Her behavior somewhat fascinated me. I had to ask her, “I’m curious, why are we turning the labels toward you?” Her reply, “It looks neater.”
When working with clients, I sometimes witness them taking extra steps and time away from their day to perform tasks that in the end don’t add significant value to their lives.
I once had a client who shared with me his love for woodworking. He had all kinds of expensive equipment and valuable wood in his shop. When I questioned him about what projects he had made, he didn’t have a lot to show me, even though he had been a hobby woodworker for many years.
Instead, he had bookshelf after bookshelf lining the walls of his workshop with hundreds of woodworking magazines dating back to 1983 that he organized. This meant in 2017 I could find his February 1984 issue of Fine Woodworking in under a minute. He was proud of this fact. I asked him, “How often do you use magazines that date back that far?” He said, “Never.”
He was organizing magazines that he didn’t use because he was in the habit of doing so. In my opinion, his time would have been better spent completing woodworking projects.
When we talked further, he had many other projects and activities he would put ahead of organizing unread magazines.
So the lesson, just because you can organize something doesn’t mean you should. Do you have books and music organized by genre that you haven’t enjoyed for years? Craft supplies neatly labeled, but unused? Clothes organized by color that you never wear?
It’s time to take inventory on what you own and how you are spending your time. Even though you can make them look nice, get out of the habit of organizing things you’ll never use again.