Sometimes when I meet someone and tell them what I do, they say “Oh I’d love to get organized, but I don’t have time.” I usually explain, how much time they could save by being more organized. It’s just getting over the first barrier of disorganization that is overwhelming to them.
But lately, I have been reading It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You can’t Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul, PhD. Dr. Paul writes about her own challenges living a life a disorganization and how she over came it. I haven’t gotten far into the book, but I was caught by a quote that explains what most of my new acquaintances are trying to explain when they say that they don’t have time to get organized.
“Most disorganized people have no interest in being organized for its own sake. Why get organized if you don’t enjoy the process or value the result? You probably don’t want to get organized just to be tidy or punctual (even the works might evoke distaste). When you create order not for the sake of order alone, but to manifest something that is deeply important to you, you get the fuel for change.”
To me, be organized is a life style, like being physically active, or studious. It’s part of who you are, everyday. But all lifestyles can be learned. So you can learn to be organized, but you have to want to alter your lifestyle to achieve the change. This takes time.