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The organizational truth

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The organized truth• Americans are averaging only two to two and a half weeks of vacation, while Europeans take five.• 80 percent of what we keep we never use.• More than one out of four Americans remarked that they would like to be better organized.• People who multitask are less efficient than those who focus on one project at a time. Time lost switching among tasks increases with the complexity of the tasks. Workers productivity decreases by 20 percent to 40 percent every time they multitask or “task switching.”• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state unequivocally that 80 percent of our medical expenditures are now stressrelated.• 48 percent of American executives admit to having a messy desk but claim to know where everything is. In contrast, 12 percent say that although their desk appears organized, they have no idea where to find anything.• Executives waste six weeks per year searching for lost ducuments.• 73 percent said their impressions of colleagues were influenced by the way their desks are organized. Nearly 70 percent believed that workers with messy desks were perceived as less career-driven than their fastidious counterparts.• It costs $120 in labor to track down a misplaced document or $250 in labor to recreate it.• On any given day, American workers spend nine million hours collectively searching for misplaced information.• On any given day an oorganization makes 19 copies of each document, spends $20 in labor to file each document, spends $120 in labor searching for each misfiled document, loses one out of every 20 documents, spends 25 hours recreating each lost document.• On average, we experience one interruption every 8 minutes or approximately 6-7 per hour. In an 8-hour day, that totals around 50-60 interruptions in the day. The average interruption takes approximately 5 minutes. If you are receiving 50 interruptions in the day and each takes 5 minutes, that totals 250 minutes, or just over 4 hours out of 8, or about 50 percent of the workday.• The average employee today has about 37 hours of unfinished work on his or her desk at any one time.• Residential Document Magazine found that more than 90 percent of Americans are planning on organizing some part of their lifein 2004. Some survey results:• 81 percent of participants plan to spring clean this year.• 74 percent of participants spring clean because they are tired of clutter.• 39 percent of participants plan to organize their closet first.• 62.8 percent plan to get rid of their outdated wardrobe next.• 58 percent of participants said photos of their children are the one thing that they would never get rid of.• We wear 20 per cent of the clothes we own 80 per cent of the time. The rest hangs there, just in case.• 50 percent of homeowners rate the garage as the most disorganized place in the house and a place the entire family uses regularly.• Americans waste 9,000,000 hours per day searching for misplaced items.• Constant barrage of short, dumb messages has left people starving for real context and meaning.• Home storage products have become a $4.36 billion industry.• Getting rid of clutter eliminates 40 per cent of housework in an average home. Eighty per cent of the clutter in most homes is a result of disorganization, not lack of space.- Source: National Association of Professional Organizers


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