I can be pretty scatterbrained. Time has a way of whizzing past when engaged in some activity. Creating and adhering to a schedule makes being where I need to be easier and less stressful.
Pre-smartphone, I set Google calendar to send me SMS notifications to give me a heads up about meetings or appointments. If I my dream job allowed me to just sit in front of my computer all day might, I would not have needed this. Unfortunately, at the time back-to-back meetings were fairly common for me. Once I got my first smartphone, the amount of notifications in my calendar bloomed. My life is a world of notifications about what to do when.
Most importantly I try to organize my environment such that I will have what I need when I need it. For example, I have five gym bags with a change of clothes, so I can toss several in the car and have them when I go to the gym after work.
Failing to have a bag probably means I will skip the gym. Going home to change means I get distracted. Plus, I am not too keen on the gym location closer to home than halfway between home and work. I dither which I want to visit and probably end up getting an early dinner instead.
I use a similar strategy for everything else.
- Bills I need to pay sit in a spot so I walk past them when I enter, leave, or go to do something.
- Things I need to take to work are placed in front of the door, so I cannot open it without moving them.
- Keys and wallet and work laptop stay in specific places.
- Coats go next to the door.
- The next load of laundry I need to do gets stacked in the room. I have hamper bags for each load so I toss them into right place at the time.
All this organization is because I know left to my own habits there would be chaos. My personality leads to entropy, so I have to work at creating systems to establish order in my life. The better I allow the systems to work, the fewer the stumbles and gotchas. That said, the order often falls apart into disarray, so the systems have to be simple enough to restore.
From Creature of Habit published November 02, 2016 at 05:14PM.