Do you ever think about the many costs of being disorganized? Here are quite a few. There are probably some I’ve missed.
- Uncashed checks.
- Unclaimed insurance payments.
- Unused coupons.
- Late fees on bills.
- Late fees for conference registrations.
- Missed errors on your bank statements you forgot to look over.
- Rebates not sent for on time.
- Business expenses not claimed for company reimbursement.
- Business expenses not reimbursed by company not taken as a tax deduction.
- Money spent for a storage unit.
- Losing track of items and having to buy replacements.
- Looking for lost items.
- Being interrupted and then getting back on task.
- No systems for handling mail and email.
- Sifting through items to find the one you want—too much clutter.
- Stress when you can’t find something while searching.
- Time lost for inability to find things after you find it (if you do).
- A feeling of being overwhelmed.
- A feeling that others will judge you for being disorganized.
- Uneasiness when people drop in on you.
- Old friends drop off when you miss one too many meetups or are continuously late.
- You don’t invite people into your office or over to your house because of the clutter.
- Your loved ones complain.
- A loved one stops interacting with you through divorce or just distancing him or herself.
Now flip all the above to see how correcting the behavior will benefit you. You can have more time to relax and enjoy life, and you can feel better about yourself if you’re organized.