I have always been incredibly organized and tidy. This particular trait became apparent quite early on. My parents still love to talk about how, as a first-grader, I was so eerily consistent about doing my homework and putting it in my backpack before bed that they considered taking the homework out of my backpack so that I would see it was OK if I messed up. (In the end, they elected not to interfere, and one fateful day in April, I finally arrived at school, opened my folder, and realized I had left my worksheet sitting on the kitchen table. Although I still remember feeling my stomach drop in panic, it turned out not be a big deal.)
In the years since first grade, I'll be the first to admit that I've spaced on a few assignments and deadlines here and there, but I remain one of the more organized people I know. Right now, I work three freelance jobs and volunteer for two organizations, and I have yet to miss a deadline, fail to show up for work, or bring the wrong materials to a meeting. I can do this in part because I am good about writing to-do lists and putting meetings on my calendar, but I was also just born with an organized brain. I won't go so far as to say that filing or alphabetizing are my favorite pastimes, but I do actually experience a certain satisfaction in organizing big stacks of paper that used to be jumbled messes. (I'm also one of those shoppers who puts clothes back on hangers.) I like knowing where things are, when they're due, and what I need to do to get them done, all of which has served me well in the working world.
Here are a few concrete examples of how my organizational skills manifest themselves:
- Almost every message in my Gmail inbox is labeled. Once I've responded to it, it gets filed in a labeled folder for future reference.
- Ditto for my "My Documents" folder.
- I keep a planner.
- I use my planner.
- I don't have a closet, so all my clothes are kept folded on shelves.
- I remember birthdays, usually because they are written down in my planner.
- I have never been late paying a credit card bill.
- Friends, colleagues, and family members have been begging me to organize their desks, studios, offices, and lives since I was in middle school.
In short, you should hire me because I will organize the heck out of your files, inbox, and database.