Disorganization comes in a two forms: tangible (the kind you can touch and see) and intangible (stuff you can’t touch or see, but is there none-the-less). We have already touched on tangible disorganization in this post.
Intangible disorganization is all about you. It’s how you manage and navigate things in a way that you either meet your responsibilities and move towards your goals with some kind of progress, or you struggle every step of the way–possibly neglecting some responsibilities and never meeting your goals. It can be a way of life, or it can be an intermittent problem that lasts a few days or even a few years. It can stem from an organic, physical issue that causes you to be unable to focus (not just ADD) or it can be caused by having more on your plate than you really know how to handle appropriately.
I’ve broken this down into two, separate posts because it became far too long for just one post. That being said, I think that everyone could benefit from reading both posts.
If you have a mental health or neurological or physical health issue that is making you unable to maintain organization to the point where it is impacting your life, the post titled “Organic obstacles to organization” is for you. This post may not be for everyone, but there is a section of it for finding help with day-to-day organization that I have referenced in other posts because it will help everyone.
If you are overloaded and struggling to figure out how to handle all of the things currently on your plate, the post titled “Managing your load” is for you. And frankly, this post applies to EVERYone’s life. Even if you’re not currently struggling, you could be doing a lot better!