Method of limited chaos: transform the mess into the system without extra effort

“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 …

What’s wrong?

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:

  1. Initially,  throw everything into one big basket.
  2. Work.
  3. Not Comfortable? See that a number of files can be combined into a one large group. Combine them.
  4. Go on working.
  5. 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.

In conclusion

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