Everyone at one time or another gets a little bit disorganized. It happens to the best of us and there is nothing to be ashamed of. But, there are several hidden costs that either we don’t think about or don’t even know about that are simply bleeding us dry financially.
For instance, all the small late fees you pay when you miss the due date on your phone, credit card or utility bill. Those are just a few that you may notice, but what about the ways you don’t notice by being disorganized?
Take for instance your groceries. If you generate a physical list (being organized), you most likely will have to only make trip. But, if you go to the store with only a mental list (being disorganized) you are more likely to forget something, thus have to make an extra trip. Gas is not cheap these days and having to make extra trips to the store will generate more costs, thereby draining your monetary funds. What about during the dreaded tax season? If you don’t have an organized filing system in place throughout the year for all of your receipts, you could potentially be missing out on some great tax credits for your business. OUCH!
Do you realize that office distractions add up to an average of 2.1 hours per day for each employee? If you have paperwork piled all over your desk, are consistently late for meetings or actually miss them all together because you can’t find the documents you need or you don’t have a calendar handy showing your appointments, this is a sure sign of disorganization. But don’t give up hope! This is an area that can be worked on. You don’t want to miss out on a great opportunity for advancement in your current job or on securing that new client! Take charge of your situation and turn things around. It can be done!
Lastly, take a look at your appearance. Yes, you make work from home, but do you really need to look like it? You know the scenario…ratty hair, wrinkled pajamas, slippers. That’s fine on the days you aren’t feeling well and don’t plan on leaving the house. However, I would suggest getting dressed anyway. It’s nice to know that we don’t always have to look our best when working from home, but we shouldn’t necessarily take it to the extreme. Whether you believe it or not, this is also a sign of disorganization. You never know who will come knocking at your door (UPS guy) or what last-minute errand or appointment you will need to make. If you are disheveled, when you meet others, just know that will be your first impression. Is that really how you want people to perceive you? So, get up out of your comfy pj’s, slip on a pair of jeans, a nice shirt and comb your hair. I guarantee you’ll feel better about yourself and that confidence will exude outwardly.
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Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant says
Jen, you are so right about “getting ready” for work. I know that the days I don’t stay in my pj’s all day are more productive. 😉
Jennifer Gallaher - VAbyJen says
I agree…although there ARE days, I wish I could. Something about being comfy, you know?