How Do You Organize?
The subject of organization is a popular one. The word has so many uses.
- I love the organization of this painting.
- That is a great nonprofit organization.
- Notice how the ants organize to feed the colony.
- I need to organize my desk.
First off, I’m no expert in organization. Sure, I have my lists and get better everyday at using the many applications out there, but I’m always fascinated with the never-ending ways that people come up with to keep track of everything. What’s more is that what works for some people could actually end up making others more disorganized!
Every Monday and Wednesday we meet as a team to go through the small details of each of the projects we have going on with every client, and I was inspired seeing the different ways everyone manages the information that is important to them. So I asked the team at Mangold Creative how they keep themselves organized. Some have more elaborate methods to organization than others.
Brian – The Routine
He likes to spend an hour at the beginning of every week planning how to get everything on his plate done. This takes daily tweaking to adjust as things come up. “I use basic lists as well to keep things front of mind, but nothing fancy.”
Kelsey – The Post-it Person
I really didn’t need to ask Kelsey about her methods to organization… glancing into her office, you’ll see post-it notes covering every surface! She is also a list maker. Says Kelsey, “I keep my ‘all the things’ list – these are tasks that will need to get done in the next week or two, or upcoming projects that I need to keep on my radar.”
Heather – Keep It In Front of Me
When asked how she keeps organized, Heather quipped, “I have Abby do it!” I made her give me a serious answer. As her husband and partner I know how many tasks this wonder woman has to juggle every day! Heather states “Top of mind means IN PLAIN SIGHT.” The answer is a hybrid approach. Starting a digital list in an application called Wunderlist, getting tasks categorized as needed, then printing out a copy to carry around, add to, and cross off. Heather is also somewhat of a pen and paper girl. “There’s something much more gratifying about crossing things off with a pen than clicking that checkbox, so I clean up the digital list once a week or so and reprint.”
Abby – Planner Person
Abby is a weekly planer person. The left side of the binding is the giant list of to-dos for the week and near future, while the right side is broken down into daily tasks and notes. “I also write down reminders for myself on this side for things that come up during the day, like if I need to remember to call someone back or send a reminder email.”
Anna – Technology, Notes, and Color
Like Heather, Anna finds herself favoring a hybrid approach using Evernote to keep detailed notes from meetings, but preferring to bust out the colored pens to map out her life in her planner. Anna says “I like to have something were I can keep track of my personal life & goals in an organized way, but also keep everything work related in the same place. Not to mention I really enjoy using different colors and being able to actually cross things off a list.”
Kelly – Task Lists
Email inundates us all! New to the MC team, Kelly shares that everything needs a folder. Once a task is completed, she moves it out of her inbox. She adds “A daily task list also is important to make sure that certain things get done by a certain time. It helps me to think of it as a mini-timeline for myself. Knowing I have a list of everything I need to accomplish helps me mentally prepare for what needs to be done and by when.”
We all have our way of managing our lives day to day. It’s interesting and educational to see and hear from others just how they tackle organization. The bottom line… organization is like dieting, do what works for you!