So, I hear it all the time, I am too busy to get organized! Well, in truth, you are actually more efficient when you are busy. Want to get a space cleared out, plan a party. Volunteer and then you’ll get busy at your “real” job. When you have a lot on your plate, you are forced to work more efficient and more effective in the time you do have. Thirty minutes before you leave the house; those 2 urgent calls that you don’t want to do must get done because there is no time after you leave, so you make the call.
We are all busy. We all have commitments that we want to do and those we don’t want to do. Emergencies happen and everything but the critical things are done. Do you want to get more organized but think you have no time to do it? Think again.
Here are a few facts I include in my “Organizing 101” presentation:
- Americans waste nine million hours per day searching for misplaced items, according to the American Demographics Society.
- The Wall Street Journal reported that the average U.S. executive wastes six weeks per year searching for missing information in messy desks and files. (That translates to just one hour per day!)
- Cleaning professionals say that getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40 percent of the housework in an average home (National Soap and Detergent Association)
So, you will actually save time being organized. You first need to invest the time though to save time. Prioritize your organizing projects. Then, put 2 – 2hr sessions in the first week to organize. Any less at the start of the project won’t move you in the right direction. If you can continue, then do so. If not, 2 – 1 hr sessions a week until you are done.
Putting these in your schedule may be hard but find the time. If you force yourself to invest in your project, it will limit the time you have to do other things forcing you to be efficient and effective with that time.
Good to-do lists and planners that you use daily are a must. So, give it a try and schedule that organizing project. Tackling that and managing your time better will make for a better, more organized you and home!