So, I turned 30 recently, and it was pretty okay. My girlfriend wanted to make my 30th epic, because round numbers call for that sort of thing and so we got a nice hotel for the weekend and adventured in another city. Of course, ever since I was very young, I’ve always gotten incredibly depressed on my birthday, so any birthday I’m not depressed is by definition epic. So this one was actually pretty awesome. That being said, I’m increasingly awakening to the fact that something has got to give in my life, and that something is my utterly disgusting level of disorganization.
I’ve constantly struggled with both disorganization and procrastination, and have come to the conclusion that one leads to the other and vice versa. What I’ve realized is discipline isn’t a strong suit of mine, and that my attempts to just WILL! organization into my life invariably fail. What’s the definition of insanity again? So I’ve been seeking ways to make organization organic and easy. So this means no Google Calendar, for instance- because that shit is hard to use (or not so much hard as it is sort of fiddley/finicky.) I find it easier to use a Slingshot planner. I’m always looking at my phone, so I have a widget that displays my checklist for the day’s To-Dos every time I unlock my phone.
A while back, I started a bag recommendation thread. I held off buying one for a while and made do with my tiny canvas messenger bag, but it limits how long I can stay on campus, which is often a key to studying longer. I finally shelled out for a Tom Bihn bag, and I’m eagarly awaiting its arrival. (You’ve got to love a company that does this.) Still, generally I don’t want to spend money to get organized. If it’s worth it, sure, but I feel like acquiring objects I don’t need isn’t going to help my disorganization problem. I needed a bag, so I picked one that I felt would encourage productivity and organization, but otherwise, I’m avoiding buying storage. To that end, I’m getting rid of things I don’t need.
Beyond this, are there any suggestions, tips, hacks, or other ideas for organization that people have? I’m mainly soliciting organization tips from the formerly disastrously disorganized, because they understand the struggle and aren’t going to give me the same, “Dude, just do these organizey things. It’s easy.” line I’ve heard over and over again. Basically, if it’s not something that is thoughtlessly easy, or organically implantable in my life, or if it requires I invest in a “system” it’s probably not going to work for me. I’ve tried it.