The other day a good friend commented that I always give organizing tips but never talk about how to organize ones mind or thoughts. Like any other normal person my thoughts and ideas coming blaring into my brain- sometimes at warp speed and other times in a mellow state.
I have learned to unclutter my mind capture these thoughts/tasks/ideas. The most important thing is to find a system that works for you. I am old school and keep a master to do list on my desk. Everyday things get added and removed on my list. If its a task that has a due date, I simply put in in my microsoft outlook as a task and assign a due date. Before I go to bed, I choose a few items off the list to accomplish the next day. I am realistic about what else I have on my plate. If I am working 12 hours, then very little will get done aside from returning phone calls or emails. If my day is lighter, then I will be able to get more done. I also take into consideration where I will be working that day. If I am near a target or place I need to run an errand, I will get it done! I also text myself things or ideas during the day.
There are many different systems for capturing information that you need. They are several apps on the smart phone like evernote that allow you to take notes or make lists.
If your idea or thought is a project. consider making a computer or hanging file folder to keep all the information together. When the project is over, get rid of the stuff you don't need anymore.
As far as thinking in an organized manner, I don't know if there is such a thing! I set up systems or routines so I don't have to think about everything. I am a sucker for routines- shocker! In the morning I get up, feed the critters, make breakfast, head to my desk to answer the first round of emails, then get ready for work. I set my clothes out the night before so I don't have to do the mad search in the morning (plus I dress really casual for work. I also have my work bag ready to go and jacket on the chair.
When you set up a system or routine it becomes a habit and you don't have to think about it. You just do it. It saves so much time and energy.
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