Why the Organized Bird Gets the Worm


By Ann Yaggie, Certified Coach & Executive Consultant

Have you ever missed out on a fantastic opportunity because of disorganization? Perhaps you misplaced a phone number or document, allowed an important email to get lost in the inbox pileup, or overlooked a crucial action point because of your desk’s chaos?

Nothing feels worse than being aware of missing an opportunity due to your own disorganization—your own mistake. This kind of disorganization wastes time and energy, causes stress and embarrassment, and generally results in some pretty guilty feelings.

If any of the trademark indications of disorganization above sound familiar to you, then it’s time to face the reality that you may be sabotaging your own success.

This is because there is a direct correlation between organization and success.

Before you begin the journey toward a more organized life, it’s important to acknowledge that no big change happens overnight—adding organization to your life requires effort—but, in the end, the payoff will greatly surpass any growing pains you encounter.

To achieve sustainable change, it’s important to understand and work with or around psychological obstacles to a clutter-free environment. The first step is to acknowledge that your life and career would benefit from improved organization. The second step is to understand what’s caused the clutter in the first place. Causes may include:

  • Unclear Goals and Priorities: Organizing is about defining what’s important and setting up a system to reflects these priorities. Perhaps you struggle to prioritize tasks, and this causes you to give all of your files, emails, or paperwork “top priority” on your desk or laptop.
  • Fear of Success/Fear of Failure: Disorganization may be a convenient way to hold back. It’s only normal to have that stomach-jumping feeling when we actually achieve the promotion, job offer, project, etc. we’ve been hoping for. Don’t let your fear of performance cause you to sabotage yourself through your clutter.
  • Need to Retreat: Clutter can be a protective shield that makes you feel as though you’re keeping others at a safe distance. Realize this is just a mirage and ask yourself why you feel the need for distance.
  • Fear of Losing Creativity: A common myth is that creative, “right-brained” people need to work in chaos to produce high-quality work. Balderdash!
  • Need for Distraction: Clutter can provide a convenient excuse to avoid uncomfortable issues or unwanted tasks. Start to acknowledge instances when you allow your inability to locate something, or need to do a flash-cleaning, to distract you from the real task at hand.
  • Need for Perfection: Often, people won’t deal with clutter until it can be done perfectly. Translation: It will never get done.

Identifying the obstacles to an organized office and work life can go a long way toward creating an effective, lasting solution to clutter and disorganization. Along the way, you might just find yourself fulfilling your potential, too!

Interested in learning more about how to tackle the task of de-cluttering, so that you can finally move on with your life and realize your own potential? Stay tuned for my next blog article on how to stop the cycle of clutter catch-up once and for all.

Feel free to contact me for more on changes that can help transform your career and your life.

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