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Disorganization Is Costing You More Than You Think

The cost of disorganization

Have you thought about what disorganization is costing you in your work? Whether it is in time, money, or stress – it is more than you think.

It is hard to be creative, innovative and make a difference when you’re spending your day under a mountain of paper and Email. When you struggle with too much – too much on your desk, in your inbox, on your calendar, on your mind, trying to juggle multiple tasks at one time, things fall through the cracks.

The Cost of Disorganization

Did you know the average worker has 37 hours of unfinished work on their desk at any given time? They also waste one hour a day looking for things or information they have but cannot find. That equals six weeks a year! Do you have better things to do with six weeks a year? That time could be used more productively if organized systems and productive habits replaced disorganization, poor time management and paralyzing overwhelm from “too much”.

Consider the cost of disorganization and, over a year’s time, the wasted salary dollars. Disorganization also leads to missed opportunities and causes undue stress, both leading to significant negative impact to an individual and company.

Focus on your top priorities and get more done with less stress

Imagine if you or your team were equipped with the skills to be better organized to find what you need, when you need it and focus time and attention on priority work. Not only would you be saving money and stress, you would be working smarter, not harder.

Last month, Debbie presented her workshop “Organize to Unleash Creativity” to an audience of professionals at a client company in Seattle. This workshop helped participants understand how to overcome disorganization with practical, easy to implement strategies. When you know how to organize space, work flow, time and priorities, you’re better able to focus and spend your time on what matters most.

Work smarter, not harder

It pays to get organized; to slow down, take a step back, and work fundamentally – planning and prioritizing how you are working. Organized systems and productive habits help you to manage your time better, work smarter and procrastinate less. As our Cost of Disorganization Calculator shows, you’ll save money, too!

If you’re looking for ways to lower the cost of disorganization at work, contact us to schedule some individual consulting or a group productivity workshop. A few hours of time is a small investment for six weeks a year of saved time!

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