This is just a quick thought that I had, (at least, quick by my usual rambling standards) and wanted to share.
As the end of the year approaches, everyone is getting their 2012 planner pages ready. New Year’s resolutions are flying. People everywhere are telling themselves: this will be the year that I stay organized! Maybe you got a new iPad or Android phone for Christmas and are telling yourself “Yes, now that I have this ‘insert technology here’ I can stay focused and productive. This was the missing link!”
This brings me to my point. The difference between an organizational toy and an organizational tool. Organizational toys will tell you that this is everything you need to be organized. But task apps and cloud calendars, and expensive leather portfolios (yes, even our beloved Field Notes notebooks @inkedmn) are simply toys. I know, I know, they don’t seem like toys. You do very serious work with these systems.
Organizational TOOLS on the other hand. Are incredibly powerful and can fundamentally change your life (most of the time for the better). The secret is, nearly all organizational tools are entirely mental processes. Shout out to David Allen.
And that is the sad thing that most people don’t to accept. I don’t care how amazing technology becomes, without a clear mental decision to be better and the will power to DO better, none of your toys will ever be more than that, simply another toy in your toy bin.
But, if you wake up one day and decide: “Today I will organize X” Or “Today I will begin capturing all my thoughts into one place”, and if you commit to that decision, I promise you great things will happen, even if you all you have is a Trapper Keeper with wide rule notebook paper. (Yes, yes I did go there).
Now, you combine technology with a solid mental process and truly amazing things will happen. So, in summary:
Technology + Same Mental Attitude = Toys
New Mental Process + Commitment = Organized and Happy
New Mental Process + Commitment + Technology = Look Out World!
I just watched this great video about changing your mental process. If you have a big goal that you want to attain, try following this guy’s mental process for achieving it.
I just found this great and *almost timely article from David Allen that talks about the mental switch I discuss here: