Professional organizer Deb Lee runs a neat feature on her organizing blog every Friday, titled “Fact Friday.” This past week, she featured a statistic from 1992 that I found to be fascinating:
“In a recent survey of 200 executives of 1,000 of the nation’s largest companies, respondents were asked: ‘What percent of time do executives waste because they or their assistants can’t find things?’ The median response was 4.3 hours a week, based on a 40-hour week.”
[When Time's Money, Organizing Pays Off · Penny Singer · New York Times · November 29, 1992]
Computer usage and digital search functionality have certainly increased and improved since 1992, but I doubt that this statistic is much different today. Now, we search for things like old e-mails and mis-named documents instead of paper memos and proposals.
The lede paragraph of the New York Times article says that six weeks a year are wasted looking for items when you’re disorganized. Think of all the work you could accomplish in six weeks. Amazing.