Steve, what advice would you offer on getting organized. I work full time, and when I'm not working I spend any "free time" I have trying to spend it on creative work. I know people who are organized, but it just seems like all they do in their life is clean and organize, and nothing else. For example, I can justify spending 30seconds throwing the covers over my bed in the morning but not 15minutes making my bed when I'm going to mess it up going to bed the same day. It's not like anyone sees my bedroom anyways, so making my bed is more for looks rather than functionality, so who cares? Or am I wrong here?
Another example is bills. I just set my bills to pay online and the I just stack all my enveloped in a bin to be sorted through when I get a chance, I don't open an envelope, look at a bill, make a decision and file them right there on the spot.
Another example is people I know who have VERY organized MP3 collections. Mine's all over the place, but when I want to find a song I'll find it anyways. I just don't see myself spending all this time organizing MP3 files.
There are just sample examples, but this has been my kind of thinking all my life and sometimes I wonder if my disorganized self is hurting me.
THe only examples I've seen of organized people in my life fall into two categories:
1) People who's lives are simply to go to work. Come home. Cook, clean the house, organize, do laundry, maybe watch a bit of TV, go to sleep, wake up and do the same thing over again, until they die. These people are organized, but totally boring. Things at their house never change, there is a spot for the umbrella, and that's where it goes. You'll probably see the same umbrella in the same spot 10 years from now.
2) People who are ultra wealthy and have the money to hire maid services or house cleaning services to keep their houses clean and organized.
I am very curious to find out how you do your organizing and how much time you spend on it daily/weekly.