I’m a list person. If you look at my desk, there’s usually at least one post-it note stuck to the monitor with a bulleted list of things to do, often jotted down in order of importance/deadline. And when I work on my focus issues for The NEWS, I have a Word doc with a color-coded list of sources (the colors indicate where each one is in the interview process).
I inherited the list-making gene from my mother, who is the veritable Queen of Lists. She’s so good that she will list grocery store items in aisle order so she can cross them off from top to bottom. (I’ve started doing this lately, too, and boy does it save time.)
I’ve also recently started planning a wedding, and we’re in the middle of buying a home, too, so you can only imagine how many lists I have going right now. Honestly, it’s the only way I can stay sane.
But, I wasn’t always like this. Up until a few years ago, I would’ve lost my head if it weren’t attached to my body. I never kept lists, and, as a result, I constantly missed appointments and was generally disorganized and unreliable.
While I understand that making lists isn’t the universal answer for staying organized, it does help some people. For everyone else, here are a few great articles about getting – and staying – organized at work:
•5 Tips for Getting Organized at Work – www.howstuffworks.com
•8 Tools to Organize Your Life – www.usnews.com
•Five Ways to Stay Organized – www.monster.com
•5 Apps that Keep You Organized – www.pcworld.com
•How to Get Organized When Work Piles Up – www.mainstreet.com
How do you keep yourself organized? Let us know in the comments.