1. Would you consider yourself an organized person? Why or why not? No, I’m definitely not. And a friend of mine figured out what my problem is. She said that people with organized minds can function when there’s clutter all around them. People who do not have organized minds bog down when their surroundings become cluttered. I fit into that second category without question.
2. Do you keep some type of planner, organizer, calendar, etc. with you, and do you use it regularly? If the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, then I’m driving the steamroller! I have an expensive Day-Timer, several small spiral-bound calendars, a flip calendar on my desk, the Outlook calendar for my bosses, my Franklin Rex Pro (I got it off e-Bay for $50; don’t think for a minute I paid full price for it. Thanks to advanced technology, these guys are pretty much obsolete.), Starfish Sidekick at home and a Lowell Herrero Wall Calendar. For the life of me, I cannot figure out why none of this is helping. Fortunately, though personal deadlines fall by the wayside, I’m proud to say I haven’t missed a deadline at the office!
3. Would you say that your desk is organized right now? Yes, only because I stayed a bit late tonight to make it so.
4. Do you alphabetize CDs, books, and DVDs, or does it not matter? They are not alphabetized; rather, they are grouped by genre/topic.
5. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to organize? A few years ago, when I was on the Firm’s Silicone Breast Implant Litigation Team (we were referred to as the “Boobs” — okay, no “tittering” from the sidelines!), I had to organize and catalog all the depositions that came in. Since there were between 10-30 SBI trials going on in Harris County in any given month, the number of depositions that came in was mind-boggling. The most difficult part of the task was cross-indexing the expert witnesses (there were a few that kept popping up over and over, and we wanted to be able to pull up a list by expert of every trial he/she had testified in. This helped the attorneys prepare their notes for the next time that expert testified.) Rewarding and challenging. That was the year (1995) that I gave up fake (silk wrapped) nails for good!