Tips for Organization

Introduction to Organization Tips: To Be or Not to Be…a Perfectionist

I have read that anyone who has ever given job interviews for any amount of time has heard this answer when they asked the interviewee what their greatest weakness is: “My greatest weakness is that I am a perfectionist.”

Ahhh, there is more to that answer than meets the eye, or should I say, ear. Although the word “perfectionist” is generally thought of as a negative trait, often the person who desires to be seen as a good candidate for the job will say the word “perfectionist” but will actually be hoping that the interviewer will see them as someone who is organized, committed to get the job done and done right, and who can be depended upon to be a responsible worker.

So as I begin a series of organization tips, I want to suggest to you that perhaps one should not recoil at the idea of shooting for perfection. Well do I know the down side of true perfectionism: the anxiety that results, the tendency to place orderliness as a higher priority than the comfort of people, the actual neurosis of OCD (Obsessive, Compulsive Disorder) that can be part of the whole thing.

But, as they say, don’t throw the baby out with the bath water! One of my favorite authors has pointed out that when we board a plane, we secretly hope that the pilot is a perfectionist. If we go under the knife for surgery, we surely hope that the surgeon has some perfectionist qualities!

So as we think of getting organized, I say unashamedly, shoot for perfection. If we shoot for 100%, we’ll likely hit much less than that. But if we shoot for nothing, in terms of organization, we’ll hit just that…nothing. And perfection isn’t the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal is a better quality of life.

So stay turned for the first organization tip. I’d love for you to leave a comment on what aspect of organization you might be interested in.

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