It’s easy to come up with excuses why we are disorganized. But that won’t change anything. The only way to go from disorganized to organized is to admit we have a problem in certain areas of our lives.
Change only comes when you:
- Recognize and admit the problem.
- Figure out a solution.
- Take action to implement the solution.
Look at the 7 reasons below as to why you may be disorganized. It you identify with any or all of these reasons it’s time to ask yourself why. When you start questioning the reasons, not the excuses, you can then start exploring solutions that can help you. Once you have explored some solutions then you have to take some actions.
1. Too many responsibilities. Can’t say no and/or won’t delegate.
2. Your filing and storage systems don’t work for you. There are many different systems you can use. You may need to experiment until you find the ones that work for your personality.
3. Too many things. It’s hard to organize clutter. It’s even harder to keep it organized.
4. No designated “home” for your things. If it doesn’t have a specific place to be put away it can end up, well, just about anywhere!
5. Poor time management. Can’t prioritize. Lose track of time (internet surfing, TV watching, etc.). Over or under estimating how much time it will take to do certain things. If you over estimate you may never start.
6. No support system. This can help create the problem in number 1. Everyone in the household should have a responsibility to take care of their own things plus the family shared things. Everyone should support each other in their efforts. Learning to “own” these responsibilities is a valuable life lesson.
7. You’re hardwired to be unorganized. This may sound like it’s the perfect excuse but don’t buy into that. You may not be able to overcome your unorganized brain but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to compensate for it. Develop techniques and habits plus use the right products (filing systems, storage systems, organizing charts, etc.) that work for your individual personality.
Stop making excuses for being disorganized. Start asking why. Research for solutions either on your own or with the help of a friend or even a Professional Organizer. Then take action and you’ll be on your way to becoming organized.