I fully intend to get around to it

by david

One of the items on my to-do list is “write down the to-do list.” By procrastinating on that one, I save myself the anxiety of staring at the large and growing list of things I need to do, ranging from the mundane to the making of critical life decisions. By not seeing it all at one moment, I can convince myself that I have plenty of time. And then I can play a video game for awhile, or read a book, or watch the eighth inning of a hopeless baseball game. And then later I can tackle a thing or two that needs doing.

I bring this up because I just read a post by someone* whose entire role in the adult world is telling people how to get organized to lead a better life, and I’m sort of convinced that all the organizational gurus in the world — the people who go on TV and tell you that what’s missing in your life is a system — probably don’t have notably better lives than anybody else, and that in fact their relentless focus on order and efficiency suggests that they are deeply uncomfortable with the messiness of reality. Sure, a system is a really handy thing. It’s good to stay on top of your bills and email and fitness and all the rest. But life is about those things, not about the system for getting them done.

A friend once commented that every time she goes to The Container Store, she leaves with a real sense of control and excitement, and then the containers and whatnot just go to the basement and life goes on as it always did. I think that’s pretty typical. Eventually, the containers will get used.

*Totally nice guy. Just don’t feel like getting into an argument with him or anybody else about the life he’s made for himself.