What’s your organising style?

“You’re either born organised or you’re not”.

Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

I do believe that there are those of us who are naturally more structured and organised but I also know that anyone can learn how to organise or to improve their organising skills.

Interestingly, many professional organisers were once disorganised and learnt the skills in order to better manage their own homes and lives.

As for me, I do have a natural bend towards organising but honestly, I figured a lot of things out once I had my own home. And I certainly developed my love for decluttering when we started moving house and I didn’t want to pay to move things I really didn’t value anymore.

The key to organise your life effectively is to know your style so you can adapt any system to work with you, and not against you.

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Today I want to talk about one particular facet of personality – structured versus unstructured organising.

It’s important to note that both of those descriptors are ways of organising yourself: you can organise yourself in a structured manner or in an unstructured manner. Unstructured people are not disorganized; they just prefer to organise themselves in an unstructured manner.

Structured

These are people who like clear goals and deadlines, they prefer closure, they love planning and following that plan. These are the people who read organising blogs like this one just to hone their skills – “maybe there’s something that can take me from a 8 to a 9 on the organising spectrum?”:)

Unstructured

These are people who feel trapped by deadlines, they are spontaneous and like lots of freedom and flexibility.

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The really quick way I like to identify my clients’ styles is to ask them two questions:

1. do you work best with piles or files of paper?

Generally speaking, unstructured people work with piles of paper while structured people like files. Digitally, unstructured people have all their files in My Documents and structured people use (many) folders.

2. do you use the planning tools you buy or download?

This is a key indicator for me. If the person is a paper person (like I am), they probably have a diary. Do you actually use that diary or do you simply like the idea of having a diary? Open yours now and have a look… Digitally, do you merely download cool productivity apps or do you actually use them?

Of course, within those two really broad categories, there is a ton of variation.

I’m clearly structured but I’m a 7 in that I don’t lean very far across the scale. I love files but I keep them very sparse and thin. And electronically, I have one app I use… quite thoroughly, but only on a weekly basis. That’s the most structured I want to be.

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Why is it important to know your style?

1. You’ll stop wasting money on tools that won’t work for you.
2. You can enjoy the freedom of being exactly who you are.
3. You can use your time more effectively.

Over to you.

Do you organise yourself in a structured or unstructured manner? What will you start or stop doing as a result of this knowledge?

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Comments

  1. Mmm, that’s an interesting concept. Just the idea of “organized in an unstructured manner” is already very freeing! I think I’m more a structured type of organizer: I prefer files and detailed organizing. That being said, maybe it’s a way of procrastinating: I spend so much time and attention planning my filing system that I don’t have any left to actually file things! LOL And I have to agree 100% about organizing being a skill that can be learned and a natural tendency all at once. For example I’m not a natural but I recognise the value of being organized and I really worked hard to improve it. Both my parents are quite disorganised so I even had to “fight” my learned behaviour to find a place where I’m more comfortable!

  2. Interesting post!!! I am definitely a structured organizer. I have a filing system that I have been using for years ~ I like self imposed deadlines ~ I have already set up my diary and filing system for 2015. Set up a “December To Do List in November” so that December will be a little more relaxed as I work right through. Am 70% finished with Christmas shopping ~ am a Flylady fan so doing the Cruising Through The Holidays.

    Blessings to you!!!!

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