Saturday, March 21, 2015

I KNOW I WROTE IT DOWN SOMEWHERE--BUT WHERE?

by Mary Kennedy
 
Okay, true confession time. Do you make lists and lose them? Do you write things on post-its and little bits of paper and scatter them throughout the house? Do you write things down on whatever is handy? Like the back of a phone bill, or in the margin of a newspaper?  Do you shove business cards and scraps of paper into your address book instead of entering them alphabetically on a page? I'm guilty as charged of all these things.
 
I read somewhere that "creative types" are more prone to dashing off ideas, "notes to self," and inspirational material than "normals." Of course, I found this notion appealing because I could tell myself that I was just being creative when I couldn't find a recent "deal memo" I'd written on the back of a greeting card and accidentally mailed!! I'm sure the recipient wondered why I was writing about advances and option clauses on the back of her birthday card.  Like most folks, I'd much rather think of myself as "creative" than "chronically disorganized."
 
If one of your New Year's resolutions was to "get organized," there are several ways to go about it. You can go for the tried and true day planner.
                                                          
Or if you prefer, you can use the electronic version.
                                                           
 
The late Joan Rivers was fond of writing down jokes and "one-liners" when inspiration struck. She kept a variety of lovely little porcelain bowls scattered throughout the house. At the end of the day, her assistant emptied all the bowls and entered Joan's comments into a computer file that was categorized by topic. Instant organization! Sadly, most of us don't have an assistant who could do this, but I really like the idea.
                                      
 One of my friends is so organized, she keeps "lists of lists." Wow--that is so far beyond me I can hardly imagine it. Another friend (at the opposite end of the spectrum) has a novel method of saving any important piece of paper. She simply buys a half dozen picture frames at the Dollar Store and sticks her "must-not-lose" piece of paper in a frame! I know it sounds odd, but it's actually effective. It's pretty hard to "lose" a picture frame.
 
So what's your secret to staying organized. Do you faithfully keep datebooks and diaries and address books? If you have any tips, please share them.
 
Mary Kennedy