Cures for Incurable Disorganization

Organization ideas for out-of-sight, out-of-mind people

Does this sound like you?

You can think of a dozen different file names for one document. Do you file the dental bill under D for dentist, K for Keller (your dentist’s last name), B for bills to pay, I for insurance claims, or even T for teeth? Some people slice and dice filing labels so finely that they forgot which slice has the information or document they’re looking for.

Your computer desktop looks like a ream of paper and folders exploded in it, and your email inbox is jammed with completed, unfiled emails.

You have stacks and piles in your office, sticky notes clutter your walls and surfaces, your apps for organization are as messy as everything else, yet you know exactly where anything is. Last month’s earnings report is six inches from the top of the stack closest to the fake ivy plant in the southeast corner of your office. Heaven helps anyone who moves something when you are away.

Some people are naturally highly organized. Everything has a place and is kept in its place. Organized people typically work on one thing at a time, put it away, and then take out the next thing to work on. Everything is labeled and has a permanent home. If this is you, this article probably won’t help you.

Other people are “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” people. If it’s not in front of them, they forget about it. If you’re organizationally challenged, take heart. You can impose order and still be kind to your need to have everything in front of you, so you don’t forget anything. You just need bread crumbs and visual reminders.

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