Do creative people thrive on chaos?
Is organisation for boring people?
According to Michael Townsend Williams author of Do/Breathe: Calm Your Mind. Find Focus. Get Stuff Done -
It's important to CARE - Collect Arrange Reflect Execute
'Once your mind is clear and your actions are clear you can do what needs to be done with a lot less friction. You don't need to think twice you just need to do.
Nobody teaches us the art of doing. The emphasis is often on results not getting there. The solutions to our chaos are sold to us in the form of books, apps, filing systems and beautiful designed stationery and bespoke pens and pencils. The only real solution to being disorganised is getting organised.
We hop from task to task, we say yes when we mean no. We can't find things we need when we need them. We forget appointments. We use our email inbox as our to do list. We use our email inbox as our filing system. We can't stop checking Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pintrest, Mediium, Tumblr, Google +, OK maybe not all of them. We get buzzes and beeps from our phones, our computers, our ovens and our dishwashers. Life itself seems to be out of control. Although the truth is you are out of control.
So he suggests we -
- Get all our email into one inbox
- Have on physical in-tray at home and one at work
- Carry a mobile in-tray
- Have one notebook
- Use one app on our phone to collect stuff
Turn off all notifications.
Seize back control.