Don’t you hate it…
Here’s a gift you can give yourself: structure all your storage using the same set of names and organization. Consistency makes it easier for you to file things away and far quicker to find them again!
What was I thinking?
We store things so that we can refer back to them, preferably in context.
When we’re building an integrated business lifestyle, we want to create the same quality of experience that brings us joy across our personal and professional endeavors. Consider these as two wings of a lovely butterfly that work together to uplift the center (purpose).
Let’s design a structure that has a place for every kind of thing you do. Start with the roles you play, like wife, parent, business owner, friend, and so on. You probably wouldn’t name a folder “Wife,” but it can remind you to set up a place for things related to “Marriage.”
You’ll want to include placeholders for the things that motivate your actions—spiritual, health, travel, and learning. Also remember the fun stuff—hobbies, activities, shopping, and any other area for which you research and collect information.
Now take the time to get the tools you’re already using aligned to support you (you can set up the new ones as you go):
- Evernote notebooks and tags
- E-mail folders or labels
- Hard disk folders and cloud folders
- Action management projects
- Contact categories or organizations
Quicken (finance) categories and tags or Quickbooks chart of accounts
I extracted a video clip from a talk I gave. See the presentation here: