Another Attempt at Getting Organized

Also known as “I’m determined to be more organized so I bought another weekly planner and I’m dragging out my huge pile of assorted color pens plus these awesome highlighters I bought with said planner.”

Every year (sometimes at least once every month) I make some crazy attempt to get my shit together. I buy a package of colored pens, a notebook or two to keep my thoughts in line, folders to keep my papers neat and organized or some cool desk organizer that I think will radically change my way of doing things in my home office.

And then…all hell breaks loose.

The colored pens stay in the pen holder. The files get tossed aside. The notebooks are buried somewhere in the closet or littered around the apartment. That awesome desk organizer turns into a heaping pile of “I have no clue what the fuck this is.”

Another attempt at being more organized with colored pens, highlighters and a weekly planner.

I have good intentions. Really, I do. It’s just…I’ve never been the organize and plan type. With a mostly boring schedule and not a lot going on most days, there’s usually no need for a calendar. I can remember every appointment coming up, every assignment due three weeks from the day it was announced. I remember birthdays and anniversaries.

But there’s always this nagging feeling that I need to be more organized. I need a place to jot down every appointment and class assignment. I’m not a spring chicken. There will come a day where not being organized, not mentally training myself to be organized will bite me in the ass.

As such, I make an attempt every year. It’s possible I’m being a complete dumbass for even trying but I do feel it’s important for me to get my shit together, no matter how many failed attempts and false starts there have been.

Call it craziness. Call it personal growth. My husband calls it tenacity. When he said that I looked at him with one eyebrow raised thinking, “Umm, what?” He saw the confusion in my face and said, “Well you keep going at it.” Damn it. I hate it when he’s right. Dude knows me a bit too well sometimes.

So, here I go again (probably on my own but…oh, nevermind. Pay no attention to my 80s music reference) attempting to get my shit together. Odds are my weekly planner will start collecting dust and cat hair in a matter of weeks but I will make a better effort this time. I promise.

Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go clean my desk. Apparently a tornado blew through it last night while I was sleeping. Happens way too often around here. *sigh*


  1. I’m the same way. Today, I’m working on organizing the bathroom. I swear those shampoo bottle and various other sundry items multiply in the night.
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    • Bwahaha! Love it! Well, not the organizing the bathroom part. That’s evil. The bottles multiplying at night? That’s funny. Are you sure they’re not gremlins?

  2. Organization is my nemesis. I try, stay with it for a week or so, then fall off the wagon for a while. Good luck!
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    • It’s my nemesis too but I’m stubborn as hell and determined to defeat it. Ha! Thanks for the support, Rhonda!

  3. I’m with you on the buying of pens, highlighters, notebooks, and organizers. I love paper for some reason (but I’m an environmentalist, weird). But I am very religious about writing everything down in my planner and then crossing it off when I finish. The funny part? The pens and highlighters and funky colored sticky notes? Don’t use em. Pencil on all planners. Weird?
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    • Haha. People still use pencils? I thought they were only for Scantrons or used as human chew toys moments before a huge exam at school. Sticky notes are awesome but they manage to get lost way too easily around here so notepads/notebooks are the way to go.

  4. I am crazy organized! Pack up those pens and send them to me! I love them! They will find a great home here! I will send them back when they are dried up and used, much like the age I am approaching. Hey, if it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work. Maybe you were born to be Oscar Madison.
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    • Pfft! My pens! Mine! I’ll use them! I swear! Hmm. Maybe I’ll have to figure out your birthday or somehow send you a huge pack of pens as a special surprise. You know…so you’ll keep your paws off my pens. Haha.

  5. I used to do the same thing! I actually just gave away a box FULL of partially used notebooks that I bought during organization binges. I still get the URGE though. That need to write my life in a calendar and lists in a notebook. Like maybe there’s some secret to putting it on paper that will make everything else fall into place and I just haven’t quite cracked the code yet. Oh crap. I think I feel a relapse coming on ;-)
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    • I damn near peed myself laughing when I read “Oh crap. I think I feel a relapse coming on.” Hey, at least our addictions…er, obsessions are better than the ones that can actually kill you. Unless of course you hoarde notebooks and have a stack so huge in your home office it could topple over and kill you. That would suck. Let’s just stick to colored pens. They nowhere near as dangerous. LOL

  6. Oh this looks all too familiar. You mean buying the planner and the colorful pens doesn’t count as being organized? Daaaaaaaaaaamnit.
    By the way, I read your “about me” page and I am alarmed at how similar we are, both in our indecisiveness and smartassyness. I always say “it’s better to be a smart ass than a dumb ass.” Sorry for all the asses. And for that last one too.
    I have more than enough college credits to get a degree, but because I changed my major three times, they are not the correct assortment of classes. But if you need to know anything about teaching middle school, criminal justice and law or drawing and painting…I, uh, know a girl who has loads of useless knowledge and a problem being indecisive. *ahem*
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    • LOL!! What an ass! Wait, no that’s wrong. Stop being an ass! No, that’s wrong too. Damn. I wanted to make a smartASS joke in response and I can’t remember what I initially wanted to say. So uhhh, useless knowledge eh? That’s cool. No, really it is. I know a lot of useless crap too. :)

  7. I’m proud of you for trying. It’s gotta stick one of these times. As for me, I’ve given up on NYR’s. I only feel like I’m setting myself up for failure.

    • Thanks, Shannon! As a rule, I never call them resolutions. Like you said, it’s only being set up for failure. More fun (and more likely to stick) when it’s an actual goal. Though I’m not sure how I can turn writing in my planner into a goal. Hmmm. Gonna have to think about that one. LOL

      By the way, your blog name is awesome!

  8. I know what you mean. Today I found my 2013 planner… I filled it out in late 2012 and that was it.
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    • Haha. I’ll probably find 2013’s planner and see half-ass attempts every few months to actually use it. At least I tried!

  9. I’m a sucker for pretty pens. But like you, I’ll buy the pretty planners with the best of intentions and it ends up at the bottom of my paper pile. This year I printed a blogger planner and put it in a 3 ring binder. We’ll have to see how that goes for me. But at least I’ve got some pretty pens to write in it with!
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    • Let’s hope the blog planner works for you this time! With pretty pens there’s at least some incentive, at least that’s what I always tell myself. LOL. Pretty pens = good excuse to find something you can use them for. :)

  10. I’m glad it’s not just me. I’m super organized in some ways – my purse, my computer, etc. but I can NOT do planners or to-do lists. My life just doesn’t roll that way and I’ve made the decision to be OK with that. When my life gets too crazy (did you notice my Email – AdriansCrazyLife?) I keep them up for a day or two just to get back on top of things, and then I go back to my normal non-planner life.
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    • I think I’m organized when I want to be but end up throwing in the towel for my laid back, sometimes chaotic, ways. I think it’s awesome you finally realized it’s not you and you’ve decided you’re okay with it. It’s a huge relief when you do reach that point. I haven’t reached it yet and I’m okay with that. I like the challenge in that area. LOL. And yes, I did notice your email and blog address. Love it! Definitely going to be checking it out soon. :)

  11. Maybe you just weren’t meant to be organized in that way? Just use the planner for paper airplanes or random writing prompts. :-)
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    • It’s possible. But being as ridiculously hard-headed and stubborn as I am means I am determined to somehow make it work. Haha. :)

  12. That’s why I got Google Calendar on my Nook. No pens necessary, and you can code colors to your hearts content. It syncs with my husband’s I-phone, so he never has to call and ask what my work schedule is, or if there is anything going on next Tuesday. Love it!
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    • I’m still very much a “write everything down on paper” kind of girl. I’ve embraced technology for blogging and social media (obviously) but using it for calendars never has worked for me. One of these days I may try it again but for now, I’m sticking with paper. LOL

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