“I’m so tired of sloppiness and chaos! That’s it! From tomorrow, I’m an organized serious person!” – And that’s where the mistake made probably by everyone is: we go too far with the organization.
What does it look like?
I create an infinite number of folders, sub-folders, I mark and paint them. One for tasks scheduler, one for letters, photos, contacts. Folders, categories, tags …
The problem is that it is done at the beginning.
Firstly, such an ordering consumes time. Secondly, such a system of planning becomes too hard: it’s a sort of bureaucratic machine – hundreds of empty folders with 1-2 items inside.
The system is inconvenient, so sooner or later you will return to the ‘dump’.
How to do this?
There is a very simple method – the method of limited chaos.
The bottom line: create a structure (folders, subfolders, and so on) by ear:
- Initially, throw everything into one big basket.
- Not Comfortable? See that a number of files can be combined into a one large group. Combine them.
- Go on working.
- Again, we see an opportunity for improvement.
And so a system is born out of the chaos. It’s not artificially created one, as it were, but one that appeared itself.
Examples of use
Do not create a bunch of contexts in your planner. Start with three or four: home, work, car.
Do not create a bunch of folders for documents. Get one big basket. And over time, there folders will appear: medicine, apartment, car and so on.
Creating a new project, do not rush to sign everything in the documentation. Just start working and the structure of the project will appear itself.
… For example, these are my two huge boxes from IKEA:
for documents and for the things that I’m not ready to throw away.
Do not create order where there was not yet the disorder. Wait and gradually add folder-by-folder. Use the techniques of limited chaos.
And on what basis do you organize your folders