Circle Of Friends

Losing It?

That disturbingly familiar I-don't-remember-where-I-left-the-keys feeling is seeping into women's business lives. According to a recent survey of the American Business Women's Association, 43 percent of respondents waste 15 minutes daily looking for lost items. Another 32 percent waste up to 30 minutes.

Ironically, the main cause of this wasted time is . . . a lack of time. "When things are chaotic, people think, `I have to get organized as soon as things calm down,' " says Lisa Kanarek, the Dallas author of Everything's Organized (Career Press) who conducted the study of more than 600 respondents. "But when things calm down, they forget about it."

Kanarek also found that organizational styles run the gamut, from the 14 percent of women who organize their offices daily to the 26 percent who organize fewer than three times a year.

Double irony: Ultimately, organization comes down to a matter of . . . timing. "I ask people whether they want to take the time to get organized at the beginning or at the end of a project because they're going to have to do it at some point," says Kanarek. "If you get organized at the beginning, you have a clearer picture of what you need to get accomplished and won't get as bogged down with details."

Contact Sources

Everything's Organized, 660 Preston Forest Ctr., #120, Dallas, TX 75230, lisaorgani@

Favorite Gifts, (800) 528-5333, http://www.

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This article was originally published in the December 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Circle Of Friends.

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