Are you disorganized? Many people would agree that they are disorganized due to increased demands on their time. Just how bad is the disorganization and what can they do about it? Here are some statistics from the National Association of Professional Organizers that give us a reality check on our time management and organization.
Is Being Disorganized a Problem?
- Being disorganized costs businesses valuable time and money. According to a recent study, the average U.S. executive wastes six weeks per year searching for important documents lost in clutter, according to a recent Esselte study. In fact, for an employee who earns $60,000, that time lost costs the company a staggering $6290. (Wall Street Journal)
- 23% of adults say they pay bills late (and thus incur fees) because they are disorganized and lose the bills. (Harris Interactive)
- The average worker sends and receives over 190 emails each day. (Balance Magazine, Summer 2003)
- Workers’ productivity decreases by 20% – 40% every time they multitask or do “task switching”. (University of Michigan, 2001)
- It costs $120 in labor to track down a misplaced document and $250 in labor to recreate it. (North Carolina’s Brunswick Beacon, 10/1994)
- 80% of what we file never gets looked at again. (The Leader-Post, Regina, Saskatchewan, 3/13/04)
- The average desk worker has 36 hours of work on his desk and spends 3 hours per week sorting piles trying to find the project to work on next.
- The Centers for Disease control and Prevention state unequivocally that 80% of our medical expenditures are not stress related. (Fast Company Magazine, 2/03, pg. 88)
- Invariably, more that 90% declare an overwhelming sense of “time-poverty” – part of an epidemic of anxiety and pressure in our society. (Psychology today, Nov/Dec 93, Vol. 26 Issue 6)
Time to Take Action
If you exhibit some of the symptoms above, perhaps it is time to take action to improve your time management and organization skills. Check out Passion for Order’s Organizing Tips and contact me if you need extra guidance. Are you ready to have an organized day?