07 May Focus Your Efforts
A crucial element of effective organization is to focus your efforts on something specific. Work a small area at a time and don’t move on until that area is complete.
- It is much more effective to spend one hour organizing a small area like a shelf, or a box, or an inbox than it is to spend it on a big area such as an office, a kitchen, or a file cabinet.
- When you only do a little bit in many different areas the impact is minimal and nothing permanent gets accomplished.
- When you do a specific space from top to bottom you end up with an organized space.
I call this my eye-dropper metaphor. When you put a few drops of water here, a few drops there, and a few more drops somewhere else, you just have little puddles of water; but if you focus your resources into one specific space then you end up with something to show for your efforts.