Discussion Day

This past weekend saw one of my absolute favorite blogging community events – Bloggiesta! I love it because it’s all about getting to know each other and convincing each other to do all those annoying things we’ve been putting off. When you’re frustrated that you screwed something up or got yourself so behind that it’ll take DAYS to catch up, there’s no bonding experience quite like finding someone on Twitter who is having the exact same problem. It’s incredible amounts of fun no matter how much you get done or time you put in.

But this time, I got a lot of comments in a similar vein – several people said they were impressed with how organized I am! I thanked them, of course, but inside I was doing one of these: o.O.O.O.O.o *looks around the room* “Who ME? Organized? HA! You want organized, you go look at Amanda @ On a Book Bender. THAT’S what organized looks like!”

I spent a lot of time wondering why people would think me organized before I realized that “organized” is just as subjective a word as “beautiful” even though we don’t treat it that way. In most cases, there is no such thing as “more” or “less” organized, just “differently” organized. For example, my own father treats the floor of his study as a big flat filing cabinet – but don’t you dare touch any of the papers, because he knows exactly where each one is!

I would say my particular brand of organized is lists. I could make lists all day. I make lists of things I need to do, lists of ideas I had, lists of all the THINGS related with each project I’m working on – Heck, I make lists of LISTS! You want a list made, I’m your gal! The problem (and the reason I think I’m so disorganized) is I tend to make lists so big that I don’t even manage to cross off half the things on them. I make a list and then start on it… and then remember 5 more things I need to add to it before I’ve even finished 1!

To some people, though, my obsessive list making probably looks organized. And to an extent, I’ve learned some tricks to help it actually be that way – each time I make a list, I make it a goal to get a higher percentage of that list crossed off before I have to throw it away to make way for the next list. So, if you like my system and think it would work for you, by all means go ahead and try it! I will not stop you! If you figure out how to use it to get you ahead in life, let me know – I still haven’t managed to dig myself out of being “behind” (which is also a pretty subjective term, but a discussion for another day). Otherwise, stick with your system. You know what works for you. And that’s the best kind of organization of all.

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12 Responses to “Discussion Day: Organization is in the eye of the beholder”

  1. Stormy says:

    I love this post because it’s totally true–organization is a relative term. I’m often told I’m organized, and I also make lists and spreadsheets and planners, but sometimes I feel disorganized because I keep so many lists, spreadsheets, and planners that I sometimes don’t put the same events on everything and then I check multiple locations. But because I use lists and spreadsheets, I often seem organized to other people.

    • Anne says:

      Yeah, that’s just it – I have tons of lists and I never get everything done on them all. But to some people, just having lists is organized :)

  2. You’re absolutely right, Anne. Organization really does depend on the person. I think we all develop our own system and what works for me may not work for everyone else. I think it’s important to recognize, embrace, and improve your own system rather than attempt to adopt someone else’s.

    • Anne says:

      I agree – everyone needs to figure out what works for them. Though, of course, I love looking at other people’s organization systems to see what I might be able to add to my system.

  3. I love lists too. Whenever I’m feeling cluttered or overwhelmed with everything that I need to do, I make a list (or multiple lists) and it helps me calm down and get some control over what’s going on. Sometimes I listen to them, but mostly I don’t follow the timeline attached to the lists.

    Great post :)

    • Anne says:

      Yeah, lists always make me feel like I have a better handle on things (unless I overdo it in which case it becomes incredibly overwhelming lol).

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  5. Alexa says:

    I think I’m a list girl as well. Sometimes lists will get thrown out the window because I know I just don’t have time for all of that. I’m a very organized person but most of the time that comes from my great memory. I can put things in places and remember where they are or what I was doing on a certain day or the order of the slides in a powerpoint presentation in class.

    Those lists do help me keep track of little things/goals though :)

    • Anne says:

      I usually keep my lists for a few days before throwing them out – I rarely (if ever) actually finish them before I throw them out though!

  6. I think having lists is a good idea! It’s still being organized, even if you can’t get to everything on the list. My problem is that I don’t write EVERYTHING down, so I forget about things I have to do.

    I don’t think ANYONE is perfectly, perfectly organized, but it’s a nice thing to attain to!

    • Anne says:

      I keep a lot of my lists digitally so I always have them with me and can write down stuff no matter where I am – makes it easier to be sure I remember everything!

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