Sunday, May 6, 2007

Organize Thyself . . .?

I would love to be organized. And I should be. Any one who salivates over pastel colored index cards should definitely have the gift of organization. Unfortunately, a place for everything and everything in its place doesn't apply to my life. My filing system leaves much to be desired. Most of the time, I use the stacking system: stack it on the bookshelf, stack it on the file cabinet, stack it on the floor. My file cabinets are full--all three of them. Don't ask me what they contain because I don't have a clue. I've been writing for 100 years. Okay, slight exaggeration, but I got my first file cabinet (a gift from my husband) 25 years ago. We were so sure I would fill it with great manuscripts and book contracts. I can't remember where the second 4-drawer file cabinet came from, but a few years ago I happened upon the third one at a Goodwill Store. I was so excited you'd have thought I'd found a brand new moss green cashmere Donna Karan jacket ($3500) with a 100 dollar bill in the pocket. :) It doesn't take much to thrill me--just mention office supplies and I twitch.
So, why am I not organized?
Your guess is every bit as good as mine, and if you have a guess--share it with me.

Something to Think About

"Make room for the new you. You may not have totally determined who the new you is going to be, but you probably have decided that there are some things about the current you, that you want to change. Well while you are working on what the new you will be, start 'cleaning out a room' for the new you to live in. Get rid of the junk in your life both physical and mental that doesn't fit you anymore. Take things out of your schedule that are taking your time away from finding out what you want to do. By making room for the new you, you will create a vacuum that the new you will rush in to fill and you will be on your
way to the top."-- Edward W. Smith,
Sixty Seconds To Success

"Once you have a clear picture of your priorities- that is values, goals, and high leverage activities- organize around them."-- Stephen Covey

And my very favorite

How great it is to reinvent yourself. . . Suzanne Somers


Christa said...

Me, too! Love office supply stores, but never see to be organized ....but then you knew that...............

sandrarobb said...

Okay, Jess. You're about to convince me to jump into the blog life. Your organizational skills sound just like mine, so maybe I could do this.


Jess said...

Christa, if I had your wonderful workspace, I'd think I'd died and gone to heaven. :)

And Sandra! I can't believe you're reading me. LOL How funny. Yes, please get your own blog. It's fun in a stressful sort of way. :)

Now, Christa, meet Sandra, my crit partner. Sandra, meet Christa, my new friend Hurricane Rita blew in. :) Can't wait for you two to really meet -- at conference. Do teachers and principals get along? LOL You'd better! I love you both.

upwords said...

Reinventing really is fun. I do it a lot. LOL