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Technology Changes can be Difficult

I'm not scared of change. I usually welcome it as a challenge! But when it involves technology, I know it's going to take hours of time to make any changes. For example, my old eNewsletter provider got out of the business of e-mail marketing, so I'm starting over with Constant Contact. It's still a work in progress and I'll continue to tweak it until I get it just right.

But for now, I finished the eNewsletter and sent it out because it was "good enough". Those are two words that I have to teach to some of my clients. A few of them are surprised to learn that they are perfectionists even though their homes are cluttered and messy. The reason is they don't want to start organizing unless they know it will be perfect; and because the project is so overwhelming they don't start at all!
There are two kinds of perfectionism, functional and dysfunctional. I always knew I was a perfectionist, but it had a negative connotation. After some research, I found out that I am a functional perfectionist, which means I try to master a skill and then I can say “good enough”. Dysfunctional perfectionism can be debilitating. Starting a project is difficult, finishing a project is even more difficult, and if you don’t have just the right tools, you don’t begin at all.
Do you find yourself waiting until you have the perfect time to organize, or the perfect furniture, or the perfect home to get organized? Nothing is perfect. Life doesn’t wait. Don’t waste your life waiting for perfect.; Organize your best life and keep moving forward! 

posted on: 9/29/2012 2:30:00 PM by Vali Heist
category: General Organizing Tips

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by Karen on 10/3/2012 2:07:07 AM:

Your closing line was quite true. If you wait for the perfect time, it will never happen. Some things simply can't be done in one day. If it could be done in a day -- well professional organizers would be out of a job. Thanks for your tips.

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Vali Heist is a Certified Professional Organizer, the owner of The Clutter Crew for homeowners, and a Certified GO System Trainer for businesses. She is the author of "Organize This! Practical Tips, Green Ideas, and Ruminations about your CRAP. CRAP stands for Clutter that Robs Anyone of Pleasure! She writes a monthly column for the Reading Eagle called "Organize This!". Vali's bachelor's degree is in Business Administration from Shippensburg University and her Master's Degree is in Higher Education from Kutztown University. Vali has an extensive background of 24 years in Higher Education including training, administration, project management, writing, and editorial production. Her passion has always been organization and how it relates to the simplification of work and personal life in order to enjoy both to the fullest. Her ultimate goal is to continue finding simple, easy to implement ideas that work in the real world and pass them on to her clients.

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