Friday Five

1. Would you consider yourself an organized person? Why or why not?

Not in the traditional manager’s sense. I don’t have everything in logical places, at any given time, but I do know that my hairbrush is under the bed right now and that my favorite spiral notebook for work is under my home computer’s keyboard. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I have all kinds of little storage units where everything (screws, nails, sewing materials, batteries, jewelry) are organized by compartment, so I am in fact anal about some things!

2. Do you keep some type of planner, organizer, calendar, etc. with you, and do you use it regularly?

I have a Day Runner. I look at it twice a year. I’m very good at memorizing dates, so it’s usually an extra, wasted step for me to write stuff down.

3. Would you say that your desk is organized right now?

According to my definition of organized, yes. It’s a huge desk, and everything is within arm’s reach, even if half of my paperwork is leaning against my G4 tower or sitting under my coffee cup.

4. Do you alphabetize CDs, books, and DVDs, or does it not matter?

I alphabetize CDs, for the most part — I have so many that it’s helpful to scan for the general area of the alphabet I want. Books are arranged by size, type, color and author.

5. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to organize?

My thoughts, especially when I need to confront somebody about something. I have no problem with confrontation, but I oftentimes bite my tongue to keep the peace, but all the while, I’m boiling over, imagining the nasty things I want to say and tempering them with the nice things I know I have to say. But sometimes, I bite my tongue till it bleeds, and that’s when it’s time to open my mouth and let it all hang out.

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