I cannot start my day without my package of 20 Staedtler triplus fineliner markers. (Which, by the way, I have graduated to from my original set of Sharpie markers, when a designer clued me in to the superior quality of these pens versus my lowly selection. But I digress…)
Anyway, why are the markers so important? Well, there is a whole color-coding system involved in the daily tracking of my work that keeps me feeling in control.
Neurotic much? Well, to be honest, yes…
So why all of the color-coding, and why the need for so many colors you ask? My pens, combined with my planner (yes, I still do the old-fashioned, write it down approach) are my safety net on a daily basis. Each client is assigned a color, and there are colors for team management, interoffice tasks, and even personal items that I need to get done on any given day or week. As a result, it is not unusual to see me show up to a meeting with a variety of colors if I am going from meeting to meeting, or if I am feeling especially vulnerable about the amount of work I have to do, then it might be the whole pack. (You never can be too safe.)
The result of this OCD behavior is constant ridiculing by my less type-A-leaning coworkers, and I am guessing the result of this blog post might be the suspicious disappearance of said markers. (I am hoping that by mentioning it here, the creativeness of this idea will be lost and therefore make it a less enticing proposition.)
All joking aside, this approach works for me for a few reasons. First, by having the color- coding, I can quickly reference my notes and to-do lists and know which color is referring to what needs to be done for each client. Secondarily, I have found that I have a bit of a photographic ability to remember what I write down, and the colors resonate in my brain better than a list that contains all of the same color. (How is that for a creative application in the account management world?) And let’s be honest, it just makes things a little more fun! (Doesn’t account management sound exciting?)
In any case, whether you think I am slightly crazy or slightly interesting as a result of reading this, you now have a sneak peek into the mind of an OCD account supervisor.
To order your own set of Staedtler triplus fineliner markers, click here: http://www.staples.com/Triplus-Color-Markers-and-Pens-20-Pack/product_809931?cid=PS:GooglePLAs:809931&srccode=cii_17588969&cpncode=33-273090213-2
For more on the psychology of color and memory function, (yes, there is some science behind my madness), click here: http://clearinghouse.missouriwestern.edu/manuscripts/480.php