Sunday, July 1, 2012

Delayed Decisions

Meet DD the turtle.  He's a mascot reminder of Delayed Decisions --that's what Professional Organizers call the clutter that collects when you tell yourself you will put something away later.  You could be telling yourself that you will go through that mail pile later.  It happens when you don't decide where to put something because it currently does not have a "home" where it belongs in your home.  Delayed decisions are very sticky and attract other delayed decisions that build up in layers.

DD is one of a pair of ceramic turtles that a client of mine purchased. She gave one to me and she keeps hers on her desk to remind herself of the hard won battle she fights with delaying her decisions.  She want to remember how hard she worked hard to clear her desk. She tossed, filed, recycled, delegated, and returned papers and books to the places that they truly belonged.  It took hours.  Now with DD at her side she makes a few minutes at the end of each work day to make quick decisions.

DD brings to mind aphorisms like "Slow and steady wins the race" and "Don't delay- Act now" or my favorite "It's not everything, but it's not nothing." The first step towards becoming more organized is realizing that making a few decisions each day can help you take down the clutter and keep it away.