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     Are You Chronically Disorganized?

Does your office look like a tornado just blew through? Do you spend hours looking for something you know is around here somewhere? Do you have piles of papers all around your office, desk, floor or home? Then you may have a condition referred to in the Professional Organizing industry as Chronic Disorganization. Although it is not a medical or psychological disorder, it can cause you real PROBLEMS. You may be shaking your head in agreement at this point, because you know someone who fits this description.

Chronically disorganized people can have ADVERSE effects on those around them, as well as to themselves. They are rarely prepared for meetings, appointments, paying bills on time, deadlines, finishing things they start, or any combination of these. They may feel they have little control over their lives, as life tends to control them.

Can a person be chronically disorganized at work, and not at home, or vice versa? The answer is yes. The reason for this can be in lack of MOTIVATION. Once one gets so far behind with paperwork, clutter and disorganization, a person tends to avoid it even more. He / she is willing to put up with the stresses and frustrations it causes, due to the OVERWHELM generated by the thought of addressing the issue.

DISCIPLINING oneself to get organized can be as simple as taking the time to do so. Ironically, this can be one of the most valuable uses of a chronically disorganized person's time. Generally, they spend it compounding the problem. In the being busy, they are AVOIDING attacking the situation head on. While in their office, the avoidance is continued by working around the piles, not realizing the stress they feel is due to the surrounding disorganization. It's a vicious cycle until intervention is sought.

The good news is, getting organized is not a painful process. It is a matter of breaking old HABITS and establishing new ones. Professional organizers are available to guide the process. They not only help clean up, they create SYSTEMS and solutions that save time and maintain the organization. Soon, a new found sense of freedom and control is realized. This rejuvenation then positively effects other areas of one's life.

Here are a few tips to get you started -- provided by Professional Organizer Diane Hatcher:
  • COMMIT to putting in a few hours at a time to get organized

  • find an appropriate PLACE for each item

  • put papers and items in those places IMMEDIATELY when they are brought into the home or office

  • set up SYSTEMS that save time

  • PURGE files, closets and drawers annually at a minimum

  • make a daily TO-DO list the night before

Being organized directly benefits you at work and home by providing more TIME for customer service, increasing sales or to spend with employees at your business. At home, there will be more time for enjoying family and leisure-time activities. Think about simplifying your life. Busy is great, but isn=t being organized worth the benefits?


Diane Hatcher is a professional organizer and owner of Timesavers Services -- her products are directly available through www.OnlineOrganizing.com. She assists businesses and individuals with organizing offices, desks, filing systems, employees, paper work, clutter and homes through coaching and business seminars. She can be reached at 954-252-7511 or www.timesaversusa.com.

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