Many people are not familiar with the term chronic disorganization, but even if they don’t know the term, they know what it is like to live with it. According to the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, chronic disorganization is defined as a person having:
- A past history of disorganization in which self-help efforts to change have failed
- An undermining of current quality of life due to disorganization
- The expectation of future disorganization
Does this sound like you or someone you know? If so, there is no need to worry. Help is available. While people who struggle with chronic disorganization may be frustrated with their situation, it is not a hopeless one.
Find an organizational system and strategies that work with your way of thinking rather than trying to force yourself into a color-coded standard way of organizing. Many times, we are told to change everything about ourselves to see improvement. What works better, however, is working with your brain and with your learning style, rather than against it.
For example, if you are not a morning person, don’t force yourself to get up an hour early to get more things done. Instead, take time before bed to prepare as much as possible for the next day, or choose a few minutes in the afternoon when everything is quiet to declutter and organize your life. Pack lunches, pick out clothing, and stage items you’ll need to take with you by the front door.
A strong time-management strategy is crucial for the chronically disorganized. We are always here to help, and there are many great resources available online through the Institute for Challenging Disorganization for anyone curious to learn more about what it means to live with chronic disorganization.