How to Be an Organized Thinker

We do not start life out as organized thinkers. Instead, we gain organization through our parents, teachers, and other influencers as we age and develop a brain that can handle multiple tasks and thoughts at once without imploding. Some of us have better teachers or care a great deal about being very organized, but many of us develop habits when we are kids that are difficult to change as we get older, and that leads us to be more “disorganized” in our thoughts and processes.

Let’s get a myth out of the way before we launch into some tips on how to be more organized in your thinking. You do not have to be a linear thinker to be organized. There is also no right or wrong way to approach more organized thinking. Instead, it is your commitment to changing how you think that will determine your success in this endeavor.

You want to be a person who doesn’t want to forget things, who arrives on time rather than being late or have more career success than before, and those are just three reasons why you are learning more about organized thinking. You know you have a problem, and you want a solution from someone who has gone through the same things. An extensive list of testimonials and personal stories could fill this page. However, you are going to get more from the tips than the stories.

Why Being an Organized Thinker Is Important

There are at least four reasons why being an organized thinker is essential.

  • Career success
  • You gain more sequential reasoning
  • Leads to better planning
  • You gain a more holistic picture of what occurred in the past, what is happening, and what may need to happen

If you struggle in your career because you turn in your assignments late, half-finished, or you get them done on time but must revise them, you need to have more organization. By learning to be an organized thinker, you are also going to gain a more holistic approach through sequential reasoning, which leads to better planning and execution of daily and career-oriented tasks. As you learn a better thinking process, you will also be able to view what occurred in your past with an open mind, let hurtful things go, and focus on what is happening in the “now,” while also examining what the future offers.

People are better human beings when they can face the past, let the difficulties and hurt go, and face the future unencumbered. Let’s say you had a job, and you lost it because you were unable to meet deadlines, you could never get organized, and finally, your boss had enough of the angry customers and coworkers due to your disorganized thoughts and work processes.

Such a situation can haunt you. You may feel aggrieved because you know you did your best, but you couldn’t quite seem to become the person needed for the job. Well, now you can. Now is your chance to take action by learning the tips and becoming a better-organized thinker.

Using Sequential Reasoning: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

Sequential reasoning is your ability to mentally process information and then organize it. You can also think of sequential thoughts as being analytical. You can use this type of reasoning to automatically shuffle through your thoughts, organize copious amounts of data, and complete tasks. The concept is a step-by-step process which differs from a holistic approach.

Holistic thinking is designed to look at large-scale patterns and react to them. Often, this type of thinker believes events are products of external factors. Holistic thinkers examine relationships, backgrounds, visual scenes, and context without always moving in a step-by-step way. Truthfully, you want both holistic and sequential reasoning skills.

Sequential reasoning facilitates communication, both oral and written, which ensures your personal and professional relationships are happier and holistic. Creating sequential reasoning will help you with speaking and writing communications that are thoughtful, helpful, and filled with kindness. By its nature, this type of thinking also leads to establishing proper dependency on alignment assignments, so you have visible plans, schedules, and explanations for yourself and others. It is a straightforward process of outlines that help you with any task or job. With sequential reasoning, you will have aids for consistency and memory.

A few of the tools that can help you with this type of reasoning and ensure you are an organized thinker include:

  • Using a one-page document, with pictures to help you visualize the tasks.
  • If you are not an artist, then consider a Day Planner or PDA (personal data assistant) to record lists, tasks, and other information you require.
  • To-do lists are an effective way to ensure you keep your thoughts organized and planned to better help you during the day or when something does not go as you hoped.

Practice Leads to Habits

The heading is an adage that makes perfect sense even though it is not always completely realistic. Practice and repetition are how we build habits, good or bad, and humans – like most mammals – are habitual. We depend on our routines to get through life, whether it is to make sure we pick the kids up on time or to keep our anxiety levels low. We all tend to have things we do, good or bad, that get us through the day.

  • Set a goal, such as being a more organized thinker
  • Create a daily goal for you to meet, something small and easy to do
  • Repeat the regular goal creation until you reach your larger goal

By creating a new habit that you want to have and setting smaller goals to achieve the behavior, you slowly but surely change yourself to adapt to the new way. This can work with anything, not just becoming a more organized thinker.

Developing Consilience: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

Consilience is used in science and history as a principle to look at evidence from unrelated, independent sources and come to a stronger conclusion. Consilience  is also a way to gain a big picture understanding by examing the concepts and/or principles from different disciplines leveraging similar and related concepts to form and communicate a comprehensive, unified theory.  

Examine multiple concepts and data points and ensure the knowledge “jumps together” to form a fact-based theory. So, by using both holistic and analytical thinking, you should be able to come up with new ways of thinking about projects, life, and all thoughts and come to a conclusion on how best to approach the tasks and goals.

Consilience is essential because as you become a more organized thinker, you can meld your holistic approach into an analytical thought process as needed.

Summing Up Organized Thinking

It is not a linear thought process, but a culmination of holistic and sequential reasoning. You take your thoughts and reach a conclusion based on all the data you have. But it will take practice. You can start today to change how you will become an organized thinker.

Start small with one goal that leads to your larger goal.

For example, your first actionable task is to open a calendar on your phone, tablet, or computer. Enter in known activities. The information can deal with events or bills you need to pay throughout the month. These are things that will happen, so you can plan for them around your other daily activities like going to work or making dinner.

You want to establish a routine where you organize your life so you can organize your thoughts.

When it comes to projects, in personal or professional settings, you want to record the deadlines for when those projects need to start, the small tasks it takes to complete them, and the date the activity should be completed. Let’s consider building a house. A house requires certain inspections along the way, and the permit is time-sensitive. From the date you get the permit, you have six months for the first inspection and a year to complete the house. If you think of projects in stepping stones, then you can get your thoughts to organize around the tasks.

Writers will outline a topic, then follow a pattern taught to them in school, such as stating a problem, a solution, and providing a sensical flow to their thoughts. But it all starts with an outline, whether you map it out or go linear. Being an organized thinker is about taking the whole pie, forming the thoughts, and then streamlining them.

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Consulting – A Consultant’s Responsibility

Ultimately, it is each consultant’s responsibility to acquire what they need to be successful in meeting the customer’s needs.

— Albert L swope

This is not to say that the consultant needs to do everything themselves. However, they are responsible to do whatever it takes to acquire the resources that may be necessary to deliver for the customer. If that, means making late-night phone calls, repetitive phone calls, follow-up emails, tracking somebody down the hall for an impromptu meeting, that is what you must do.  In the end, regardless of the reason, you are responsible to ensure that you deliver a quality product to the customer, on time, on schedule and on budget.

Logic – Getting to the truth

The Quote

“When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

― Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

The Basic Methodology

To solve a problem, the methodology, basically, goes like this:

  • Define the problem
  • Then, eliminate all the impossible causes
  • Then, focus on what remains

Travel Tips – Ladies Travel Checklist

Ladies Travel Checklist

I know having a travel list as a lady can be intimidating. Also figuring out what items to take for trips which might be only for few days or weeks can become a challenge. Without any or little experience about your chosen destination, I have put up a travel checklist for ladies to help check your backpacks. Other than your backpack or suitcase, this travel checklist is one of the most significant item you will need. Some of these items will be with you all day, so make it relaxed. I have learnt thankfully, with some essential items, you can take a trip to any location when fully prepared. Below are the tested, used, and still loved ways to ensure your trip becomes a lasting memory:

Which Clothes to Pack

Depending on the place you choose to visit, you do not have to stress so much about getting ready a complete baggage to go prior to taking off. Depending on the region and whether at the time, picking the right clothes to wear would go a long way in serving you through the trip. These lists below can guide you picking the right clothes for any weather condition. Remember, the numbers can vary depending on the number of days the trip would last.

Cold climates

  • 9 pairs of comfortable underwear
  • 7 pairs of thick socks
  • 3–4 long-sleeved shirts, sweaters and/or sweater dresses, and pairs of leggings
  • 3 thermal shirts
  • 1 pair of thick pants
  • A pair of snow boots, heavy coat, and gloves
  • 1 scarf and winter hat

Hot climates

  • 8 pairs of whatever underwear you find the most comfortable
  • 5–7 simple tank tops that can be mixed and matched with other clothes.
  • 2–3 pairs of shorts of various lengths and light cotton pants and/or leggings.
  • 2 long clothes for conservative environs that requires moderation.
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of hiking shoes and a pair flip-flops or sandals
  • A hat for the face

Temperate Weather

  • 9 pairs of comfortable underwear
  • 4 pairs of socks: some for sport shoes and some for boots
  • 3–4 tank tops
  • 2–3 long-sleeved shirts, pairs of shorts with different length, and t-shirts
  • 2 pairs of leggings
  • 1 pair of jeans or thick pants
  • 1 pair of closed-toed shoes, running shoes, flip-flops
  • 1 jacket, preferably something waterproof

Real World Items

Although most items like bedding are offered with accommodations, apart from that you would need other practical items to make every trip easier. For instance, in some regions around the world, it is considerably easy to get laundry done at your hotels than washing it with your hands. When on a business trips or just traveling the world, it can be costlier and tough to find somebody doing excellent laundry services. The following can assist in your trips easy:

  • Menstrual cup which can reused through your trip. For instance, they are almost no tampons in China!
  • Headlamp for camping, digging in your bag after dark and as a personal flashlight at night
  • Microfiber towel –regardless of the location, having your own saves unnecessary hassle.
  • Packing cubes – which can be used for compressing and organizing clothes
  • Sleeping bag liner – whenever you come across a less clean hotel
  • Travel line for cloth drying especially in Africa and South America, where it is not always available.

Technical stuff

If you are traveling with any technical items and valuables, which often most ladies are guilty of, the resulting most significant thing to take along are good locks and materials to keep your devices and personal effects safe. You may not be able to watch over your belongings 24/7 and always carrying important around is not advisable. Below are a few personal items you might consider useful through the course of you trip as our interest can vary individually:

  • Camera with batteries, charger, spare memory cards
  • Cell phone/phone cards/charger which can be packed in waterproof containers
  • flashlight or small LED, and headlamp which are very useful at night.
  • Good travel laptop if you really need to keep up with work and post those wonderful pictures on social media.
  • Individual country plug adapters or a universal adapter
  • Pens or other writing materials
  • Phrase book or handheld electronic devices
  • USB key use it to keep copies of your important papers and to carry your documents

CONCLUSION

Most of these are simple, rational guidelines for ladies looking to have their backpack checked and ready to move. The ladies Travel Checklist can aid ladies pack efficiently and light for any trip. This keeps any lady organized and ready for whichever way the trip turns out to be. Remove the unnecessary stuffs, pack the needed items, and you are ready to make that trip!!

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Benefits of A Printed Organizer/Day-Timer

It doesn’t matter whether you are a full-time businessperson, a stay-at-home mom, a nine-to-five office worker, or a shift worker, you need a system in place to plan your day, and to organize and prioritize all your events and tasks.  No plan means things get left undone, urgent jobs get pushed back, and you forget to do things.

We used to have a notepad and pen or a pile of post-it notes, but these days, digital devices have taken over. Can you remember the last time you wrote yourself a reminder? Most of use our digital devices as a calendar and reminder system, but is it the best way to go? Has a good old pen and paper been banished?

I still use a pad of paper and a pen. I even have a whiteboard on the wall by my desk, with all my daily tasks on it, but many think that’s an odd way to do things these days. I get asked, “Why don’t you just set reminders on your phone?” Apart from the fact that I don’t like my phone pinging at me every five minutes, there are scientific benefits to using a paper planner rather than a digital one. So, if you’re a die-hard digital planner, just cast your eye over these benefits.

Fewer Distractions

Most people automatically think of reminders and notifications when they think of digital planners compared to paper planners. I mean, how convenient is it to have your phone ding at you when it’s time to go somewhere or do a recurring task? But think about this – how many notifications, on average, do you get every day? And how many of those reminders or notifications do you take notice of? Do you wipe them off your screen?  We hear so many dings and notification popups, we’ve become desensitized, to the extent that half the time, we don’t even look at the reminder – we know that those dings are annoying, and they distract us.

Studies show that spending too much time looking at your phone screen harms your brain, so while it seems convenient to use your phone as a planner, all you are doing is compounding the issue. And be honest here, how many times have you started reading a reminder and got side-tracked by a Facebook notification? So much so that suddenly an hour has passed, an hour of wasted time.

When you use a pen and paper to write your daily plan, you give your eyes a rest, and you rest your brain from the seemingly endless number of emails and notifications you get. In short, your focus improves, and you give your brain a much-needed rest.

There’s more to pen and paper than you think, so read on!

Better Memory

You’ve heard this before, but probably you just brushed it aside like an old wives tale – writing things down helps you to remember them better. It is true, but there’s a bit more to it. Not only will you formulate your plans better, but handwriting also stimulates specific brain cells located at the base of your brain that help to increase your focus.

Writing is a physical activity, and that action is what triggers that part of the brain and pushes it into the high-focus mode. When you write a goal down, your brain works hard to make you remember it. A study done at the Dominican University in California found that when people wrote their goals and shared them, making themselves accountable for them, they were more than 30% more likely to stick to them than those who made mental notes about their goals.

Using a digital screen stops that brain triggering from happening; it’s like having a shield in front of you, blocking you from what you are doing. So, in simple terms, writing your planner by hand engages your brain much better than just typing them on a screen.

Better Motivation

When you write longhand, it takes a lot more effort, but it also ensures you are to the point and concise. Sure, typing is faster and easier, but it does make it hard to refine your thoughts and be selective. If you are making the switch from paper to digital, or vice versa, check out your notes – I bet the handwritten ones are more to the point and make more sense than the digital ones.

When we write, we can clarify things, and we can connect mindfully with our tasks and goals. When you draw up a written to-do list, you can abbreviate certain things, but for long-term planners and goals, it’s better to be precise – the relationship between what we think and the language we use is very strong, so when you write a goal down, it sticks in your mind. And how convenient is it to have your goals written down, staring at you in the face?

Less Stress

There are far more benefits to writing your plans than just better organization. It may surprise you, but Japan, probably the top country in the world for digital technology, thrives on using pen and paper. They refer to it, in wit, as a “techno planner culture” and virtually all Japanese people take time to use pen and paper, stickers, drawings, color coding, and so on, to organize their thoughts and their day.

Lots of studies link handwriting with mindfulness and many people who seek therapy for stress-management recommend keeping a hand-written journal, simply because of how therapeutic it is. Much like meditation, writing by hand helps you to sort your thoughts out, and because it takes so much more effort, you learn to be selective about your words. That improves how you define things, such as your goals, attitudes, and feelings. As you write them down, you learn how best to deal with them.

A Healthy Habit

In the same way as writing your plans makes you more inclined to commit to them, writing in a planner is a commitment too.  We tend to cling to the physical more than the digital, simply because it is real. With the digital, with a screen separating you, committing to notification or a planner tends to be lost among all the other notifications, apps, reminders, and other stuff on your computer or mobile device. When you have a physical planner or a notepad and pen on your desk, you’ve got a physical reminder to use it.

And if habits aren’t your thing, using a physical planner could be the first step in making a positive change. Research has shown that new habits take anywhere from 21 to 66 days to form which means, you only really have to use a paper planner for a month or so before it becomes a habit – not long at all.

Combining all these steps leads to the critical points of productivity – writing your goals and daily activities by hand will make you more motivated, more organized, and more productive.

Now, have I managed to change your mind? If you are considering taking a paper planner for a trial run, there are a few tips to bear in mind.

Evaluate What You Need

Think about a typical day in your life. Do you get so busy that you occasionally forget things? Try a basic daily planner with dates. If you prefer to draw up long, detailed to-do lists, you want a planner that has the space for that. If you prefer a planner that you can track both long and short-term plans that helps you track things and boost your productivity, look for an appropriate planner – a yearly, page-a-day diary is the most common one.

How Much Do You Want to Spend?

Set a limit. Is a $50 planner any better than a $5 planner? Or a pad of paper and a pen?  You don’t need to spend a fortune, make sure you get something that suits your needs.

Have a System

Think about what you want to write, what you want to track, and then think about how you want to do it. You could use colored stickers for indicating importance, for example. The important thing is not to make it complicated – it’s no good if you can’t read and understand your planner!

Import Your Data

If you have a digital system in place already, make sure you go through every tracking or planning app and your calendar to transfer the data over. If you have recurring goals, make sure those are added in the right places in your new paper planner, too, to make the switch as seamless as possible.

Try it For One Month

Go on, take the challenge. Try using a paper system for just one month and see how you get on with it. Set a reminder to make sure you complete your daily planner every day and try to make it into a new habit.

Productivity is directly linked to your adoption of good habits, great systems, and useful tools, as long as they work FOR you and not AGAINST you. You don’t have to go completely paper; you can have a combined system of paper and digital, again, as long as it works. And if it works, make sure you stick to it.

Some people find using manual paper planners are simply not efficient, but in an increasingly digital world, there is strong evidence in favor of using a paper planner. It could well be one of the easiest steps that you take toward being healthier and more productive.

Quote – Make good use of time

Make good use of time, if thou lovest eternity; yesterday cannot be recalled—to-morrow cannot be secured—to-day only is thine, which, if once lost, is lost forever.

— J. S. Ogilvie

Quote – Truth—Freedom—Virtue

Truth—Freedom—Virtue—these have power;
If rightly cherished, to uphold, sustain,
And bless thy spirit, in its darkest hour.

— J. S. Ogilvie