I have a lot of trouble remembering things when they are not where I can see them, for reasons I’ve outlined HERE, so this is the sort of studio organizer I love. These over the door hangers with pockets have made my mail order tasks so much easier.

Because everything I have to ship is RIGHT IN MY FACE whenever I leave the room, it is harder to lose it. All my packing materials are right where I need them. Autograph pens, complimentary prints and comics, subscription info, etc.

In the very top left pocket, I keep the info for art supplies I need to order over and over again. For people who say, “Why not keep it on computer?” as I’ve written before, people with brain fog have trouble remembering things they can’t see. On computer, I sometimes can’t recall the file name. So I keep commonly used art or office supply invoices in this folder so I can get to them quickly. You can even see the specs for my tone sheets for the A DISTANT SOIL graphic novel if you look closely. Yes, I still do them by hand. I keep backup files for all these things on the computer.

Pending orders are at eye level, so they hit me in the face whenever I leave the room. I can’t put them in a folder and forget they exist.

This is a really nice system, much better than anything I’ve used before. My old hanging folders were plastic and looked grubby quickly, attracted dust, and didn’t hold their shape. This is made of very sturdy canvas, and has backing board. I am really happy with this purchase, which I got from Amazon. The link is below.

To the right, wooden organizers I bought at Sam’s Club back in the 1990’s. They are still doing well for me and were very inexpensive. I keep shipping supplies in them, comic backing boards, and at the top since I don’t need them much, hard copies of critical digital art programs like Photoshop. Even though I may only need them once every couple of years, I need to know where they are.

Between this hanging file folder and my Perpetual Organizer, most of my critical needs are met. If you have brain fog, you must stay organized. You are already working at a handicap, and the last thing you need is to be rooting around for basic stuff.

While this makes many tasks easier, I still make mistakes. I’ve been very foggy the last couple of days, and missed an appointment today. Yesterday I had to make a many hour’s long excursion into the city. Not only did I forget the address I needed to ship packages out via Fedex, but I forgot to bring directions to my doctor’s office, even though I had carefully printed out these items to take with me. I had to reschedule with the doctor.

What was funny was that even though I could not recall where I had to ship those items (or even the name of my doctor,) I was able to recall my external email password perfectly, though I had not used it in months. I got into my account via a computer a Fedex employee kindly lent me, and found the address I needed.

Brain Fog is weird.

In the last few weeks, I scared the crap out of myself by losing most of the art I was working on for a major job. I found it in several different files, but it took almost two weeks of grubbing about to dig it back up. I have never managed to get my art files in order, and I don’t usually have that much of an issue with it. But every time I do try to get things in order, I end up botching something. That probably contributes to the reluctance I have about messing with the huge stack of disordered art: there is an order to the disorder, and whenever I mess with it, I have trouble remembering the new system. (I also do not have enough flat files to properly store the art.)

I’ve blogged more in the last few weeks than I usually do in months. I need to conserve some energy for my assignments, so I’m going to cut back a bit again.

Anyway, best of luck to all of you out there dealing with this, I hope my posts help. And if you have any sage advice, please do share it.

Thanks for reading.

About Brain Fog
Brain Fog Part I
Brain Fog Part II
Brain Fog Part III
Brain Fog Part IV
Part V