It’s probably obvious by now if you read my blog at all that I do a lot of things. I’m a researcher, scientist, artist, and dancer, just to name a few of my callings in life. Even though I believe all of these things are connected, it can still be a challenge to keep all of the tasks and deadlines straight.
Recently, a friend asked me for my thoughts on how to keep many different projects organized. This was a really good question to have to try to answer because it made me think critically about my system and helped me clarify my process. In doing this exercise, I realized how fluid my system is. I don’t always use the same process. It is important to me though to have many different tools at my disposal so I can use whichever tool works with my current frame of mind. In trying to explain these processes to myself and to my friend, I created the diagram you see above. Clearly, I need visuals to explain things to myself.
If you would like a larger, printable version of this graphic, you can download an 8.5 x 11 version here: OrganizationScheme
Did this diagram help you? I’d love to hear if you used it and how you keep yourself organized.