By Daise Bedolla

Published on March 18, 2015

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We all have our messy moments, but working with disorganized coworkers on a daily basis can prove to be extremely frustrating. Whether you’re working with a small or a large number of people, learning to deal with this difficult is crucial. Read on for several tips to help you deal with the disorganized coworkers in your office.

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anticipate problems

Especially if you have multiple disorganized coworkers in your midst, having a backup plan is necessary. Learn to anticipate their habits and where shortfalls might present themselves. While you might need to do some extra work and research alternate plans, you’ll be more prepared to handle problems if your coworker doesn’t come through.

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offer your help

Try to focus on your coworkers’ strengths. While organization may not be their strong suit, they might be incredible at customer service, research or problem solving. Negativity is counterproductive, and you will be better equipped to work with someone if you focus on their strengths instead of their weaknesses.

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be optimistic

Try to focus on your coworkers’ strengths. While organization may not be their strong suit, they might be incredible at customer service, research or problem solving. Negativity is counterproductive, and you will be better equipped to work with someone if you focus on their strengths instead of their weaknesses.

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offer encouragement

Changing your habits is difficult, and learning organizational skills is by no means an easy feat. Recognize their efforts and recognize their progress. Small encouragements can add up to a great change.

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vent

It’s incredibly frustrating to work with a disorganized coworker on a daily basis. Find a like-minded and equally organized coworker that understands. You are by no means alone, and sometimes all you need to combat frustration is a quick talk.

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breathe

Recognize that it is not your responsibility to change your coworkers as much as you might want. Have some coping mechanisms on hand to help you relax. Whether it be listening to a great song for several minutes or taking a short walk by the office, find ways to calm your anxiety.