Organization skills - is it something you were born with, something you’ve mastered, or something that still eludes you?
There are people who seem like they have been organized all their lives. I have several friends that are like this. Even in high school, they were the ones who had everything ready before it was time and always had all the materials they need for any project.
I know people who are what I call “50/50” organized. They are the most organized person at work. They know where everything is, they have everything ready on time, and have their week’s activities planned out. But, when they get home they can’t find a thing.
Some people have been able to master the skills of organization for both work and home. They’ve learned how to be prepared, how to plan, and how to execute that plan.
Then there are those in the world like me -- unable to be organized for more than 10 minutes. I know I recently posted a schedule for January activities that gave the appearance of organization. But, you don't know how many different places I've had to write that schedule down so I don't forget something.
I have a day planner so I can keep track of the daily activities I need to do. I haven’t written anything down in it in at least three months. Tell you anything?
Don’t get me wrong. I write down everyday what I need to do and where I need to go. It’s just usually jotted down on a scrap piece of paper as the thoughts come to me.
I have another list I write daily (on a separate piece of paper) of what I need to pick up that day - groceries, horse feed, gasoline, etc.
I usually have another list that reminds me of the people I need to talk to that day pertaining to work.
You would think it would be so much easier on me to write all my lists in the day planner. It probably would, but I never seem to have it with me when I think of something I need to write down.
As a writer you have to be organized. You have to have all your facts together before you begin to write. You have to have a clear plan of what you want to write.
Without organization, a story would be just a bunch of words strung together with no clear meaning. Did that make sense?
Can an organized person create a character who is their complete opposite?
Which category do you fall into? Do you have any tips on organization to share? Can there be organization in the midst of clutter?