I Don’t Have Time to Get Organized

Whenever I meet with people to talk about the freedom that comes through organization, I frequently encounter the excuse “I just don’t have time.” My first response is empathy, because I know how busy everyone is these days. The pace of life continues to snowball, and every minute counts. However, it is for this very reason that my second response is a reality check. The truth is, saving time is one of the major benefits of getting organized!

My best definition of what it means to be organized is: “Being able to access what you need, when you need it.” With this definition in mind, here are a few facts that are worth considering:

  • The average American spends almost an hour a day (or 2 weeks per year) searching for items they have misplaced. (2003, Simple Living)
  • Nearly half of Americans say disorganization causes them to work late at least 2 or more times each week. (Jane Von Bergen, “So many reasons to neaten up…” Boston Globe 3/12/2006
Esselte survey, David Lewis)
  • In surveying 1000 middle managers of large companies in the U.S. and U.K., 59% miss important information almost every day because it exists within the company but they cannot find it. 
(Accenture, Wall Street Journal, 5/14/2007)
  • Getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40 percent of the housework in the average home. 
(National Soap and Detergent Association)
  • 55 percent of the respondents would save upwards of 16 minutes to one hour a day if they were more organized. (National Association of Professional Organizers, February 2008)
  • 66% of office workers surveyed indicating they spent up to 30 minutes of time during a typical work week looking for things they have misplaced at their desk or around their office. (Brother International “P Touch Means Business” Survey)
  • It only takes about ten or twelve minutes for you to plan out your day, but this small investment of time will save you at least two hours (100-120 minutes) in wasted time and diffused effort throughout the day. (Eat That Frog, Brian Tracy)

The point here is that being disorganized is not only frustrating and unpleasant, it wastes time. Because we rarely study and quantify these costs, we frequently underestimate the amount of time being lost.  So what’s to be done?

If you struggle with disorganization, poor time management skills or a general inability to “get things under control,” perhaps the time is right to make a change.  Most people fall into one of 2 categories:

  1. People who have the ability to organize independently, and just need to prioritize.

If this is you: make it a priority in your life to get it done. Pull out your planner and intentionally schedule time to work on establishing effective systems for your time, space and belongings. Plan tasks that are well defined, taking one step at a time. Reward yourself along the way.

  1. People who feel at a loss as to where to start, are overwhelmed by their current responsibilities, or are too far behind to catch up.

If this is you, consider hiring some help. Just as a personal trainer can bring the skills, motivation and accountability needed to get your body in shape, professional organizers can quickly and efficiently help you get your life in shape.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” Now more than ever, our time is our most valuable resource. Rather than spend it making excuses, spend it making a positive difference.

For more information, contact The Seana Method on the form above.

11 thoughts on “I Don’t Have Time to Get Organized”

  1. All of this is so true. I just need to put it into effect! Definitely time to make a change! Summer is coming…I would like to make this a priority because this is when my life slows down. I’d love to be more efficient in the coming year!

  2. I tend to get myself organized every summer and Christmas. It just deteriorates from there. I’ll try what you say this summer: not just put everything in place, but think more about how I will KEEP organized as I go along. Maybe develop some new way to do keep organized.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! It really is a daily thing. If you’d like some daily tips & encouragements, like my Facebook page and maybe that will keep you motivated!

  3. I sometimes put off organizing projects but once I am done it feels so good. I like things to have a place and in the long run it really does save me time. I just went through my house, room by room, and got rid of a lot of “stuff” that we don’t use and organized things better. I now find it simpler to maintain. Now I just need to keep it up!

    1. I so agree with you! It feels so good to our stuff in order. What a great feeling, and good luck as you keep it up. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Everyone can benefit from being a bit more organized. For me, a few things I need to do is to look into some tools that would save me time but for which “I do not have the time” to investigate a bit and set them up. Quite the irony, right? Thanks for the little nudge, really timely for me 🙂

    1. It is ironic:) If you need some ideas, you might want to stop by my Pinterest page where I have lots of practical visual ideas for various spaces. Good luck- I affirm you!!

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