consequenceEvery decision we make causes an action that results in a consequence. An inaction is also a decision, a decision not to act. A consequence is a result of the decision, or choice that you make depending on the situation or circumstance you are in at the time.

We all make many decisions every day in the course of our lives. Some may be mundane, or not particularly life impacting, others can be detrimental to our health and wellbeing. They all have one thing in common, they all have a consequence.  Some good, others not so good.

So, what does this mean in terms of organizing? When you don’t keep things organized the consequence can be exponential. Read on for examples of scenarios and their consequences to see if any of them ring true for you. If you have others, I invite you to put them in the comments box below.

Scenario & Consequence

  • Not assigning homes to all of your things prevents you from finding those things when you need them so you waste time looking for them.
  • Not putting things back in their homes after you’re finished using them; so as mentioned above, you waste time looking for them.
  • Not knowing how many of one thing you have so you buy duplicates which costs you money.
  • Not putting appointments on a paper or electronic calendar so you miss the appointment.
  • Not knowing due dates for paying bills which causes a missed, or late payment which can cause a late fee.
  • Not periodically going through your things to eliminate excess, which results in accumulated clutter that causes stress.

At the end of the day, the consequence, or results of these decisions, or choices, can cause either an immediate impact, or a slow long-term impact. So, the next time you are faced with making a decision, take a pause to consider the consequence of that decision.