How Much Time Is Clutter and Disorganization Costing You?

November 4, 2010 | By | Comments (1)

I want you to try a one-day challenge to track how much time you spend wasting your energy on clutter and disorganization in your life. What you’ll need:

  1. Piece of notebook paper
  2. Pen
  3. Stop watch

From the moment your alarm sounds for the first time, start a running log of all the moments clutter and/or disorganization slows you down. Are you hitting the snooze on your alarm clock? How many times? Are you taking unnecessary steps in your kitchen to get your morning cup of coffee? Do you have to search for your car and/or house keys? Is your cell phone dead as you head out the door? Did you miss your bus? Were you late to work? How long does it take you to start working once you arrive at your office? Did you forget to call someone back? Do you have to search for a file in a stack of papers? Do you stress over what you’ll have for dinner or need to make a last-minute run to the grocery store for missing ingredients? Did you forget to sign the form for your child’s field trip tomorrow?

At the end of the day, calculate how much time you lost during your day because of clutter and disorganization. Are you comfortable with this number? Or, is this number a wakeup call to get started uncluttering and organizing the different aspects of your life? If you’re diligent about keeping track of your time during the day, I think you’ll be surprised by how much of an impact clutter and disorganization can have on your life.