by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director

awr-guh-nuh-zey-shuh – the process of forming into a whole consisting of interdependent or coordinated parts, especially for united action or to systematize or to give structure to….

No matter how you spell it out or define it, organization is one of the most beautiful words in the English language! Being organized helps me breathe a little bit easier knowing that I have everything I need listed in a category, on a calendar (sometimes more than one calendar) and with a reminder set up on my phone. To be organized is to live the good life!

and yes, I am one of those people. You know the kind. We are the ones that go by a to-do list each day. If I do something that day that is not on the list, I write it in so I can mark it off. How many of you are guilty of the same? It is so very rewarding to look at a list with lots of check marks, strike-through, etc. Unfortunately, because I am wired to organize, I have to make a HUGE effort to do nothing on purpose, such as, while on vacation. But enough about that!

I don’t pay so much attention to the experts who say you only need one calendar. I prefer to do it my way. Organizing my time/activities/to do list with a calendar on my phone, in my organizer (I prefer Franklin Covey) and the pièce de résistance — the wall calendar in my office — makes me happy.

Stop by our office sometime, and I will show you the ginormous calendar that covers one entire wall. You will want one when you see this thing of beauty!

Doing my best to be organized has helped me in all of my different career paths. As a labor and delivery nurse all those years ago, I completed as much of the ‘routine’ paperwork in advance while waiting for the babies to be born. That was back in the days of paper charting where the date and other routine information had to be handwritten on each form. That always took a long time. The babies that came really quickly made me scramble to complete everything in a timely manner.

But being organized helped me even more during my time as a hospice home care nurse. Each day held a new challenge of making the most of the 8, 9 or 10 hour day. Being organized allowed me to visit from home to home in different communities with families who are experiencing life changing events. I usually planned out where I would ‘drive-thru’ for lunch and eat in the car on the way to the next patient. I planned out a little wiggle room in case I ran into traffic snarls along the way. Wiggle room also came in handy when an unexpected crisis or pain control issue reared its ugly head.   Hospice of Marshall County – Shepherd’s Cove staff have to be experts in organization, but come to think about it, flexibility is just as important. Hmm, flexibility might be the second most beautiful word in the English language!

In 2016, I resolve to be more flexible in my organization. I’m sure it will make my husband happy!