretty organization you might think that you wish your closet could look like this.  Well, I think there is a good reason that it doesn’t.  It’s too perfect and seriously impractical.  Cleaning and putting things away is hard enough as it is.  Now this closet requires you to take a box out and remove the lid to put something away.  No way.  I know what will happen is that you’ll start making a pile in front of the boxes you’ll plan to file in there later when you get the time.  Eventually the pile is so high you can’t see the boxes anymore.

For me this is where you get caught in that perfection trap.  When worrying about how something looks more than it’s function leads to faulty systems.  I know lots of people that keep digital calendars but never use them.  Maybe a paper calendar open to the page is the way to go to keep it out and relevant.  For my job, you must put a calendar outside on your door letting everyone know your schedule.  Lots of beautiful and fancy printouts but I guarantee they take an hour out of work to create.  I just simple handwrite my appointments on a pre-made template I made in Word.  It’s a 5 minute job.  It is a case of not letting perfect be the enemy of done.

My goals in my job are to spend my days being highly productive but leave at my designated end time and not take work home with me.  I have co-workers that seem to live at work but always are behind or the last to complete assigned tasks.  I’m afraid that their extremely long days aren’t productive.  Always think of the end game.  What do I want?  An organized closet?  That means it will have to be easy to maintain.  If you have a particular area in your house that always seems to be a mess, might be time to ask why?  No, you’re not just a lazy slob.  It might just be too high maintenance.

Start every morning off making a list of what you would like to accomplish in the day.  Check them off as you complete them.  If you find yourself doing a lot of things not on that list, you need to think about how you are spending your time.  You focus and energy should be earning you checkmarks on that to do list.  If it is not, are you just wasting time?  Take some time to analyze your systems and time.  Could you make a system easier and could you be more productive?

Change in Diet

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One of the things I’m always doing is trying to improve my diet.  I broke up with fast food about a decade ago, divorced soda of all kinds about five years ago and limited eggnog to only Christmas Eve.  Never ever read the nutritional facts of eggnog.  It’s a holiday spirit crusher. You know the saying, for breakfast eat like a king, a prince for lunch and a pauper for dinner.  So basically the exact opposite of what most of us do.  I know that lots of people subscribe to 5 or 6 small meals per day but found I just couldn’t do that.  My Type A personality needs three structured meals.  I also found that those small meals tended to add up to more calories that if I stuck to my much more preferable three meals.

So this year I’m going to try to bulk up my breakfast and lunch and lighten up my dinner.  There is some science to back this up if you look around.  The hardest part is that you need to get your act together the night before and get a good lunch packed.  For me, I’m just not hungry in the morning.  I have to be at work at 7am so I pack a parfait for breakfast that I eat around around 9am and my salad for lunch with some fruit or nuts.  These are not puny salads or parfaits.  I ordered a set of $9 mason jars from amazon and I fill five for the week.  That helps.  I keep my oil and vinegar bottles at work so no change for a lunch box catastrophe.   I bought five salad snapwares and make my salads for the week Sunday evening.  This ensures that I’ll stick to my plan.  It’s amazing how the night before you always envision yourself getting up early to do all of these things that you never do.  Don’t leave anything integral to a successful day to be done in the morning.  Finishing up my day I noticed I wasn’t starving at dinner.  I could cook dinner without sneaking bites and I was not even tempted for seconds.  So here’s to another step in the direction of positive change.