I have heard for years that I am well organized, and I always feel embarrassed, and maybe that I am an imposter, when I hear this. If you see my house or office, you will see that I am a pack rat and stuff stacks up, piles up, amasses and no kidding, paper in my possession self propagates...
But, people insist. So, what do I do that impresses people about my organizational skills:
Well, I rarely forget things. But that has more to do with my anal retentive mind, and less to do with organizational skills. I will admit, I build on past experiences and I generalize my knowledge from one situation to another.
I can usually find things in my office. That is for several reasons: I file things in a manner that makes sense to me, so I know where it will be... sometimes I duplicate file, especially if I am not sure where I want to file something. That way, it does not matter where I look. When I do file, I label the file with a common sense name that tells me what is there. Sometimes, I can not find something and have to recreate and refile. If I do this twice, I know I am not filing it correctly and have to be better at finding a place for it.
I also do not file: If something is commonly used, or anticipated to be used in a short time, I put it where I know it will be... I admit, I do lose a lot of stuff in the jumble, but it does resurface.
I am a person of almost obsessive compulsive routine: what I do, when I do it, where I go, and where I put things. This keeps me on track. The downside is that sometimes I do something(s) so automatically, I do not recall the doing, and have to recheck myself.
I think ahead and organize my moves accordingly. Then, I think backwards and go through everything again.
I am a list maker. Ten years ago, I would have said I was a compulsive list maker, but now my lists tend to be more mental than pen and paper, and less compulsive. But, having a written list which allows me to cross things off is for me, contentment. Being able to cross things off actually creates, in me, a physical pleasure reaction.
I use electronic reminders. I use the Hallmark reminder service: http://www.hallmark.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/home%7C10001%7C10051%7C-1?landingPage=homepage Currently, it is free. It will email you a reminder about any event you load.
I use reminders on computer calendars, and I set reminders on my cell phone. Years ago, I used paper calendars and a calendar book to keep me organized. I use sticky notes, magnet posted notes. I put notes in the seat of my vehicle, on top of my purse, where ever I need them.
No, I am not organized... I have a good memory, and I over achieve at reminders...