"Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up."
- A.A. Milne, creator of Winnie-the-Pooh
I think being organized is one of the traits that I have that makes me successful in my job and my financial planning. Don't get me wrong, I am certainly no Felix Unger, but everything pretty much has its place. Whether it is my electronic filing system, my financial planning (budget, retirement, investments), my wine racks (by year of course), my garage shelves, or my piles by my coumputer (both home and work).
Organizing is also a skill that I think is essential to be a project manager. The most important part of a project is the upfront planning, and having organizational skills certainly is important to perform proper planning. Then, having the discipline to execute the plan is hard to do if you have not organized things so that the information is provided in the proper form at the proper time.
Incidently, one of my favorite shopping catalogs is called "Get Organized," go figure.
So, are you an organized planner type, or a spontaneous type?