Adulting,  organization,  productivity

Organized people’s habits

EN: Before you start roasting and grilling me for not posting in 6 months, I have a very good explanation: I had discovered that I was over-stressing over how perfect a photo should be, and how perfect a post should be, and writing just became a daunting task. And to make things worse, I didn’t feel the same love and passion for writing, as I had in the beginning. So, I eventually stopped, and decided to start again, with a different mindset.

So here I am, with a different mindset, closing in on my 24th birthday, all grown up and ready to kill it. I will get in full details about how I managed to change my mindset (and get rid of my haunting panic attacks) in a later post, so stay tuned. 😊

Now, let’s get to the main point: what do organized people do, that you don’t do, that makes them and keeps them organized? Were they born like that? Of course not – it’s hard to imagine a toddler who organizes his or her toys by size, color and category. Rather than being born like that, they manage to discipline themselves, in order to lead an organized and productive life.

I know that “organized and productive life” sounds extremely boring, but hear me out: efficient doesn’t have to be boring. Even more so, efficiency saves you time which, in the long run, gives you the possibility to do what you love, and implicitly eliminates the stress factors in your life (like being caught off-guard y certain events, or always forgetting things).

  1. Don’t rely on your memory

I sound like a broken record, right? I know. But it is the simplest trick in the book, and it works every time, like a charm. When you write everything down (write, type, whatever), your brain releases the “I need to remember this crap” tension, because it doesn’t have to remember that crap – the paper/phone will take over that task.

Sounds childish? Try it. One week. Write every shopping list, every task for the next day, each appointment and any calls you might need to make, either on a notebook, or in your phone (depending on how digital or analog you are as a person). Take notes on how you feel at the beginning vs. at the end of the week, and only then call me a lunatic.

  • Two is one and one is none

You can’t escape working on a computer, nowadays. Almost all jobs include standing in front of a screen, and even when you’re not working on a computer, you have one at home and use it for games, movies, research, socializing, etc.

Now, wouldn’t it be tragic if something happened right this second, and you lost all your current work? Everything you are working on right now is lost, forever – unless you back it up regularly. Use an external drive (hard drive, or flash drive) or a cloud, to back up your data regularly, so when tragedy strikes, you won’t be taken by surprise.

Same goes for drained batteries (always have a fully charged power-bank, in case the power’s out while you’re on 3% battery on your laptop/eBook reader/phone) and spare memory cards (always have multiple, in case one gets ruined).

  • “Everything’s in its place” – and why this matters

Growing up, my parents and grandparents used to nag me about putting things back right where I found them, so that next time I would know where to look for that item. I can’t lie, this is one of the ‘obsessions’ I hated the most, because 6-year-old me couldn’t see the difference (or importance) in putting the screwdriver back in its place right this second, or sometime in the next few hours. I just couldn’t – it seemed uncalled for and obnoxious.

Fast forward to 18 years later, while living with my boyfriend, I realized that postponing something for a few hours (or even days) not only may result in me “not feeling like it”, and leaving the screwdriver laying around, but it also may result in my boyfriend needing it in the immediate future and not finding it. This leads to frustration and confusion so please, just put the damn screwdriver in its place!

  • Mindful purchasing

I’m not saying you should become a minimalist and literally only buy things you absolutely need in order to survive. I’m saying you should be very deliberate about your purchases, and buy those things that bring value to your life, and take a break from buying something for superficial reasons (because it’s trending, because it’s the latest gadget, because people talk about how everyone should have a certain item, etc).

It’s true, my goal is to live a more minimalist lifestyle, but I have to be honest – this intention only

started because I liked the aesthetic. It wasn’t because it’s good for the environment (despicable, I know – but why lie to you?), it wasn’t because I had too much clutter in my life.

But, now that I’ve started implementing this movement in my life, I’ve started reaping the benefits: since my desk at work is clutter-free, I feel less overwhelmed; since my closet at home is color-coordinated, and almost like a capsule wardrobe, I don’t panic in the morning, not knowing what to wear.

So, you see, now, when I make a purchase, I make sure it doesn’t add clutter, but rather adds value and use.

I promise to elaborate more on this subject of productivity and organization, but only as I implement the changes in my life as well – I can’t stand in front of you (well, behind my laptop) and preach about productivity, while being a limp sock.


RO: Inainte de a ma arde pe rug pentru ca nu am postat nimic in ultimele 6 luni, sa stiti ca am o explicatie foarte buna: am descoperit ca ma stresam extram de mult pe teme de genul ‘poza asta trebuie sa iasa perfect’, ‘postul asta trebuie sa iasa impecabil’, iar scrisul a devenit astfel o corvoada. Si, colac peste pupaza, nici nu mai aveam aceeasi pasiune pentru scris, pe care o aveam la inceput. Asa ca m-am oprit, la un moment dat, si am decis sa o iau de la capat cu o noua perspectiva.

Inainte de a ma arde pe rug pentru ca nu am postat nimic in ultimele 6 luni, sa stiti ca am o explicatie foarte buna: am descoperit ca ma stresam extram de mult pe teme de genul ‘poza asta trebuie sa iasa perfect’, ‘postul asta trebuie sa iasa impecabil’, iar scrisul a devenit astfel o corvoada. Si, colac peste pupaza, nici nu mai aveam aceeasi pasiune pentru scris, pe care o aveam la inceput. Asa ca m-am oprit, la un moment dat, si am decis sa o iau de la capat cu o noua perspectiva.

Asa ca iata-ma, cu o noua perspectiva, apropiindu-ma de cea de-a 24-a aniversare, maturizata si pusa pe treaba. Voi intra in detalii despre cum am reusit sa imi schimb perspectiva (si sa scap de atacurile de panica care ma bantuiau) intr-o postare ulterioara, asa ca o puteti astepta 😊.

Acum, sa trecem la subiect: ce fac oamenii organizati si tu nu, de ii face si ii mentine organizati? S-au nascut asa? Bineinteles ca nu – e destul de greu sa iti imaginezi un copil de gradinita care isi sorteaza jucariile dupa culoare, marime si categorie. In loc sa fie nascuti asa, se auto-disciplineaza astfel incat sa traiasca o viata organizata si productiva.

Da, stiu “organiza si productiv” suna extrem de plictisitor, dar tine cont: eficienta nu trebuie sa fie plictisitoare. Ba mai mult, eficienta te face sa economisesti timp care, pe termen lung, iti ofera posibilitatea de a te concentra pe cee ace iti place sa faci si, implicit, elimina factorii de stress (ca de exemplu sa fii luat prin surprindere de evenimente, sau sa uiti constant ce ai de facut).

  • Nu te baza pe memorie

Suna ca o placa stricata, nu? Stiu. Dar este cea mai simpla smecherie din carte, si functioneaza de fiecare data, fara dar si poate. Cand scrii totul (scrii, tastezi, tu stii), creierul tau elibereaza tensiunea aia de “trebuie sa tin minte rahatul asta”, pentru ca nu mai trebuie sa tina minte nimic – caietul/telefonul a preluat taskul de a tine minte.

Suna pueril? Incearca. O saptamana. Scrie fiecare lista de cumparaturi, fiecare lucru pe care il ai de facut pentru a doua zi, toate programarile si orice apeluri ar trebui sa efectuezi, fie pe un caiet, fie in telefon (depinde ce fel de pesoana esti, digital – telefon, sau analog – “pixul pe foaie”). Noteaza cum te simti la inceputul vs. la sfarsitul saptamanii, si abia dupa asta poti sa-mi spui ca sunt nebuna.

  • Doi sunt unul, unul e niciunul

Nu prea poti sa scapi de munca la calculator, in zilele astea. Aproape toate job-urile include statul in fata unui ecran, si chiar sic and nu lucrezi la calculator, ai unul acasa, pe care il folosesti pentru jocuri, filme, socializare sau documentare.

Nu ar fi tragic daca, fix in secunda asta s-ar intampla ceva si ai pierde toata munca pe care o desfasori in momentul asta? Tot cee ace lucrezi acum, pierdut, de tot – exceptand cazul in care face un backup periodic. Foloseste un mediu de stocare extern (hard drive, flash drive), sau urca-le in cloud, astfel incat atunci cand te va lovi tragedia, nu vei fi luat/a prin surprindere.

Asta e valabil si pentru baterii descarcate (intotdeauna sa ai un power-bank incarcat full, in cazul in care pica curetul sit u mai ai 3% baterie la laptop/eBook reader/telefon) si carduri de memorie de rezerva (mereu sa ai mai multe, in caz ca unul se corupe).

  • Totul la locul lui – si de ce chestia asta conteaza

Cand eram mica, parintii si bunicii mei obisnuiau sa ma bata la cap sa pun lucrurile in acelasi loc de unde le-am luat, ca data viitoare sa stiu de unde sa le iau. Nu pot sa mint, asta e una din fixatiile lor care m-a disperat, pentru ca eu cea de la 6 ani nu putea sa inteleaga diferenta (sau importanta) intre a pune surubelnita la loc fix in secunda asta, sau candva in urmatoarele ore. Pur si simplu nu puteam – parea nenecesar si enervant.

Dam pe repede-inainte 18 ani, si observam ca, locuind acum cu prietenul meu, amanarea task-ului de a pune surubelnita la loc cu cateva ore (sau zile) nu doar ca se va solda cu disparitia totala a chefului meu de a face acel task, ci se poate solda inclusiv cu nevoie prietenului meu de a folosi surubelnita, si a nu o gasi. Asta duce la frustrare si confuzie asa ca, te rog, pune naibii surubelnita la loc!

  • Cumparaturi cu cap

Nu spun ca ar trebui sa devii minimalist si sa cumperi, la propriu, doar lucrurile care iti sunt absolut necesare pentru supravietuire. Spun ca ar trebui sa cantaresti (mental) atunci cand achizitionezi ceva, si sa cumperi doar lucrurile care adauga valoare si insemnatate in viata ta, fara sa mai cumperi pe baza unor motive superficiale (e in trend, e ultima fita de gadget, lumea vorbeste si lumea zice ca trebuie sa ai acel ceva, etc).

Asa este, scopul meu este sa duc o viata mai minimalista dar, ca sa fiu sincera – chestia asta a pornit numai de la faptul ca imi placea estetica genului. Nu pentru ca e mai bine pentru planeta (ingrozitor din partea mea, stiu – dar de ce sa te mint?), nu pentru ca aveam prea multa aglomeratie in viata mea.

Dar, acum ca am inceput sa implementez miscarea aceasta in viata mea, am inceput sis a culeg benficiile: de cand biroul de la munca nu mai e aglomerat, nu ma mai simt coplesita; de cand dulapul de haine este organizat in functie de culoare si redus aproape la conceptul ‘capsule wardrobe’, nu mai alerg panicata dimineata pentru ca nu stiu cu ce sa ma imbrac.

Vezi tu, acum, cand cumpar ceva, ma asigur ca nu va adauga doar aglomeratie, ci imi va aduce valoare si folos.

Promit ca voi elabora acest subiect de productivitate si organizare, dar numai dupa ce implementez schimbarile in viata mea, intai – nu pot sa stau in fata ta (ma rog, de fapt in spatele laptopului) si sa predic despre productivitate, cand eu sunt doar o soseta bleaga.

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