From the introductory chapter of
Destination: Organization, A Week by Week Journey
In today’s world, everyone is having to get more done within a limited amount of time. There is no sign that this will change. Instead, the demands placed on you are likely to increase. The more you have to do, the more you benefit from being organized. To work and live in the State of Organization, you need processes and systems. Without stopping to add these processes and systems as you progress on your journey to that state, you end up in Disorganization.
Disorganization fosters dissatisfaction and stress.
Whether I speak to audiences across the country or work with individuals, I recognize their exhilaration when they find a solution. These are motivated, high achievers facing multitudes of deadlines. Together we can make dramatic changes in just one day–changes that cause my clients to feel that a weight is lifted off their shoulders. Yet the effort cannot stop at just one day. Steps in continuing to implement these changes must be scheduled, and habits have to be cultivated and maintained. This is an ongoing process.
Think about how much time you might be losing right now due to disorganization. In working with my clients to increase their number of productive hours each day, we strive to eliminate those pockets of disorganization in their lives that distract and cause stress. I find that a minimum of one hour per workday is being wasted. More often at least two hours per day are lost due to disorganization.
While two hours per day may seem to be a lot, it is similar to the dripping of a faucet–a few drops here, a few minutes there…a misplaced phone message, a misfiled contract, a colleague’s drop-in visit, or a lack of focused work. The minutes quickly add up each day.
Chances are you do not have extra hours to waste on disorganization. Notice how much productive time is added within a year when that situation is changed to an organized state.
The time can be astounding when you take the numbers of days lost and multiply them by the number of employees within your company. Then multiply that number times the number of years that this has occurred and will continue to occur.
Office settings are not the only places where organization helps you operate better. You can reduce stress, frustration and lost time by being organized at home too! This chart gives you a glimpse at the repercussions of disorganization throughout the day.
What could you do with these additional days each year?
Consider just a few of the benefits of becoming more organized:
Accomplishing more in less time
Managing multiple activities
Making better decisions
Handling deadlines easily
Being in control
Spending more time with family
Enjoying extra free hours