The Myriad Methods to Organize

Right brained people may tend to fly through life by the seat of their pants, and some will tell you that creativity resides in that ability to live spontaneously and in the moment. Perhaps there is some truth to that, however many creativity researchers would dispute this, arguing that creativity often emerges from deep immersion in a task. Nevertheless, imagine how much disorganized right brained personalities could gain in terms of time and how to best manage that time if they would only get organized.

There are many ways to do so, but one of the most important first steps is to organize your space. The person who said cleanliness is next to godliness was not too far off, and while if you clean your space up, you may not actually be raising the dead, you can at least determine what that dead smelling thing in fact is. Once your space is cleaned, you have many options for how to organize your time. Some people will swear by making numerous and sundry To-Do lists, while other will stick Personalised Post It notes with reminders of what tasks lie ahead everywhere they can find space. Some enterprising and dedicated organizers may find that using a day planner or creating a weekly schedule is the best way to keep their time managed, but such extreme approaches can often do more harm than good for the free-wheeling type of personality that needs spontaneity like a man in a desert needs water. Self-discipline is all well and good, but too much self-discipline induces an unconscious desire to rebel, so when getting yourself organized, it’s a good idea not to overdo it or force feed yourself discipline.

Self-help guru, Stephen Covey, has a scheme that might offer some insight. He proposes organizing tasks into a list consisting of four quadrants. Quadrant I includes tasks that are both urgent and important. Quadrant II tasks are certainly important, but they may not necessarily be urgent, whereas Quadrant III tasks are the opposite, urgent but not important. Finally he puts in Quadrant IV those tasks which are neither urgent nor are they important. If you find yourself spending most of your time engaged in Quadrant IV tasks, you may need to reassess your priorities.
Whichever approach you choose, be sure to allow some time to smell the roses and enjoy life.

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