What's your take: Is being neat and organized overrated?

I'm a member of the Costco warehouse club, and in their latest newsletter there was an article (Link -- thumb through to page 16) in which members were asked whether it's better to be neat and organized (thereby being more efficient and productive with your time) or if there is more value in being less organized and routine-driven to allow for more creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. I used to drive myself crazy with household and work routines until I realized that those obessesions left little time for my little ones and the "real" stuff to get done at work. That's just me. What do you think?

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I think some neatness is good, and some flexibility is good. Balance is crucial. Everybody has their "sweet spot", I think. I do wish I was more organized -- mostly about housework and keeping my apartment clean -- but on the other hand I know when all of my appointments are, and it's not the end of the world if I don't vacuum twice a week...

Short answer this morning

Being neat is overrated. Being organized isn,t. Nothing beats a good system.

also agree

I agree with you about being neat. It is overrated. All one has to do is look at my work table to see why I say that. But I do know where everything is. I try not to clean up too often. When I do, people fall to the floor as if dead from a heart attack. That diminshes production :)


One sentence!

You just said in one sentence what I was going to probably take a couple paragraphs to say! Fantastic. You are riding the razor's edge with that sentence. :-)

So, rather than blather, I'll just say "dittos" to Tornevis there.


Agree and Agree !

A good system is important AND balance is also probably just as important.
I have seen systems that so overwhelm that you spend all your time working the system and get nothing accomplished.

Gee, I am very agreeable this morning, ain't I ?
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