I’m a creative. I dream and scheme and write things everywhere. I’ll draw on any surface I can find if I have to get something out of my head, and I’ll stop what I’m doing to sing a song that I randomly started writing mentally. I’m good at rallying people around an idea, and I enjoy bringing people together through common ground.
I’m a creative. And I’m fantastically unorganized and inefficient. I lose everything and forget stuff easily, because my mind is a non stop windmill of thoughts. I often fail to follow through on things and get overwhelmed by the pressure of my character and what comes with it.
This is a problem. I’m a business owner now, and, oh yeah…. I’m an adult. I have a family and responsibilities. I’m a leader in my church community, and I wanna be effective. I’m a musician that actually wants to get my dang music into a physical form that people can listen to. I got a lot of -ish goin’ on, and because of my “creative” tendencies, my life is mostly a disaster.
So, I’ve been trying to change that. I want to be organized, no matter how against the grain it feels for me. Here’s some of what I’ve been doing. If you’re like me, you should try these things too.
Read this book. This man came up with a very hands on formula that helps you 1) get EVERYTHING out of your head and 2)organize it in a way that will facilitate getting everything that was in your head done.
This is a tiny composition notebook, and the pages rip out very easily. It was only $1 at Office Max. I keep this in my purse, and as soon as I get a thought or an idea, I write it on a piece of paper. Even if it’s something like you need to get bobby pins from CVS, write down “Bobby Pins” on a piece of paper. Now it’s out of your head, and you can trust that it will get done because that piece of paper isn’t going to forget it.
I made a little system next to my desk that organizes my tasks from most importance to least importance. I bought a project notebook from Walmart ($2.97), clips from Office max ($2.00 for a pack of 8) and little number tabs from the Target dollar bins, and put up four push pins on my wall. Each piece of paper has the title of my task, and the steps I need to take to get it done. I then number them according to their importance (whether that be because of time deadlines or because I just really want to do them) and then hang them up. Now I’m not stuck standing in the middle of my house trying to figure out what I should do first. I’m not even kidding when I tell you that I have literally stood in the center of my living room, petrified and not knowing what to do because I couldn’t articulate in my head what should get done first. Without organization, everything feels like it’s the most important.
What system do you have in place to keep yourself organized? Does it work? What about it can you change to make it better?