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Links and Resources for the Chronically Disorganized

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I'm still in a de-cluttering mode these days (more on that soon), so I was intrigued by this resource, which arrived this morning via Mrs. Folders.

While primarily a trade group for "professional organizers," the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization site has some handy documents and links to help with identifying and solving pathological problems with clutter and hoarding.

If you can tolerate the site's gruesome ardor for PDFs, you'll find some informative and eye-opening stuff. From their fact sheets page:

I really liked some of the Tips for Overcoming Procrastination for the Chronically Disorganized Individual or Household (excerpted):

  • Remember that it is motivation that gets you started and habits that keep you going. Resolve to get started.
  • Delay until you have enough information but not all the information. Have the courage to make decisions with less than 80% of the facts.
  • Break up your projects into small pieces and avoid “all or nothing” thinking.

Good stuff. The Now Habit, anyone?

Mel Guzman's picture

Pot v. Kettle

Merlin, I'm a long time fan of your work and it'll take more than a pair of quotes for you to shake me, but I do have to weigh in here. I've had the great fortune to work with a Professional Organizer. She's taught me to put into practice so many of the concepts I've read on 43F but was too overwhelmed to act on alone. She and her PO cronies are most definitely on your team, whether you knew it or not. Clearly the quotes are not the issue here, but the respect/knowledge deficit they've uncovered.

I'm not OCD. I may be ADD, and I'm certainly down with OPP, but I think it's hilarious to see Professional Organizers have their job titles laughed at by a Personal Productivity Guru / Life Hacker (respectfully written sans quotation)!

If you were an Organizational Psychologist or a Corporate Training Specialist, I wouldn't care enough to comment. But us alternatively titled professionals have to stick together, or how will we ever survive our battle against the Regional Vice Presidents of Administrative Blah Blah Blah? Surely you know the day of reckoning is near, and I certainly want to be on the side of any dude named Merlin.




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