We often confuse being productive with working as fast as we can, every second of the day. We fear that slowing down to get organized will kill our productivity, but the facts suggest otherwise:
- The average office employee spends over one hour each day just looking for things.
- The average U.S. executive spends six weeks per year searching through messy desks and disorganized files for misplaced information.
- 23 percent of adults say they're late paying their bills because they lose them.
Being disorganized is costly, in terms of both money and time. But if you can convince yourself to slow down and get organized, the ROI will shock you.
"For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned." – Benjamin Franklin
While Benjamin Franklin's estimation is overstated, spending time getting organized is still a valuable investment. Experts estimate that every hour spent in planning and organizing saves three to four hours of time that would otherwise be wasted.
There's a reason why people who are the calmest and least stressed are the ones who get the most done — they understand the importance of organization, and they've adapted their habits accordingly. The good news is that you can become more organized and productive too, just by emulating the habits that they rely on.