The Daily Grind

Organisation, is it all that it’s cracked up to be? Are you an organised person?

Are you an organised person?

If you’re not sure, take the following quick quiz:

Are you Organised Quiz

Did that help you sort things out (sorry, really bad pun)?

So what does an organised person look like?

I have worked with people who, on the face of it, are the most disorganised folks.  A former colleague comes to mind. He has an office and work desk that would be completely at home at the local tip.  No really, manky cups and paperwork are strewn with careless abandon.  There are piles of paperwork filling every horizontal surface, remnants of last week’s lunch is usually prominent and marketing paraphernalia is hanging off sets of drawers.  In order to have a productive meeting with this fellow I had to set meetings in neutral meeting rooms, so I didn’t get distracted (or aggrieved).  He would often turn up to a planning meeting with a piece of paper that looked like a Jackson Pollock painting.

My brother has what he proudly refers to as his floordrobe.  Literally, he doesn’t hang anything up and his clean clothes just go on the floor.  As a nod to family visits, he will occasionally move his floordrobe to an available chair or couch.  We don’t visit much; we tend to opt for dinner out.  Also, he is not in his teens or twenties.

Can disorganisation work for you?

What both of these fellows have in common is that despite their particular way of organising their space, they both manage to pull it together when it counts.  My brother arrives at work every day dressed and pressed for a corporate job.  My colleague, who had a very project driven job, managed to get his work delivered on time, and, often with success.

On the face of it, both of these fellows are incredibly disorganised.  Both of them seem to lurch from one activity to another.  In my head, my brother spends lots of time searching for a specific shirt.  It feels wasteful.

Good at different types of organisation?

You know of my love of planning, this also extends to organisation.  I love being organised, I actually get satisfaction from cleaning out my wardrobe.  But I am not always very good at it. I am hopeless at diaries (hard copy ones).  I can’t seem to keep them in a consistent notebook.  It’s a bit like yoga.  In my head I want to be good at it, but I suspect that all I can achieve is poor interpretation of a downward dog.  Please note, I talk about yoga, because I want to do it all the time, and be good at it, but I have only been once in the last month.

I am also terrible and cryptic in my note taking.  I am currently looking at my work notebook and I have a list of items.  The first two are:

  • Reporting Protocols
  • HR progress

I have no idea what these are for.

Do you love to be organised?

I love organisation, and am particularly organised in certain aspects of my life (I have an all-inclusive holiday packing list for example). However, I am not sure that being organised is all that it’s cracked up to be.  My comprehensive research says that being organised is something that works for some and not for others.  What works for you?  Are you a very organised person?  Do you have a floordrobe?

P.S.  I have recently purchased an Erin Condren life planner.  It is lovely.  I am planning to transfer all of my planning documents for this blog into my life planner (I love saying life planner).  I will let you know how I go with it.  If you want to take a look, they are at  Not an affiliate link. I just like them.

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