Being organized does not mean being perfect. We are humans and bound to get messy because life is complicated. Even the most successful people we know do not have immaculate offices. Take a look at this photo taken by Diana Walker in August 2004 of Steve Jobs in his home office. Shocking, isn’t it?! Here is a man who leads a multi-billion dollar company and he has stacks of paper on his desk. And did you check out that pile behind his chair?
I say if Steve Jobs is allowed to be a little messy in his office and still be successful, then so can the rest of us. No, I’m not encouraging you to ignore the mess. But I am saying “Cut yourself some slack!” Getting organized and staying organized is not suppose to take over your business because you need to be busy running it. However, if you let this always be your excuse for not keeping the “mess” under control, and the disorganization is making you lose money and business, then it is time to change a few things. Be organized enough to run your business with less stress and more success, and then stop. Perfection is not needed in organization.