About a month ago I wrote a post titled, Groundhog Day at MSDN. In that post I talked about cleaning up the content mess on MSDN and I likened it to organizing things at home. This weekend I started reading The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda. In Law 2: Organize, I found this passage, which hits again on that common theme:
The home is usually the first battleground that comes to mind when facing the daily challenge of managing complexity. Stuff just seems to multiply.
Maeda goes on to cover what I recognize as part of the challenge – keeping things organized:
Without much thought and enough hands on deck, a messy room becomes free of clutter in no time, and remains so for at least a few days or a week. However, in the long term an effective scheme for organization is necessary to achieve definitive success in taming complexity.
Getting things organized will take time, but it will be all for naught if steps aren’t taken also to create a system to keep things organized.