Is Your Over-organizing Holding You Back?

I’m probably not alone when I confess that I have a closet full of projects that I’ve started and never completed. See, I absolutely love hobbies. I think everyone needs on, and I have tried numerous times to have one of my own. A common problem…lack of follow-through. Let’s take for example the time I started making button rings. I was struck with the great idea of these rings last fall when I visited the little town of Northeastern, MD along the Chesapeake Bay. A quaint little town with wonderful, fun little shops. One cute little store was selling these button rings and at one glance I knew I could make some. Heck, I had a whole bin of buttons at home, and how hard could it really be anyway? Upon returning home,  I immediately got to work. I bought the elastic, dug out the buttons, and found some sturdy thread. I get the best compliments on these rings. I have even received requests to make them for others. To date (9 months later) I have created (3) rings.

Why does this happen?

I can’t speak for everyone, but I know I’m not alone when I say that some folks (including me) tend to be over-organizers – similar to being an over-achiever, but more focused on being organized with a liking for perfectionism. For me, I need to have the time (and space) to layout all my materials, evaluate (sometimes over-evaluate) what I’d like to accomplish, and by the time I get “organized” (enough to start the project) the time I actually had available to work on my project has expired. So, what do I do? I don’t start at all. Sounds familiar? My little confession: This is the exact reason my boys will be deprived (or spared) of a scrapbooking mother.

My solution?
Get over myself. Since having my first son almost 7 years ago I have learned to let go of many (not all though) of my OCD ways. OCD issues aside, there are a few things that we can do to really know the benefit a project may (or may not) have on our lives.

1. What’s the goal? Don’t overanalyze but, if you don’t know what it is, then I can assure you that you will never meet it. If the project is important to you (hobby or work related) you must set goals.
2. Is it a passion? Really, it’s okay to get into a project and find out it’s not your passion. But, before you throw in the towel make sure you have a clear understanding of the commitment(s) you have made to others.
3. What’s the benefit on my life/work? It’s possible that you’re just checking things off your bucket list, and that’s great, but if it’s time consuming and not benefiting your life then it’s time to reevaluate the benefit this project has on your life/work.

Don’t be afraid to start something…but also don’t be afraid to finish it!


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