Thinking Out Loud

4 Ways to Determine If You’re Disorganized

By Keryn Nicolson

As much as I don’t want to admit it, I have checked yes to several of the bullets on this list. (Disclaimer: for my future employer, please pay no mind. I can handle anything). Have you ever heard the comedy skits by Jeff Foxworthy aptly named “You might be a Redneck If...”? Well, as much as I don’t care for that word, that’s what I thought of when I read this list. So in Jeff Foxworthy fashion, you might be disorganized if:

  • You have like 15-26 open tabs on one browser at one time.
  • You are easily distracted in the middle of a task. You lose your train of thought as to why you were even doing what you were doing in the first place (more than just a couple times a month).
  • Your email inbox is just ALL bolded unread messages. Like, you can’t even see where the “read” messages begin.
  • Your ideas, reminders and meeting notes are on all sorts of surfaces. Post-its, your phone calendar, napkins and the back of your hand (ahem, GUILTY).

So, if you can relate to this list too well, you might be a red ne- I mean, a disorganized human. If you look at your colleague’s gorgeously and sickeningly organized calendars and planners with no post-its sticking out and feel like a horrible person, don’t despair. It’s been said that people who procrastinate (to a certain extent of course) and who are easily distracted are more creative and can come to unique outcomes for situations. Knowing myself, I’d like to agree with all that. I mean, who am I to dispute the New York Times? Oh look, a puppy!

Procrastination reference: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/15/opinion/sunday/its-not-mess-its-creativity.html

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