Why do we resist setting aside time for the things we know will help us?
Let's say I'm talking with a potential business client during an initial consultation. We go through the usual discussions of goals, frustrations, what the space looks like, etc. until we get to the point where I talk about the actual sessions. I tell them I start by scheduling 4 hours, and a really disorganized space will usually take me at minimum 2-3 sessions to get the best results. Sometimes I get this response:
"But I'm swamped! How am I going to devote 4 hours (let alone 8-12) of time to just cleaning up my office?!"
OK then. Why are you swamped? Is it really because you have a huge load of business, or is it at least partially because you waste time due to your disorganization? How many balls are you dropping by not returning calls, overlooking email, or your voicemail box being full? And are we really just "cleaning your office"? Because if that's the case you need a different kind of service (and you're still going to have to move all of those stacks of papers somewhere).
There's a statistic out there that estimates executives waste six weeks per year looking for lost documents*. That equates to...(calculating, calculating)...1008 hours. So think about it: 8-12 hours of organizing systems and developing productivity skills vs. 1008 hours of looking for your stuff. Even if you saved just half the time of looking for lost items you'd be ahead. It's not even FUN to look for your stuff, but I can usually at least get a laugh or two out of clients during a session.
Where does your time really go?
*From a survey of 2,600 executives by Esselte, maker of Pendaflex and Dymo supplies.
Sara Skillen - Certified Professional Organizer®, Certified Organizer Coach®, wife, mom, and serial list-maker. Learning to trust my intuition more every day. Shall we work together?