I try hard, I try very hard to stay organised.
I hate being told what to do and when to do it. I hate clutter.
I also procrastinate. And I collect.
I love decluttering and organising. Categorising and tagging. Boxing stuff. I can spend weeks getting organised.
Avoiding the Subject
As I said before I hate being told what to do. Even if it is a web app kindly reminding me to… Have you ever decluttered your entire bedroom because your self-created todo-list told you to go buy a present for your friend’s birthday? I have!
The cycle then reaches the point where I realise that I’ve started ignoring the To-Do-List Web App Of The Month and as a result getting absolutely nothing done. I then start organising my kitchen cupboards even though the problem is the clutter on my desk.
I hate clutter. I can’t work when my desk, my mind, my computer, my life is cluttered. So I try out new solutions. Spend weeks putting everything into a new fancy system. In short, procrastinating instead of getting things done.
I think I’ve finally found what works for me.
- To Do List: Teux Deux. It’s so very simple, but does excactly what I want it to do. Looks pretty too.
- Memory & Links: Evernote. After loading links to Delicious for years but never being able to find them again I really enjoy Evernote because saving pictures with links makes it much easier for me to use.
- Email, To Do List & Archive: Gmail with Labs features (Flickr preview, Multiple Inboxes, Superstars, Send & Archive)
- Memory, Planning, Brainstorming: Mind42. I make lots of mind maps.
- Using my pretty coloured pencils and my lovely notebooks.
- Documenting cool stuff with my camera.
And finally: Just doing it.
PS – P52 is what helped me write this post!