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Dreadful Nonsense

"I've read your blog. it's really funny. you should write a column." - Jon Ronson


Friday Five

1. Would you consider yourself an organized person? Why or why not?
I can be pretty organised when I want to be. I tend to plan things very far in advance so that nothing goes unchecked, but occasionally I totally forget about something until the last moment, and have to improvise around the fact that I've got no idea what I'm doing or where I'm going.
Why am I an organised person? I haven't completed my degree in Psychology just yet - I'll get back to you on that second part in about 6 years.


2. Do you keep some type of planner, organizer, calendar, etc. with you, and do you use it regularly?
I carry around a little diary that's supposed to keep all the details of what I've done, what I'm doing and what I'm going to do. I got it to put in all dates of reviews I did, to make sure I got paid. It has all of my friend's birthdays in it, as I write them in every January, copied from the year before. I also put all the dates of all my OU tutorials until April. Other than that, it doesn't say much else. I always forget to write stuff in, but it wouldn't matter if I did, because I always forget to read it if I have written stuff in. I use the electric calendar on my work email account to remind me to do things like pay council tax, but from the 23rd of May, I won't have that any more. So possibly I'll be being prosecuted round about August.


3. Would you say that your desk is organized right now?
My desk at work is always organised, because that's the one thing I do when trying to make it look like I'm busy and doing important work related things - I move the stapler from one side of the computer to the other, and arrange the post-it notes in order of size. Underneath the clean and tidy sheen though, my desk is horrendously disorganised - filing is everywhere (but in neat piles); the folders I inherited from the last secretary haven't been updated since, but I've shoved things at the front of them, always fully intending to sort through it one day but never getting round to it; the stand I use to keep impending work on hides a really horrible job I've been putting off for weeks and now can't bear to look at; underneath my desk are two massive concertina files full of filing - one for out of date and closed files and one for current files - I can no longer look at either of them, because the prospect of delving in to there frightens me… so. No. My desk gives the appearance of organised, but actually it's hysterically out of control.

4. Do you alphabetize CDs, books, and DVDs, or does it not matter?
I don't alphabetize anything, but I do organise them into genres, performers/authors/writers etc. So I know, in the event of there being a gap, what's missing. It comes from living with three siblings who like to borrow without asking.

5. What's the hardest thing you've ever had to organize?
The freakish filing system in this office. Which, if I'm honest with myself, is one of the many reasons I'm leaving the office. It's so hard to keep up with, it's really frustrating, no one appreciates the amount of work it involves, there's absolutely no light at the end of the tunnel, and it's just a constant hassle. And I've not even organised it, just tried to work out the secret alphabet that the last secretary used to maintain it. It's like a Mensa quiz, and even my astonishing IQ can't cope with it.

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