Anarchy in the OKC

My working definition of Chaos is Organization minus Time, and this is an excellent illustration of how it evolves:

Let me be clear — I LOVE ORGANIZATION. I’m a huge fan of it. I’m just not very good at maintaining systems for a long time. I’m just like everyone else. My organization tends to peak in January, and then usually spends the rest of the year on a slight downhill slide. It’s just life. I’m running a company (that requires a TON of organization) — I’m raising kids (more schedules & maintenance) and I’m married to a BOY (who organizes never, dusts never, and resists being organized just to drive me crazy).

I can usually spot my own Turn for the Worse about 10:30 on the day after New Year’s, by which time any resolutions I may have made will have been unceremoniously discarded.


  1. fillyjonk »

    8 February 2013 · 9:52 am

    I can usually pinpoint how overwhelmed I am by life-stuff by how much my organization slides. If I’m doing OK, I’ve got everything lined up and ready to go in advance; handouts typed up and given to the secretary for copying three days before they’re needed; enough of the right kinds of food in the house.

    If not, I start forgetting things I need at work at home, am making handouts at the last minute and risking the Wrath of the Keepers of the Ink Cartridges by “copying” by printing out enough copies for my class, and winding up sitting on the kitchen floor crying some night at 8 pm because I’m out of milk and I JUST WANT A GLASS OF MILK DAMMIT AND THE WAL-MART IS LIKE 7 MILES AWAY.

  2. erin »

    10 February 2013 · 11:52 am

    The important thing to remember about organization is that it’s not natural. Nature wants chaos. Preschoolers want chaos. They are probably more in tune with the universe than we are.

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