13th of October 2020
Being organized is part of our practice and is part of the essentials or basics compartment.
The essentials of being organized.
A. Know precisely where all your things are.
B. Know exactly what you need to do.
C. Know when to be where and when to do what.
D. Have the things that you need ready when you need them.
E. Have a plan B (and C and D)
Use the following:
- - A calendar
- - Have a clear place For every item. Be ruthlessly in putting things back to their designated location.
- - Have an inventory list where you state the location of items you don’t use every day.
- - Use the Getting Things Done method (by David Allen) to organize what you need to do.
- - Use time blocking (see Cal Newport) to arrange your time.
- - Realize that everything takes longer than you think. Multiply the expected time by 1.5 to be safer.
- - Create redundancy and possibilities to fix things on the fly.
- - Go through worst-case scenarios in your mind. And be ready for them.
- - If possible, park your car backward. Understand the metaphor.
- - If you are a knowledge worker, use the Zettelkasten method taught by Sascha Fast and Christian Tietze.