I have been finding that my work feels very ambiguous and that comes with a load of confusion and worry and concern. Not only that but I forget what I need to do. And I lose sight of the big picture. Because of how uncomfortable it is to not have a clear purpose even writing this down is making me anxious. As a design thinker it is part of my job to be uncomfortable yes, but at the moment I am uncomfortable because I feel unorganised and ineffective.
On the other hand I don’t want to procrastinate by organising myself.
Instead I thought I would treat myself as a user and do some design thinking. This post is about that journey.
So, lets start with empathising.
What do I do to try and organise myself?
- Weekly Moleskine planner, but its too small so that annoys me, but I like that it comes with me everywhere
- 3x monthly calendars one in the study at home, one in the kitchen and one on my desk at work. Obviously these are never completely up to date 😦
- Post it notes – inspirational quotes and lists mainly
- My green moleskin – to do lists, ideas and inspirational quotes
- A4 lined lecture pads – project notes and working. Meeting notes.
- My red Moleskine at home to plan the day and make lists
- Coloured texters
- Printed bound books
- HabitRPG – motivational tool
- Outlook calendar … halfheartedly
- Thinking rock which is a database of tasks that I need to perform
- Word documents – i like them because they are printable
- Excel spreadsheets
- Start.me dashboard
- Design Integration book
- MS Project docs
Wow, that just made me realise I am completely out of con-freaking-trol.
What do I hate about trying to organise myself?
- It becomes overwhelming
- I can spend so much time organising that I run out of time to do other things
- Things become dark horses, tasks I am shying away from for no real reasons