That’s one of my most commonly asked questions. I think it comes up in every presentation that I ever give. I understand it intimately because I am married to someone who is actually a retired officer in the army and one assumes that somebody like that would be an organized person. Wrong!
This is a guy, I mean, he could step over five pairs of shoes and never see them. He can sit with piles of clutter all around him, and he doesn’t care to learn because he says jokingly, “Well, that’s what I married you for.” It’s really true.
When we were first married – we’re married 28 years now – and we were first married, I thought this reflected on me. I was really worried about it. I was like, “If I can’t even fix my husband, how can I fix myself?” I learned a very important lesson and that is, and I say this all the time, “I’m not looking to convince anybody to get organized. I’m looking for the people who always wanted to be but could never figure out how.”
So, in the meantime, how do you live or work – frequently it’s your boss actually. I work a lot with employees and the boss is the problem because as entrepreneurs and let me just say I am not a naturally organized person. People think this comes easily to me. Man, I’m a prime example of teaching what I need to learn.
Now, I work with it. It’s not like I go and organize other people’s stuff and don’t do mine, but I often have people come to my office. I love to have people come to my office because they can see it. They can see visual things of how we do our numerical filing systems and things like that. It’s easier.
Well, one day, I had invited – there was a couple I had worked with, an entrepreneurial couple, and they were going to come to my office. It was on a Saturday afternoon, which I don’t’ usually do, but that was the only day we could work on. I said, “That’s no problem. I’ll do that, two o’clock Saturday afternoon.”
Well, Saturday morning, my husband had left his glasses at the gym. He was, “Oh, I don’t want to go to the gym.” I said, “I have some errands to run. No problem, I’ll go pick up your glasses, run my errands.” Well, in true ADHD style, I’m out running and have some more ideas, and so I’m executing these ideas, and all of a sudden my phone rings and it’s my client saying, “We’re almost at your office.”