Situations causing disorganization

Situations causing disorganization

Situations causing disorganization include major life transitions such as divorce, death, retirement and job loss. The impact of these situations is well documented in academic and popular literature. Situational disorganization may be characterized in 2 ways, sudden and unexpected situations, or expected but unprepared for situations.

Sudden and unexpected situations

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Situational disorganization

One of my clients suffered a setback when she had to go in for surgery. Fortunately she has a resilient personality and an optimistic attitude. In a previous blog post I highlighted the fact that even organized people can become disorganized when change occurs. The benefits of being organized are that you have a system and routines to return to after the initial shock. Here are some examples of sudden, unexpected situations that can occur.

  • Sudden diagnosis of illness or chronic condition
  • Sudden injury or accident
  • Unexpected relationship separation
  • Unexpected job loss, re-engineering, downsizing
  • Job promotion
  • Financial emergency
  • Sudden loss of significant other or family member
  • Natural or man made disasters
  • Theft, break-ins
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Situational disorganization

Expected but unprepared for situations

Some events are expected but we may be unprepared for them because we are in denial or do not ask for help. The key is to prepare as much as possible before a crisis occurs. For instance, we are all going to age and there are a variety of great resources to access such as the AARP website. So why wait? The following list includes just some examples of situations that might be expected and you can prepare for:

  • Aging – self, significant other, family member
  • Relocation
  • Birth of a child
  • Return of adult child to household
  • Ongoing financial deficits
  • Ongoing health problems, degenerative condition
  • Long standing relationship or marital problems
  • Long standing employment issues
  • Housing conditions, unaddressed maintenance and repairs
  • Automobile breakdowns, unaddressed maintenance and repairs
  • Natural disasters (ex. You live on or near a fault line, in a flood zone, under drought conditions, etc.)
  • Identity theft
  • Travel delays, lost luggage, theft while traveling

In my next blog post I will outline a variety of solutions for coping with situational disorganization. 2 things: First and foremost, remember that these situations are temporary in nature. In the case of grief the event doesn’t change however the process of healthy grieving allows you move forward and re-organize. Second, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Be your own advocate. If you have questions you can call Personal Professional Organizer, Denise Levine, 760-809-8851.