How long does it take for a person to get organized and is it possible to stay that way?
Productivity and organizing project timing varies by project and person. Here are some factors that impact the length of time a project may take:
* To De-Clutter or Not De-Clutter. Some projects require major de-cluttering before systems can be put into place. Other projects only require systems to match the person.
* The Project Goals. Some individuals are looking to get organized for life strategies (e.g. keep the chair clear so guests have somewhere to sit.) Others are looking for function over form, while some want their version of visual "perfection."
* Budget. Some people would like to get the project done quickly and are willing to pay for additional people to help move the project forward. Others have a specific amount they can spend during a given time period. When that occurs, the project is spread out over a longer period of time.
THE INDIVIDUAL PERSON:
* Number of People Involved. The more people involved in the decision process the longer the project will potentially take.
* Learning Style. Every individual has different methods of learning. Some can read a one line statement and immediately implement it, while another person may need to experience the activity before it makes sense to them.
* Decision Making Skills. There are many different ways and rates that a person can make a decision. For example, one person may need to verbalize why they have an item and why they have kept it before they decide to let it go; while another person may look at the item and immediately let it go.
* Desire. Individuals that are passionate about completing a project will do so faster than those that are working a productivity/organizing project at the request of someone else.
* Focus on Homework. Some people are willing and able to work on the project in between appointments while others prefer to work on the project while with the consultant.
* Medical Condition. Some individuals are struggling due to situational disorganization, while others are experiencing medical conditions that make it difficult to get and stay organized. (See Chronic Disorganization for more on that.)