I am a highly organized person (in an organized chaos sorta way). I have to be. My life pulls me in too many directions on any given day and I don’t want to leave anything behind or forgotten. I make lists. Lots of lists. I have lists all over the house. Stuck to my computer screen, on my kitchen cabinets, on my doors, on my counters. Everywhere. I also cross things off my list as I go. If I didn’t make lists, someone or something would get forgotten. I can’t allow that to happen. I find however, that even with all my lists, I often forget things. Somewhat annoying as I used to have a memory like a steel trap. Now it’s more like an aluminum sieve.
I find that I walk in circles a lot. Literally. I will go downstairs or into another room to get something and by the time I’ve actually gotten where I’m going (usually a whopping 3 seconds away), I have forgotten why I am there or what I am looking for. It’s actually quite annoying but mostly funny (in an annoying sorta way). I go over lists in my head. I will run through a menu, for example, but before I get to the end of my mental list, my mind has wandered off task and I’m now deciding what I want to have for lunch. I don’t think I’m ADD, I think I just have a lot of stuff going on at once and I get a bit befuddled.
I was working a large function 2 weeks ago and was working with 2 new servers that hadn’t had the pleasure of my company before. 😉 I was in the kitchen of the venue and literally walking in circles. They both laughed, looked at each other and exclaimed ‘we do that too! what are you looking for?’. I do it all the time. I’m working on something, decide I need a spatula, turn around to grab it and find myself staring into a pile of gadgets having no clue why I’m looking at them. I will put something down in a spot that I won’t forget where it is and immediately forgot where I put it. I am forever announcing to my servers to remember where I put specific items and to remind me of certain deadlines.
I get working on something and become so single-minded that I forget the 15 other things that need to be done. I am a great caterer. I really am. I love what I do and I’m good at it. I like to cook, therefore my food tastes good. I enjoy people, therefore my customer service skills are pretty damn good. I can cater a party for 200 people and have it go off without a hitch. However if I were to have 6 people to my house for dinner, inevitably things would get forgotten.
I can be working on a proposal on my computer, get up for a second to grab something to drink and find myself 3 hours later doing god knows what and remembering that I never finished the proposal that I was working on. Funny how often this happens. So yes, I am organized, yes I walk in circles, yes I get distracted (very) easily. I joke all the time that I have early onset senility. I certainly hope that’s not true though!
Sure, I make lists, I look at my lists, I cross things off my list, I try my best to stay on task but damn if I don’t have the most ginormous case of Shiny Ball Syndrome, ever!