A few years ago, while working on an extremely huge event, everything seemed to be running up against deadlines. As I would scramble to finish one project, I suddenly remembered another item that had to be completed.
Needless to say, I didn't sleep much the three days prior to the event.
Why was I struggling to get everything finished?
I was not organized.
During this time, my organizational system for projects was a mashup of keeping emails in my inbox, sticky notes, a whiteboard and about a gazillion "organization" apps. Yep, I was super organized.
With all this technology and years of organization history to draw from, why wasn't I able to devise an organized project management plan?
It is because I did not commit myself to being organized.
Let's face it, there is a stigma that creatives are unorganized by nature. "Creatives need room to create. They need the freedom to work it out on their own time."
The truth is, we tend to use "creative freedom" as a crutch to procrastinate and keep our organizational life in disarray. We cannot allow the idea of being creative destroy our need for organizational structure.
A lack of organization leads to an inability to do your job well.
If we are continually disorganized, we lose sleep, lose family time, lose trust and lose quality in our final product.
But what would happen if we forced ourselves to get organized?
Fast forward to today, a couple weeks after that same big event, and I feel the relief of being more organized. This year, I did not lose sleep the nights before the event. My stress level was at an all-time low. My co-worker, Josh, and I had all our projects finished before we traveled to the event location. It was an amazing feeling.
A feeling I attribute to being organized.
Was our system perfect? No. But by using a project management app and whiteboard, we were able to stay on top of the projects we needed to finish.
There are a million different ways to be organized, but the key is to commit yourself to being organized. It is time we quit losing sleep at the last minute. It is time we stay organized so we can spend time with our family.
It is time to commit to Being Organized.