4 Ways a Lack of Organization Can Hinder Our Lives

Friday, July 15, 2016

I can't seem to help it no matter how hard I try. I am not an organized person. I buy a planner every year, with full intention of using it well. I write down a budget that I want to follow, and I even write down my plans for losing weight.

I start out pretty organized, but something always happens. Somehow, my good intentions of staying organized turn into disarray and disorganization.

Disorganization, in my experience, comes down to a lack of discipline. Not only does it take discipline to complete the tasks set before us, but it also takes discipline to be organized enough to know which tasks you even need to accomplish for the day.

When we are undisciplined, we usually lack organization. And when we lack organization, we often find ourselves failing at things we desperately want to succeed at.

Makes Us Forgetful

Being disorganized usually causes us to be forgetful, since we have not taken the time to map out all that we need to do. Unfortunately, I am already pretty forgetful, so being disorganized completely does me in. If I have 6 things to do in a day and I don't write those things down, chances are I will only remember to to 2 of those tasks.

I know other people are forgetful too. We live in a world that stays so busy that it's not surprising that we can't keep up with it all. But organization can help us immensely. Disorganization is bound to continue the pattern of forgetfulness.

Keeps Us From Getting As Much Done

Even if there are times when we aren't forgetful about things, a lack of organization still makes our process much slower. If we are organized and know where everything we need is located, our tasks are going to move along much more quickly than they would if we couldn't find anything. Having to take time out of an already busy day to search for things we need is miserable and counter-productive.

Makes Us Stressed

When we can't remember all we have to do, or we cannot find what we need, we will inevitably become stressed out- there's just no way around it!
There are times that I have everything written down in my planner, my lunch is packed for the next day, and my clothes are laid out and ready for the coming morning. These days almost always start smoothly and there is little stress involved. Why? Because I was organized. Instead of waiting until the last minute to do everything, I got my act together and prepared for what was in my near-future.

Hinders Our Dreams

Lastly, and maybe most importantly, a lack of organization hinders our biggest dreams and goals. I know this to be true for my blog, as well as other areas of my life. When I am scrambling around, trying to remember what I need to do today, or who I was planning on emailing, or which post I am going to write next, I absolutely fail. I get behind, my stats go down, my confidence goes down, and I find myself playing catch-up when I could have been ahead.

Regardless of what your dreams are, disorganization will do the same to you. It will hinder you, discourage you, and keep you five steps behind where you had hoped to be.

So what do you say we try to correct these bad habits? Why not decide to reject disorganization so it can no longer hinder us?
I am committing to writing in my planner this month and actually checking off tasks. I am also committing to laying out my clothes and packing my lunch the night before I work to reduce stress. They say it takes 30 days to make something a habit, so lets take the next 30 days to form some good ones!



Interested in more posts about organization and making life more manageable? Check out these posts!

5 Ways to Organize your Way to a Better Day by Little Sprouts Learning


Organize Your Way to Less Food Waste by Ever Change Productions




7 comments

  1. Great points about how not being organized reduced the quality of our life. We can all plan better, i'm going to give it more effort.

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  2. Organization is key! I go by lists and have a plan for most of my days. I get overwhelmed with chaos and not having a plan.

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  3. I can so relate to your struggles with organization, Kristin! I'm the most organized person I know...in my head. In reality, I'm a struggling homemaker with a pretty-but-under-used planner. Thanks for addressing disorganization for what it really is and encouraging us to do better!

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  4. I'm a big believer in planners! I am pretty organized by nature but I find writing everything down still helps.

    Keeping organized definitely reduces stress, it also allows you to fit more into your day!

    xxox
    Laura @ www.cookwineandthinker.com

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  5. Isn't that the truth?! I have been very organized in some ways for my whole life - I love by my planner. In other areas, I struggle no matter what system I put in place. It's a work in progress for sure!

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  6. All of these points are so true! Every time my organization starts to slip I feel like my life goes into chaos. Organization is sooo key! It helps keep everything in check and might feel like more work in the moment, but it really saves you so much time later down the road.

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  7. I just renewed my commitment last night to meal plan and keep my house clean. I have a chart with daily tasks and my goal is to stick to them. Here's to the next 30 days....I gotta make a habit here ;)

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