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Lack of organisation costs time and money, causes stress, decreases productivity and can lead to illness. You may want to reconsider the impact of putting off those tasks to help get your life and surroundings organised.  Below are some statistics on the cost of disorganisation and the impact it has on your health and wellbeing.


  • 80 per cent of records in the average organisation are paper-based
  • 80 per cent of all papers that are filed are never looked at again
  • 80 per cent of clutter is the result of disorganisation and not a lack of space
  • the average time to retrieve and re-file a paper document is 10 minutes
  • an average of three per cent of documents are lost or misfiled, and have to be recovered at an alarming cost of $120 per document
  • the average office worker makes about 61 trips per week to the fax machine, copier and printer
  • it costs about $25,000 to fill a four drawer filing cabinet and over $2,100 per year to maintain it
  • the average office has 19 copies of each document
  • studies have shown that some executives will pick up a single piece of paper from their desk thirty or forty times before acting on it
  • 92 per cent of information is in manila folders
  • 80 per cent of technical information is on paper and microfilm
  • paper files are doubling every 3.5 years
  • each day one billion photocopies are made
  • the average worker has a 34 hour paper backlog
  • half an office workers time is spent handling paper or data entry

Gartner Group, Coopers & Lybrand, Ernst & Young, AIMM

  • the average employee today has about 37 hours of unfinished work on their desk at any one time
  • businesses create more than 30 billion documents per year
  • Almost everyone feels his or her office could be better organised, paperwork better managed, and processes more efficient and streamlined. But few are cognisant of the specific costs of disorganisation. Consider that The Wall Street Journal reports the average US executive loses six weeks per year retrieving misplaced information from messy desks and files. The cost in salary and lost productivity is enormous.
  • Time spent mishandling paperwork detracts from the company's ability to service customers, increase sales, and improve the bottom line.

Small Business Administration Report August, 2002

  • Home storage products have become a $4.36 billion industry – Newsweek 2004


  • 50 billion emails are dispatched every day worldwide (up from 12 billion during 2001)
  • 88 per cent of emails are junk, including about one per cent that are virus-infected
  • 53 per cent of people check their emails sporadically throughout the day
  • 40 per cent of people check their email in the middle of the night
  • 77 per cent of people check their email while on holiday
  • 91 per cent of Internet users between the ages of 18 and 64 send or read e-mail and an even higher number of users ages 65 or older do the same – the only activity to even approach e-mail's popularity is using a search engine to find information
  • in a February 2007 survey conducted by Datran Media (regarding most important marketing tactic by businesses) found that 83.2 per cent of respondents preferred email marketing as their number one marketing preference
  • email volume in the United States is projected to nearly double from 1.5 trillion messages during 2003, to 2.7 trillion during 2007, as reported by eMarketer

Small Business Administration Report, September 2006

  • 50 billion emails are dispatched every day worldwide (up from 12 billion during 2001)
  • 88 per cent of emails are junk, including about one per cent that are virus-infected


Top time-wasting activities by US workers are:

  • 44.7 per cent surfing the Internet for personal use
  • 23.4 per cent socialising with co-workers
  • 6.8 per cent conducting personal business & America Online

  • Office workers waste an average of 40 per cent of their workday – not because they aren't smart, but because they were never taught organising skills to cope with the increasing workloads and demands
  • The damage caused to your time management by any given interruption is always twice as long as the actual duration of the interruption.
  • An employee earning $50,000 a year that wastes an hour each day will cost your company $6,250

Wall Street Journal Report

  • The average American will spend one year searching through desk clutter looking for misplaced objects – Margin, Dr Richard Swenson
  • 280 hours (seven weeks) per year are lost by workers seeking clarification due to poor communication –
  • The average manager is interrupted every three minutes –
  • People who multi-task decrease their productivity by 20 to 40 per cent – they are less efficient than those who focus on one project at a time – time lost switching between tasks increases the complexity of the tasks – University of Michigan Study
  • The average worker admits to frittering away more than two hours a day not counting lunch on personal business – costing companies an estimated $759 billion a year –


  • The average person gets one interruption every eight minutes, or approximately seven an hour, or 50 to 60 per day. The average interruption takes five minutes, totalling about four hours or 50 per cent of the average workday. Eighty per cent of those interruptions are typically rated as 'little value' or 'no value' creating approximately three hours of wasted time per day.
  • 20 per cent of the average workday is spent on 'crucial' and 'important' things, while 80 per cent of the average workday is spent on things that have 'little value' or 'no value'
  • 50 per cent of all projects are behind schedule – one hour of planning will save 10 hours of doing
  • In the last 20 years, working time has increased by 15 per cent and leisure time has decreased by 33 per cent
  • White-collar workers waste an average of up to 40 per cent of their workday – not because they aren't smart, but because they were never taught organising skills to cope with the increasing workloads and demands
  • A person who works with a 'messy' or cluttered desk spends, on average, 1 1/2 hours per day looking for things or being distracted by things or approximately 7 1/2 per workweek. 'Out of sight; out of mind.' When it's in sight, it's in mind.

Dr. Donald E. Wetmore, Time Management Expert


  • 11 per cent of unscheduled absences are due to workplace stress
  • one-in-three adults suffers from moderate to extreme stress at work
  • stress-related workers compensation claims have increased by 400 per cent in the last 10 years
  • the average NSW claimant takes over 20 weeks off work a year
  • in NSW the cost of stress claims rose from $5.6 million in 1990 to $60 million per year by January 1998
  • Work-related stress accounts for the longest stretches of absenteeism. A 2004 Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) survey of more than 5,000 workers indicated that 25 per cent of workers were taking time off each year for stress-related reasons
  • mental stress has the highest median cost at an average of $9,700 per case compared to $4,100 for all other WorkCover claims
  • the costs of job stress in developed countries like Australia, US, UK, and Germany have been estimated at $200 to $300 billion annually in absenteeism, diminished productivity, employee turnover, accidents and medical, legal and insurance fees
  • stress is blamed for 80 per cent of all disease and illness, and 60 to 90 per cent of all medical office visits in the US

Human resources magazine, NSW WorkCover, Australian Institute of Health & Welfare 2006

  • Absenteeism has tripled in the workplace due to stress – Good Morning America
  • More than 85 per cent of couples say they argue about clutter and disorganisation –


As technology improves and proliferates, we are producing more and more digital images. Experts estimate that 30.4 billion photos were saved to storage files last year. An event that once might have required one roll of film can now result in hundreds of digital pictures. It is easy to feel paralysed by the content, unable to sift through the digital stacks and curate the best photos to capture life's memories.

  • 750 million photos were uploaded to Facebook on New Year's Day 2011
  • 30.4 billion images are saved a year, but only 16 billion are printed
  • 86 per cent of digital images never leave the camera
  • each day on Facebook 300 million photos are uploaded to Instagram
  • Instagram gains one new user every second
  • one billion photos have been taken with the Instagram app
  • there are roughly 58 photos uploaded each second

Apps like Facebook and Instagram are transforming the way we share experiences –